Queensland Government complains to Press Council over Palaszczuk ‘crosshairs’ image

An image of Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk in crosshairs on the Sunshine Coast Daily front page prompts a complaint to the Australian Press Council.

Source: Queensland Government complains to Press Council over Palaszczuk ‘crosshairs’ image – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

“Retired activist” Puts Case Against Amnesty International to WILPF for Human Rights Week

Australian feminist, environmental activist and whistleblower Isla MacGregor gave a compelling case against Amnesty International’s “Sex Work policy” at the Women’s International League For Peace and Freedom (WILPF)  forum in Hobart.

(ed: this is from 2015 but still relevant now)

Source: “Retired activist” Puts Case Against Amnesty International to WILPF for Human Rights Week | eachone

Bullying, sexual harassment ‘significantly higher’ in Aus legal circles

New findings show that bullying and sexual harassment is “rife” in the Australian legal profession, with our rates “significantly higher than global averages”.

Source: Bullying, sexual harassment ‘significantly higher’ in Aus legal circles – Lawyers Weekly

Alabama abortion ban: Republican senate passes most restrictive law in US

Law bans abortion except if there is a ‘serious health risk’ to the mother, with no exceptions for rape and incest.

The bill is part of a trend across the US in which Republican-controlled states are attempting to put new restrictions on abortion, gambling that they will fare better in the courts following the confirmation of new federal judges and supreme court justices picked by the Trump administration.

Opponents predict the legislation will drive doctors to leave Alabama, which already has some of the highest rates of infant mortality and cervical cancer.

Outside the Alabama statehouse, protesters wore costumes from The Handmaid’s Tale and carried signs, one reading: “Alabama does not own me.”

Source: Alabama abortion ban: Republican senate passes most restrictive law in US | US news | The Guardian

Anti-abortion arguments are increasingly secular, but remain unconvincing and misogynistic

Any ideology that grants embryonic or fetal “right to life” is dangerous for women and girls.

The more I think about this secular pro-life argument, the more it strikes me as not merely misogynistic, but also deeply nihilistic and life-hating. Can the Georgia legislature think of no relevant differences between an embryo and a mother that might give the latter more value? If “the full value” of a human life is imparted by mere presence of a heartbeat, Georgia is saying that a person’s relationships, thoughts, emotions, and perceptions are worth nothing in comparison.

Any ideology that grants embryonic or fetal “right to life” is dangerous for women and girls. Abortion restrictions kill women. They compel women to stay in violent and dangerous relationships.

Pro-lifers have always told us that pro-choice feminists do not respect the “sanctity of human life.” In reality, we are the ones in this debate who know what makes human lives meaningful and valuable. As we continue the fight for women’s reproductive rights, we must be clear: abortions are not merely permissible. They are not an evil act we must grudgingly tolerate. Rather, abortion is a moral and responsible act that we must defend as an essential aspect of women’s rights.

Source: Anti-abortion arguments are increasingly secular, but remain unconvincing and misogynistic

Margaret Beazley, NSW Governor: Don’t let anything defeat you:

“Don’t let anything defeat you.”

These were words of advice Her Excellency Governor of NSW Margaret Beazley AO QC shared earlier this month in an inspiring speech to an audience of students, parents and the broader Rosewood school community including principal Ms Elizabeth Stone & Governor Lucy Brogden.

Leading by example, with a distinguished legal career, including as the first woman to be appointed as the President of the NSW Court of Appeal, Her Excellency Margaret Beazley spoke eloquently and modestly.

Source: Margaret Beazley, NSW Governor: Don’t let anything defeat you:

Female scientists start a database to showcase their work. Over 9,000 women join them

If young girls can be what they see in the world, then prepare for a new generation of female scientists. The visibility of women in science today is increasing thanks to the work of, yes, female scientists who grew tired of watching “manels” (male-only panels) at conferences and seeing only male scientists

Source: Female scientists start a database to showcase their work. Over 9,000 women join them

The Detransitioners: They Were Transgender, Until They Weren’t – Features

Today, the standard of care has changed. According to guidelines issued by the World Professional Association for Trans Health, health-care providers should ask for a letter from a therapist before medical intervention, but therapists themselves aren’t required to see clients for any particular length of time. Some doctors don’t require a letter at all. “There has been a lot of anger in the past about gatekeeping,” Kaplan said. “So I think clinicians lean toward wanting to help people transition.”

And this, Jackie thinks, is part of the problem.

“I didn’t really feel like I could talk to my counselors about detransitioning in the way that I wanted,” she said, “because they have specific political views, and I felt like if I said I had these criticisms of the whole concept of transitioning, they would have thought I was being brainwashed by transphobic bigots or whatever.”

Instead of talking to therapists, Jackie found a community online. She’s now a moderator of Detransition Info, an online resource for people to ask questions and share their experiences.

Jackie and other detrans people I spoke to said their online community is in the hundreds, but no one knows precisely what percentage of the population has detransitioned. It’s not even clear how many people are transgender. The United States Census Bureau doesn’t collect data on gender identity (or sexual orientation), but a 2016 study from the Williams Institute at UCLA Law estimates that there are 1.4 million trans adults in the United States, or about 0.6 percent of the adult population. That’s double previous estimates.

Source: The Detransitioners: They Were Transgender, Until They Weren’t – Features – The Stranger

Child support: ‘When we interview women, they cry and cry and cry’

The Child Support Agency was established in 1988 in the wake of Bob Hawke’s declaration that “no child shall live in poverty”. Initially the Australian Tax Office collected and enforced payments, before the scheme was handed over to the Department of Social Services and the Department of Human Services – which complainants can find themselves bouncing between.

Kay Cook, associate professor in the Department of Social Sciences at Swinburne University, says: “The tax office never wanted to deal with child support. It viewed its role as collecting income, not dispersing private income. That’s sort of the problem that child support has always had, that it’s private money being transferred, rather than public money.”

Cook’s research includes analysis of child support systems in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the US. “In Australia we’re really cheeky in that single parents’ family tax benefits are typically calculated on how much child support they expect a parent to receive, not so much on how much they actually receive,” she says. “The government gets the savings of reducing family tax benefits so there is no incentive to the government to collect child support because if anything it costs them money.”

There’s also little or no will, she says, to solve the problem generally.

“It feels as though Australians are encouraged to look at me as somehow defective and deserving of suffering because I don’t have a male patron,” Amanda says. “And it’s at my former patron’s discretion as to whether or not me and his child are worthy of being supported.”

Source: Child support: ‘When we interview women, they cry and cry and cry’ | Australia news | The Guardian

Opinion: Buyers of sex are getting more violent, increasingly influenced by what they see in porn

There is a whole generation of violent porn-watchers and they are seeking more and more extreme things from the women in prostitution, writes a Ruhama caseworker.

Source: Opinion: Buyers of sex are getting more violent, increasingly influenced by what they see in porn