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Australian PM Not Impressed with ‘Small Breasts’ Menu

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Gender has once again taken centre stage in Australia’s election campaign after an offensive menu about Australian PM Julia Gillard was posted online.

Australian PM Julia Gillard has said that the menu, which was for an opposition party fundraiser, was “grossly sexist”. The menu resorted to high school level name-calling and featured “Julia Gillard Kentucky Fried Quail – Small Breasts, Huge Thighs and a Big Red Box”. Yikes. Stay classy, Australia!

A photo of the menu from a fundraiser for Queensland Liberal National Party candidate Mal Brough

The menu was for a dinner back in March for Liberal National Party candidate Mal Brough who is seeking a return to parliament after losing his seat in 2007. After the menu was posted online by a Brisbane chef, Brough apologized for it, admitting it was sexist. Opposition leader Tony Abbott said the menu was “tacky and scatological” but confirmed Brough would still run in the election.

“I condemn it, as Mal Brough has,” Abbott told journalists today. “I think we should all be bigger and better than that. Whether it is a tacky scatological menu out the front of a Liberal Party event, whether it is squalid jokes told at union conference dinners with ministers present.”

The restaurateur later said the menu had been “a joke” and was not used at the meal. The menu also mocked former Australian PM Kevin Rudd and the Greens by including “Rudd’s a Goose Foie Gras” and instructing guests to eat up all their greens “before they take over”.

But Prime Minister Gillard sees the menu as part of a larger issue: a pattern of sexist behaviour from the Liberal National Party.

The wording on the menu was “grossly offensive,” Gillard told reporters. “This is Tony Abbott’s Liberals, this is what they’re like,” she said. “We’d see this lack of respect for women littered throughout all of his government policy documents.”

This isn’t the first time the Australian PM has accused Abbott of misogyny. Last year, Gillard made a 15-minute speech in parliament refusing to fire Speaker Peter Slipper amid sexual harassment charges and accusing Abbott of “peddling a double standard” and having a long history of sexism and misogyny.

Australia is set to hold its general election on September 14 this year and the current polls indicate an opposition win, starring Tony Abbott, is likely. Gillard, the nation’s first female leader, warned that government would be dominated by “men in blue ties” should Abbott assume office and the conservative opposition would marginalize women. Enjoy your new government morons!

Via: The Guardian

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Samoa Air: Pay What you Weigh!

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Samoa Air has become the world’s first airline to charge passengers according to their weight.

To book a flight on Samoa Air, passengers must submit their personal weight along with their luggage weight. The cost of their flight will then be calculated based on the combined weight and the length of the flight.

The airline’s website says: “Booking a flight with us is as easy as inputting your approximate weight into our online booking engine (don’t worry, we will weigh you again at the airport) – you then can prepay your ‘guesstimate’, guaranteeing you that much weight is allocated to you for that flight … with Samoa Air, you are the master of how much (or little!) your air ticket will cost.”

Although the airline started this system in January, it has only recently gained attention when it began launching international flights to nearby American Samoa last week.

The small carrier, which was only launched last year, is being criticized by some (mainly the obese), who believe it’s discrimination or “fatism”.

But Chris Langton the Samoa Air CEO disagreed with this saying:

“Once people have acknowledged that the aeroplane runs by weight and not by seats it makes it a lot easier for them to understand and recognise that it’s actually the fairest possible system of air carriage that’s available.”

He also added that families may be “pleasantly surprised” by the pricing system as they may end up paying less because of their children’s weight.

Perhaps this would be true for normal families, but we’re talking Samoan families. Samoa regularly tops the list of fattest countries in the world with over 80% of its population aged 15+ overweight.

What other countries will have trouble affording Air Samoa rates? Here’s the Top Ten Fat List:

  •  Nauru 95%
  • Micronesia 92%
  • Cook Islands 92%
  • Niue 84%
  • Samoa 83%
  • Palau 81%
  • United States 79%
  • Tonga 77%
  • Kiribati 77%
  • Dominica 76%

And which countries won’t have a problem affording the rates? (aside from the developing nation/crippling poverty/Asian body factors)

  • Sri Lanka 9%
  • Indonesia 9%
  • Sudan 19%
  • Singapore 21%
  • Djibouti 21%
  • Philippines 22%
  • Comoros 24%
  • Yemen 25%
  • Thailand 28%
  • Japan 30%

Via: The Guardian

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Australian Prime Minister Apologizes to Teen Moms

Gillard Apologizes to Teen Moms

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard delivered a national apology in Parliament on Thursday to the thousands of unwed and mostly teen moms who were forced by government policies to give up their babies for adoption during the 1950s to 1970s.

Unwed teen moms were pressured, deceived or threatened into giving up their babies so they could be adopted by married couples who would provide the child with a better life. Many said they were coerced into signing their children away, some said they were drugged, and others said their signatures were forged. Overall, tens of thousands of babies were thought to have been taken by the state between the 1950s and 1970s.

Although the a national apology was recommended a year ago by a Senate committee that investigated the impacts of the now-shameful adoption policies, Gillard just got around to doing it now.

“Today this parliament, on behalf of the Australian people, takes responsibility and apologises for the policies and practices that forced the separation of mothers from their babies, which created a lifelong legacy of pain and suffering,” Gillard told the audience, “We deplore the shameful practices that denied you, the mothers, your fundamental rights and responsibilities to love and care for your children.”

To make it up to the teen moms, Gillard announced she was committing $5m to support services for affected families and to help biological families reunite. Kind of a stingy apology gift, but whatever. A better gift would be to teach the United States how to implement these policies when it comes to the cast of Teen Mom and Teen Mom 2.

How are those girls holding up anyway?

Farrah was arrested for a DUI this week, Amber is still rotting away in jail, Jenelle is in rehab and not allowed to see her son, Maci got a boob job (well, actually a lot of them got boob jobs), and Leah is divorced, remarried and has three kids now. Success!

Teen Moms

Via: The Guardian

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