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I know I’ve been abandoning y’all,  but work is super-busy at the moment, so by the time I get home I’ve just been wanting to crash and space out. I also have a paper due Monday, but hopefully I’ll be back after that. Incidentally, a lot of this post will make little sense if you’re not familiar with Australian politics, but I’ve tried to include wiki links for context.

So, I saw Keating! The Musical this evening. To start, I was very impressed in a number of ways.  Mike McLeish (who played Paul Keating) has such amazing stage presence *fans self*, the music was great, and there was fun and hilarity.

I must admit I was rather ‘eh’ about the Alexander Downer bit, and the Gareth Evans / Cheryl Kernot bit actually rather rankled me (not least because apparently they had to go with having Kernot played by a male cast member. And honestly, the jibe about Howard’s thing about there being only ‘blokes’ on the ‘mateship’ fell exceedingly flat given the overwhelming abundance of peen involved in the show (hint: the ‘mateship’ wasn’t the only thing that only had ‘blokes’ on it).

There was a discussion over at LP a little while ago about how there was a palpable difference in the audience reactions to John Howard in the show pre and post election, and whilst I can’t really comment on that, I have to admit I found the last quarter of the show actually a bit depressing (and yes, I will admit in public that “The Light On The Hill” made me cry in the not-from-laughing way).

I couldn’t bring myself to laugh at the show’s Howard, because well, yes, he’s gone, but well fell pretty damned far and have quite a few rungs to drag ourselves back up, and honestly, my 12 year old self still feels fucking robbed. Because yes, I have a rosy view of Keating that comes from being a child whilst he was in power, but I knew enough to know that the reams of hatred directed at me at that age was in response to something he represented. And I was robbed of growing up with it. And as much as we can do now (and we have a lot to do), I can’t get that back.

And it still makes me sad, and angry, and wistful. And, in a way that may seem rather strange, I think I’m sadder about this ‘what could’ve been’ than I am about the various more personal ‘what could’ve beens’ of my childhood.

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Okay, so it’s Thursday. Whatevs. It’s still Wednesday in most of the world, and that counts for something, right?

Anyway, links! It’s a rather close-to-home bout of linkblogging this week; including the Special Budget Bonus Round.

Sudy takes Mother’s Day as a time to reflect on what Mothering is to her.
  • Ryan covers the passing of the amended (after threats from the Federal Government to overturn it) Civil Partnerships Bill here in the ACT
  • I think the header is a bit harsh, but the point that’s made in the bulk about Ministerial Discretion and the lack of culture change in the Immigration Dept. is definitely worthwhile. The story about one of the women rejected is heartbreaking
  • Jill reflects on the 60th anniversary of the creation of Israel – and about how others are reflecting on it.
  • Guest-blogger at Hoyden, Su, points out that the RSPCA is willing to do what many animal-rights groups seem to – dehumanise women to get their point across.
  • cripchick hosts the 37th disability blog carnival, which has some awesome stuff.
  • In sad news, James “Jock/Tokin Blackman” Paull of TISM has died of lung cancer. LP’ers reflect.
  • On Medicine Women and White Shame-Ans – Laura E Donaldson discusses the appropriation of Native culture as a form of ‘pop culture feminism. hattip to delux_vivens on LJ – (JSTOR access required)
  • tigtog rebuts David Burchell in his column that appears to act as though the notion that indigenous communities are stricken by poverty is some new thing that the right thought up.
  • Amidst recent discussions that the Pope will issue an apology to victims of sexual abuse by clergy when he visits Australia later this year, Mark contemplates whether the apologies and related actions actually get to the heart of problem.
  • stargazer questions the tiring use of the whole ‘victim mentality’ schtick.
    Budget Bonus Round!
    As an added bonus, it was Federal Budget week here in Oz, the first once since the Rudd Labor Government took office after eleventy years of Howard Liberal (it means conservative in Australia now – kind of like conservative seems to mean folk who hate my very personhood) Government, so here’s a buncha links on that:
    Zoe has some hilarious crystal-ball liveblogging the night before the Budget.
    Mark liveblogs the Budget at the generally accepted time one liveblogs. It’s good, though I must admit I find Zoe’s version more entertaining.
    More budget commentary at LP.
    And more, covering the Opposition’s response. Apparently they were having kittens about the idea that a Labor budget might not be a conservative dream-budget. Who’da thunk?
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    This started out as being for The Angry Black Woman’s Carnival of Allies, but now I’m not so sure it fits with the intent of the Carnival. But it’s here either way.

    So, I was reading belladame’s post for the carnival, about the perhaps limited utility of the word ally, and the notion that allies are ‘being PC to get cookies’, which is definitely a good read, but it actually got me thinking in a somewhat different direction, because of some of the most frustrating contexts in which I’ve heard it.

    There’s been a lot said about ‘passing’, about the benefits and the costs, and about how it’s tied up with privilege. Now, I’m an asian/white woman with a white father/asian mother, and, as I grew out of childhood, an appearance that generally means you have to squint, or know what you’re looking for, to know that I’m not white. And there’s a lot of stuff I’m still working through that ties into all of that. But it does mean that, in certain respects, my ability to pass in certain contexts changes how my ‘being an ally’ for other PoC is perceived.


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