What’s the fuss about killing newborns?

By Ruth Limkin You’ve probably heard about it by now, as it’s been picked up in both social media and mainstream media. Two philosophers working in Australian universities published an article in the British Medical Journal, arguing that it is morally defensible to kill newborns. They contend that whether the child has an illness, chromosomal condition such as Down Syndrome, or whether the mother is … Continue reading What’s the fuss about killing newborns?

breadandjustice – there’s an app for that

By Ruth Limkin Graham Clarke is a friend. After reading my recent post about Tomic, he tweeted something very kind that made me laugh out loud, saying “A dose of @ruthlimkin is like stepping on my bathroom scales – uncomfortable but a worthwhile reality check.” It made my day. So, if you’re up for a dose of breadandjustice regularly, there’s now an app for that! It’s free, and … Continue reading breadandjustice – there’s an app for that

Women without a voice and what we can do about it

By Ruth Limkin Last night I read about four women from the one family: Zainab, 19, Sahar, 17, and Geeti, 13, and Rona Amir Mohammad, 52. All four women died at the hands of close relatives less than two years ago. The household patriarch, along with one of his wives and his son were all found guilty yesterday of their murder. In a world uncomfortably … Continue reading Women without a voice and what we can do about it

How many guns are too many guns? What’s wrong, what’s right, and why it matters.

By Ruth Limkin I’m intrigued. Today I read the following statement by a NSW Greens MP, David Shoebridge, “It is simply wrong that individuals can accumulate an unlimited number of deadly weapons with next to no scrutiny.” Shoebridge is introducing legislation into the NSW parliament to limit the number of guns that can legally be owned. It seems the magic figure is three, although why he … Continue reading How many guns are too many guns? What’s wrong, what’s right, and why it matters.

What the Captain did, and why we detest it

By Ruth Limkin Francesco Schettino is not only the shamed captain of the ill-fated cruise liner Costa Concordia, which fatally ran aground off the Tuscan coast. He is also now the inspiration between a new hashtag on twitter – #trippedandfell. The hashtag sprung from the disbelief at the Captain’s claims that he didn’t deliberately abandon ship while there were still hundred of passengers on board, … Continue reading What the Captain did, and why we detest it

Cotton On, porn isn’t acceptable

Published in the Courier Mail 18 Jan 2012 By Ruth Limkin Australian students gained a brand new case study on business ethics and public relations last week. Typo, the stationery store owned by Cotton On, had a back to school sale but customers looking for school stationery were also confronted with a “Porn is my Saviour” travel mug. Typo also had an A4 notebook with … Continue reading Cotton On, porn isn’t acceptable

Things Typo taught me this week

What an interesting week it’s turned out to be, far more so than I would have guessed. After a week of ignoring customer complaints – including mine – Typo have finally, happily, emailed me. A spokesperson from their parent company, Cotton On Group, said: “I can confirm we are undertaking a voluntarily withdrawal of the below products- Campus A5 notebook / BULLSEYE Iphone sticker / BULLSEYE … Continue reading Things Typo taught me this week

Dear eight year old girl. I saw you in Typo.

By Ruth Limkin Dear eight year old girl, I saw you three days ago but never got to meet you. We were both in Typo. I was there to talk to the store manager. I imagine you were there to buy stationery. After all, Typo had been advertising a back to school range. I ended up pointing you out to the store manager. You see, … Continue reading Dear eight year old girl. I saw you in Typo.

“Why are you doing this to me?”: The anguish of a 6 year old

By Ruth Limkin Warning: the following is hard to read. Don’t plunge into this post without first readying yourself to do so…. Her name is Srey Pov.  When she was 6 years old, she was sold to a brothel. The brothel owners spread her legs apart, tied her naked to a bed, and sold her virginity  to a Western man. Recalling her rape that night, … Continue reading “Why are you doing this to me?”: The anguish of a 6 year old

Weeping softly: why we should never abandon women

By Ruth Limkin The tragedy is almost too much. Perhaps it actually is. The heartbreaking news from a Melbourne hospital detailed an abortion that took the life of a healthy twin at 32 weeks gestation. It had been meant to take the life of the twin whom doctors had diagnosed with a congenital heart defect. The article read: A friend of the woman said the … Continue reading Weeping softly: why we should never abandon women