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

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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 Pt. Karya Bumi Baratama is that receptionist applicants  be “female, single, max 25 years old.”

While the post does ask for appropropriate qualities such as an education “from reputable university” and “good interpersonal and communication skill,” it rounds itself out with the last bullet point asking for the candidate to be “good looking.”  Keep reading »

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

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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 spread of germs when the child blows out the candles, parents should either provide a separate cupcake, with a candle if they wish, for the birthday child and enough cupcakes for all the other children,” states the NHMRC document. Keep reading »

Australian Dictionary Fiddles With The Definition Of “Misogyny”

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  • 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 was more in line with Gillard’s complaints. But an Australian dictionary did not disagree and has changed the definition of the word “misogny” to include this definition: “entrenched prejudice against women.” (I also rather like this piece on the Guardian in which several women weigh in on the dispute and whether there’s any difference between sexism and misogyny.) [Guardian UK]
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Be My Boyfriend: Guy Whose Beautiful Mullet Got Him Kicked Out Of Bar

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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, party in the back haircut. Hoogland says he was asked leave because of his hair.

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Watch Australians Dance In A Pro-Choice Flash Mob!

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No Stigma Over Abortion

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 of life” as part of Reproductive Choice Australia’s End The Stigma campaign. It’s an attention-getting stunt that’s moving without being in your face.

After the jump, you’ll also want to watch ethicist Leslie Cannold in her TEDxCanberra 2012 talk, “I Had An Abortion … Or Maybe I Didn’t.”

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Australia Enacts Paid Parental Leave For Dads, Gay Couples

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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 plan, which guarantees two weeks of paid leave at minimum wage (around $630) for the father or same-sex partner after a baby is born. Australia already has paid parental leave which gives 18 weeks of paid leave at minimum wage for one parent.

Although the minimum wage aspect is not ideal for either plan, it’s so commendable that the country is helping to make it possible for parents to both be at home during those early new-baby days. Why, just look at how overwhelmed this mommy koala is at having to do all the childcare work herself! Keep reading »

Check Out The Awesome Street Style In Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne’s Fashion Week is on right now, but what’s happening on the streets is just as interesting as the catwalk. Maybe it’s because Australia’s a bit more isolated from the rest of the fashion world, but the street style in Melbourne is really on point. We could all learn a thing or two from these girls …

Be My Boyfriends: The Guys Who Stole A Penguin From Sea World

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You guys like animals, I love animals. You guys like getting drunk, I like getting drunk. It seems like we’d get along. After all, it’s not every day that three guys get drunk, break into a Sea World and steal a friggin’ penguin. [Daily Mail UK]

Style Stealer: Aussie Megan Washington’s Lacy Look

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Meghan Washington is an Australian musician who performs under the moniker Washington. For some reason, she was at the premiere of the new Aussie flick, “Wish You Were Here” last week (out on April 26) wearing this adorable lace-y number and looking really cute. We couldn’t find a dress that was exactly like Washington’s, but we did find a few that emulated different aspects of her retro-’60s glam look. Click through to see how we’d steal her look.  Keep reading »

5 Things You Should Know About Lucas Pittaway, The New Breakout Star Of “The Snowtown Murders”

The first thing you’ll notice about 19-year-0ld Lucas Pittaway is his striking resemblance to fellow Aussie Heath Ledger. But aside from his Ledger-esque curly locks and good looks, Pittaway’s got intense acting skills. They can be seen in the new indie film “The Snowtown Murders” (out in the U.S. on March 2), based on the true story of one of Australia’s most notorious serial killers, John Bunting. Bunting, along with several accomplices, murdered 11 people in the ’90s and buried many of them in storage containers. Pittaway plays Jamie Vlassakis, one of Bunting’s unwilling accomplices and the heart of the film. “The Snowtown Murders” isn’t easy to watch — and some of it is graphically horrific — but it’s a haunting portrayal of a killer going unnoticed amid the malaise of suburban life. And we think Lucas Pittaway — who by the way, cries very beautifully in this movie — is destined for great things. After the jump, five things you should know about Pittaway.

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