Cowardly and hateful – the online troll.

Questions for Us

My friend Lily Munroe – who was my partner in crime in launching our campaign against the positioning of Lads’ Mags in newsagents, petrol stations and other similar establishments a year ago – is writing an Open Letter. Still a work in progress.

Part of her letter, however, looks at the intimidation and threats women who speak up receive online and she asked me if I were willing to share any.

I was never going to publish these, but I did keep the most horrible comments made by the same man, in response to the Wicked Campers campaign back in July.
Why did I keep them? Because I’ll never forget how they originally made me feel – but the re-reading of them, on occasion, lessens the impact of those sentiments and helps me strengthen and arm myself against any future expressions of deep hate.

I publish them today to help…

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Who said it: Rapist or Lads Mag?

Lad’s Mags are being openly displayed and sold right across the country, this not only breaches the sexual discrimination act for staff, by supporting an environment conducive of sexual harassment, but also forces this discrimination and harassment on unconsenting customers.

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And they don’t just start and end with pornographic content and covers that sexually objectifying and degrade women, they also promote harmful attitudes that underpin violence against women. Continue reading

Let the battle begin.

My Partner in Crime and her cultural experience buying stationary with her Daughters the other day at their local porn store, I mean, newsagent.

Questions for Us

In the UK, Kat Banyard – founder of UK Feminista – started a campaign to Lose the Lads’ Mags.

She has signatures from lawyers supporting her push to have leading businesses, like Tesco, cease to continue stocking magazines – such as ZOO – in their stores.

As it states in the linked article (whilst looking through a ZOO magazine):

Banyard points to one advertising sex line workers who are “just 18” and a bigger ad, on the facing page, promising “Asian Dolls: find your perfect Oriental escort NOW!”. She winces slightly. “I find it staggering that high street retailers sell these magazines mean, they’ve been on their shelves for years, but I still find it staggering that they expect customers and employees to be exposed to this and also that they think it’s OK to profit from them.”

I think this drive is fantastic.

I want to do it here…

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It’s a Porn world after all!

Step aside women and children, it’s a Porn world at the whim of men’s desires. But we aren’t stepping aside and we will not be silent bystanders to the continual degradation of our sex, especially in front of our children’s eyes.

‘Questions for Women’ and I are about to tackle this sexually discriminating issue in Australia head on, so tonight I popped into my local service station for a few quick snaps of this. Continue reading

Keep girls and women in Real sport

Women and girls are in the midst of a cultural sexualisation and exploitation crisis across all spectrums of our lives and impacting us in many harmful ways. According to the Australian Sports commission such sexualised promotions are “reason enough for some girls and women to choose another sport or even no sport at all”. Watch this 40 second video which emphasizes this powerfully Continue reading