What a world where calling out sexism gets you accused of “playing the gender card” or “igniting a gender war”, but rampant sexism from males in politics is allowed to run wild, unscrutinised.
Just last night, a menu from a Liberal Party fundraising event came into the spotlight:
Yet this example of vile, horrendous sexism about our female Prime Minister, endorsed by the Liberal Party, gets not even a shred of the outrage that Julia Gillard’s comments did.
What hope do we have in achieving equality when such appalling double standards exist and are promoted by two of the most powerful forces in society: the media, and political figures.
These repulsive examples just prove why sexism needs to be called out.
And until we can do that without being accused of using it in some selfish way and “playing the gender card”, something is desperately fucking wrong.
Stats Pr0n of the Day: Australia Tops OECD’s Better Life Index for Third Consecutive Year
Move over Scandinavia, there’s a new land of hopes and dreams bubbling up in Down Under. For the third year in a row, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Better Life Index has found that Australia is the happiest place in the world, beating out the Swedes and Canadians in terms of disposable income, life expectancy, work-life balance and overall satisfaction of life.
YEAH WE DID MOTHERFUCKERSSSSS
why do americans have 1%, 2%, 300% milk and shit?
australians just have low fat, no fat, high calcium, high protein, soy, light, skim, omega 3, high calcium with vitamin D and folate or extra dollop.
I have 4 asks requesting that I elaborate on the post I made yesterday about non-Australian’s reactions to Australian culture in Please Like Me.47
So I guess I better. Keep in mind in order to do this with any sanity I am going to be generalising and talking mainly about the “Australian spirit” which is a collection of values that are recognised as Australian.
The first thing I’ll address is the awkwardness. While, yes, they’re all certainly more awkward than your average person, Australia celebrates the goof-ball. The term we get taught for it is larkinism. Basically in a social circle the person who is best at making a fool out of themselves for laughs is often the most liked. Obviously that’s quite different to, say, an American culture where seeming trendy and socially acceptable is very highly valued - of course it has value in Australia but we also naturally rebel against that idea.
Furthermore, nothing is off limits for a joke. We make fun of everyone and everything but no one more than ourselves. This creates an environment where getting really offended over something is almost culturally inappropriate and greeted with a “just get over it”. Sort of like, “everyone gets made fun of and its just your turn”. It’s not in our culture to be aware of what’s politically correct or pay much heed to it because it interferes with humour (i.e. Geoffrey and basically any comment he makes on race).
This in turn effects the comedy itself. I’ve noticed some people think the humour is idiotic or that the characters themselves are idiots - particularly Josh’s dad. Well, those moments of earnest stupidity are like a foundation of the Australian sense of humour. It’s quite dry like British humour.
Probably the biggest difference between Australia and most cultures is a thing called tall-poppy syndrome. When poppies grow in a field, some will grow taller and stick out above the rest. If you apply that as a metaphor for society, some people excel above others. The premise of tall poppy syndrome is that as a culture we value humility and the underdog so much that we cut down or attack people who excel and in turn sell our own achievements short and cultivate an attitude of not caring too much about things. To again compare to an American culture, who basically invented the modern trend of what is essentially the idolisation of celebrities and branding supremacy, it’s a stark difference.
In the show the characters often very casually deal with their emotions and problems - see Josh’s reaction to his mother’s attempted suicide or Josh and Claire’s break-up - and I feel this is being interpreted as an extension of the awkwardness rather than quite an Australian approach to life. Additionally the style of writing is a much more natural style to that of most of your standard American shows that dramatise everything.
A note I’d also like to make is that people are rumbling about Mae being a racist stereotype. I’ll admit when I first heard her broken English I was a bit worried. However, there are plenty of Asian people in Australia and plenty of them speak in broken English. Mae is most likely based off of a real woman who really dated Josh’s father. As it is Mae isn’t really defined by her race as a character and even if she was, again, there are plenty of Asians in Australia who identify strongly with Asian culture. As a country we are very multi-cultural and there are strong cultural hubs from many nations where traditions and culture is preserved. It’s a mistake to call a character racist because they aren’t acting like a white person despite their race, as if they have to overcome that. Mae is a character native to Thailand who has moved to Australia for a few years; her broken English is realistic.
So that just about sums up the major points I think. I’d just like to re-clarify that I’m talking in very broad terms here and there will be many Australians who don’t identify with aspects of our culture.
An Australian Love Poem.
You are the gold to my coast, my Vegemite on toast.
The Queen of my land, the beer in my hand.
The thong on my foot, the Rhonda to my Katut
The Kanga to my Roo, the BB to my Q
The Wi to my Fi
The sauce to my pie.
The Kath to my Kim
The malt to my esers
The Tim to my Tam
The Hamish to my Andy
I had no idea. I honestly though we were on the opposite pathway.
There’s something that’s been missing from the commentary regarding the Queensland government’s changes to civil union and surrogacy rights for same-s-x couples. It’s that this is the most significant rollback of gay and lesbian rights by a government in the Western world, ever.
Sound like an exaggeration? It’s not.
While rights (such as marriage) have often been denied in various locations in the US and Europe, rarely have we seen the eradication of standing minority rights and protections. California’s Proposition 8 ballot measure to revoke the right of gay couples to marry is the closest equivalent to what’s currently unfolding in Queensland.
in australia we don’t go to college and get qualified
we got to emuversity and get koalafications
this changes everything oh my god
do you understand why it trips me out that people can drive 45 minutes and be in aNOTHER COUNTRY?
I drive for 45 minutes and im like
a city over
I live in “Italy” and took a day trip to go to “Austria” and “Germany”
Chums, that’s sweet, and all, but Australia just ate Texas for breakfast.
If you drive for 45 minutes in Australia you aren’t a city over, you’re just 45 minutes away from the city.
If you drive for 45 minutes in Australia you may not even leave the cattle station.
So on the east of Australia we have raging bushfires….
Then on the west of Australia we have this.
A storm front that’s part of Cyclone Narelle, which has turned red because it has picked up dust from the Pilbara region of north Western Australia.
Seriously Australia….what the fuck.
stop it Australia
Parts of Australia are supposed to be so hot over the next few days that weather charts had to have new colours added to visually show how fucking hot it will be
WE’RE ALL GOING TO BURN
I FEEL LIKE IM LOOKING INTO THE EYE OF DEATH
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Reasons I don’t want to go back to Australia.
Signs from outback Australia.
Signs from outback Australia.