Girly man? Banter from current crop of politicians is sadly lacking
October 20, 2014 – 1:02PM
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Mathias Cormann goes meta
Is his “girlie man” sledge a nod towards a Mathias Cormann parody on ABC TV? Or a homage to Arnold Schwarzenegger, who ripped the line off an SNL sketch parodying his Austrian accent? Continue reading
Professor Barry Spurr suspended by University of Sydney after racist emails
The Sydney Morning Herald, October 17, 2014
Amy McNeilage Reporter
The University of Sydney has suspended Barry Spurr after the professor was exposed for referring to people as “abos”, “bogans”, “fatsoes”, “Mussies” and “Chinky-Poos” in a series of leaked emails.
The university released a statement on Friday saying he was suspended, effective immediately, “from teaching and engaging in any other University business and is precluded from attending any University campus, while the matter is investigated”. Continue reading
Feisty, flounce and bossy: the words used to put women down
Do you ever hear men described as ‘hysterical’? Do people say they ‘whine’ or ‘nag’? Thought not. Here are eight sexist words we’d like to never hear from again Continue reading
The Executive Editor on the Word ‘Torture’
By DEAN BAQUET AUGUST 7, 2014 5:08 PMAugust 7, 2014 10:18 pm 85 Comments
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Dean Baquet is the executive editor of The Times.
Over the past few months, reporters and editors of The Times have debated a subject that has come up regularly ever since the world learned of the C.I.A.’s brutal questioning of terrorism suspects: whether to call the practices torture. Continue reading
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Mach and mascarpone: testing how vocabulary is gendered
A survey has shown an ‘awesomely sexist’ discrepancy between the English words understood by different genders
A little old-fashioned … a survey has found men’s and women’s vocabulary is strikingly stereotypical. Continue reading
SO DO ONLY POOFS DO THAT?
By Jane Waterhouse General, Hullabaloo, Must see July 21, 2014 1 7 3
Last Sunday we saw the announcement that Ian Thorpe was gay which Wendy Harmer thought was really no one else’s business. It seemed the nation felt differently. Continue reading
July 14, 2014 – 11:47AM
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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.