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Freedom ~ How To Get Yours Without Destroying Someone Elses

Published November 2, 2012 by melissamaree

Freedom, you want it, we all want it, so why don’t we have it?

It seems these days that we do not have the freedom to even have our own opinions. This is evident in every current social issue that is out there, why is it? Are you contributing to the problem?

Are you destroying the Freedom of others?

Do you take it upon yourself to convert others to your point of view?
This destroys the Freedom of other people … you want the right to your own opinion … you don’t want to be judged for it or told that you are wrong do you? Well maybe step off and give other people the same respect. Do they really have to agree with you? Or do they deserve to have their own opinion? Ok so maybe some people have warped opinions, there’s not much you can do about that is there? You can push and argue and debate but what are you achieving? Are you simply adding to the intolerance?

It is fair enough to want to share your opinion … but sometimes you need to be aware of the facts, and sometimes there are no facts that can actually define the situation, this is when it comes down to opinions. Have yours, be proud of it, but refrain from belittling others who may not have the same opinion as you .. you have every right to spread your message and share your view. You have NO right to belittle others and infringe upon their right to have the same Freedom.

So you believe in legalising Gay marriage? You have every right.

So you believe that gay marriage is wrong? You have every right.

But you have no right to force your beliefs onto anyone else!!!!

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Telling The Truth Is Revolutionary

Published November 2, 2012 by melissamaree

Truth

Telling the truth should really come naturally shouldn’t it? The Truth is always clear, having the ability to separate the truth from the illusions that we see through our own glasses of perception is a gift.

Being brave enough to speak the truth when no one wants to hear it is the voice of revolution

Compassion and Human Rights For Asylum Seekers

Published November 2, 2012 by melissamaree

Human Rights

A refugee woman and her child in a Tunisian Transit Camp © UNHCR / A. Braithwaite

Human Rights law is very, very clear when it states that seeking asylum is a Human Right.

Australia has signed the Refugee Convention, The United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees was developed for the purpose of setting out the rights of asylum seekers and the responsibilities of nations that grant asylum to refugees. The convention states that seeking asylum is a human right and that a refugee has the right to be free from penalties related to their illegal entry into the country that provides asylum

Australia has been avoiding it’s responsibilities and its promise to uphold Human Rights law by exploiting a loophole. This loophole is called excision, excision seriously violates a person’s right to seek asylum. This very confusing and strange loophole allows Australia to pretend that Australian Territory is not really Australian territory … sounds ridiculous doesn’t it?? That’s because it is ridiculous. This tactic has been employed for the sole purpose of avoiding responsibility. People are dying because of Australias unwillingness to honor the promise that they made when they signed the convention. Is this how we want to be represented? As hypocrites who do not keep our promises?? Seems pretty unAustralian to me.

These are dark days indeed. Where is compassion when people are suffering, dying and being forced to sell everything they own so they can seek asylum only to find that Australians are employing underhanded tactics that are compassionless and hateful? Shame on us if we can’t protect the weak when they come to us in need !!

 

You can read more about the Refugee Convention and it’s violation on the dedicated Amnesty International page  here >>> Human Rights

The Truth About Feminism ~ You Can’t Hide From The Truth

Published October 31, 2012 by melissamaree

The Truth About Feminism

The Truth About Feminism

The myths are everywhere .. even the mention of the words feminism or feminist can sometimes be enough to inspire both men and women to start spouting cliched “man hater” or “bra burning” comments that are irrelevant and represent only the ignorance of the speaker. The truth about feminismis that is exists, and it exists for the purpose of combating discrimination that affects you. It doesn’t matter who you are, or where you live … sexism does affect you. Yes, discrimination against women affects you if you are a male … if you have a mother, a sister, a daughter, a girlfriend or a wife then you are affected.

The truth about feminism is that people want to pretend that it is unnecessary, they want to close their eyes and say “hey, this is a thing of the past .. women are not discriminated against in this day and age” the sad fact is, that you can close your eyes and say that as many times as you like but that will not make it true. I have heard all the dismissive comments about how women should stop whinging because we already get equal pay etc etc, first of all no we do not get equal pay. Just because you work with a woman who is paid the same amount as you you assume that women all over the world are treated as equals? The “equal pay” comments seem to be a favorite way for some men to degrade the principles and the need for feminism in general.

The truth about feminism is that feminists believe all people deserve equal rights and respect. Women are MUCH more likely to be the victims of violent crime than men are, women are often blamed for the crimes that are committed against them, if you have women in your life that you love do you really want this to continue? In many countries around the world women are punished simply because of the facet that they are women and as such are considered to be lesser human beings. If you would be outraged to see your mother or sister whipped or punished for speaking her mind or raped and then punished because the rape is said to be her own fault, then open your eyes because this is already happening … feminists who fight to prevent these kinds of injustices are fighting for you! This is just the tip of the iceberg .. unfair treatment of wome has been happening for hundreds of years and it extend to almost every aspect of society.

The Truth About Feminism is that it is real and you need it.

Higher Penalties For Those Who Assault The Elderly

Published October 28, 2012 by melissamaree

JUSTICE FOR THE ELDERLY

It is absolutely unacceptable that crimes against the elderly mean that they have cause to be fearful in their own homes or anywhere else. Crimes against those who cannot protect themselves are committed by weak people who are a danger to society and the penalties should reflect this. I was absolutely outraged this morning to read of yet another assault on an elderly person > here.

Violence is disgusting in all of its forms, what kind of world is this when a 72 year old woman is injured in her own home? We need to take a stand and make it known that this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated! Preying on the vulnerable in this way is a sick, sick act that should be reacted to accordingly.

Have we become so complacent and so desensitised to hearing these kinds of stories that we have simply learnt not to react? The reactions to news report about crimes of this nature are of course expressions of disgust. It seems though that we are not reacting as strongly as we should be. Next time you see a report like this … ask yourself, if this was my Grandmother would I turn the page and keep reading? Or would I swear to seek justice no matter what the cost? Crimes against the elderly must be stopped!

Women Only Matter Until The Age Of Thirty

Published October 27, 2012 by melissamaree

Sexism Motherhood and Aging

 

If you are looking for any kind of assistance in Australia when you are a woman over the age of thirty, then you are not going to have much luck. This is especially true if you are a Mother and are in some kind of crisis situation. Once you reach a certain age, help gets harder to find. I was recently in a situation where I was attempting to locate a charity run counselling service that I could use … long story, I had remembered another time over ten years ago where I had been faced with a similar situation and a charity had provided me with access to counselling services that helped me a lot.

I am now close to being 40 years old and what I discovered was that there are many charities that provide free counselling services but none of them are aimed at Mothers who are over approximately thirty years old. There are specialised Mens Counselling services, young Mothers groups, family counselling services, groups for gamblers, alcoholics … the list goes on. I’m not saying that services are completely unavailable for people in my situation, however the only support service I could find that offered any assistance at all was a local neighbourhood centre that took four months to get back to me. When they did finally get back to me I was offered a choice between family counselling and counselling for my children. Hello am I nothing??

I don’t mean to judge really, I don’t go around expecting things for free but surely I deserve to be treated as well as younger women, men and children. And why are there so many services aimed at “Young Mothers” if I’m to judge that by the reception I received then I would have to guess that it is because younger Mothers are more likely to have younger children in their care. So taking care of Mothers happens for the purpose of ensuring the welfare of children. This may seem like a harsh assumption, but if these Mother support services are really based on supporting women then why do they disappear as we get older?

If we are going to fight sexism then we need to do it on every level. Older Mothers deal with many stressors as children grow and move on .. this alone can be difficult for some people. Women do not lose their worth as they age. I have seen many acquaintances of mine deal with similar problems, they just can’t seem to be heard when they need to be heard.

I think that this is just a small representation of the sexist attitudes that are evident in Australia today.

Many of these services are government run and if I am a citizen of this country then why am I being overlooked? In order to clarify my point here I would like to compare two well known kinds of support groups that are commonly available … “Young Womens Place” and “Dads in Distress” I would like to point out that Dads in distress does not clarify the age of the Dads that are offered assistance … it’s not “Young Dads in Distress”  so why is it that groups aimed at female parents are almost always age related?