Sunday, 31 May 2015

Sexploitation Advertisements

First we had the inappropriate Body Shop campaign with a naked man covering his genitals with a fig tree shaped soap on a rope with "Get Some of the Good Stuff" as the slogan. We expect better from the Body Shop who markets itself as responsible and aware of social issues.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Young People and Pornography

The 7.30 report is looking for a few young people, over 18 years of age, to take part in an on camera interview about the impact of online pornography on their expectations of a relationship.
Is this scary?  It can be the first time that you do it but if you are enjoying the discussion you stop thinking about the camera.  It would be a useful thing to do to spread knowledge about this issue and contribute to the debate.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Catholic Church Continuing To Utilise the Ellis Defence

Catholic Church lawyers have apparently decided that the Church should still use the Ellis defence. The Ellis defence is based on a 2007 NSW Court of Appeal decision.  This decision found that the Church could not be sued for compensation as it does not constitute a legal entity.This was always a scurrilous argument intended to save the Catholic Church money regardless of the damage to its reputation.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Uber

Uber is basically an unregulated system of cheap transport that is  dangerous for women.  The drivers, whilst having Police Checks, are untrained and it appears unsupervised.  A young woman was sexually assaulted in Sydney a couple of weeks ago by an Uber driver and it was difficult for her to find anyone at Uber who would take any action.

With reputably taxi companies you know that the taxi drivers are trained and licenced.  They have their picture in the cab and there are cameras.  Whilst assaults may occur occasionally you are able to take the number and not only report to the Police but report to the taxi company and the Taxi Directorate.  Hailing cabs in the street is not a good idea if you are alone and have been drinking as there is no record of the trip.  If you ring a taxi company there is a record of the trip and they will know who the driver is.  The driver does not have your telephone number although they will have your home address if they drive you home.  With Uber the driver will have your telephone number as well as your address.

An interesting twist to this occurred when I caught a taxi last week and was told by the taxi driver that he thought he had missed his previous fare as an unmarked car, which he thought was an Uber car, pulled up alongside the women hailing the taxi. She talked to the driver of the car for a few minutes and then walked back to the taxi. The taxi driver asked her if it was an Uber car and she said that it was just a man who stopped and asked her if she wanted a lift into town for $10.  She said she stopped and spoke to him because she thought it was an Uber car.

This is a particularly dangerous development if anyone can pull over and offer a lift and women are stopping to talk because they are becoming used to unmarked cars.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Archbishop Philip Wilson

Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson has become the world's most senior Catholic clergyman to be charged with concealing a child sex abuse allegation against another priest.  Whether he turns out to be guilty or innocent it will be heartening for victims to see senior people in the Catholic bureaucracy being called to account for what clearly, in many cases, has been a failure of their duty of care.  The general lack of accountability of the Catholic Church over a number of years has been extremely difficult for victims leaving them feeling that they do not have a chance against a large, powerful institution.