October is Breast Cancer Awareness month - so this probably looks pretty familiar. By KAREN BROOKS October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, where the country and, indeed, the globe is pink-washed. From brooches to bracelets, key rings, balls, socks, water bottles, sportswear, foodstuffs, races, walks, dinners, auctions, raffles, hair dye and even special deals in Westfield shopping centres, pink products abound. Invited to show support for those with breast cancer and their families, we... more
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Karen Brooks is an associate professor at the University of Queensland Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies.
Dr Karen Brooks by DR KAREN BROOKS We're a society that loves to call people names. From the acronyms DINKS (Double Income No Kids), and SLOBBS (Sad Lonely Old Baby Boomer), to the descriptors sea-changers, tree-changers and grey nomads, we're quick to employ a range of labels to define and accordingly judge others. Catchy names and silly acronyms make the process quicker, fun and more convenient - especially for marketers and corporations - even though, as academic Kate Crawford notes, they're often imbued with "considerable... more
Honey Boo Boo and her mum by DR KAREN BROOKS Since when does bad parenting make good television? The answer is ever since programs such as The World's Strictest Parents, Supernanny, John and Kate Plus 8, Dance Moms, The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Toddlers and Tiaras and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo have rated through the roof. By "good" I don't mean to imply quality - on the contrary, quite the opposite. The market for "trash" and/or "extreme parenting" appears to be growing. Whether it is stage mums teaching toddlers... more