Curtis Stone – the face of Coles Supermarkets’ advertising.
It took me a while to put my finger on why I don’t like Coles advertising. Sure, it’s annoying and it’s repetitive.
But, the crunch came when I realised that it’s because Curtis Stone is the representative of Coles, a company that likes to pride itself on its Australian grown produce.
But Curtis Stone is Australian right? Right. But, Curtis Stone lives in LA, with his partner and their son. So, what? Good on him, right?
Well, yes, good on Mr Curtis, but shouldn’t Coles be using an Aussie chef who lives and works in Australia, who employs Australians, and who purchases and uses Australian produce in their cooking?
I was lucky enough to have a very exciting week last week. Three concerts in four days, starting with a “red-headed yeti with multiple arms” that goes by the name of Newton Faulkner, then my favourite band, Counting Crows and finishing up with amazing young talent, Birdy. All concerts were amazing; I didn’t want any if them to end. On Monday morning, a co-worker said he wanted to see Birdy live again before he even said hello. It was a very good week.
Yet, something lingers… something I can’t quite understand and I don’t know if it’s because I am “old” or not “cool”: why did everyone watch the concerts through their phones? Continue reading
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After a failed challenge last year, former prime minister Kevin Rudd promised to not challenge again and to sit, content and loyal, on the backbench.
We’re less then 7 months out to this year’s election, and the leadership of Julia Gillard seems plagued with Labor doubt. But who else can save Labor from an election wipe out?
The options for a new leader seem to be three men: Kevin Rudd, Bill Shorten or Simon Crean.
Next week, I’m going to a friend’s wedding. I’ve got my pretty dress, shoes, and I’m planning how I’ll do my hair. Oh, and I’ll be getting my legs waxed. All 5 months’ worth of growth.
Not undertaking any kind of hair removal on my legs this summer wasn’t any kind of feminazi protest against today’s beauty standards. And I certainly have been showing off my calves regardless – it’s been far too hot to shy away from my sundresses. And look, I have to be honest, my friends do get a little jealous that my leg fuzz is fair and thin – I’ve been waxing and epilating since I was 14, slowly destroying the hair follicles each time I rip the hairs from their roots. But when I put it like that, I do start to question why girls do what we do – why is it that hairy legs on a girl is considered gross? Continue reading
Following the signing of an official document by her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, the Commonwealth officially stands against all discrimination.
The document formalises “core values of the organisation and the aspiration of its members.” That organisation is the Commonwealth, which Australia is a member of.
The Queen is set to sign the document later today in London.
The document will officially oppose “all forms of discrimination, whether rooted in gender, race, colour, creed, political belief or other grounds.”
A free university education isn’t the norm in Australia, unless you are one of our top athletes. An athlete who studies via the Australian Institute of Sport does not have to pay HECS-HELP fees; unlike our doctors, our nurses, our police officers, our teachers, our journalists, our artists, our paramedics; unlike any other career choice in Australia.
The result? A group of over-indulged athletes going on a “rampage” at the 2012 London Olympics. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t really care if they took “sleeping tablets and went to bed at 10.30″. That’s not the issue at hand.
The important issue is why should taxpayers foot the bill for their education?
Australian artist Ben Quilty is asking the same question.
In an opinion piece for the SMH, Quilty wrote:
“Everyone pays HECS: nurses, paramedics, teachers, artists; we all pay for our education. We also pay tax from prizes won: the Archibald, Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, all literary prizes, film prizes, prizes for excellence in education and medical research. Even the Queensland Premiers’ Literary Award was taxed, until it was axed. And I didn’t whinge about being thrown into a higher tax bracket when I won the Whiteley Scholarship as a young artist until I realised that at the same time I was in Paris studying, the young emerging Olympians in Salt Lake City were there for free. In fact the prizes they would receive for winning were also tax-free, and so were their education and training.”
He juxtaposes the recently revealed behaviour of athletes with the quiet heroism of soldiers in Afghanistan. The point is clear – Australian athletes need to grow up.
The face of a feminist?
I can hear the reactions already – “Here we go, another feminist rant.” To an extent you’re correct, however today’s article is somewhat different, as it strives to defend the word ‘feminist’ itself.
Several months ago, Katy Perry was nominated as ‘Woman of the Year‘ at a Women in Music luncheon. During her acceptance speech she made the following statement “I am not a feminist, but I do believe in the strength of women.”
Unsurprisingly, Perry received a great deal of negative backlash due to her comment. In fact, many twitter comments and blog posts arose that were devoted to slut shaming her. This is by no means my intention: if she wants to shoot whipped cream out of her boobs in order to slay Gummi Bears more power to her. I’m an advocate for all women to utilise any resources they have in order to reach their goals, including their bodies.
My only prerequisite to this is that they do it with some integrity and not solely for the gratification of men. And before you ask, yes I do include the sex industry in this argument. Hell, maybe I’d even consider going into it if I wasn’t in a happy and healthy relationship. (Apparently my Masters Degree would snatch me a pretty penny as a high class escort!)
My future career choices aside, some writers did come to Perry’s defence. One article even posed the question, “Shouldn’t all women be able to subscribe to the feminist ideology, even if they do not agree with or understand every bit of it?” Yes, yes they should. And you know why? Because that’s what feminism is about – a woman’s right to choose. Continue reading