Life can be cruel and indiscriminate. Hazel Hawke's life is an inspiration to all Australians, irrespective of gender or age. We have lost a wonderful Australian. - matilda
[...] Someone I Loved Had Dementia [...] - HAZEL: WE'VE ALL LOST A FRIEND
The problem is that there just aren't enough jobs to go around. If there were more jobs then there wouldn't be any discrimination. The responsibility lies with the job creators - which, in part, is all of us. I think there are also a generation of baby boomers who own their own homes and whose kids have left home and who could afford to retire and make way for those of us in our 40s who still have mortgages to pay and kids to get through school, but who just won't. I know a barrister who had done his time at the bar, earned a huge amount of money and at age 60 was appointed as a magistrate on $300,000 a year so he "could take it easy". Retire already and give my generation a chance. - Old enough
Imagine my surprise when happily reading whilst hubby watched Fridy night football to find myself turning into a screaming harpy, yelling at the TV. Was I barracking for our beloved Broncos? No. I found myself screaming at the TV saying Get off Waterhouse, what the hell do I need to have you pushing live odds down my face for, if I want to put a bet on I'll go to the Tab. Hubby looked across the room at me and asked if I was a little upset? I decided I was over reacting, until the next week. then it was hubby yelling, get off Waterhouse, I'm trying to watch the footy. So now, as soon as he appears we switch channels until its over. I wonder how long it's going to take until we switch off altogether? One thing is for sure, our enjoyment of watching this sport on TV has been compromised. - Jenny
An incisive, eloquent piece, Anne. You highlight the way deeply entrenched and discriminatory - "systemic" - views on women have underpinned, and adversely impacted on their position in public office. As you imply, the default position is a kind of generalised lack of respect that simply does not occur with their male counterparts. Lucid, excellent stuff...keep it up! - Lee-Anne
Not according to my friend, Tabrez, an Islamic scholar. Ideology is the basis of unthinking statements. - Janet G
On the plastic surgery subject: I recently saw the UK's Channel 4 documentary The Perfect Vagina exploring why so many young women want plastic surgery and believe their body, right down to their vagina, isn't good enough.
Here's some info on it: http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/tvandradioblog/2008/aug/15/thequestfortheperfectvagi - Raw Once More
@sue elliott, no one is asking for a leg up, what we are asking for is an even playing field. We are asking men to take their feet off women's heads as they try to climb ladders alongside their male counterparts.
You say sometimes women can be their own worst enemies, yes you are right, and you've just proved why with your comment. - Sharon
lets not forget that overcoming ' infedels' IS part of the Islamic ideology - melissa
Botox is definately something i've considered but apart from my fear of needles and the thought of injecting poison into my body, i'm also afraid of looking permanently stunned!! I'm not loving the pigmentation or the ageing look to my face, but hopefully the serums of this world will slow the process for awhile. At least people know i've lived!! - Kathy