Letter: War on women

The LNP smashed the network of specialist, feminist domestic violence refuges in 2014.

They replaced them mostly by homeless hostels run by large faith based organisations, many of which still adhere to the view of wifely obedience and male headship in the family.

No one has called the LNP to account for their apparent indifference to the suffering and fear of women and children now unable to find safe haven from the violence of another in their home.

Source: Letter: War on women | Manning River Times

Women aren’t better multi-taskers than men — they’re just doing more work

Public opinion persists that women have a biological edge as super-efficient multitaskers. But, as this study shows, this myth is not supported by evidence.

Source: Women aren’t better multi-taskers than men — they’re just doing more work – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Gender reassignment? They’re castrating children

Castrating children is the phrase used by pediatrics professor John Whitehall to describe unscientific experimentation on youth in the name of transgenderism. Taxpayer-funded organisations are pushing the barrow for transpolitics. The Australian Human Rights Commission has warned sporting groups to adopt its transgender code to minimise discrimination complaints. Publicly funded medics are experimenting on children but refuse to answer detailed questions from journalists. Labor and Greens MPs are leading the charge to legislate the lie that birth sex can be changed. People who dissent from transpolitics are called phobic, bigoted and accused of hate speech. How did we get here?

Source: Gender reassignment? They’re castrating children

Warnings over surge in youth transgender cases

Clinicians are calling for an urgent national inquiry into the safety and ethics of giving unproven hormone drug treatment to ever younger children who are confused about sex and gender.

The first national figures, ­obtained under freedom of information legislation from major hospitals in NSW, Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland, show 2415 children were referred for gender treatment between 2014 and last year, with a 41 per cent increase in ­Victoria. Girls as young as nine are ­believed to be put on ­“puberty blocker” drugs, and boys from about 11.

A poorly understood surge in children and teens identifying as transgender — especially girls whose body perception can be more fraught — has arrived in the past five to 10 years.

“Who gave ethics approval for this treatment (at children’s hospitals) when it lacks any scientific basis and therefore is an experiment?” Professor Whitehall said. “We should give the psychiatry and psychology a full run before we start castrating children.”

Professor Whitehall said there was no rigorous long-term evidence that puberty blockers were safe and reversible for younger children, and studies in adults and sheep suggested damage to the growing human brain could not be ruled out.

Source: Warnings over surge in youth transgender cases

Opposition warns of risks allowing trans Victorians to change sex on birth certificate

The opposition will vote against changes to allow trans and gender diverse people to nominate the sex on their birth certificate.

The proposed changes would bring Victoria into line with Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia and the ACT.

Last night, about 100 people gathered at Melbourne University to protest against an ‘‘intentionally divisive’’ and ‘‘transphobic’’ forum put on by the Victorian Women’s Guild.

While arguing gender is an ‘‘oppressive social construct’’, the Guild maintains sex is a biological reality.

Source: Opposition warns of risks allowing trans Victorians to change sex on birth certificate

Feminist group warns transgender law changes could endanger women in ‘female-only safe spaces’

The Victorian Women’s Guild’s says while it does support trans people it argues the new sex-change bill proposed by the state’s Labor party has not had proper community consultation.

Source: Feminist group warns transgender law changes could endanger women in ‘female-only safe spaces’ | Daily Mail Online

How to drive cultural change to shift stubborn gender roles

KPMG’s 2018 report The Cost of Coming Back: Achieving a Better Deal for Working Mothers found that it would cost some professionally qualified working mums almost $30 a day in tax, lost payments and out-of-pocket childcare expenses to increase their working days from three to four per week.

Other working mothers would lose almost $80 a day by moving from four to five days per week of work. Outcomes like this are at odds with the Government’s intention to boost women’s workforce participation as part of increasing our national productivity.

It is also worth considering whether Australia should follow the UK and various other countries who have introduced laws or codes banning sexism in advertising.

In June, the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority banned ads that feature gender stereotypes (such as men lying around while women do all the cleaning or women having difficulty parking the car), following a report that found that gender-stereotypical imagery and rhetoric “can lead to unequal gender outcomes in public and private aspects of people’s lives.”

Source: How to drive cultural change to shift stubborn gender roles

Hundreds rally in NSW over abortion bill

Hundreds of supporters of a bill to decriminalise abortion in NSW have descended on state parliament with many holding signs stating “Our body, our choice” and “No uterus, no opinion”.

Darelle Duncan was one of those rallying on Wednesday in favour of the Reproductive Healthcare Reform Bill, which she says will give women the right to control their own lives.

Almost 50 years ago, a then 22-year-old Ms Duncan was unable to access an abortion, and her baby was later forcibly removed for adoption.

“I understand totally what it means to be in a position where you are forced into a pregnancy,” Ms Duncan told AAP.

“It changed my life irrevocably. It’s a trauma that one never gets over.”

Source: Hundreds rally in NSW over abortion bill | Camden-Narellan Advertiser

IT’S WAY PAST TIME to decriminalise abortion in NSW

It’s taken more than a century of brave action by women to decriminalise abortion in NSW

Although these days, lots of information about how to access reproductive services including abortion at medical clinics is available on the internet, tonight some women will still go to bed knowing they want to terminate pregnancy but have neither the funds or support that they need. Until abortion services are available through public hospitals and clinics throughout NSW, abortion will still not be affordable and accessible to all. But decriminalisation is an essential first step.

Source: IT’S WAY PAST TIME to decriminalise abortion in NSW – Wendy Bacon

NSW abortions: Kristina Keneally warns of ‘ethically confusing’ loophole

Former NSW Premier Kristina Keneally has raised concerns over a loophole that requires the state to issue birth and death certificates for late term abortions as “medically and ethically confusing”.

Source: NSW abortions: Kristina Keneally warns of ‘ethically confusing’ loophole