How to take a woman down in one word

July 14, 2014 – 11:47AM
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Harris O’Malley

A thought experiment: Imagine how people might react if Taylor Swift released an album made up entirely of songs about wishing she could get back together with one of her exes.

We’d hear things like: “She can’t let go. She’s clingy. She’s irrational. She’s crazy.” Men would have a field day comparing her to their own “crazy” exes.

Yet when Robin Thicke released “Paula” – a plea for reconciliation with his ex-wife Paula Patton disguised as an LP — he was called incoherent,obsessed, heartfelt and, in particular, creepy.

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Despite Ian Thorpe’s announcement, ‘poofter’ remark from commentator shows how far we have to go

Despite Ian Thorpe’s announcement, ‘poofter’ remark from commentator shows how far we have to go
July 13, 2014
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As Geelong AFL player Harry Taylor was carried on the shoulders of his teammates for his 150th game on Saturday night, he farewelled the crowd with a royal wave.

“I am up here getting ready for the game and I’ve just seen that crap from Harry – he’s a big poofter,” Channel Seven commentator Brian Taylor said.

It was a remark displaying the casual homophobia that still permeates some living rooms, offices, bars and stadiums around the country, only this time it was heard on national TV. Continue reading

Stop using the R word

Phoebe’s daughter, Maura.
All around me, people use the word “retarded” without a second thought. Sometimes I’ll say “Um, dude, really?” and they’ll say “Oops, my bad! But really – I was being so retarded!”

Sometimes, I let it slide. I realise that it’s a word that’s ingrained in our society’s vocabulary and people use it without a second thought to its meaning. Continue reading