Dear UQ Sustainability:
I recently had the pleasant surprise of spotting the new sign you put up next to the elevator in the Michie Building, and possibly next to other elevators across campus. I think it is lovely that you are concerned with making UQ more sustainable and lowering its environmental footprint. However, I was very unimpressed with the way you’ve chosen to tackle this issue. Not only are these news signs annoyingly patronising to everyone reading them, but also ableist and fat-shaming … More Dear UQ Sustainability: Please stop your ableism and fat-shaming
I received a reply from Matty Silver in response to my previous post, which I posted on Twitter. I thought I would share it here and add some final comments. Dear Jo, You say that the asexual community needs acceptance and support not disbelief and condemnation and you find my article “incredibly disappointing”. You state: “It … More An Open Letter to Matty Silver: Response
An open letter in response to Matty Silver’s article in the SMH: ‘Asexuality: Don’t be too hasty with labels.’ Dear Ms Silver, As an asexual person and an asexual activist, I am always happy to see asexuality featured in public discourse. As a sexual orientation, asexuality is woefully under-studied, under-discussed and under-represented in the media … More Why Asexual is a Label I Need: An Open Letter to Matty Silver
Content note for rape and sexual assault. So Brisbane doesn’t seen to be a very nice place if you’re a woman at the moment. Yesterday, my housemate showed me a QLD Police announcement that a man had been arrested for rape in a park near Roma St. My heart went out to the female victim … More Rape in the News: better, but not there yet
Content note for asexual erasure and invalidation. Sometimes the little things are what really gets to you. The way they just sneak themselves into an experience and jump out at you when you’re no looking. The way they all tend to happen at the same time. A confluence of annoyances. * * * A week … More A Confluence of Little Things
Content note for violence against women and people of colour. Last week, a young woman was murdered in Brisbane. Police managed to identify her as an international student from France called Sophie Collumbet. She was brutally beaten by her attacker, probably while on her way home. In recent times, three other international students were also … More On Race, Gender and the Recent Brisbane Murders
It’s been ten days since Rudd announced his solution for stopping the boats: to ship everyone off to Papua New Guinea (a country itself still considered to be developing) to live in tents and then eventually be resettled far away from Australia. Ten days and I am still raging inside, to the point where I … More Where have all the asylum seekers gone?
Lately I’ve been thinking about the rhetoric that is ‘being a burden on society.’ It’s a phrase that gets thrown around at many things, resulting in some form of self-righteous judgement and de-humanisation of those accused of being a burden. Who is a burden on society? Well, that’s easy, society tells us. It’s those fat … More Burdens on Society
I’ve always considered myself relatively lucky on the street harassment front. It’s not something I’ve had to deal with much – which is a blessing, because I know from other people’s experiences that it’s very prevalent, especially for women. But then I was reading a blog post on street harassment the other day, and I … More Being in Public While Female
Please note that this post discusses sexual violence, victim blaming and rape culture, and may be triggering. Recently there has been a lot of talk about rape culture on the internet and in the media, especially in regards to the Steubenville rape case. You don’t have to look far to see some of the responses … More When will women stop being told to be more careful?