seen. not heard. obedient. unquestioning. confined. bound. safe? seen. not heard. controlled. authorised. approved. convinced. brainwashed? seen. not heard. afraid. unsure. reliant. compliant. seen. herd. seen. heard. respected encouraged supported capable compassionate? seen. heard. innovative creative supportive confident critical. seen. heard. brave certain sane humane seen not herd.
Twas a reprieve A time to rest A time to rebelieve That time is gone Is blown away How can we, this time retrieve? I see the children Laugh and play I see the hope within I see that though things will change The future is not grim.
Recently a well known, loved and respected, author tweeted And the response was one that rocketed humanity into a new heights of wtf. how did we get here…. There once was a time when things were what they were. It is what is. Accept it. Move on. Men are the Bosses. Well. White ones. And … More What if, what is and wtf.
For humanity, is it too late? Is empathy a long lost trait? Everything feels deeply ominous How can voting be autonomous? With so many in an Agentic State. As fires burn and droughts deprive How much longer can we survive? Is the dystopia already here? With choices based on fear? As our governments contrive. … More Agentic voters
The conveyor belt approach to birth was working as intended, And despite many protests, it won’t be amended. For The Authority has the Power and the money flows neatly, And your role, my dear, is to obey and smile sweetly. Your Doctor processes your pregnancy without bothering you with detail You believe they are … More Do you have what it takes?
“Don’t cry, it was only a joke.” Words spoken by a just-joshin’ bloke. “We’re just havin’ a laugh”…at your expense Say those who can’t see hurt in ‘nonsense’. Joking like this creates emotional distance As the Joker displays empathic resistance. A cheap shot, perhaps, unclever and crass, Accusing the target of being like glass … More Don’t cry, it was only a joke.
Full Cream asks Won’t Somebody Think of the Fathers! And raises some excellent points, relevant not just to breastfeeding, but also to birth – and life in general. Women are consistently expected to step aside, to accommodate the needs of others – in this case, the father. The blog post was a response to an article … More Would you rather stand aside, or stand up?
The above is the closing passages of this news article . The comments on the article are worth reading. The article is an ‘argument’ in favour of the ‘my health record’ database. This database is controversial for several reasons, one of which is the default setting is to be included. This means it is an opt-out … More Opt-in or opt-out: what’s hubris got to do with it?
There once was a kid who loved Science And grew up to create an appliance* it’s science he said nature is ‘dead’ And to trust nature is medical defiance *This ‘appliance’ could be, for example, the constant monitoring equipment used in labour, very useful when indicated but not always necessary or beneficial. And it is … More When Science Communication is not science or communication.
A poem inspired by this article Another day, another dave*, who knows best This Dave sees a world full of misantropists And as a parliamentarian he is using all his power To “call out double standards” that make men cower If ‘all men are rapists’, “stop shagging men” He cries He then slut shames … More Another day, Another Dave #notalldaves