Wonder Woman announced as UN ambassador amid staff protest

Another woman who agreed to be quoted said the choice of character sent a toxic message about strong women and that the UN should be countering such representations of body image, not reinforcing it. “On every imaginable level, we think she is a poor choice,” she said. Wonder Woman’s American flag costume, she said, was akin to “pop culture imperialism”.


The secret to Patagonia’s success? Keeping moms and onsite child care and paid parental leave

For 33 years Patagonia has had an on-site child care center that bears little resemblance to what anyone might imagine corporate on-site child care looks like. It is run by teachers, some of whom are bilingual and trained in child development. Learning takes place outdoors as much as in. Parents often eat lunch with their kids, take them to the farmer’s market or pick vegetables with them in the “secret” garden. Patagonia buses school-aged kids back to the company’s headquarters, allowing parents to connect with them after school over chocolate milk. Graves stays connected to his kids throughout the day. “It lets you be the kind of parent you want to be,” he said.

Of course, most parents in America don’t even have the basic human right to paid time off with a baby, and affordable child care. Patagonia is doing its bit to fix that. It decided to take its child care story to the press because it wants to encourage other companies to follow suit.


In the child’s best interests?

An earlier article on the devastating problems with the Family Court.

In a number of Family Court cases, where claims of child sexual abuse have been made against a father, the court has switched care from the mother to the father after a recommendation by a child psychiatrist or psychologist. Jess Hill investigates the role of expert report writers in the way the court decides on claims of abuse.


We’ve reached the fork in the road on gun laws. Which way will we go?

It is with great sadness that I watch Australia’s gun laws wilted away under the watchful eyes of both sides of politics. There is a lot that could have been done before now to prevent this situation. But there is still a lot that could be done to prevent the situation from worsening – ban the eight-shot, recategorise the six-shot to a category C and prohibit the modification of firearm magazines. Prime minister, premiers, police ministers, the ball is in your court.


We cannot allow the courts to judge rape by sexual history

he footballer Ched Evans had much to say following his rape acquittal, and the weekend newspapers gave him a platform to say it. Now rape campaigners must come to terms with the legacy of his case.By clearing the way for two men to tell the jury they’d had sex with the complainant, the court of appeal effectively converted his earlier conviction into an acquittal.


NSW Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham proposed motion calling Donald Trump a revolting slug in parliament, and it passed unanimously!

Text of the motion passed by the NSW Upper House.
That this House:
a) condemns the misogynistic, hateful comments made by the Republican candidate for President of the United States of America, Mr Donald Trump, about women and minorities, including the remarks revealed over the weekend that clearly describe sexual assault;

b) reflects on the divisive, destructive impact that hate speech from political candidates and members of elected office has on our community; and

c) agrees with those who have described Mr Trump as “a revolting slug” unfit for public office.

Congratulations Jeremy!


Delta accused of ‘blatant discrimination’ by black doctor after incident on flight

A black female doctor has accused Delta Airlines of “blatant discrimination” after a flight attendant allegedly refused to believe that she was a physician and blocked her from helping a sick passenger.

Cross wrote that even after officials on the flight requested help from physicians on board, a flight attendant allegedly told her: “oh no sweetie put ur hand down, we are looking for actual physicians or nurses or some type of medical personnel, we don’t have time to talk to you.”


Violent threats are a daily work hazard for women in public life

At what point would your dream job become your ultimate nightmare?

Would it be when you received your first threat of rape? Or your second, your third? What if you became the target of rape threats every day, with so many such threats made in so many corners of the Internet you couldn’t possibly keep track of them all?

That’s the reality facing some women in public life. It’s often a reality facing any woman with a strong, opinionated public profile.


The tip-toe dance around a sexist potential world leader

Responding to the comments over the weekend, Julie Bishop said Australia will back any US President, noting in a statement that his candidacy is a “matter for Mr Trump to determine.”

It’s actually terrifying to think how far a US Presidential candidate can go before we’d refuse to work with them.


Eva Cox: Social media abuse is often personal, sexist and wounding. It proves feminist project far from finished

Why do so many men and boys think it’s clever, funny, amusing and somehow satisfying to put sexist, mindless or even violent comments on social media? Why do other men not see these views as a collective problem?

We need to ask serious questions about the way our society socialises boys and men that makes too many of them feel inadequate and aggressive towards females. We need to understand how the worst, most-aggressive trolling correlates with the continuing, intransigent and perhaps increasing level of violence against women, from intimates and strangers.


How social media hurts your body image

Viewing pictures in magazines and on TV that show thin, attractive women or muscular, lean men has been shown to lead to body dissatisfaction. New research is looking at effects of use of social media such as Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. This shows people who frequently use social media are also likely to have problems with body image.

Recent research shows that teenage girls who take a critical approach to viewing idealised appearance images in traditional media are protected against a negative effect on body image. This critical approach to understanding media is called media literacy.


Poland backs off proposed abortion ban after thousands of women went on strike

And their huge gathering may just have been what it took for lawmakers to drop their push for a full abortion ban, which would criminalise it to an extent that it would prevent women from turning to abortion even in cases of rape or if their own life is in danger.


Initial impressions: will hiding my name force gender equality in the workplace?

On Wednesday, John Greathouse, writing in the Wall Street Journal (a reputable publication read by many professional men) suggested women in tech should consider going just by their initials or a unisex name online. Greathouse explains that women “should create an online presence that obscures their gender [as a] gender-neutral persona allows women to access opportunities that might otherwise be closed to them.” In other words, people will like you more if they don’t think of you as a woman first.


#MoveTheMoney from war to peace

In 2015, there was a global military spend of $1.6 trillion (SIPRI). Meanwhile, gender equality and peace remain drastically under-funded: As the 2015 Global Study on UNSCR 1325 (Global Study) found, there is a “consistent, striking disparity between policy commitments to gender equality and women’s empowerment, and the financial allocations to achieve them” (p. 372).


The hidden toll: family violence linked to suicide deaths

The data showed victims of violence – the majority who were women – commonly suicided more than a year after their last violent experience.

But the perpetrators of violence – predominantly men – most commonly died by suicide within six weeks of the most recent violent outburst.

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Women who have been abused by their partners are almost four times more likely to have suicidal thoughts, according to a paper on suicide in women launched at the National Suicide Prevention Conference in Hobart on Tuesday.

It found women have higher rates of suicidal behaviour – like planning and suicide attempts – than men.


Glasgow Women’s Library: a treasure trove that shows how far feminism has come

Today, with more than 20,000 books and 300,000 archival items, all donated, the GWL has expanded to take on 22 paid staff alongside about 100 volunteers, with guaranteed funding from Creative Scotland for the next two years.

We can only dream of The Women’s Library in Newtown having 22 paid staff! At present we are struggling along with about 30 part-time volunteers. Please contact us at twlnewtown@gmail.com if you are able to lend a hand.


UK MPs call for end to abusive men using courts against families

The government must carry out a full review of family courts to stop them being used by violent men to perpetuate abuse against their partners and children, MPs have said. . . .

The debate focused on many personal stories of women who had been subjected to violence and coercive control by their partners, only to have to face them again in the family courts when the men fought for child contact.

MPs said the family court system was allowing violent men to re-victimise women. Increasing numbers of men were representing themselves and re-traumatising their victims when they made repeated and often spurious applications for access, they said.

And the same is true here in Australia.