Mia Freedman: admirable writer and speaker

Just saw this speech from Mia Freedman about feminism and sex work last year. This was a few years after her comments on sex work on ABC’s Q and A which copped a lot of condemnation from other feminists – especially on Twitter.

I really love the way she spoke and I really admire her as a writer and commentator. Regardless on what you think on what she stands for whether on gay marriage, asylum seekers, sex work, or other issues, etc, I don’t think you can deny her passion, dedication and zeal for the issues she writes/ speaks about. I think she’s very authentic and speaks from the heart.

I haven’t always agreed with her or the way she’s gone about things and have expressed it a few times, including on one of my blogs, but never the less, her passion is admirable. Her talent for writing is undeniable. And she’s a great speaker. In the video, she didn’t stumble over her words once. Who wouldn’t like to be that good at public speaking!

As I have said before, she is a brilliant ally to the LGBTQ+ community. Despite what I think are her mistakes, her allyship is evident and, at least on my part, is appreciated. Her part in asexuality visibility will never be forgotten.

Her recent aim to ‘burst her bubble’ and talk to people she fundamentally disagrees with was very interesting to listen to. She admitted that she listened to/ read and interacted with people she agreed with politically and in the wake of the Donald Trump victory. In a bid to open her mind, she talked to ‘Sky News Australia’s Paul Murray, Daily Telegraph’s Miranda Devine and Andrew Bolt. I applaud all who were involved. All the hree conversations were very cordial on both ends. Freedman was very calm, and wasn’t combative at all. Murray, Devine and Bolt should also be commended for their conduct. It’s nice to hear such friendliness in amidst of never – ending reports of disrespect and a lack of acknowledgement of each other’s humanity. Kudos, Kudos, Kudos!

 

I truly think that Mia Freedman is people can look up to as a writer. She, along with others like Andrew Bolt definitely inspire me to keep writing and keep improving, including in times I really doubt whether I’m good enough to do this and take my writing further. For that, I’m grateful.

 

 

 

 

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Mia Freedman

638406-mia-freedmanMia Freedman is probably one of the most outspoken and divisive media personalities in Australlia. Born in 1971 to South African migrant parents, Freedman pursued a journalism career at Australian Cosmopolitan aged 19. In 1996, she became one of the youngest editors to ever work at the magazine at only 24. After a short stint at Channel Nine, Freedman launched her site Mamamia in 2007. which receives about 2 million views weekly.

She hasn’t been free from controversy and public backlash. Last year, she caused outrage on “The Project” for saying:

We accept that gay people can’t change who they love and who they’re sexually attracted to, so why do we think that people who are sexually attracted to children can be rehabilitated?

This comment, whilst the panel on ‘The Project” (and Steve Price from 2GB by polycom) was discussing whether sex offenders registers should be made public knowledge. This comment caused a huge outcry, especially on Twitter. Anyone who looks at her website for more than ten seconds would know that the comment was a clumsy statement and that she is NOT homophobic.

Earlier that year, Freedman was sent death threats on Twitter after she slammed “Sunrise’s” David Koch for saying that co – host Samantha Armytage had “stripper shoes”. Freedman took that as a sexist comment, however, had both Armytage and Koch slamming her alarmism.

On her website, where she discusses women’s issues, politics, pop culture and other topics, there is plenty of fierce debate and criticism in the comments (although not all the posts are by her). She (and the other bloggers on the site), are strongly to the Left poltically and as such, some of the posts they make are sometimes deemed unfair or that the reporting is too biased. Frankly, in some cases, I can see where some of her critics come from, sometimes, However, one’s got to admire her passion and that she’s willing to stand for what she believes in and doesn’t buckle under pressure.

In many aspects, I think Freedman is a very admirable role model, for writers and non – writers alike. She stands up for what she believes in, she seems to have bounced back from all the criticism and her site, nearly eight years on, still gets much traffic (so many of her posts have an unbelievable amount of comments!). She also causes discussion and, i think, makes people at least think of where they stand on a number of issues, whether they agree with her and her staff or not. For that, I for one, commend her.

Did you read Cosmo when she was Editor? Do you read her blog? What do you think about her? (please keep comments civil and polite).

What Feminists Maybe Be Able Learn From Suzi Quatro

SQ 1 Legendary rocker Suzi Quatro is currently touring Australia, possibly for the last time. On Thursday, she was on Studio 10 as a special guest panelist. And she got asked this question, which, she’s probably been asked many, many times… what was it like to work in a male – dominated industry? Her answer…. she doesn’t think of gender. Even when she saw Elvis Presley in the late 50’s, she never thought, he’s male, she’s female. She just did what she wanted to do.

Now, I’ve got to say, I think it may have kind of helped that England was in the midst of the glam rock movement when producer Mickey Most took Quatro under his wing in 1971 (“Can the Can” came out two years later). But I find her attitude interesting. How important should gender be, if at all? Do we as a society place too much emphasis on it?

Maybe, just maybe, Quatro might be on to something when not focusing on gender. She’s never allowed herself to let it be an issue. Maybe we shouldn’t either?

She’s openly critical of female artists that rely too much on being provocative, instead of the emphasis being on their talent. She said that she’s actually a fan of women like Miley Cyrus, but does lament about the extent that Cyrus and other female artists goes to, especially when it comes to partial nudity. I kind of get what she’s saying. People took Suzi Quatro and her craft seriously because she took her craft seriously. She was willing to work at and stick to her music even when things seemed quite grim in ’71 – ’72 (read about it in her autobiography “Unzipped”, it’s a great read).

I say the biggest lesson you can learrn from Suzi Quatro: focus on your art/ profession, etc. Don’t try to hard by being provocative. Just be who you are and do what you do…. or at least on hwat you want people to focus on (e.g. music acting, etc). And probably the third thing, at least i got, never give up. It’s not always going to be an easy ride, but never give up.

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