The University of Sydney, in Australia, publishes a weekly magazine called Honi Soit which is an Anglo-Norman phrase, loosely meaning: "Shamed be he who thinks evil of it." This week they seemed to have reached a new level, down under.
A few years ago, to much fanfare and a huge response, the magazine cover featured a picture of a well endowed, naked penis. It drew quite a bit of conversation but there was no irreparable harm beyond some bruised male egos.
This week the periodical published a provocative cover photo of 18 different vaginas to protest censorship and over-sexualization of lady parts. Honi Soit first attempted to print a cover with entirely naked genitalia then they decided to photo-shop the pictures.
As reported on HUFFPO, Honi Soit:
...was told by lawyers for the Students Representative Council to obscure the images. Then it published a version with the vulvae covered by black bars. However, the council, which operates the publication, determined that the black bars didn't hide enough and seized all 4,000 copies off shelves this week, Jezebel reported.
So here's where irony comes in. The cover never got circulated because it was censored, the newspaper said on its Facebook page. But that doesn't mean that the cover hasn't found its way to the internet. After all, you have a hard time keeping censorship news censored. So by pulling it off the shelves, doing the "banned in Boston" bit, they became and international sensation. If you are truly curious and have the need to see what's caused all of this rage, here it is: (WARNING: ADULT CONTENT - NSFW)
“The cover was meant to be an empowering message to women that they don’t need to be ashamed of their bodies," Editor-in-Chief Hannah Ryan told Jezebel. "This response, and the fact that it is possibly criminal, is therefore incredibly disappointing.”
For more on the story, straight from Down Under:
I love being surprise when I read an article, watch a movie, enjoy a book or catch a short news feed. When my expectations are toyed with and someone does the unexpected, I find it most entertaining – or even more, enlightening.
Australia's prime minister, Kevin Rudd, is a devout Christian. Recently he addressed a gathering of constituents and was attacked for his "evolving stand" on homosexuality and same sex marriage. What he does in this short clip is certainly not what I expected – and I think it’s worth the few minutes to see the PM tackle tough questioning from a Christian pastor, Matt Prator. PM Rudd walks through the land-mined filled battlefield of this bible-quoting radio host, turning the tables and then steamrolls right over him on his way to the promised land.
BIM, BAM, BOOM. Via.
If you become aware of any individual degrading another, then show moral courage and take a stand against it. No one has ever explained to me how the exploitation or degradation of others enhances capability or honors the traditions of the Australian army. I will be ruthless in ridding the army of people who cannot live up to its values and I need every one of you to support me in achieving this.
The standard you walk past is the standard you accept. That goes for all of us, but especially those who by their rank have a leadership role.
Now that more Americans than ever support marriage equality, conservatives are back to concentrating on their War on Women (abortion restrictions galore, resistance to equal pay, the Y.G. Woman Up fiasco, their attitude toward military sexual assaults, etc. ad nauseam).
However, they continue to insist that same-sex couples are icky and will spread their ickiness to children if given half a chance, because everyone knows that Teh Gay is contagious. Duh.
But study after study prove otherwise. Of course, conservatives are allergic to facts and logic, but maybe this XXXL plus-size study will change what's left of their minds, both here, in Australia, and everywhere else. Via Think Progress:
The Australian Study of Child Health in Same-Sex Families is the world’s largest attempt to study how children raised by same-sex couples compare to children raised by heterosexual couples. According to a preliminary report on the study of 500 children across the country of Australia, these young people are not only thriving, but also have higher rates of family cohesion than other families [...]
Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd recently came out for marriage equality, explaining that concern about the children of same-sex couples was previously his primary obstacle. Hopefully this research will convince additional Australian lawmakers to support marriage equality when it next comes up for a vote.
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