I feel sorry for Julia Gillard

Julia Gillard is no longer the Prime Minister of Australia and I can’t help but feel sorry for her. I honestly believe her gender played a role in her downfall. 

Just yesterday she was dealing with backlash from a photo of her knitting. Knitting! After facing years of jokes of about her lack of femininity she starts getting crap for knitting.

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The offending photo of Julia Gillard from Women’s Weekly

I am disappointed that the leadership of Australia’s first female Prime Minister had to end with her being overthrown by her own party. I know that’s how she came into the leadership in the first place but still. 

Although I didn’t always agree with her policies, I did admire her strength and determination. 

I hope that history will look on her more favourably than we do now.

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What’s wrong with this video?

If you haven’t seen it, this is the original video for Robin Thicke’s single “Blurred Lines.” (Please note: this video is seriously NSFW!)

This song was bought to my attention by an article by Tricia Romano on The Daily Beast in which she describes the song “kind of rape-y.” (You can read her article here.)

The video features models running around wearing only flesh-coloured g-strings and was posted on both Vevo and YouTube (although YouTube has since pulled it and only features the censored version in which the girls wear clothing.) Although there is a small parental advisory logo in the bottom, there is nothing stopping children from accessing the video.

Then there’s the lyrics, there are no swear words, so there is nothing stopping this song from being played in full on the radio, but there is a lot of innuendo.

The chorus, for example, features the lyrics

Can’t let it get past me
You’re far from plastic
Talk about getting blasted
I hate these blurred lines
I know you want it

“I know you want it.” – Basically no means yes, a line that a fully clothed Thicke repeats into the ear of a topless, pouting model.

One website feels the song is about a “good girl” who wants crazy, wild sex but is too afraid to ask for it. (You can view Rap Genius’s translation here.)

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A screen shot of the lyrics meaning from Rap Genius.

The video opens with the topless models and somehow manages to become more depraved in the following four minutes.

Any hint of subtly goes out the window when one of the models appears dancing in front of balloons spelling out “Robin Thicke has a big dick.

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This is quickly followed with one of the models having a small stop sign saying no on her backside.

Yep

And then with this scene.

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I don’t even know what to say…

The lyrics manage to go down hill as well with T.I. rapping in the third verse

I’ll give you something big enough to tear your ass in two.

I would just like to take this opportunity to point out that this song is currently number one in both Australia and the United States and the unrated music video is number one on iTunes (the censored version is currently sitting at two.)

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iTunes music video chart in Australia

So what does Thicke have to say about all the controversy surrounding this song?

In a recent interview with GQ magazine Thicke was quoted as saying:

People say, “Hey, do you think this is degrading to women?” I’m like, “Of course it is. What a pleasure it is to degrade a woman. I’ve never gotten to do that before. I’ve always respected women.”

Just because you generally respect women and you’re all happily married, does not mean you can trivialise rape.

 

On the Menu – Sexism

The Prime Minister of Australia is an unmarried, Atheist woman so you would think that this would be a pretty progressive country. This week our opposition party (called the Liberal party despite the fact they are conservative) proved we still have a long way to go.

A menu from a fundraiser for a Liberal candidate in Queensland, Mal Brough has surfaced revealing the sexist undertones that still exist in Australian politics.

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The offending “dish” is the “Julia Gillard Kentucky Fried Quail – Small breasts, huge thighs and a big red box.”

As you can see, other Labor members are made fun of on here (Rudd’s A Goose Foie Gras is a reference to former PM Kevin Rudd) but it’s the way Gillard has been described literally as a piece of meat. It is disgusting to speak about any woman this way but when it’s the Prime Minister it’s a new low.

You would never see a male politician described this way. I understand they don’t have breasts but there are other parts of the male anatomy that can be the butt of jokes.

Our opposition members sit there and accuse Gillard of playing the gender card, but when this is what she’s up against, what choice does she have?

 

 

 

An audition for what exactly…?

This ad is currently playing on Australian television and it confuses me.

For those of you who might not know, Libra is a company that manufactures feminine hygiene products (pads and tampons), so naturally when they create wipes and body wash one would assume it’s for your “intimate” areas. With that in mind, watch the ad again. She has an audition and she needs to “freshen up” with Libra wipes, which leads me to ask, is this a porn audition? Why else would she need to be fresh down there!?! Also why does her friend not mind her wiping herself in the back seat of her car?

It seems I’m not the only one asking this. Here are some of the comments from the YouTube video;

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A screen shot from Libra’s YouTube page

Questions have also been raised on Libra’s Facebook page, which has led to Libra attempting to clarify what the wipes are used for.

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Libra’s response on Facebook

 

While Libra can attempt to clarify all they want, there’s no denying what everyone thinks they’re used for, including the retailers.

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Screenshot from ePharmacy which has the wipes in “intimate hygiene”

Why does this exist #1 – Porn Parodies

So I have realised during a lot of my rants that I often use the line, “why does this exist?” This of course, gave me a brilliant idea, make it a segment on my blog and I thought I would start off with something fun – PORN PARODIES.

When I heard that there was going to be a porn parody of “Girls” (aka the greatest show on the planet!) my first question was WHY!?! This led to me posting the following on Facebook:

The fact there is a porn parody of Girls depresses me. I also don’t know why there needs to be one… isn’t there enough sex in Girls already? It’s like making a porn version of True Blood…oh there is one of those…What’s next, a porn version of 30 rock? There’s one of those too!? That’s it, I give up!”

Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate all porn parodies, I think some of them are probably quite funny (I haven’t really watched any so I wouldn’t know) but below are five I think the world could have done without.

1. Girls

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The original HBO Girls

There are several things wrong with creating a Girls porn parody. One of my biggest arguments against it is that the show already has a lot of graphic sex scenes in it, as for the other ones, I think the show’s creator Lena Dunham said it best on Twitter.

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The parody, which is very creatively titled “This Ain’t Girls XXX,” is produced by Hustler and while, according to star Richie Calhoun, it tries to capture the show’s weirdness it does seem to stray from the original. Hannah apparently gives up on men and turns to lesbianism for a while only to return to Adam who makes her “crawl” back to his bed.

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Girls the XXX Parody.

2. The Simpsons

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The Simpsons as we know and love them.

Arguably one of the most beloved cartoons on television, The Simpsons is not even safe from porn parodies.

Also produced by Hustler and titled “The Simpsons – The XXX Parody” (you would really think that Hustler would pay someone to think up better titles) is Homer and Marge’s sex tape…oh and it’s live action. NOT CARTOON! But don’t worry, they’re still yellow. Yep. Not kidding.

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The live-action porn version.

3. Spongebob Squarepants

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Cute kids cartoon Spongebob

Renamed SpongeKnob Squarenuts. Yet another live-action version of a cartoon…except this time it’s a children’s cartoon…oh and it’s about a sponge whose friends with a starfish, a squirrel and a squid. So how could they possibly pull this off?

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The parody no one asked for…

With a LOT of bad costumes, that’s how!

And if you were wondering about the storyline… apparently Spongebob SpongeKnob realises he’s the only sponge and therefore needs to procreate with the only female he knows…who happens to be a squirrel…well it was never going to make sense…

4. Glee

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The original cast of Glee

Yet another kids show turned into porn. Meet This Ain’t Glee the XXX Parody (yes Hustler again…anyone else beginning to notice a theme here?) This wasn’t one of those parodies I immediately objected to, it was only when I read about a certain scene in it.

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The Glee porn parody cast featuring all the girls’ bras because…well…why not?

In one of the scenes Tina (one of the glee kids) goes into the bathroom after being “slushied” (if you’ve seen the show you’ll know what this means) to clean up (which of course in a porno involves taking her clothes off…) and is followed by cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester who basically sneaks up behind Tina, places her hand on a strap on she’s wearing and promises to leave the glee club alone if Tina plays along. This is just waaaaay to creepy. I’m not creeped out by lesbianism (I am bisexual after all) but by the fact that there’s a teacher wandering around the school wearing a strap-on under her clothes!

Also did I mention they sing parody songs with more sexual lyrics, for example Queen’s Fat Bottomed Girls becomes Big Tushy Ho’s, which, come to think of it, is actually more disturbing than the thought of a teacher walking around wearing a strap on.

5. World of Warcraft

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World of Warcraft which features many weird and wonderful creatures.

World of Warcraft (or WOW as it is known to nerds around the world) is a fantasy online role-playing game that now has it’s own porn parody series Whorecraft or WhoreLore as it’s now known. Yes, you read that right, a SERIES. Again this is live action featuring a lot of strange costumes and make up (think green women and elf ears.) Unlike the others in this list though, WhoreLore seems to have quite a large budget but still…really?!

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