Highest number of sexual assaults in 28 years but no one is talking about it
Sexual assaults went up in 2020 but no one is talking about it. Australian victims of crime statistics released on 24 June showed 2020 had the highest number of sexual assaults recorded in 28 years and 46% of victims were children under 15 years. But no one is talking...
Let’s talk about teenage boys and “body counts”
She said nothing would be done about one of the ringleaders because he is a [insert one of the following: rising sports star/father is rich/parent is a barrister] and therefore untouchable. She said the boys had been spoken to previously and nothing changed. Finally, Jamie said there was no point going to Mrs X because, “ She thinks there is nothing you can do about it and will just tell us to ignore it.”
The Rot Starts from the Top
TW: Sexual assault It’s been a shocking week in the news or, at least, that’s what a lot of people have said online. They are shocked and appalled by the news of a female Liberal Party staffer, Brittany Higgins, being raped in our nation’s Parliament (there is now a...
Darlings, do you really want equality or not?
I am honoured to know a lot of incredible women – strong, resilient, highly-intelligent, well-organised, successful in their chosen fields or brilliant stay-at-home carers. But often they share a recurring theme that breaks my heart and causes feelings of profound...
“I don’t think I’m the right man for you.”
Why don’t we believe that men know their own minds? When they say things like, I don’t think I’m the right man for you or I’m not good enough for you, we usually argue with them. We seek to put a salve on their egoic wounds and build up their confidence. We argue with...
Promising Young Woman: A few thoughts
TW: This post discusses sexual assault and rape. A heavy sadness has been growing in my heart for some days now. It arrived when I opened Laura Bates’ Men Who Hate Women and read about the vicious and violent threats she has received from men throughout her career,...
Why we should encourage young people to feel more and think less
But, relying on the mind and reason alone is doing the human race at best a disservice and at worst, for our young people in particular, making people feel more disconnected than ever before.
We need to stop telling young people that sensitivity is a bad thing
When I say the words, “Your sensitivity is your super power” young people inevitably look surprised and yes, a bit hopeful, as they lean in and ask, “What do you mean? How?”
Sore Throats and Nose Swabs
I’m worried about the polarising of opinions and the way denialists have convinced themselves they don’t need masks and that God or nature will protect them. I know a lot of souls who have passed over this year could convincingly argue against that point of view.
Are you living or only surviving?
I had a shock this morning. A Facebook memory come up from three years ago and it featured a woman I could barely recognise – me. I was in beautiful Assisi and I was slowly and calmly talking to the camera. But I was way too calm and speaking way too slowly. I was in...