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.

 

 

 

 

Kudos to Andrew Bolt

I don’t always agree with Newcorp columnist and TV host, Andrew Bolt (well, that’s a tad bit of an understatement, but anyway), but I fully applaud him for what he said last night on Sydney’s 2GB about Donald Trump’s outrageous comments about assaulting women and suggesting that a 10 – year – old girl could be his “date” when she was older on an escalator. Bolt slammed Trump as a “pig”.

So, he should. And good on him for doing so!

 

Have you kept up with the American Election? Feel free to tell me your thoughts below.

 

Why Is Abuse Of Some Women and Men Acceptable?

I read a post about appalling abuse hurled at “The Australian” female columnist Sharri Markson on Twitter by former Sydney Morning Herald columnist Mike Carlton. Andrew Bolt asks the rhetorical question why Mia Freedman hasn’t condemned the vile abuse of Markson. I’m asking myself the same question, and not rhetorically.

Feminism has become a joke for this very reason! No one wants to hear a bar about feminist causes because, well, apparently not all women are worthy of being advocated for. To my knowledge, having had a quick look at the site this morning, I can’t find anything on Mamamia condemning Carlton for his appalling treatment of Markson. Or will they wait a few more weeks like they did with abuse aimed at Sydney’s Daily Telegraph columnist/ blogger, Miranda Devine?

Can we PLEASE stamp out bullying together? Of everyone? Can we criticise everyone who abuses people on Twitter regardless of political persuasion of the people involved? This just has to stop! I’ve written before on a (now deleted) blog condemning the abuse of other journalist like Andrew Bolt. Not because we share the same political ideals, but because it’s wrong! And it’s dangerous. I remember pointing out the tragic irony that he talked about the abuse he has experienced on-line, just weeks after New Zealand former model Charlotte Dawson was found dead fromr taking her own life after a long public battle with Twitter trolls. That sparked a debate about cyber – bullying and it’s impact. Bloggres like Herald Sun’s Susie O’Brien actually called for cyber – bullying to be outlawed, (Unfortunately, I’ve seen mean comments on her Herald Sun blog in the comments. It’s just ridiculous and cruel. Some of the abuse had been made public about two or so years ago (maybe more actually).

I was also disappointed with the reaction (or lack of), with the reaction when Zakky Mallah tweets about conservative journalists Miranda Devine and Rita Panahi, even though his tweets were vile. A post was published on Mamamia condemning the tweets, but, frankly, I thought it was too little too late.

So, here I am. I will stand for Sharri Markson. What Mike Carlton did was despicable and should never be tolerated. #Iwillstandforsharrimarkson. There, wonder if that’ll be the next Twitter craze. Or #iwillstandforallvictimsofonlineabuse or #putmikecarltonandalltwitterabusersinjailforlifeplusabillionyears (why not adopt the American criminal system? OK, the last one was a JOKE. Just to be clear. But I am serious about on – line bullying. It’s got to stop and it needs to stop now. Regardless who is the victim or who is the perpetrator.

More Voices Against Domestic Violence Is Needed

Trigger Warning: This post discusses domestic violence. Feel free to move on from this post if it’s distressing for you. 

On Tuesday, (or Wednesday?), I wrote a comment on columnist Andrew Bolt’s Herald Sun blog asking whether he saw the ABC’s Q and A special on domestic violence and his own thoughts. Not long after I sent the comment tone moderated, I thought I had been silly to ask the question, knowing he’s a vocal critic of Q and A at the best of times. However, i realised I didn’t regret the query. Simple reason; because it’s clear that the discussion of domestic violence needs to be discussed by everybody, regardless of political persuasion.

It’s only February, and already, around fifteen women have been murdered by a partner. Apart from the killings, there are  women and men who live in terror on a daily basis due to domestic violence, and not just physical, but also psychological and sexual as well. It’s estimated that one in three women over the age of fifteen will experience sexual or physical violence by her intimate partner in her lifetime.

The death of 11- year – old Luke Batty in 2013 again bought the issue of domestic violence into the spotlight. His mother, 2015’s Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty has since been a tireless campaigner against family violence. She was on the panel of Q and A last week. It’s such an important topic that needs both discussion, but even more importantly, more action. Unfortunately, family courts and DCS caseworkers are often stretched to the limit and the best decisions are not always made. Fear of legal repercussions on the caseworkers is also a barrier that is often faced.

It’s no doubt that reform is needed. I think slowly attitudes are changing, but we’re not there yet. In the meantime, I think it would be great if people in the media could keep the discussion happening and reform eventually happens. I think the Q and A special was a move in the right direction.

Did did you see the Q and A episode?