Invisible Women of Prehistory by Judy Foster with Marlene Derlet, restores one’s faith in human existence. Patriarchal capitalism is not inevitable! Greed, male violence against women, the earth, and endless wars did not exist 6000 years ago.
It’s not surprising that our media is devoid of stories and pictures of old women. These days you are severely discouraged from becoming old and showing it. When the issue of ageing and my arrival at this stage of life arises in family conversation, I am duly told that I am not old. Sure I’m not really, really old, but I have entered the seventh decade of my life.
I could scarcely believe the fuss about Chrissie Swan who confessed to smoking while pregnant with her third child. As a TV personality and a woman with a weekly column in The Sunday Age, Swan had little choice but admit her ‘folly’. After all she’d being caught smoking in her car by the paparazzi.
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.
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.’