Pink and blue R Us

Yearly Archives: 2009

Pink and blue R Us

October 12, 2009

I just came across an article on The F-Word, a UK feminist blog, referring to a case in Sweden where some schoolchildren brought  a complaint against Toys R Us 2008 Christmas Catalogue to the Reklamombudsmannen because of what they saw as the store’s rigid and limit gender stereotyping – pink with the passive stuff  for girls (princess stuff, household chore … more »

Save the Windsor!

October 10, 2009

Developers are moving in on the Windsor Hotel in Melbourne, wanting to convert it to another huge soulless hotel, leaving only the facade, which will be dwarfed by a huge tower.  We’re going to end up with no old buildings at all in Melbourne, losing so much of what gives the city its character.  Then no one will want to … more »

Elizabeth and Growl

August 30, 2009

Have a look at this wonderful clip of 19 month old Elizabeth, ‘reading’ The Story of Growl to her dolly. I’ve had it for ages, but I’ve only just worked out how to get it onto the website. (The way to get it onto the website is to ask Ben and he’ll sort it out. Thank you a … more »

Telstra and identity theft

August 17, 2009

I have just been rung by Telstra about a billing problem – for some reason it turns out that my bills have been going to Ballarat, a lovely town but one I haven’t been to for at least 20 years, and certainly not a place where I have a post office box, so of course the bills have been going … more »

Hyperbolic crochet and the Great Barrier Reef

August 17, 2009

 Yesterday I heard on the radio about a giant project of modelling marine reefs  by crocheting them, as a tool to predict the effects on the fragile reefs of climate change.   All over the world now people – mainly women – are crocheting the most amazing reefs, creating models in a few hours that would take supercomputers ages to … more »

Green Sheep Cake for Lucas

July 31, 2009

Dear Judy,

This is a picture of our son’s 1st birthday cake.  Lucas simply loves Where is the Green Sheep? Thank you and thanks Mem for such a beautiful book.

Yours sincerely
Ruth and Philip Glendinning 

Just when you thought Green Sheep Birthday cakes couldn’t get any more magnificent, here is the wonderful cake made for Lucas by his parents – idea and two … more »

Feminist Book Fortnight Logo

July 31, 2009

I think this is the biggest my work has ever been – a banner across the front of the Exhibition Buildings in Melbourne for the 6th International Feminist Book Fortnight in 1994, purple of course.  I did the IFBF logo – a flying woman on a book in various guises, nicknamed ‘Bookie’ by the organisers.  People came from all over the … more »

Just a word?

July 27, 2009

I am more than a little disturbed by the current trend to throw around the word ‘Nazi’.  I recently heard a teacher described as a hat nazi because he insisted that students wore hats outside, in accordance with school policy. And of course, there’s the phrase ‘feminazi’ as a way of painting feminists as people out to destroy everyone’s … more »

Making the world a better place (one scam at a time…)

July 10, 2009

I just received a scam email, supposedly from the United Nations, stating “This email is to all the people that have been scammed in any part of the world, the UNITED NATIONS have agreed to compensate them with the sum of US$ 150,000,00. Anyone who has been scammed is entitled to claim this money.”  All you have to do is … more »

First blog entry

June 29, 2009

Dear Everyone, 

This is my first blog post. I have had lots of things whizzing around in my head as possible blog posts, but of course time has got away from me.  I have been scrambling on a steep 21st century learning curve, getting together my new website with all its new stuff, under the guidance of the designer, Fiona Edge … more »