(A parking lot full of yellow cabs sits flooded as a result of Hurricane Sandy on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 in Hoboken, New Jersey. AP Photo/Charles Sykes.)
It’s always hard for people on the other side of the world to completely understand what it’s like to be in the middle of a devastating natural disaster. We’ve had quite a few of those recently in Australia, but unless you’re in the thick of it, it’s quite difficult to describe. Which is why I’m not even going to attempt to describe Hurricane Sandy all the way from Australia, but simply draw attention to how people can help here and here. If anyone would like to add any links in the comments section on how we can help, please do so. Let’s also not forget that other countries were affected and need help too. I know that when Australia faces such natural disasters, communities tend to stick together, and I hope the world pulls together to help both Americans and people from Cuba, Jamaica and Haiti, who desperately need help.
Even though I linked these photos in my previous post, I’m posting them again here in honour of my own mother, whose birthday is on Sunday. My mum took me to work regularly, as did my dad, when I was growing up. I think it made me understand the world a bit better from an early age, and I often find it bizarre that we’ve turned such an issue into a problem concerning women alone. The biggest problem as I see it is the increasing lack of flexibility in the workplace. This is not a gender issue where women should be punished for entering the workforce, or for returning to it after having children (most people don’t have a choice about this anyway, financially speaking). To me, it’s a structural problem about the way our workplaces function as if nothing has changed socially or culturally over the years. In other words, like my wonderful mum, we need more flexibility, not guilt placed on women’s shoulders about whether or not they can ‘have it all’. Happy birthday to my lovely mum!
The GOP on Rape
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: this is frightening stuff. I find it hard to accept that women would actually vote for these men.
And so I bid Penguin a sad farewell
This article made me feel so sad. As Andrew Franklin points out, the Penguin-Random House merger is bad news for all:
Don’t believe the guff about “rich content” and “high-growth emerging markets”. This is consolidation and both authors and readers will have less choice and less diversity.
South Africa: Setting Feminism Back 100 Years
I couldn’t agree more with this post, so go ahead and read it, and get angry.
Intersectionality: It’s not that hard to understand
There’s been a lot of talk about Caitlin Moran and the Vagenda Magazine ‘defence’ article. Some of you have asked me via email to write about it. I really wasn’t going to. It feels a bit awkward to be asked about feminist topics as if I’m some ‘expert’ on the subject. I’m not, I’m one voice out of many. But I guess that’s the point of this whole debate about Moran and intersectionality: listening to and including the many voices of women. So I’ll weigh in on the subject too, once I get my thoughts in order. In the meantime, this article by Ray Filar is a good introduction to the issue, as is this article by Lianne on Black Feminists.