There is a perception in the Australian media (yes, its Flute here again, not Lauren) perperuated mainly by right wing women that there is no need for feminism anymore, if that is the case then why:
* In 1966 there were 32% of women in full time work, in 1999 this had risen to a startling 34%
* Women hold 72% of part time jobs
* There are 60 female members of federal parliament, 164 men
* Breast feeding is still taboo in public places
* Overall, women earn an average of 67% of male wages. If you exclude part time work this rises to just 81%
* In Australia only 1.3% of executive directors are women
* 28% of women have experience sexual harrassment in the workplace
* There are adverts on the TV to tell blokes to stop hitting their partners…
* …Because 23% of women who have been in a de facto or married relationship have experienced violence.
I’d be interested to know how these figures compare with the US.
By the way I see that the Pope is not so ill after all. Maybe he is just worried that because he lives in a fundamentalist state where there is no democracy that the Holy See might be next target on the list of the coalition of the willing. I wonder what its like becoming Pope. One minute you’re just an average Joe cardinal, then as soon as the smoke changes color, you become infallible. Is there some sort of angelly orchestra thing that accompanies this moment of transformation into someone who can never be beaten in Trivia Pursuit? Instead of the catholic church collecting money from parishoners, why don’t they just send the Pope to a few horseraces with a fat wad of cash. Or stick him on the Wheel of Fortune. Or play a few crap games in Vegas. They’re onto him in the casinos, last time I saw a sign saying, “No card counting, no electronic devices, no cameras, no Holy Fathers”.