There’s more bad news for women with breast implants. Two years ago, women worldwide had their faulty breast implants removed following reports of implant ruptures, and the revelation that the manufacturer, Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) had used industrial-grade silicone. Consequently many Australian women needed to have their PIP implants replaced with another brand called Cereform which has also been recalled due to problems with sterilisation. There have been about 4,800 Cereform […]
I missed the episode of Downton Abbey when sweet Anna, maid to Lady Mary Crawley was brutally raped by a visiting valet called Mr Green. Audiences were understandably distressed and Downton fans accused the writers of using a sexual assault to ‘spice up’ the show. But I suspect there’s much more to come now that Mr Bates, Anna’s husband knows about the rape and is plotting […]
The news that a group of Australian politicians will spend three weeks in France, Sweden and South Korea studying prostitution law reform is most welcome. ACT Liberal MLAs Giulia Jones and Vicki Dunne will be joined by West Australian state Liberal backbencher Peter Abetz and Victorian Labor state member Christine Campbell.
Common sense should dictate that the issue of abortion be left to pregnant women to decide. But when the history of women’s fight for the right to abortion is considered, it’s no wonder it’s still firmly in the hands of wheeling and dealing politicians. In the state of Victoria, abortion has made the headlines for the last two weeks with the Independent and balance-of-power MP Geoff Shaw plotting the […]
This post is timely for it is now 159 years since the famous uprising known as the Eureka Stockade. The story of the massacre in Ballarat on December 3, 1854 after police and soldiers broke the miner’s stronghold is one of Australia’s great stories, but according to Claire Wright, author of The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, the story we learned as children neglected half of the participants-the women.
Borgen is a gripping TV drama series where 40 year-old politician Birgitte Nyborg becomes Denmark’s first female Prime Minister. The production is packed full of political intrigues and deals but it’s the effect that her new powerful position has on her home life and her relationship, that grabs my undivided attention. I bought the box set of the first season and watched an episode every night. In the early scenes, […]
An angry, passionate and polemical book that draws connections between pornography, the pharmaceutical industry, self-help culture and social media to launch an inflammatory attack against patriarchal capitalism. –Rosalind Gill, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, City University London
Where the French inventor of the abortion pill RU 486 Etienne-Emile Beaulieu promoted his controversial drug as the ‘moral right of women’, the researchers and authors of RU 486: Misconceptions, Myths and Morals fear the chemical abortifacient has the potential to become ‘the new DIY backyard abortion 21st century style’.