Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Joy of Stickers

I went back the following week to find the stickers were missing!

Priceline selling Lynx (Axe) deodorant gift packs including soft porn calendar.

Sometimes stickers just look better on the glass window.

The front window display of a youth surf store, with sticker stuck on the glass.

Anti- City Beach flyer, on a noticeboard somewhere in North Sydney.

City Beach protest flyer stuck in City Beach fitting room (mwah ha ha ha!) Others have been left in store, stuffed down t-shirts, or taped up outside the shop and in centre toilets. And local movie theatre and various capital city train stations and carriages.

Ad from Cosmo mag in a cafe

Some excellent young women improved this calendar in a newsagency

The same awesome young people put this sticker on a shirt someone was actually wearing.

And possibly the best yet- these young women jumped out of the car at a traffic light to put this  on the car next to them before speeding off.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Campaign against City Beach

It's finally underway, our campaign against City Beach surf clothing store. City Beach has been selling porn t-shirts for over a year, with near naked, gagged and even battered women. One shirt pictured a naked woman with a black eye, crying, alongside the slogan 'It's only illegal if you get caught'.

In just a year, what was just porn t-shirts has now grown to include boardies, hoodies, caps, thongs, underwear, and other merchandise like pencil cases, drink coolers, iPhone covers, air fresheners and other sexist novelty items.

City Beach also sells TITS brand clothing, a brand of the pornography industry. Not only do they use famous porn stars to pose on their clothing, they were nominated for Best Apparel award at the 2012 AVN (Adult Video News) Awards, and had their own booth at the AVN expo, where fans could meet their favourite porn stars.

Collective Shout wrote about the campaign here.

Please visit and sign the petition.

If you are on twitter, don't forget to use #boycottcitybeach when posting about @CityBeach

Monday, January 2, 2012

David Warner's porn t-shirt debacle

A couple of weeks ago, new cricketing legend David Warner wore a Death By Zero porn t-shirt with a print of a topless woman. Being that he has risen to fame and popularity quite quickly, this made the news.

If you check out the comments, you can see that his choice of t-shirt combined with his inevitable role model status as a talented athlete was not appreciated by a lot of people.

I and others shared our disappointment for his sexist and objectifying t-shirt via twitter. Much to my surprise, David offered what I believed to be a genuine apology for was likely simply a poor choice.

Good on ya, David. We appreciate your apology and your sincerity.

Article in Take 5 magazine

It's been awhile (again!)

Thought I'd share this one quickly. Take 5 magazine approached me awhile back and asked to interview me for a story. Here it is, written by Take 5 (not me) with some mildly amusing 'quotes' from my husband. Happy to have more publicity for the campaign though- apparently the magazine goes to around 796 000 readers.

Look out for big things coming up soon!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Professional + Mummy = Oxymoron?

Sometimes I say to my husband, "You don't know what it's like to be home with the kids ALL THE TIME." I describe the often frustrating cycle of cleaning a room, as the children destroy another room. Or working for hours trying to 'get on top of the housework', thinking that at some point the house will be tidy, complete, and all that will be necessary is to maintain. I am yet to reach such a point, and highly doubt this point even exists before the youngest child is in full-time school (and even then...)

Or the constant stickiness, and the food in my hair (weet-bix is the worst!) and pulling on clothes that may not fit properly, or look like they were stolen from a hobo, and throwing my hair back into a ponytail. Seriously, I have seen babies that are better dressed than me. This is a very real concern!

There were days last year when it was school holidays and Sophia was still a pretty new baby, where it would get to the evening and I would go outside to empty the bin or check the mail, and I would look around and think, 'Huh, it rained today' or something, and realize I hadn't been out of my house, even to the letterbox, for a couple of days.

Back to my original point, I tell my husband he doesn't know what my role as stay at home mother is like, and he reminds me that I don't know what his role as 'bacon-getter' is like, because I've never had a full-time outside the home job.

He suggested awhile ago that I get back into some music teaching. I have been giving private music lessons since I was seventeen, and I actually quite enjoy it. I have met some awesome and talented young musicians and had a lot of fun with them. About two years ago we moved to another town, and with two small children and another on the way, I decided it was time for a break. A few weeks back, though, I decided life has calmed down enough for me to start thinking about starting up again.

Here's where it gets interesting- I somehow managed to get a part time job teaching piano and vocal lessons at a local private school (without so much as an interview, oh yeahhh!) and am finding myself actually being chased down by other schools looking for music teachers, which are apparently rare in this town. So here I am with more work than I can take being offered.

Maybe the first consideration should be the content of my lessons, or possible programs for Years 4-7 students...but let's be honest, my first thought was one of panic- Oh dear, I have to appear professional! No more food in my hair, no more havaianas, but ironed, smart casual teacher clothing. (Second thought was about programming.) I since took the opportunity to disappear off to the shopping centre and purchase a bunch of clothes (and while I was there, the complete series of Daria) much to my husband's shock. I usually come home fairly empty handed, mumbling about requiring practical shoes etc. Not this time!

Also thinking I could use some new make-up. It's been about two years since I really bought any decent make-up. And if I'm thinking about make-up, maybe I should be getting my hair all fancied up too. All in the name of appearing professional, of course. Both of these things don't typically fall under the realm of mother attire (at least in my world) so one could assume they are a part of being a working woman. And I think I could do with some new pants, too. You can't go to work with no pants.

My husband said if I wanted to work full time he would quit his job today. Sound like Lynette and Tom, season two of Desperate Housewives? Haha. In a way, that sounds....interesting.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Does the Human Rights Commission really care about gender quality? : one woman’s battle against porno and violent fashion

This post is about my sexual harrassment complaint against City Beach, made to the Human Rights Commission, from Melinda Tankard Reist's blog.

Does the Human Rights Commission really care about gender quality? : one woman’s battle against porno and violent fashion

Get it off your chest, guys, but dirty shirts just make slogans for bogans

I am pleased to report that the porn t-shirts campaign has been getting more media attention. Last week, Melbourne newspaper The Age published an article on the subject.

It was also very encouraging to see a Letter to the Editor published about this issue, written by well-known psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg.

I am also getting used to speaking to journalists, usually with no notice, while in the process of getting dressed, with children fighting in the background, or during three hour car rides (once again, with children fighting in the background!) Fun stuff.

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