User Comments

mamamia-user-936684540 June 30, 2020

Soon we will reach a point where comedians won’t dare crack a joke.   We will all be poorer for that.

natalie joy May 15, 2020

Critiquing other women’s wedding gowns has long been a female sport. There are reality tv shows based around this. More and more I get a sense that weddings are less about a public commitment ritual and more and more about an aesthetic “event”. Bridal blogs are an extension of this with their emphasis on “styling”.

Casual Observer November 28, 2019

This was such a good chuckle! Love that Nikki can admit to a competitive edge in her parental pride. Hope the kid gets elected.

Casual Observer November 20, 2019

Hit the nail on the head Holly.

Casual Observer May 11, 2019

Bravo! I salute single parents everywhere

Casual Observer May 11, 2019

This is one of the best things I’ve ever read. This is reality writ large. A sobering reminder of constant sacrifice in the face of indifference which is pretty much how it rolls in parenting today’s kids. Thanks Melissa. Wish there was some way I could buy you a coffee.

Casual Observer November 19, 2018

I’m with Michael. This woman has sexualised herself beyond belief Her whole career has been built around her sexual attractiveness. Now we are supposed to demonise our PM for an off the cuff reference to Pamela’s allure. Save your outrage, Lisa, for a meaningful issue

Casual Observer May 7, 2018

I watched the Four Corners report last nigh with a heavy heart. This case so exemplifies the objectification of women. This man saw this young woman as nothing but an orifice to satisfy him. Any orifice would do. His perception of her as a human being was zero. He lied to her to lure her to an isolated spot where he could perform his despicable act undetected. Disgusting. I do wonder what role porn plays in this kind of thinking among men.

Casual Observer April 25, 2018

Halleluiah, the voice of reason finally socking it to the food police!

Casual Observer April 8, 2018

Ok. so this is not actually her perspective at all...this is just a work of fiction cooked up for us all to react to? This is.., as Trump would say...fake news?

Casual Observer April 8, 2018

She also embraced the woman who disqualified her too. I think that speaks volumes about her sportsmanship. We couldn't be prouder of her. Go Claire!

Casual Observer March 31, 2018

It seems that many men don't have the basic people skills to deal women in any other capacity than as a wooing suitor. Once they decide they don't want to woo her they don't know what to do with her. Basic kindness and general friendliness seems to NOT be the default position.

Casual Observer March 29, 2018

Well that's an absolute downer for us all this Easter. Takes me right back to the breakup of Simon and Aleni. I'd better stop watching this show. The grief is too much for me.

Casual Observer March 27, 2018

Controversial or not her sleep method sounds entirely reasonable to me. There's a time for play and a time for sleep. Pretty sure her kid is learning that. They are saving themselves and their child a lot of angst and money by nipping this in the bud now before they need the services of a sleep clinic.

Casual Observer March 22, 2018

Talk about overthinking things! Not to mention exaggeration ("ruined" his sex life"!!!!). The trend away from circumcision is so widespread that I hardly think any woman will be fazed by the sight of an uncircumcised penis. The best sexual relationship I ever had was with an uncircumcised man so I find the whole debate about this ridiculous.

Casual Observer March 12, 2018

This is an excellent article making a very valid point. Frankly I would like to fire the "experts" from this show who encourage dysfunctional behaviour. One of these "experts" told poor, deluded Tracey that staying in this toxic relationship could make the couple "stronger". Now she based that on what body of research exactly? I don't see any expertise in these people. It seems to me that they exploit the contestant's neediness for reality tv entertainment. Are these professionals acting ethically?

Casual Observer March 11, 2018

Surely the publication of this audio would breach privacy legislation?. I understand that you cannot be recorded without your consent. Taxi driver's legal expenses may outstrip his profits.

Casual Observer March 9, 2018

Maybe the outrageous cost of weddings has skewed things a little but once upon a time the whole concept of a wedding was about a joyous celebration with friends and family as a couple made a very special and public commitment for life. Now people are imposing exclusion criteria or opting for destination weddings where the financial outlay to attend precludes most guests. The sense of community attached to weddings is dying. At the same time, the "styling" element of weddings seems to have assumed renewed importance and couples are paying professionals to make sure everything looks spectacular. I think this decision is a sad reflection on the bride and groom's values. I'd be offended and I would not attend. I don't buy the line " it's all about the couple". No it's not. That would make it a celebration of narcissism.

Casual Observer March 4, 2018

Maybe Barnaby and Vicki should opt for a paternity test so that the baby boy, when he matures, can know who his biological father is or is not. Most of us are uncomfortable with "grey areas" in our own, unique family history.Many adoptees spend years trying to fathom the biological realities of their identity. Barnaby and Vicki could spare this child the agony of uncertainty. It would require a certain selflessness on their part to do this and selflessness doesn't seem to be a strong point for either of them.

Casual Observer February 15, 2018

I think the world works best when people observe basic boundaries....when teachers teach and parents parent. Of course there may be a need for some stern words and intervention in extreme cases ( the child whose lunch is just a block of chocolate for example) but otherwise I think teachers should focus on the curriculum. And really...a home baked muffin surely has place in a well balanced diet.

00:00 / ???