@tales years and years ago I had a best friend who was gay and I never referred to him by anything other than his name, but he always called me his 'fag hag' and it always made me uncomfortable. Is that term offensive? It does sort of imply that Sex and the City mentality as well, right (keep in mind, we were young -through years 19-21)? Or is it normal? I am no longer friends with him in any case but I've always wondered...
@The Lady of Shalott You think that's bad- you should see him in his workout gear http://redundancyworklife.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/abbott-speedos.jpg
(sorry I don't know how to create a link)
@steve Aaaaah! So gross! He probably believes in dowries too then. Mad Monk indeed.
I remember he was the one who vetoed the introduction of the RU486 abortion pill when he was Health Minister.
I am pretty sure its going to be listed on the PBS soon though, so small win!
@redheaded&crazie Tony is not going anywhere unfortunately. Slipper took the fall for both of them :( He made sure to make a sexist comment in his resignation speech, but luckily he was replaced by a woman. Ha!
I will admit I am not a big fan of the Labor party, but Julia killed it here.
I wish that this had happened so much sooner.
I remember when Julia was campaigning with Kevin Rudd as his deputy that a member of the opposition (Bill Heffernan) said she was unsuitable for a political role because she was not married and she didn't have children. I believe his exact phrase was 'deliberately barren', referring to her decision to not have children as a reason she shouldn't be allowed to have power. Gross.
Tony Abbott has three freaking daughters too. Shame on him.
This whole situation makes me so desperately sad.
I know no one wants to actually leave their homes and all, but you can all come live in my house in Perth if you want. Of course, Australia isn't particularly liberated either, but we have way less politicians...
This exact article was on cracked.com 6 months ago.
Not that I read cracked.com or anything... It just came up in my facebook feed I swear.
Anyway, I just thought it was strange that The Economist would rehash something from a comedy-based website. Unless they independently viewed the research and then wrote an almost identical article. Which is totally possible and in which case, carry on Economist, you're doing fine.
P.s. The female jealousy thing kind of irks me. Seems like a whole lot of generalisations right there. The actual research itself even says
"To verify this stereotype, the researchers conducted a post-experiment survey in which they spoke with the person at the company who screens candidates. That person was female in 24 of the 25 (96 percent) of the companies they interviewed. Moreover, these woman were young (ranging in age from 23 to 34 with an average age of 29) and typically single (67 percent) -- qualities more likely to be associated with a jealous response when confronted with a young, attractive competitor in the workplace."
To verify the stereotype they got some (poorly) correlated evidence and wow! Apparently being a young woman means you hate pretty girls! SCIENCE!
P.p.s.I do the hiring at my workplace (although I am not in HR, I am just the manager) and I am young and female and rather plain but I believe I hire people based on the spelling in their resumes rather than their appearance, and once they are at the interview stage, how much they laugh at my jokes. So meh. I don't know. Maybe all women are petty and jealous and I am just not friends with a wide enough variety of people to know that? I know this place must be some kind of haven if that's the case.
P.p.p.s. I love you guys. You're so nice and non-judgemental and whatnot.