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I seldom call myself a fan of anything these days but I do like Annie Lennox. I like her musical ability to deliver a song with precision, style and feeling and I love her take no bullshit attitude to the Music and celebrity industries, finally I totally concur with her about the execrable talent shows that infest our TV screens.
- Blog bashing: Lennox fires up over ‘horrible’ TV talent shows (smh.com.au)
- Annie Lennox attacks ‘horrible’ TV talent shows with ‘stupid row of judges’ (donnasummerknights.wordpress.com)
Stirred, not shaken
The other day My daughter told us that she has never seen a “Bond” film and I immediately felt that I have been negligent in her education if she has not seen any of the archetypical secret agent films based upon the novels of Ian Fleming. This is something that I must try to address over the Christmas holidays. This little anecdote leads me to Janet Albrechtsen’s critique of the dour feminists who whine about the nature of James Bond.
In fact, I have a sneaking suspicion that those grouchy women who deride Bond would secretly love to be a sultry Bond girl for just a while at least. Before settling down to a life of academic introspection, who wouldn’t like to strap a Beretta 70 to the inside of their thigh, dress up in hopelessly tight-fitting gowns and, yes, have a naked Bond slip unannounced into their steamy shower? Come on, girls. ‘Fess up. Your fantasies can’t all be about being the first female chief justice of the High Court or the first female driver of a large piece of mining machinery in the Pilbara.
In any case, don’t underrate the Bond girls. Full of humour, they radiate a delightfully modern mix of confidence, arrogance and sexual liberation. Who can forget Pussy Galore, the lesbian pilot, or Plenty O’Toole and Holly Goodhead? Pick any Bond girl and I’ll find something more legitimately feminist about her than the Moaning Myrtles who cry sexism each time the latest Bond movie hits our screens. And then there’s that Bond woman M, head of MI6, who routinely puts 007 in his place. As other women my age have remarked, when you grew up in the late 1970s watching repeats of Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie, the Bond girls were a refreshing break from Samantha and Jeannie.
Instead of whining that the latest Bond movie is sexist, spare a thought for the poor blokes who could air a bigger grievance. They can never hope to be Bond. Not in the 21st century, where revealing even the smallest hint of the alpha male is pounced on by puritanical feminists as a sign of uncontrolled machismo and sexism. Maybe women like me love 007 because he is the antithesis of the metrosexual men who surround us.
In fact, if Bond is sexist and millions of modern, liberated women are still being seduced by the sexy spy, maybe the sisterhood should ask whether it is somehow to blame for making him so damn alluring.
The sad fact is that so many feminist warriors are far to serious about cultural Icons like James Bond and if they would just lighten up a bit then maybe the few truths that they are enunciating would not be ignored along with the hyperbole that is their stock in trade.
- MC@Play: The Bond Girl Glass Ceiling (marieclaire.com)
- Get to Know the New Bond Girl: Bérénice Marlohe (fabsugar.com)
- Product placement in pictures: Skyfall (brandsandfilms.com)
- Beauty Looks to Steal From 9 Sexy James Bond Girls (bellasugar.com)
- 50 Years of Bond Girl Fashion (fashionista.com)
Slippery Pete finally slips off the shovel and the brown stuff sticks to Gillard, of course.
Well at last after having to support this loathsome man Gillard has a chance to put the Slipper speakership behind her but its odium and the shame of having tried to pull this swifty will remain with her just as the odium of all of her other bad decisions will be reiterated ad infinitum by both the opposition and the voters. Slippery Pete may no longer be speaker but as long as Gillard remains in the lodge there is work to be done, moving vans to be booked and change to be joyfully anticipated.
- Slipper gets power without glory (dailytelegraph.com.au)
- Day of shame: Slipper resigns (smh.com.au)
Bums on seats
Ah the United Nations is such a noble idea, you know the concept is that all of the nations of the planet should have an overarching origination where they can voice their concerns and address their concerns in ways other than war and violence. While my friends on the left let their pious hopes for world peace see the UN as a very worthwhile entity. I personally can’t see it as anything other than a toothless and empty piece of window dressing that talks the talk and doesn’t even shuffle the walk. Yet here we are with Julia Gillard doing a big sales pitch for this humble country to have a temporary seat on the security council.
Why on earth should the opposition support and endorse this exercise in self aggrandisement by the Labor party? I personally can’t fault the opposition for being realistically negative about the place of the UN in global politics But I’m interested to hear from readers about what they think about this bid and what the value to both Australia and the world would be if we were to win that seat.
- Shut the galahs up: Carr (smh.com.au)
- Abbott compares ALP coup to Watergate (bigpondnews.com)
- Julia Gillard attends UN opening (bigpondnews.com)
- Tanner slams Rudd dumping (news.com.au)
Colly wobbles, Prime Ministerial junkets and divine justice
While Michele Gratten gets terribly excited about a rather small faux pas from Tony Abbott we hear the news that Julia Gillard has had to drop out of a lunch meeting in New York due to an “upset stomach”:
Well apart from the rather nasty thought that Kevin Rudd may have a mole in the PM’s catering staff who has taken up the use of “chemical enhancements” to further Brother Number One’s come back ambitions I can’t help thinking that there is some sort of divine justice in Gillard coming down with tummy troubles because she has been giving the whole country a gut ache ever since she drew out her assassin’s blade and dispatched the very dear (to some) Brother Number One.
- Julia Gillard, Naughty in the nineties? (iainhall.wordpress.com)
- Tony Abbott’s latest knockout blow (theage.com.au)
- Abbott boat jibe wrecked (smh.com.au)
- Kevin Rudd praised by Tony Abbott (bigpondnews.com)
- Carr to fill in for sick Gillard (abc.net.au)
Julia Gillard, Naughty in the nineties?
Sometimes when you put a pot of water on the stove it seems to take no time at all to come to the boil and other times it takes forever. The scandal that is alleged to concern Julia Gillard’s time with and subsequent exit from Slater and Gordon is a definite slow boil situation but those bubbles are rising now and getting a great deal more excited day by day. The skeleton in Julia’s closet is certainly rattling now.
Of course there is no question of Gillard being prosecuted due to the statute of limitations on such offences but these revelations certainly put the treatment a year ago of Glen Milne and Michael Smith into a different light after Gillard essentially bullied their employers into sacking them for exploring the issue in the media. Well it seems that subsequent revelations vindicates Milne and Smith.
Of course the question on everyone’s lips is will this stake the Gillard Vampire or will she manage to escape with some minor wounding and limp on to the election with this black mark unnoticeable among the others that she already carries?
The latter I think because Labor are in the unenviable position of being stuck with Gillard until the next election and they have no choice but to try to front it out. A switch back to Rudd is unlikely to cure what ails the party and as they have no viable third choice….
Meanwhile my friends form the left are getting terribly excited about a minor Faux pas from Tony Abbott where he contradicted Kloppers over the reasons for the delay in the expansion of the Olympic dam mine expansion. They take delight in Tony Abbott being quite rightly taken to task over his rhetorical error in last night’s7.30 report. That said its rather sobering to compare the implications of Tony and Julia’s media woes. where as the former is of little or no consequence the latter faces rather grave questions about both her judgement and her honesty. Further the way that she bullied the media to silence Milne and Smith a year ago does her no favours either. Especially when you consider the way that both Labor and the Greens have been complaining about the “hate media” over the last couple of years.
While Tony Abbott will recover from his faux pas I doubt very much that Gillard will recover from the consequences of her naughtiness in the nineties.
- Law firm’s axe over PM Julia Gillard (dailytelegraph.com.au)
- Labor behind Gillard smear: Abbott (news.theage.com.au)
- Law firm stands behind Gillard – again (theage.com.au)
- Senior lawyers defend Gillard over claims (news.smh.com.au)
- Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott: head to head (cafewhispers.wordpress.com)
- Newspoll still catastrophic for ALP: Libs (news.theage.com.au)
- Graphical Manipulations #6: Gillard, Abbott, Politics and Rectal Referrals (deknarf.wordpress.com)
- Claims raise fresh leadership tension (dailytelegraph.com.au)
- The PM, an old flame and a lot of smoke (smh.com.au)