The ‘tampon tax’ is not a marginal issue – it’s the force of structural sexism at work | Gabrielle Jackson | Opinion | The Guardian

In New York they have just repealed the tax on mentstrual products as a matter of social justice. This tax on being a woman is insulting to us all Source: The ‘tampon tax’ is not a marginal issue – it’s the force of structural sexism at work | Gabrielle Jackson | Opinion | The Guardian

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Body image and women’s sport.

We know that exercise is good for us. We know that sport can be uplifting, social, and confidence building. Why is it, then that still, in 2016, so many girls and women (and not a few men) are put off participating in sport because of poor self-image caused by debilitating stereotypes? Stand in a busy street or shopping mall for an hour and look at the people around you. It…

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We are human.  How humanitarian are we?

Most of us are aware of the unprecedented levels of human conflict and suffering that exist in today’s world. We are also aware of the severe inequities in living standards, health, education, housing, access to water, sewerage and the like. We have seen, though not really acknowledged, the obscenity of 53 men and 9 women owning as much wealth as half of the World’s population, i.e 3.6 Billion people. Yes,…

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ABBOTT & CO. ON THE ATTACK – Paramilitary Border force to have thousands of weapons-ready officers

FORCE Tony Abbott & his wealth backed LNP Government have made yet another move against democracy and civil liberties with the formation of the new “Border Force.” A stealthily conceived amalgamation of Customs and Immigration departments, this new paramilitary force will introduce around 5000 to 6000 armed officers with widely increased powers. This is a continuation of what has been a steadily continuing campaign of the Abbott government to restrict…

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Does transgender reality shine through Transparent?

Attitudes to sexuality are gradually changing, particularly in the developed world, though there are still many exceptions. However, whilst homosexuality is receiving more tolerance, understanding and acceptance, transgender sexuality is much less understood or accepted. As a community, we need to ask questions as to why this is and whether our prejudices and ignorance are still as deep-seated as they have long been and the perceived changes in attitude more…

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Abuse of a Mother – A Case of Medical Arrogance

Most of us in western, developed democracies consider that we are relatively safe from State abuse and will not attract the attention of authorities as long as we live within the law and act in a reasonably responsible way towards others. There can hardly be a more responsible action of a mother than to seek to care for her baby in a manner which avoids the infant having its health…

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More Abbott Connivance – GST Rise Back on Agenda

It is quite clear that Abbott is attempting to shift the burden of many services, particularly those which are difficult to provide and administer well, back onto the States. This latest move, to increase the GST will inevitably result in even greater imposts on ordinary Australians, i.e those with almost no disposable income – those that have no or few choices. This government of Tony Abbott is the worst in…

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