“The rush to push through the Disability Amendment Bill is not about the $92 million that was set aside for disabled carers – it is about limiting the liability of the government in terms of who is eligible. Although ACC allows family members to be carers, the Ministry of Health previously did not recognize family carers.”
Phoebe Fletcher http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/05/19/a-sad-day-for-disability-rights/
Oh this is sad. Although it is a good thing that family member carers are finally going to get paid for their work, this bill is really about quickly limiting the liability of the govt following a landmark case won by family carers. The Ministry of Health v Atkinson and Ors. 2001 case found that it was discrimination not to recognise carers who were also family members. That means that family carers were already entitled to pay under case law. This bill limits the rights of those family carers to make historical claims and also limits who is entitled to this money.
“The sexualization of women is only appealing if it’s nonconsensual. Otherwise it’s “sluttiness,”….”
Mainsplaining with a Side Order of Racism
Not strictly academic, but close enough. I’m Asian American and was taking a plane back to my university to finish up my PhD in English Literature and teach a composition class. The man sitting next to me asked me why I was flying from the West Coast to the Midwest. I told him I was going to the University of ________.
He asked me why I was going to the university so I told him I teach English.
He says, “You mean you’re learning English.”
“No,” I say. “I’m teaching English.”
“You see,” he replies, “You are confusing the words ‘teach’ and ‘learn.’ You are learning English.”
Women don’t know Tarkowski
I had written a piece online about the Russian film director Andrey Tarkowski. A few days later I received a mail from a man about by age starting with “How wonderful to see a woman who knows of Tarkowski! that’s quite rare…” and proceeded to write a list of other directors to check if I knew of them (probably hoping to be able to educate me) and about what a great artist he himself was, hoping we could meet.
I replied that implying women don’t know about film history was a bit rude and that his mail seemed elitist and I that didn’t want to meet him.
He then answered “I don’t see why it’s such a taboo to discuss differences between the genders! Do you have any idea what the taste of common people is like? It’s not just women, most people don’t know about Tarkowski, what bubble are you living in?”
Which pretty much summed up what a dick he was once and for all…