Food for Thought

I haven’t posted in a while – not just because there were post election sulks (which there were) and this is supposed to be a positive place, but because I’ve been trying to resist reposting endless content from Upworthy. After all, you can just go there if you want to read those posts (and i reckon you probably should)

But this was linked by  a brilliant friend of mine and it made me consider both my own actions and prejudices and the way I approach prejudice in others in a new light

The Distress of Privilege

Now before any of you start freaking out on me and saying that the privileged have no right to feel distressed, just ask yourself this… have you ever used the hashtag #firstworldproblems? You’re on the internet, reading a bleeding heart socialist’s blog, so you probably have. Well this takes our ability to self-critique our own concerns and applies it to other people. We can recognise when we feel genuine emotion about something that we can deem trivial just because it upsets our personal status quo. This is taking that idea and using it as a lens to approach discussions around inequality and discrimination…

But I’m waffling and the article is really good. So go. read it!


Election time!

There are 2 days left for my Aussie friends and family going to the polls to make a decision on where they’re going to put that number 1 vote (and that number 2 vote and who’s going to get the last number vote, because all of our votes count!)

This blog is new, and will mostly be about awesome societal things that I find, but I really wanted to show you a few things and please, please, please if you know anyone who isn’t sure about their vote, send them this info.

I have very strong opinions, but that’s not what this post is about  (because the blog is called Internet: you’re doing it right and that would be doing it wrong. Just view my facebook for my opinion) but my fear is that too many people will vote a particular way out of habit or with fuzzy logic, not because their party actually represents their views.

So I wanted to show you all this!

The ABC (which do have a vested interest in politics,  not going to lie, but who also pride themselves on being the foremost source for independent news in the country) have set up Vote Compass, which will ask your opinion on a number of policy points to help you asses where you sit against the two major parties and the most likely challenging party (that’s the ALP, the Coalition and the Greens). It doesn’t just say, hey you should vote for “x”. In fact, it never says the words “you should vote for… “. In true ABC style it simply shows, on a graph of economic left/right and social left/right, where you sit, based on your answers, against the three parties. And a % view of which parties you most align with in your thinking.

There’s also a really interesting article here on which demographics are undecided and where those undecided voters lie politically (based on the survey). The interesting thing about this is that the majority of undecided voters appear to be left wing.

Which leads me to the next interesting point.

I’ve been living in the UK where they have First Past The Post elections. THIS IS THE MOST RIDICULOUS SYSTEM I HAVE EVER HEARD OF (and there’s a great vid here explaining why). I had always thought that our Preferential voting system was frustrating because we essentially have a 2 party race every election, but living over here has taught me that there are systems that absolutely GUARANTEE a 2 party race. FPTP is it. So I want to remind all Australian voters that we are lucky enough to have a PREFERENTIAL (or Alternative vote) voting system.

This means NO VOTE IS WASTED. Again, here’s a great video explaining why.

While logically and evidentially this system still leans towards a 2 party race, Australians are in a position where, if they so choose, they can genuinely upset the apple cart. Any party can win an election, and if the party you vote for doesn’t, then your vote will not be wasted, or essentially help someone you don’t agree with win, but will then go to support your second choice and your third choice and so on. This means you don’t have to vote tactically, you can vote with your head and your heart, knowing that it is a fair system.

So please, my fellow Australians, if, unlike me, you haven’t already postal voted, and you’re going to the Polls on Saturday, please, use your vote wisely and in the knowledge that every vote really does count.


This is an article that speaks for itself.

Dear Daughter, I hope you have awesome sex.

This letter is fantastic, because at its very core is the notion that women’s sexuality is their own, coming from a father, the traditional champions of chastity as a virtue.

Luckily my Dad is this awesome too and my mother certainly taught me in a very similar way, that my body was mine to do with what i wanted and that it was my choice that mattered.

All my hang ups are purely my own 😛


There’s no such thing as blurred lines when it comes to consent.

A while ago I read a bunch of articles on why Robin Thicke’s song, Blurred Lines was so horrendously offensive. (which of course I can’t find now!)

I confess, that had I not read these I probably would have found myself singing along to it on a regular basis as it’s a bloody catchy tune, the words are pretty nonsensical if you don’t pay attention and the real misogyny is in the video clip and I generally don’t watch clips unless linked to them.

So it was kind of an early save really.

Today a parody clip of the song, called ‘Defined Lines’ by the Auckland Law Revue popped up on my fb feed. I was going to postpone the publishing of this post, but since the original video I linked to has already been taken down, I thought I better post it before the Internet decides that humorous parodies and men in their underwear being subjugated by women is too much for the poor little delicate constitutions of internet viewer who like their funnies with a good dose of 1950s misogyny.

The original video on Youtube only lasted 3 days before being removed (why, i don’t know, I’ve certainly seen videos with more nudity and swearing!, the ‘tamed down’ version of Thicke’s Blurred Lines is still up!) It has since, obviously, been put back up, but still, it’s a mystery!

For anyone wanting to know why I’m offended by the original song, here’s a link to the video and the lyrics and some great articles by people who write better (and more often) than I. Robin Thicke has since come out and said the song was intended to be liberating for women and the video a subtle parody… but well… it just wasn’t. Anyway, if you want to read more, just google it, there are articles in metro (ok, ok) daily mail, huffington post, jezabel and many others questioning WHY?! and HOW?! and WHY?! again.

In the course of writing this, I have discovered that previous parody videos have encountered similar problems. Thus proving that while near-to-naked women treated as objects are completely fine for your morning music video fix, men treated in the same manner and women talking openly about having sex-drives and wills of their own is not-safe-for-the-internets.


keep fighting the good fight my kiwi cousins of the Auckland Law Review!

I love it when someone pitches a fight above their class.

So, the facebooks lead me to this post by John Scalzi, a professional writer I’ve never heard of who apparently has some weight on the internet.

It’s entitled

“To the Dudebro who thinks he’s insulting me by calling me a feminist”

And it’s brilliant. Here’s why.

a) it’s funny. People like funny, we absorb what’s being said with out realising we’re being taught or challenged.

b) It’s spot on. Feminist isn’t an insult. Sometimes the word feminist can be pretty hard to deal with, since there are people out there that give it a bad name, and it has been associated with some horrendous behaviour and opinions. However, at it’s core, the word means “someone who believes women are equal to men.” A crazy notion to some, but not, in and of itself, an insult.

c) It’s thorough. Scalzi points out ALL the reason why the Dudebro’s meme was poorly thought through, including pointing out how much funnier it could have been.

d) And it’s a lovely lesson on how powerless internet insults can be if we stand up for ourselves and are not afraid to be proud of what we stand for.

And did i mention it was funny? because I laughed!