Posts tagged "australia"

8 Things That Happened to Us While Dating Abroad

When we met at college, little did we know that between the two of us, we would spend the next few years living in five different countries (U.S., France, China, Australia and England)  on four different continents . Naturally, when we made our initial moves, our heads were full of images of exotic foreign men and exciting adventures. But, a…

Girls’ Breasts Not Being Big Enough To Be Groped Isn’t The Damn Point

I haven't been following the Australian swimming community's sexual abuse scandal. I only feel like I have been. That's because these sorts of heartbreaking stories are so goddamned familiar: a coach is accused of sexually abusing the young charges under his tutelage and with whom he has shared lots of private time, often far from home. I…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 11, 2014

In Case You Were Wondering, The World’s Sexiest Men Are From Australia

The semi-creepy travel dating website MissTravel took a survey of its members to find where the sexiest people in the world come from. The site asked both men and women to rate which nationalities they find sexiest in a partner. Obviously, sexiness is pretty subjective, but it's all in good fun anyway! The oh-so-scientific result…
By: Claire Hannum / June 27, 2014

The Daily Squee: Baby Wombats Get Belly Rubs

As soon as I started dating an Australian, I began fantasizing about all the adorable animals Down Under who would someday become my friends. Koalas! Roos! Wombats! Sadly, this American was quickly informed that all of those wild animals are indeed wild animals and seldom seen, let alone snuggled. (Kangaroos, I am told, are very…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 1, 2014

The Most Violent & Gruesome “Stay In School” PSA That You’ll Ever See (NSFW)

Warning: the video above is gross, violent and gruesome. It's also an Australian PSA against cutting school, which understandably has people quite upset. Watch at your own risk. [Huffington Post] Demi Lovato was photographed with some bling on her left ring finger, prompting some to conclude she is engaged to Wilmer Valderrama,…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 30, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: For Homesick Australians

I'm going to make some sweeping generalizations about Australians. They have very cute, but oft-difficult-to-discern accents. They all come from places with silly names like Dingawoomba. Some of them drink a lot. They are sick of fielding questions about kangaroos. And most importantly, they love their snacks. Brits have their Marmite. The Quebecois have their…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 13, 2013

Idiot Woman Throws “Africa-Themed” Birthday Party With Blackface & KKK Costume

The only thing more facepalm-y than holding an "African-themed" birthday party — whatever that even means, it's an entire continent, people! — is how she took to Tumblr to defend the photographs of her friends in blackface, "tribal paint," and a KKK costume. Now the whole world knows an Australian woman identified by Huffington Post…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 22, 2013

1920s Mugshots Are Way More Glamorous Than Today’s Mugshots

The Sydney Living Museum recently made public a series of mugshots taken from the 1920s. Yes, I know, I know, Australia's always had a rep for being an island of criminals, but these mugshots are actually super cool. The collection comprises both male and female convicts, posing artfully in both close up and full-body shots.
By: Julie Gerstein / August 24, 2013

Enterprising Weirdo Shoves Fork Into His Peehole, Ends Up In Hospital

We've all done something stupid in the name of sex, usually involving one too many tequila sunrises and men with neck tattoos. But one Australian man puts us all to shame: he shoved a fork up his peehole. Yes, he shoved a piece of cutlery into his urethra. The 70-year-old Canberra man's escapade was cataloged i…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 19, 2013

Australian Politician Tony Abbott Calls Female Colleagues “Feisty” With “Sex Appeal”

"They're young, they're feisty, I think I can probably say have a bit of sex appeal, and they are just very very connected to the local area." -- This is MP Tony Abbott, leader of Australia's Liberal Party, when asked about two female politicians, Fiona Scott and Jackie Kelly. The best he could come up with…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 13, 2013

DVD Cover For “The Sapphires” Puts Chris O’Dowd Front And Center, Aboriginal Women In The Background

"The Sapphires" is reportedly one of the very best films of the the year. It's won all kinds of awards! But the DVD cover is ... problematic. The flick stars Chris O'Dowd as the manager of a '60s girl group in Australia comprised of four Aboriginal women, including "Australian Idol" runner-up Jessica…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 2, 2013

Prince George Gets A Baby Crocodile From The Government Of Australia

Some will send binkies. Some will send booties. Some will send rattles. But the government of Australia gave the newborn prince/their monarchal overlord Prince George Alexander Louis another sort of gift entirely: a baby crocodile. The little snapper was hatched on December 3, the same day Kate Middleton announced her pregnancy to the world, and…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 25, 2013

Australian PM Julia Gillard’s “Small Breasts” And “Huge Thighs” Shouldn’t Be On The Menu

Even the prime minister of Australia is not immune of objectification and body-snarking: at a political fundraising dinner Julia Gillard was reduced to the significance of the quail served up for dinner with an absurdly offensive menu item listed “Julia Gillard Quail – small breasts, huge thighs, and a big red box” as the mai…
By: Mary Odell / June 13, 2013

Quick, Snuggle A Koala While You Still Can!

Frisky readers, you know I would never steer you wrong where adorable animals are concerned. And that's why I'm telling you to hop the first plane the Australia and find a koala to hug. Snuggle the shit out of that koala. It might be the last chance you ever get. We knew the…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 22, 2013

Sexist Job Listing Only Wants You If You’re Female, Attractive & Under 25

Sexism in the workplace is manifested in a slew of ways: pay inequality, dress code regulations, getting hit on by your boss. In this case, on the site Australia InfoMine, sexism reared its ugly head before the job even started! According to News.Com.Au, the first requirement on a posting for the Korean coal company…
By: Sarah Gray / March 22, 2013

Australian Officials Take Germophobia Too Far, Try To Ban Kids From Blowing Out Birthday Candles

Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is going to extreme measures to prevent the spread of germs amongst children. The council has set forth some stringent, new guidelines for birthday cake etiquette at daycare centers: “Children love to blow out their candles while their friends are singing ‘Happy birthday … To prevent the…
By: Ami Angelowicz / February 10, 2013

Australian Dictionary Fiddles With The Definition Of “Misogyny”

Last week Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard publicly criticized the leader of the opposition party for his use of sexist language and dismissive attitude towards women, accusing him of "misogyny." But some people said that misogyny — which means a hatred of women — should not be used interchangeably with the words "sexism," which wa…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 17, 2012

Be My Boyfriend: Guy Whose Beautiful Mullet Got Him Kicked Out Of Bar

Oh Australia, what were you thinking? A bar in Perth in the Land of the Criminals kicked a guy out for having a mullet haircut. A bouncer at Print Hall's rooftop bar told mullet-wearer David Hoogland that "his kind" wasn't welcome at the establishment -- and it's all because of his business in the front,…
By: Julie Gerstein / October 11, 2012

Watch Australians Dance In A Pro-Choice Flash Mob!

I love any time activism is infused with joy. That's why I'm loving these Australians who held a pro-choice flash mob where they all danced on the streets of Melbourne to Florence + The Machine's "Dog Days Are Over."  These Aussies — both women and men, old and young — woreT-shirts reading "Abortion: a fact…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 10, 2012

Australia Enacts Paid Parental Leave For Dads, Gay Couples

In America, we don't have even have nationwide paid maternal leave. We just have the Family And Medical Leave Act, which ensures three months of unpaid job-protected leave for a new mom. Look and learn, folks, because Australia is putting us all to shame: starting in 2013, Aussies will have the Dad And Partner Leave…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 3, 2012
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