feminist news round-up: 17.11.13
An asylum seeker was sent back to a Brisbane detention centre while her newborn child was in intensive care this week. For several days, the woman could only visit her baby during visiting hours (10-4). A statement from the Mater Children’s Hospital, where the woman gave birth, rejected Immigration Minister Scott Morrison’s claim that it was common for women not to stay overnight because of ‘bed restrictions.’
‘Once a mum is clinically well enough to go home, she is discharged from hospital, but is encouraged to be involved in her baby’s care wherever possible to help establish and strengthen her bond with her baby,’ the statement said. ‘Mater places no restrictions on women and they can visit their baby anytime where possible.’ The case has rightfully earned the Government increased criticism over its treatment of asylum seekers.
Reports have surfaced that a contractor at Brisbane airport has been sexually assaulting international students working at the airport. A Change.org calling for the sacking of the contractor has received more than 13,000 signatures in a week.
In an exciting and progressive move for Australian television, 7Mate has scheduled Legends (read, lingerie) Football League for 2014. Perhaps the only women’s sport that feminists are not super-excited to see broadcast on free-to-air TV, Legends Football manages to be offensive to women in its blatant objectification of their bodies; and to men, for assuming that the only way they would watch women’s sport is if hotties in lingerie are on the field.
Various feminist critics have pointed out the racism in Lily Allen’s new film clip. While the clip is awesome for lampooning the gross Robin Thicke-esque objectification of women in music… it kind of awkwardly replicates it. Yes, it’s meant to be satirical but so was Thicke’s…
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