Wednesday, November 01, 2023

Astonishing moment feminist author Clementine Ford leaves Project hosts stunned by claiming marriage is 'built on the oppression of women'

Clemmie is a very typical feminist in her devotion to broad generalizations. The fact of the matter is that there are as many variations of male/female relationhips as there are men and women.

And it can as easily be the man as the woman who gets the short end. Men often feel that a full-time wife and mother has got a pretty good deal but accept that out of appreciation of the woman -- particularly in view of the great attention she can give to the chidren.

Even where both partners work, mutually agreed divisions of labour are often entered in to. That's not always so and it is those situations that Clemmie presumably has in mind in her rant She does have a partner herself so should probably acknowledge that good male/female arrangements can happen

Controversial feminist figure Clementine Ford has described marriage as being 'built on the oppression of women' and compared wives to slaves in a new book.

The best-selling author appeared on The Project to outline an alternative view on marriage in her latest book I Don't, describing how she wants women to question what they've been told about it.

'My biggest issue with marriage is that I think that it's a fundamentally flawed institution that is built on the oppression of women,' she said on the program.

'...But also that it's presented to people now as something that it never has been, which is something that we need in order to have happiness and love.

'Love marriage is only about 200 years old, so the idea that somehow marriage is an essential thing that will elevate our life to something better is historically wrong and I think that we would be much better as people focusing on how to make ourselves happy.'

She went on to say that marriage was largely 'great for men', while women were left with a large burden inside of the relationship.

'One of the chief complaints a lot of women have about their husbands is that they don't really feel like their husbands see them, all they are is kind of like a glorified all-in-one appliance for them,' she said.

Ms Ford said she was 'not at all against people falling in love and forming families', but urged people to consider whether they needed to get married in order to have significant relationships.

'If you have essentially all the same legal rights in a de facto relationship as you would in a marriage, what is the marriage and the piece of government paper giving you that a relationship doesn't?' she asked.

Host Waleed Aly then pointed out to Ms Ford that the dynamics of de facto relationships are often similar to marriages, posing the question to her that marriage may not be the issue after all.

'It's a good question Waleed, well maybe the plan is to go for de facto relationships next,' she said. 'My goal is to really get women to see something bigger and better for themselves than just being someone's partner or wife.'


Melbourne Greek restaurant abused for pro-Israeli post

Haters from the Leftist elite in action, not Middle-Easterners

A Melbourne restaurant lost 90 per cent of its bookings overnight after posting a message of support for the Jewish community in a local Facebook group.

Mediterranean Greek Tavern co-owner Perry Le Greco told that he was “blown away” by the reaction to his post in support of the business’ Jewish customers.

The restaurant is in the Melbourne inner south eastern suburb of Elsternwick, which has a large Jewish population.

Mr Le Greco said that he couldn’t sleep after seeing footage of the conflict and wanted the restaurant’s Jewish customers to know he was thinking of them.

The post, which was accompanied by a Jewish flag, read: “To all our Jewish customers, we are thinking of you in these difficult times. We hope that your family and friends are safe back home in Israel. The events of the past few days have been hard to watch and our thoughts and prayers are for the safety of all. The Jewish community have been fantastic friends over the last 22 years to our humble Mediterranean Greek Tavern.”

Mr Le Greco said it was met by a flood of comments, some positive but many negative, while the business also received abusive phone calls.

“I was showing some compassion and humanity, nothing else and I had people calling me a ‘f***ing dog’ and saying ‘You’ve chosen a side you f***ing bastard’ and calling me a ‘f***ing Jew lover’.”

He added that the calls were not from Palestinians or members of the Lebanese community but rather from “very well spoken Australian people”. “That was the most frightening part of it,” he said.

The fallout saw a 90 per cent cancellation rate for the following week, with people also making bookings that turned out to be fake, he said. “On the Saturday night, no one showed up.”

Mr Le Greco said the following week bookings were down 80 per cent. “When I opened the book yesterday we had no one booked for the week. That never happens.”

But the situation has now reversed after local MP, David Southwick, mentioned the plight of the business on a Melbourne radio program yesterday.

Mr Le Greco said that the response has been “overwhelming” with more than 200 messages and phone calls of support, adding that he didn’t have enough staff last night to cope with the influx of customers. “I thank the community because what they’ve done has blown me away.”

But while the restaurant is back on track, Mr Le Greco warned that there was a dangerous undercurrent brewing in his local community. “There’s an anti-semitic feeling that is festering at the moment,” he said. “The Prime Minister needs to be speaking about this.


Old man allegedly injured by black beggar woman in callous CBD attack

Being 80 myself, I am aware of how easily someone in their 80s can be hurt. A fall can be particularly damaging. I have twice broken bones in recent falls

Wherever there is a significant Aboriginal population, black beggars are a common blight. And their approach can be intimidatory. I once saw a black beggar walk into a restaurant and take food off the plate of an Asian man dining there. I have myself been approached by black beggars on a number of occasions

A woman has been charged following the shocking alleged assault of an 82-year-old man in the Cairns CBD. On Monday it’s alleged the elderly man was approached by 37-year-old Jasmine Jane Lenoy who asked for money. The man denied the request.

Police allege the assailant crossed the road behind the 82-year-old victim before yelling at him and attempting to block his path. She then allegedly pushed him to the ground outside the Commonwealth Bank.

Paramedics were called and treated the man on the ground for facial injuries and shock before taking him in a stable condition to Cairns Hospital.

Bystanders reported the woman had previously been involved in a separate scuffle with another woman who was leaving the Lake St bank.

During her arrest police allege Ms Lenoy repeatedly failed to comply with officer instructions and was yelling profanities.

Ms Lenoy was originally charged with serious assault of a person over 60, obstruct police and commit public nuisance, however during a brief court appearance before Magistrate Cathy McLennan, the charge of assault was upgraded to grievous bodily harm by the prosecution.

Ms Lenoy did not apply for bail.


Farmers’ lobby swings behind Dutton on campaign against wind farms

The powerful national farm lobby is siding with Opposition Leader Peter Dutton as he backs locals fighting renewable energy projects crucial to the Albanese government’s clean energy election commitments.

The National Farmers Federation created waves in 2020 when it outflanked the federal Coalition government on climate policy to set an industry-leading target to reach net zero greenhouse emissions by 2050 for the nation’s agriculture sector.

But the peak agriculture lobby last week launched a “Keep Farmers Farming” campaign, warning that renewables projects coupled with a vast array of transmission lines to link them to the cities are damaging primary production.

Dutton has been travelling the east coast to visit local campaigns against offshore wind projects, which are crucial to Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen’s plans to create new, clean blue-collar jobs in Australia’s old industrial heartland in the Latrobe Valley, Wollongong, Newcastle and Central Queensland.

The slowdown of the rollout puts at risk the government’s pledge to ramp up clean energy in the electricity grid to bring power bills down by $275 by 2025.

Government-commissioned modelling shows the share of renewables in the grid needs to dramatically rise to 82 per cent by 2030. It is currently comprised of 57 per cent coal power, 5 per cent gas, 7 per cent hydro, 18 per cent solar and 13 per cent wind.

David Jochinke last week replaced Fiona Simson as National Farmers’ Federation president. In Simson’s tenure the traditionally conservative lobby group broke ranks with the rural Nationals party with its net-zero commitment, prompting former Agriculture Minister David Littleproud to accuse the federation of “blindly setting a course” on emissions reduction.

Both Jochinke and Dutton stress they support renewable energy to cut emissions and tackle global warming, but they are championing campaigns that threaten the government’s goals.

Jochinke is calling for governments to improve consultation between landholders and project proponents over issues such as power line routes, and for prime farmland to be protected from harmful development.

“We’re seeing more and more communities reach breaking point because they’re being stepped over in the energy transition,” Jochinke said.

“We just want them to regulate how energy companies are engaging with landholders and communities so they’re treated fairly. It’s clear the current system of trying to bulldoze through communities is putting everything in the slow lane.”

The federal government has created five offshore wind zones where developers can make a development application: Wollongong and Newcastle in NSW, the Southern Ocean between the Victoria and South Australian border, Bass Strait and the Gipplsand coast near the Latrobe Valley.

Dutton, who promotes uncommercial but emerging nuclear energy technology to supplement renewable energy, visited the Newcastle region twice in the past few weeks and claimed the push for an offshore wind industry could become a national scandal.

“I think the rising level of anger here is something that Australians really should take note of,” he said at a press conference in Nelson Bay last week.

“The consultation needs to be redone so that the local concerns can be properly understood. I think if the local concerns are properly understood and acted on, I’d be very surprised if this project goes ahead.”

Industry advocates say offshore wind can supply baseload-like power to revitalise manufacturing in former regional industrial hubs.

Beyond Zero Emissions found that offshore wind precincts at old industrial centres could generate 45,000 new and ongoing jobs by 2032 and generate $13 billion in annual revenue, with growth in green steel, hydrogen and cement manufacturing.




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