Health, Life

Think of the Children?

So I guess everyone knows about the same-sex marriage opinion poll in Australia right now. This is the story, just in case you don't know. Back in 2004, the Howard government made some amendments to the marriage act which effectively blocked same-sex couples from getting married. Since then we have been fighting to get same-sex marriage legalized.… Continue reading Think of the Children?

Life

My Aversion to Conversion Therapy

Dr Fiona Bisshop

The outspoken leader of the Australian Christian Lobby, Lyle Shelton, who gets far too much media attention, is a master of conflation who is determined to convince the Australian public that allowing gay folk to marry will lead to the downfall of modern civilization.  His latest stunt is to call for parents of gay and trans children to send their kids to “conversion therapy”.  He makes it sound like sexuality and gender identity are just fads that can be prayed away or forced out of young people’s heads.gaynotgay-300x225

In fact there is a lot of evidence to show that reparative anti-gay therapies cause much harm, and are tantamount to abuse.  Victims of these programs all over the world can attest to the fact that they didn’t work, produced intense mental torment, and caused them to waste huge chunks of their lives being inauthentic. An Australian documentary on the effects of…

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Life

‘I Like’ Friday – Treasures from 1930’s and 1940’s National Geographic Magazines.

SO GORGEOUS… from the fabulous Clare!

I recently had the good fortune to come across a pile of National Geographic from the 1930’s to the 1950’s and as I rifled through them,  I came across some wonderful images along with some equally wonderful captions.

They are totally of their time and I love the fashions, the optimism, the language of the time.

The man carrying the giraffe and the policeman about to go headfirst into the Thames are my favorites!

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Old magazines are so interesting to look through as well as wonderful images.  These National Geographics swept me back in time.

Happy Friday x

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Health

The Challenges of Birthing in Alaska and Remote Australia

I was reading this tonight and began thinking about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander birthing women in Australia. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are marginalised in the care that they have access to if they live remotely, and also if they don't live remotely in many respects. These women have to relocate to larger towns that… Continue reading The Challenges of Birthing in Alaska and Remote Australia

Health

Freebirthing and Midwifery in Australia

Interesting story from the ABC. Have a look at it and then read this. I’ve never really understood why Australia doesn’t offer many home birth services in the public system. They are available through in some states, the last time I checked, but it’s a tiny percentage and it’s not really supported. Clearly not every… Continue reading Freebirthing and Midwifery in Australia

Travel

Paris Flea Markets

I've always loved a good flea market and was lucky enough to find one in Paris recently. I love the slow strolling, the digging through treasures and the stops for coffee. I like the smell of old books and the delight when you find something ultra retro or something that reminds you of your childhood.… Continue reading Paris Flea Markets