@cat I know! What are you doing? This is your chance to go completely out there and look like a gold robot. Or a silhouette or a queer earth or like you've chucked a blanket from your bed on as a cape. Or some sort of merry go round horse.
Hilarious! I read the books in my 20s, and I can absolutely say that all of these things were discussed at length by adults who were quite horrified at what was being offered as YA fiction to teenaged girls. Edward is absolutely toxic, Bella is a Mary Sue with no personality (she's "clumsy", that's about her only "flaw"), and don't even get me started on the imprinting on a baby. Gross! Poor Jacob, though. As you say, Bella just uses the poor bloke.
@suz I don't like the woman much, but this is a ridiculous thing to say "She has let the female side down badly. She is not coping, lacking stamina and tenacity, it implies females are weak and they are not. She has no spouse or kids to worry about, quietly lives by herself, yet can’t do a press conference because she has to keep a clear head to do her job, that is her job."
I can't help, I love the Met Gala.
@snorks Although I don't like body-shaming comments like this, the way he screwed her out of her own money, including future earnings, I can understand why she was mad and why she did it. He sounds awful. Imagine having to pay your toxic ex your own earnings for the foreseeable future, you might lash out like that, too.
@shadie3 Get off the fence, we can't get on with life because people are being obtuse about the vaccine!
How can he be so obtuse that he thinks it okay to use these women's experiences without consent to make himself sound good? He violated them all over again and it's disgusting. If he and his party get back in at the next election, heaven help us all
@rush It's disgusting. It makes me so mad that this is happening. To be pregnant and not want to go through with it and have no options other than put your body through that trauma, I can't imagine what that must feel like. Abortion is a basic human right, as far as I am concerned.
Get vaccinated! Everyone is better off taking a small risk with the vaccine than getting this Covid variant. Don't be a statistic to make a point about the vaccine
@snorks Come off it, we did not enter that war for compassionate reasons.
@katp There is a difference between vaccine-hesitant and anti-vaxxers. You can't change their minds. You can only shut them down and support legislation that shuts them down. They have no right to an opinion because their opinion is dangerous and completely ignorant. I don't think anyone has an obligation to consider their opinions on this matter. The only anti-vaxxers I've seen that change their minds are when they are affected directly by not being vaccinated.
@cat This is a blatant cash grab, as far as I am concerned. And, yes, you can distribute naked photos if they fall under 'art', which this does. Also, if it is 'child pornography' (which it isn't), then everyone who bought the album has broken the law. I cannot see any court going down that road by awarding this guy anything.
As a white person, I think it's important to stand back and listen to the voices of non-white people. And, when you do that, it's plain to see that Australia is a racist country and has a long way to go to right all the wrongs. If your first instinct is to contradict lived experiences and take offence, then you are part of the problem.
@katp I understand the perspective of anti-vaxxers. They want to feel special by ignoring people who have studied and tested and worked hard to bring us life-saving medicine and sprout off their own, uneducated, ignorant views, expecting to have their opinion actually count and be considered. They should not be listened to but shut down at every available opportunity. To say it's acting out of "fear" is a cop-out. Using children's death to push your own, uneducated, ridiculous opinion is disgusting and evil.
@cat the parents did consent, though
@guest2 “Personally, I believe that every able bodied man and woman in Afghanistan should have fought tooth and nail to retain their freedom”
@guest2 you will get COVID, whether you “hunker down” or not. I don’t think you realise what it’s going to mean for the unvaccinated when we open up again. You will not be eligible for Pfizer for a long time, not until there is excess stock, so all you are doing is putting yourself and those who legitimately cannot have a vaccine, at risk.
Just when you think this disgusting government couldn’t get any lower...
@guest2 I mean, it is your right to wait and I don’t agree with forcing vaccinations into people, but you do realise that once we get to 70% vaccination rates, we are opening up. And when that happens, everyone will get COVID. Your risk of dying from COVID is much higher than getting a blood clot from AZ, so I reckon it’s better to be vaccinated, because at least when you do catch it, it will be a mild form. You could be waiting a long time to be eligible for Pfizer and you are putting yourself at risk to make an arbitrary point. Also, the data is quite clear: younger people are more at risk of a blood clot from AZ than older people. You are not being discriminated against, no matter how much you want to be.
@cat Obviously there are many in that boat. But there are a lot of people in the groups already eligible for a vaccine that are refusing. So why not start now?