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Down with the Anti-Feminist

March 25, 2013
Cara Rage, Feminism, In the News, Rants

I tend to get on my feminist high-horse on a daily basis. There’s always something going on in the news about some poor woman being raped/murdered or simply highlighting the inequality between men and women. Depending on my mood I tend to post links to my facebook where I have a bit of a rant about the injustices of the world and maybe have a bit of a discussion about it with friends. Occasionally there is debate, sometimes heated but almost always respectful and well intention ed.

That is, until I posted this article last week.

I made a point of mentioning that as it’s from the Daily Mail, it’s automatically kind of hard to believe or take seriously, but that I recommended it because of how it proves misogyny is still a big problem these days, even amongst the well-educated and wealthy, and that rape should never a joking matter. I feel these two facts are pretty obvious, and so I am always shocked and appalled when I get resistance to them from people. There was a massive fight about it, with one person being particularly vocal about how it was probably all a lie because of the site it was on and discounting it as female hysteria because there were no back up sources online (wut?). As one friend put it “Being critically aware is cool, but doubting off the bat has its roots in victim blaming and misogyny itself”.

Now we have the Steubenville rape case, where reactions range from “good, serves them right for raping an unconscious girl” to the absolutely shocking “that whore shouldn’t have gotten so drunk if she didn’t want to be raped” or, as CNN put it, “The most severe thing with these young men is being labeled as registered sex offenders… That will haunt them for the rest of their lives.” YOU’RE DAMN RIGHT IT WILL. And rightly so. They’re rapists.

It’s not just the media that’s sympathising with the rapists, the average joe on twitter has an opinion on it too as highlighted on Public Shaming (Warning: This tumblr will probably enrage you).

It is perplexing to me that even in the year 2013, people still don’t “get” what rape is. It’s as though rape is only genuine when it involves an innocent girl is raped by the creepy pervert hiding in the bushes. There is always a question of “what did the girl do to deserve the rape?” because it seems that unless you were dressed conservatively, are sober and you were walking in a safe area during daylight hours, it’s basically your fault that you got raped because you did something wrong (dressed “provocatively”, drank too much, walked in a bad area at night without a male escort etc) and you really should have know better. And unless a man forced himself on the violently, there’s always doubt about whether it’s really rape because maybe she lead him on, she just regretted having sex with him the next morning or the ever popular “well she didn’t say no”.

Just to be absolutely clear: RAPE IS RAPE.

We need to be beyond a time where we doubt a woman’s claim of rape before she even has a chance to explain what happened. Her being drunk or the fact she wore a short skirt should never, ever be justifications for her being sexually assaulted by anyone. There is no “lesson” being taught when a girl is raped. There is never something she has done to deserve rape as a punishment or lesson because no matter how repugnant she may be as a person, rape is never acceptable. It makes me furiously angry that everyone doesn’t know and accept this, but with everything that’s been happening in the world lately, it’s pretty darn clear that the general public either doesn’t realise or simple refuses to believe the truth. The fact a woman can be gang-raped to death and have people ask “Well why was she out after dark with a man who isn’t her husband?” or have a girl molested by a group of boys and have thousands of people the world over blaming her because she was drunk, only proves that there is a huge amount to do in terms of educating people on how victims of rape deserve to be treated. It’s not going to be easy and we’ll probably never get 100% there but I honestly think it’s possible.

I have so many opinions on this matter but I feel they can all be summed up with the following:

Henry Rollin’s amazing blog about the Stuebenville case

And this quote that’s floating around on tumblr:

What people don’t understand is when we say “Teach men not to rape,” we’re not talking about telling them not to jump out of the bushes in a ski mask and grab the nearest female. We’re talking about the way we teach boys that masculinity is measured by power over others, and that they aren’t men unless they “get some.” We’re talking about teaching men (and women) that it’s not okay to laugh at jokes about rape and abuse. We’re talking about telling men that a lack of “No” doesn’t mean “Yes,” that if a woman is too drunk to consent they shouldn’t touch her, that dating someone – or even being married to someone – does not mean automatic consent. We’re talking about teaching boys to pay attention to the girl they’re with, and if she looks uncomfortable to stop and ask if she’s okay, because sometimes girls don’t know how to say stop in a situation like that. We’re talking about how women have the right to change their mind. Even if she’s been saying yes all night, if she says no, that’s it. It’s over. That’s what we mean when we say “Teach men not to rape.

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Cosplay coz you wanna!

November 15, 2012
I love Links, In the News, Nerds and Geeks

Today a friend linked me to an article called Nerds: Stop Hating Women Please, asking for my opinion (with pleasure, Naomi!). It is based off a Facebook post by comic book artist Tony Harris who had a rant about women, particularly one’s who aren’t especially hot, who cosplay at comic book conventions. Basically he feels that most of these women aren’t real fans and are just dressing up because they’re attention seekers but are seeking the attention of nerdy guys who they wouldn’t give the time of day to when NOT at a convention.

As much as I hate to admit it, I do see his point. Problem is, he articulated it badly and is being a massive douchebag about it. What he should have said, and what I hope he actually meant, was that he hates posers at con’s and if you’re going to dress up as a character, make sure you’re doing it because you genuinely love the character/fandom and not because you think you’ll look cool/sexy/whatever in it. I think that if fair enough, because I feel that if you’re going to dress up as anything you should do it well and part of that is knowing what on earth you’re dressing up as.

Where he massively fucked up was aiming his vitriol at female cosplayers specifically, ad not only that, specifically the ones who are kinda-ok-looking but not totally hot. It’s as though he’s decided that only true girl-geeks are dorky, fat and ugly like the stereotypical geeky guy, while any girl who’s super duper hot isn’t trying to seek attention because she’s hot anyway, so like, whatever. WHAT THE HELL, DUDE? He actually seems bitter about being spurned by a girl for being a geek at some point in his life and now think all women are the same. And what about his awful opinion on his fellow guy-geeks? I’d be fuming if I was a male geek and I was tarred with the same brush as the worst examples of geeks.

I think Tony and any geeky guys out there who think like him need to understand a simple fact about women. Most of us do not dress the way we dress because we are seeking the attention of males. We wear what we were because we like it and/or it’s fashion. Sometimes fashion is revealing or shocking and therefore gets people’s attention. But attention-seeking is not the sole reason we dress in anything other than oversized hoodies and baggy jeans. Now, take into the equation what the typical female wears in comic books, film, video games etc and and ask yourselves this? What the hell else are we supposed to wear at conventions? Should we be making more modest versions of female super hero costumes in order to avoid being “attention seekers”? OH HALE NO!

Tony fucked up big time by focusing on women in his rant. Because this applies to men too. I see so many buff guys strutting around shirtless or in figure hugging lycra at conventions as their some super handsome comic book character, and I’m sure a number of them are only doing to to show off their hot-bod’s and not so much because they love the fandom.  WHO CARES? Conventions are there for people to geek out over their favourite things, and dressing up is a huge part of the fun. If someone dresses up as a character and doesn’t know much about it, that’s their problem, not yours. It’s not your business if they look awful because they don’t have the perfect physique in their costume. Let them have their fun and go about and have yours.

I think that the people who deserve to be targeted at con’s are those who wear cheap, shitty costumes from Chinese websites that are ill-fitting and cheaply made. I don’t give a shit how much you love that character or their fandom, you look like a punce. I’m a firm believer (as I’ve mentioned before) that unless you’re doing to dress up properly, don’t bother. Just go in your normal clothes and take photos of the people who actually bothered to make an effort, regardless of how big a geek you think they are.

Sheesh.

Standing up to bullies

October 4, 2012
Cara Rage, In the News, Life, My Advice

Please watch this video. I found this today while procrastinating and trawling through crappy news sites and it struck a cord with me. Bullies are jerks and I am sick of hearing about kids killing themselves after being relentlessly bullied. It should never happen and it boggles my mind that it keeps happening and is being fought against.

I was never really bullied in school. I’ve been super tall my whole life after some early growth spurts and so I never looked like a potential victim. Oh sure, tall kids get bullied too, but when you’re also a big ol’ loudmouth as I tend to be, bullies don’t really bother you much. They tried a few times though, but I’d usually laugh in their faces. I actually spent a lot of time defending kids against bullies in high school. Any time I saw someone teasing or hurting another kid in a bullying kind of way, I’d be all up in the bullies face yelling insults back and a few times, I lashed out physically (only minor things like a few face slaps and pinning them against a wall while I told them a thing or two). In most cases the bully stopped and as far as I knew stopped bullying that kid, at least while I was around. I did suffer some workplace bullying which was awful but I learne d alot from that, and will never let that happen to me again.

See,  this is the thing with most bullies, be they at school or at work or online, people turn a blind eye to it. Which is RIDICULOUS! Standing up to a bully isn’t the same as standing up to a man holding a knife or a gun. You don’t even have to stand up to them yourself, if you think they might turn their attention to you (which should only be a problem if the bully is a violent one since, ya know, words can’t hurt you) because you can go report them to someone with authority and get them to sort it out. And if they won’t, go to someone else. There’s never an excuse to be a silent witness to bullying and by turning the other cheek, you’re almost as bad as the bully themselves.

Now that we have the internet, bullying can be sneakier and done with more secrecy because if the attacks are all sent via email or private message, there aren’t any witnesses. I’ve received some nasty online bullying before but mostly from complete strangers who take offense to something I’ve posted online and after initially getting a bit riled up, I am able to laugh about it and hit delete. But many people can’t do that and take those nasty words to heart and suffer in silence. It’s unfortunate that they feel they can’t tell friends or family about it and actually believe any of those vicious comments are true.

I don’t have any awesome advice on how to deal with bullying because I was very rarely subject to it. All I can say is, heed the advice given by Jennifer Livingston because it’s so, so good. No one deserves to be bullied ever, not as a kid and not as an adult, no matter what their situation in life. Bullies are cowards and we need to help each other out to stop them from destroying any more lives.

RIP Jill Meagher

October 3, 2012
In the News, Life, Random Thoughts

Unless you’re not from Australia, you may not know about Jill Meagher. In the very early hours of Saturday 22nd September, she started the extremely short walk home in Brunswick, one she’d probably walked alone many times before. But she never made it home and her husband reported her missing right away. Within a day or two the whole of the country was aware of her disappearance. On the morning of Friday 28th I woke to the news that her body had been discovered, raped and murdered 50km north of Melbourne and a man had been arrested in relation to her death.

I honestly haven’t stopped thinking about it since my boyfriend woke me up to tell me her body had been discovered. I was feeling ratshit from going to a gig the night before and the subsequent agony that my back was going through as a result, but I was wide awake as soon as I heard. I knew deep down that there wouldn’t be a happy ending when she was missing for more than three days and they found her belongings in an alley. But that doesn’t stop you from feeling sad when you find out what happened to her.

Without making this a big ol’ feminist rant, I just want to say how close to home this is for almost every female I know. We’re always told to be careful, not to walk alone at night (especially not while drunk) and always be wary of strange men. But who would ever think they’d be abducted while walking the 500m from a bar to your home in a busy neighbourhood? It goes to show that no matter how careful and prepared for the worse you are, it means nothing when you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time. It was so sad to hear of people victim-shaming her for not calling her hubby to pick her up or catching a cab. It was 500 metres, of course it made sense to walk when she probably did it dozens of times before. I’ve made similar walks home while drunk before and while I had fleeting thoughts of worry that someone might try and hurt me, the fact it was a short distance in a busy area with lots of potential witnesses made the likeliness of my being hurt/grabbed seem impossible. I could have been so wrong just one of those times and never made it home. It’s so unfair that women have to be scared about being assaulted by simply walking by themselves at night, and then have people say “well you shouldn’t have done that” like we’re supposed to cover ourselves head to toe and have a man with us at every moment to avoid being attacked. It’s just bullshit.

I just hope Jill’s death won’t be in vain. I hope that it will affect people in such a way that we all start looking after one another a little better. Yes, killers and rapists will always be out there but maybe this will help make people more aware of the things happening around them and more willing to help out if someone seems to be in trouble. I also hope cab drivers stop refusing short trip fares, especially to the vulnerable and partners are more obliging to pick loved ones up instead of expecting them to make their own way home after a night out. If that’s what comes of of this terrible situation then at least Jill’s death wasn’t entirely pointless, especially if it ends up saving someone else’s life.

RIP Jill.

The Shire aka Bogans Go Wild

July 17, 2012
disappointment tuesday, In the News, Rants

If you’re Australian, you’ve undoubtedly heard of the new show on Channel 10 called “The Shire”. If not, let me paint you a picture. There’s an area of southern Sydney called the Sutherland Shire which is nicknamed the Shire (clever, I know). For a historical reference, Cronulla Beach is located in the Shire, where the infamous race riots happened back in 2005. Basically, it is known for having lots of bogan’s, including the ever fancy variety, the CUB (cashed up bogan) . It’s probably a nice area as far as landscape goes because it’s got some nice beaches and stuff but everything I know about the Shire revolves around the bogan’s and their race riots.

So, Channel 10 decided to make a show called The Shire which follows the lives of a few residents in the ever-special “dramality” format. In other words, it’s meant to be reality TV but they try to class it up by making it look a bit like a soap opera with nicer lighting and better shot framing etc. Also, you bet your arse it’s at least partially scripted. Think of classic American TV dramality shows like “Laguna Beach” or its spin off “The Hills”.

If you’ve seen either “Laguna Beach” or “The Hills” then you know what a load of clap trap it is. But it’s pretty addictive even though you know the typical episode is just 10 minutes of Lauren Conrad moaning about something, Heidi and Spencer being the worlds worst couple and then a whole bunch of shots of Hollywood Hills as filler. But it kind of works for whatever inexplicable reason. Australians cannot recreate it, and so before it even debuted, everyone knew The Shire would fail. I mean really, who wants to see a bunch of 20-something CUBs having made up fights with each other, acting like they have ALL THE FUN and do ALL THE SHOPPING with dickhead bogan accents and filler shots of the beach? BORING.

Naturally I was stubborn and refused to watch it and instead opted to take my dogs for a walk. I saw enough in the constant stream of ad’s they showed to have the whole first episode, if not the whole series, summed up nicely. But I’ve done a fair bit of reading up on it today and am pretty confident I was 100% spot on. Apparently people are taking back their claims that Lara Bingle’s atrocious reality show is the worst Australian show ever made, and giving that title to The Shire instead. Yep, it seems like it’s just that bad.

I will say this though, it’s NOT our equivalent of “Jersey Shore”. I mean come on, at least they have Snooki! Seriously, at least Jersey Shore is in-you-face trashy and is like a car-crash – you can’t help but watch in shocked wonderment. The Shire is just embarrassing.

Anyway, for the LOLs here are a few of the articles I’ve had a laugh at about just how badly received the show was:

The Shire ‘makes Lara Bingle’s show look like Q&A’
The Enthusiast review
Timeout Twitter Reviews

Did you watch it? What did you think? Are we all being totally unfair on this new show or is it exactly as shit as everyone is saying? 

 

I Love Links

May 31, 2012
I love Links, In the News

Goodness! I haven’t done a I <3 Links post in AGES! Well, let me remedy this immediately!

Awesome People Hanging out Together
Pretty self explanatory. Mostly celebrities and other well-known, cool people. There are some really random combinations of people which fills me with lots of joy :)

Dear Coquette
Do you need some no-nonsense advice from someone who doesn’t beat around the bush? Or do you just like to read advice such as this, dished out to strangers? Then this tumblr is for you. I love how direct she is, and have already taken some of the advice for myself.

Letter Heady
Do you enjoy letterheads? I know I do, and as someone who has an actual, proper pen pal that I write to every month, I am really into letterheads and other fancy, REAL stationary right now. There are some super cool ones here that I’d love to replicate!

Grandpa Simpson Quotes
I don’t think there’s a soul alive who doesn’t love Grandpa Simpson. His quotes are always awesome (well, maybe not as great in the last 10 years but that’s because the new writers are generally pretty awful these days).

“Mr. Peterson, you can take this job and…fill it! And one more thing…I never once washed my hands. That’s your policy, not mine.”

Lick My Cupcakes
I’ve loved this blog by Em for years but for some reason I stopped reading it for ages (my fault for not adding it to my “Blogs to check daily” folder, I s’pose). Check it out as she’s super cute and blogs very lovely things.

The Zombie Apocalypse is Upon Us
Did you hear? Zombies have turned up in the USA and well, started eating people’s faces (warning, link is GRAPHIC and NSFW). I don’t want to be called a fear mongerer but my plans to learn archery seem highly appropriate right about now, as does storing canned good, medical supplies and buying a fortress in the middle of a vast field with plenty of fresh water and good views for zombie shootin’.

 

Beautiful? No, you’re just a cow.

April 5, 2012
Cara Rage, Feminism, In the News, Pissed Off

On Tuesday night I read an article by Samantha Brick called “Why women hate me for being beautiful”. I actually found it after seeing VICE magazine has written a parody of it and I had to see what the fuss was about. I was curious based on the title, and thought it might prove insightful because I do think women can be rude and awful to other women out of jealousy. But then I started reading the article and couldn’t work out whether to laugh or fly into a furious rage. It took me about three attempts to finish the article because I’d get so bad tempered with it and had to look away.

I’m not even going to go into the fact she’s not nearly as beautiful as she proclaims to be. Beauty can be perceived in many differemt ways and I’m sure a lot of men, and probably women, find her extremely attractive (though I will admit I did wonder if it was all a joke after reading the first paragraph and seeing the first photo because neither really matched each other). Even if she had have been the most gorgeous women on Earth, if she looked like a beautiful combination of Megan Fox, Charlize Theron and Catherine Zeta Jones (all of whom i consider good examples of classic beauty), her article was the most self-deluded and condescending piece of rubbish I’ve ever wasted my time on.

Men apparently buy her things and fawn all over her for her “lovely smile”. Ok well you can’t hate her for that. I assume she’s just not very photogenic and actually does have a radiant smile, so her getting free things from admiring men isn’t so big a deal. But then she goes on to explain that women everywhere hate her for her stunning good looks, that she’s lost jobs over it, lost friends and made enemies, all because other women are so overwhelmed by jealousy and can’t bare the thought of their husbands meeting her because clearly she’ll knock them off their feet and they will leave them for her. Right.

She also wrote a follow up article detailing how terrible the 24 hours were since that article went live and how we’ve all basically proved her point that we’re all a bunch of jealous skanks who hate her for being too attractive. WTF? She does make a few good points, I’ll reluctantly admit. Women do act like jealous cows and hate on attractive women for no apparent reason. It’s a superficial thing though and almost always short-lived. I don’t know any woman who hates another female solely because she’s extremely attractive. Sure we might mutter “bloody bitch” when we see how amazing their figure is, how lovely their hair looks or how flawless their complexion is, but it’s a joke and it’s our weird way of paying a compliment to a woman who we perceive as very attractive.

Let’s face facts, love. Women do not hate you because you’re beautiful. They hate you for your abysmal personality. Women ARE daunted by beauty, but they’re able to get over it very quickly. I’ve met a lot of beautiful women and have noticed how men react to them within the first few minutes of meeting them and instantly felt threatened. But in most cases they prove themselves to be nice, down-to-earth and generally lovely women and that first pang of jealousy that deep down made me feel like there was some sort of good-looks contest going on, disappeared. If any of them were stuck-up or aloof with me, I’d get me back up and instantly dislike them, and it would take a little bit of coercion before I could change my opinion. Basically, if you’re up yourself or act better than me, I will not like you on first contact. You don’t even have to be beautiful, women tend to base their opinions of personalities and we’re actually more likely to feel threatened by an extremely self-confident woman than a beautiful one.

Which is Samantha’s problem, I guess. She has way too much self-confidence and absolutely no comprehension of what modesty is. i’m not saying women can’t acknowledge their good looks, but everyone prefers someone who’s humble in the good fortune than one who makes a big ol’ fuss about it. I would suggest it’s not her “good looks” that women dislike about her, it’s the fact she has a huge ego and projects her feelings that all women hate her for being attractive onto other women, and that’s what they sense and instantly dislike. Or maybe she has really terrible self-confidence and over compensates for it by being an obnoxious tart. After all, her previous articles about how her (revolting) husband will divorce her if she gets fat, how she blew all her money on an addiction to using psychics or how she’s flirted her way to the top of her profession, seem to convey someone who is insecure as hell. but maybe that’s just me, and I’m misinterpreting her shoddy journalism.

Like the old saying says, beauty is skin deep. There is absolutely no point primping and preening on the outside if you’re a horrible beast of a person on the inside. People, women especially, can see through your makeup and nice hairdo and see what kind of person you are and use that to decide if you’re truly beautiful. While we women can be a bitchy lot, for the most part we do not hate a person simply because of how they look, and use a lot of other factor to come to that conclusion. Sorry sam, but you’re an ugly moll on the inside and out and women don’t like you because you’re not worth liking. Soz!

A couple of amusing parodies that I’ve read (feel free to share any that you’ve found):

The Punch: My Unbearable Life as a Handsome man
Huffington Post: Who said it – Samantha Brick of Zoolander?
VICE: As always, a hilarious parody where they just reword the original article but make it 1000x more crass

Hugs AND Drugs?

April 4, 2012
In the News, My Advice

Yesterday a report was released by Australia21 advising that the 40-year “War on Drugs” has failed and recomended decriminalising the use of illicit drugs which would mean it would not be subject to penalty under criminal law but dealt with under civil law. It also recommends the possibility of legalising, regulating and taxing illicit drugs, so that there is no longer a need for black-market, dodgy drug dealers who we all know are the problem behind drugs, not the ordinary folk who experiment with them. After all, drug use continues to increase and police resources are wasted on catching people taking drugs to music festivals or at nightclubs when they are more valuable at catching the awful people who make, sell and distibute the stuff.

I will admit right now that I am not an expert on drugs, and that I have always been in favour of legalising drugs, particularly ones like marijuana and ecstacy/MDMA. My reasoning is not because I am a pot head who wants to get high legally, but because I know for a fact that these drugs pose less of a danger on Australian society than alcohol and tobacco. I can see it now, it’s Friday night in Fortitude Valley and instead of there being dozen of drunken fist fights on the Brunswick St Mall, there are people getting along, chatting to strangers instead of starting yelling matches and throwing punches. Inside the clubs there’s fewer fights because some guy bumped into another guys girlfriend, instead disagreements will be resolved with a hug and everyone will be there to dance and have fun, not get smashed and cause trouble. OK OK so this is never going to happen, people will always drink alcohol and start fights. But imagine how nice it’d be if alcohol was only consumed by the minority while the rest of the party goers were on a pill that was safely manufactured and sold legally? One that made the taker loving and euphoric and a great deal more pleasant to be around? Sounds good to me!

I think there is way too much hysteria about experimentation with drugs. Of course there are a lot of people out there who start off on softer stuff and then progress to hard drugs and completely fuck up their lives with a heroin or crack habit. But so many people use drugs socially and do it safely and without ever forming a habit or getting all carried away. Most of the time it’s just experimentation and lasts only a couple of years during their partying days and then becomes a distant memory. I will be bold and say the majority of drug users in Australia are responsible, know their limits, and do it to enhance their experience while out clubbing, out in nature, at a festival or sitting on the couch at home.

Of course there are issues with changing the laws on illicit drugs. Decriminalising will stop the average joe from being arrested for posessing a small amount of weed or pills. But the drug manufacturers and dealers will still exist and they’re the ones who we need to really get rid of. That’s why I’d LOVE to see drugs made legal. If they’re made properly, the industry is regulated and they’re taxed, illegal drug manufacturing will become a thing of the past. After all, how can the dude who makes ecstasy in his bathtub compete when the chemist down the road is selling the same stuff for a smaller price? There’s also the fact a lot of businesses would suffer if people were given the option of taking a pill instead of only being able to drink alcohol. If bars and clubs can’t make profit from selling liquor any more, then they’ll close and we’d have nowhere to go for a dance and socialise while on our fancy new, legal drugs. Which would really suck… I don’t really have a solution for that problem, but it was something that was mentioned when discussing this issue with a friend and ought to be considered as well.

There is an awful lot to think about, but I honestly think legalisation is the answer. I could go on and on with other positive side effects of legalisation, but I’d rather hear what YOU have to say about it. What are your thoughts? Do you think drugs should be decriminalised, legalised or left as they are?

Is Enid Blyton like, totally daggy?

March 28, 2012
Books, In the News, Nerds and Geeks, Random Thoughts

Today a friend expressed sadness at the news that books by Enid Blyton are being “updated” by the publisher who owns the rights to Blyton’s estate. Basically, they want to change certain phrases such as “golly gosh” and jolly japes” to make them more relevant to children today and encourage children to read the books that they might have otherwise have been put off by.

Now I’m sure you’re all sitting there, waiting for me to rant about how wrong this is. But… I actually agree and think it’s a good idea. SHOCK! I say this as a person who grew up reading Enid Blyton and I have very vivid, happy memories about games I used to play, imagining I was one of the characters from the Magic Faraway Tree or my favourite character of all, Pip. Her books meant a lot to me and they still do.  All I know about Robin Hood is based on her book Tales of Robin Hood and my sister and I still talk about a character we created for a doll that was heavily influenced by Naughty Amelia Jane.

But let’s face it, some of the phrases used in her books are… well, daggy. Even as a kid in the 80s and 90s, I thought the wording was a bit outdated. But like many kids my age I got on with it and could always ask my parents if I needed one of the more outdated words translated to me. But I still used to giggle at her use of the word “gay” and character names like Dick and Fanny. I mean come on, it’s HILARIOUS!

Now while I don’t feel kids are necessarily too stupid to read her books in their original format, it’s pretty clear that the modern seven year old is going to read a book that makes better sense to them, than to read an Enid Blyton tale where half the words and phrases used are foreign to them, or else have completely changed meaning. There are SO many books out there these days that kids can identify with easier, and as much as I loved Blyton’s books, they’d be hard pressed to keep up with modern society if they were to stay exactly as they were written.

The publishers have assured us all that the storylines themselves will remain unchanged but they will convert some key sayings and words to more timeless alternatives and will not use modern slang or refer to things like mobile phones. So the only things that will be affected are words that haven’t remained in our modern vocabulary and will be changed to words that we recognise now (a good example is changing “awful swotter” into “bookworm”). I feel a pang of sadness that kids won’t learn these wonderful old words and expand their vocabulary like we did, but in the end it’s better they read the books at all then have them scoff at words like “housemistress” (instead of “teacher”) and then discard them as old-fashioned rubbish. Just so long as the original versions keep getting printed for us older folk who want to reminisce then I al all for revamping Enid Blyton’s amazing books!

What are your thoughts? Do you oppose the plans to update Enid Blyton’s books? Or do you think that it’ll get more kids to read these classics from our childhood?

Shit Bogan Girls Say

February 7, 2012
In the News, Teaches of Ruby, Things I Like

Hi guys, many apologies for not blogging lately. Basically life has been a tad hectic, as my work moved buildings which I helped co-ordinate, and my internet has crapped itself at home so I’ve just not had much time beyond using my phone on the commute to and from work to get online!

Never fear though, because on Sunday my sister and I filmed, edited and uploaded our “Shit Bogan Girls Say” video. If you haven seen the original “Shit Girls Say” video then please check it out here. There are tonnes of other variations, such as Shit Black Girls Say and my favourite Shit Asian Dads Say. Naturally I found these to be completely hilarious and decided to make my own version. But of what? Since it was nearing Australia Day and I have a bit of a soft spot for bogans, I knew that was what I had to do!

This video is the result of the 2nd attempt to make this video as my three years at film school was not enough to help me remember to change settings on a camera before filming the first time. Luckily though my sister wanted to be involved and made this version about 1000x better than I could have ever anticipated!  We had so much fun making it and are already planning the sequel.

Please Note: There is a LOT of swearing and it’s pretty damn obnoxious. If you’re offended by crass behaviour, swearing or bad mullet wigs, please do NOT watch this video!