by Ruth Limkin Results from a recent cross-parliamentary report in the UK are a reminder of the now pervasive nature of online pornography, and its effect on young people. The first generation to grow up with prolific, anonymous access, the Daily Mail reveals report findings that ‘four out of five 16 year old boys and girls regularly access porn online, while one in three ten-year-olds … Continue reading Why Telstra deserves a trophy! Celebrating companies who do the right thing.
By Ruth Limkin I have a small magnet on my fridge. It’s from Alcatraz Prison, and lists Regulation 5 – “You are entitled to food, clothing, shelter and medical attention. Anything else you get is a privilege”. I bought it as a humourous reminder of a holiday and of a wonderful day exploring what is now a tourist attraction. However, I also bought to remind me … Continue reading Lessons from Alcatraz that I keep on my fridge
By Ruth Limkin I discovered the Women at Telstra webpage a few weeks ago. The sentiments expressed were encouraging, particularly around developing a workplace for women that is ‘supportive’ and being ‘proactive about women’s development and gender inclusion’. I agree that that such outcomes take ‘focus and specific action’. The video message by CEO David Thodey was eloquent and authentic. The desire he expressed about Telstra … Continue reading A win for women. When actions and words align – celebrating corporate responsibility when we find it
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?
By Ruth Limkin I’ve been in a New York state of mind. My fourth visit to the city for a recent holiday was as wonderful as the first three times. It’s a captivating city even with it’s concrete overload and it’s consumerist obsession, because it’s cultural richness is vast indeed. I’ve been back in Australia for a few days, yet still fortunate enough to be … Continue reading The post-New York blahs
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
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
By Ruth Limkin I was disturbed as I read the article. A young woman was being offered to the highest bidder for four days. Four days of sexual servitude. Four days in which she will lose her virginity as a commodity to a man who has little interest in loving her. Four days in which she is effectively bonded to him, because he has money … Continue reading The slavery of freedom: what a 19 year old’s virginity teaches us about ourselves