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As the old aphorism reminds us you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar and that is what I suspect Isobel Redmond is on about with her suggestion “young women facing sex discrimination at work (should) ignore it and it will “just disappear”. ”
I think that Isobel’s suggestion has merit for all kinds of discrimination to some extent. Of course having the ability to make complaints is important if persuasion of the Redmond model fails to work but essentially what Isobel is saying is so damn sensible that it amazes me that no one has suggested it earlier. Lets face it, in the workplace if you raise the level of conflict by making a complaint (that you may win) there is every chance that you will face greater resentment, but if you manage to convince the discriminators that their discrimination is based upon faulty notions by demonstrating your (unexpected by them) competence you will not only succeed in your career goal but also you may just have permanently changed attitudes as well. Which sounds like a win win situation to me.
What I love about the change of leadership in the Greens party is that they have gone from the leadership of a man who had a pretty thick veneer of reasonableness coupled with some pretty good political instincts to the leadership of a woman who actaully believes every loopy conspiracy theory that lays at the heart of every policy and position of the party. There is nothing at all subtle about Milne. What you get is pure unadulterated zealotry for the faith. As if that were not enough now in the lead up to the budget we find that the new Milne controlled Greens tail is desperately trying to wag the Labor dog:
Isn’t this just the most perfect example of the hubris of the Greens?
They are truly so certain of their manifest destiny that they think having just one seat in the house and nine in the senate gives them control of taxation and the treasury!
Makes me think that maybe the RSPCA are just plain wrong in the opposition to the docking of dogs tails. Clearly there are instances when the damage done by a wayward tail make shortening that appendage nothing short of imperative.