Monthly Archives: October 2012

The mainstreaming of domestic violence

As many as 700,000 Australian workers now have access to paid domestic violence leave and many more are poised to get it. This world-first workplace initiative is attracting keen interest from overseas and according to Ludo McFerran, a campaigner against family violence, Australia is being applauded for it. I have a real problem with domestic violence being treated in this manner. Continue reading

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Just another case of medical misogyny

New research shows that since the cervical cancer vaccine has been introduced there has been a 90% drop in young women with genital warts caused by the Human Papilloma virus. Researchers claim that over the next few decades there will be similar reduction in rates of cervical cancer. However it has never been proven that the HPV vaccine prevents cervical cancer. There is no scientific evidence of any kind. Continue reading

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The role of grandmother is a feminist issue!

It’s comforting to know that I’m not the only grandmother who resents the role of the nannie. In Grandparent Backlash: We are nannas not nannies, Rebecca Sparrow writes:  ‘Thousands of grandparents are fed up with being used as a ‘dumping ground’ (OUCH)  for their grandkids while their adult kids head out to work.’ Continue reading

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From empowerment to Women’s Liberation


The tragic rape and senseless murder of Brunswick woman Jillian Meagher  reminds us that women are still  not free from male violence.   Continue reading

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