Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Propaganda, Propaganda: 5 year old's given rights

I recently read an article on Yahoo, which reports on a couple who after five year's have released the sex of their little boy. The article say's gender but you'll see what I'm getting at soon enough. The parent's, whom I understand to be a heterosexual couple, told the least amount of people possible at their child's birth what his sex is. By doing this they were trying to bring him up without all the gender stereotypes that have been instilled in us since birth. Now before I go any further I would like to point out that there is a difference between sex and gender. Sex is your body; your penis, your vagina, your ovaries etc. Having a penis defines your sex as male as your body is not equipped to bare children and vice-versa, sex is unchangeable. And now I know you can change what someone looks like on the outside but not on the inside, although please correct me if I wrong here. Gender is changeable, I don't know how easily if it can be day to day or needs serious time but then again that's possibly a very personal thing. Anyway gender is who you see yourself as and is I believe who you should be described as because quite frankly skin is skin and I'm more interested in you the person, not you and your genitals. 

All right now I know exactly just how hypocritical my next few sentences are going to be but bear with me. Piper Weiss, writer of the article handled the report somewhat horribly, because in my somewhat underserving opinion maybe, she writes articles reporting events that are factual. Factual. Interesting word that. The term for factual is: 
Of or pertaining to facts; concerning facts: factual accuracy.
Based on or restricted to facts: a factual report.

Now Piper likes to write in a Woman's Day/ People kind of way, i.e. She likes to warp the facts. Also the article is written in a very biased way, going against the parents not even allowing really for a word in edgeways. Throughout the article she refers to the parents as "partner's". Now I know that word can be used for a heterosexual couple or for a primary school lineup, but in the case of this article it is totally and utterly the wrong word, I swear the amount of comments that accuse the "lesbian" couple of spreading their "gay propaganda" is astounding. Gay marriage is legal, get the fuck over it, people are gay, who cares.

Ok so we have now established that 
A. The parents are not trying to spread "Gay propaganda" and 
B. Gender is a personal decision and 
C. We are all brought up listening to constant stereotypes. 

Now these parent's wanted to let Sasha choose his own gender and not be swayed by what he is taught to believe is masculine or feminine. Weiss points out that this dual gender may cause bullying, Ok, yes I can accept that aaand I can see how that would work, however I was bullied, my boyfriend was bullied, my friends have been bullied, hell my tutors and even you most likely will have been bullied. It's actually a rather horrible aspect of normal human nature. She also feels the need to comment and say that "Sasha may have less of a formed identity because of his upbringing, and feel angry at his mom for dressing him in flowery shirts and telling the world about it" and then flippantly say's "Or not" the tone is all very against the idea and even though she’s hints at the possibility of that this could mean a higher development of self she follows that with the former response. Hints? Yeah right she slams the door shut on such possibilities. 

My hypocrisy of someone who has more experience writing than me is obvious but then again I'm not writing a report I'm writing my opinion. For me the idea is somewhat revolutionary, I believe that if children were brought up in this way even just like Sasha and only until they reached school and got to form opinions themselves, there'd be a whole lot less 'koodies' floating on boys and no one would care if you wanted to play dollies with the girls instead of fighting. Gender is not specific and we are still fighting to ensure this, however it's a bloody hard battle. The main degrees my campus offers are art, nursing or business something that has made my university something stupid like three quarters female or more. If everyone stopped critiquing this little boy and his parents and I don't know took the backseat once in a while and really looked and felt maybe there wouldn’t be thousands of comments hating homosexuals and gender choices and we'd have more male artist's and nurses. This is my rant, but I implore you to make your own decision, read the article and really think about it, don't get angry with ignorance. 

Lot's of Love
Audrey Megan

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Wishes, butter and bulldogs

It's not yet halfway through the week and it's already going so well, I found something new to display on my desk top. But the only problem is at at $696.00 on sale there's no way I can afford these sexy black Giuseppe Zanotti steel toe wedges from SSENSE, but at least I can see them everyday this way even if I can't buy them!

The next thing that has totally brightened up my week is my new nail varnish from Butter London in "Tea with the Queen", I got it after accidentally using my old left over black revlon polish from high-school which made me suddenly regret five years on the dark side, perhaps more than I already do. Ok kidding about that part, maybe. But anyway this stuff is so beautiful once it's on and it comes off super easy too, one wad of tissue for two hands! I already own one polish from Butter in a sparkly red and once you go Butter or now I've gone Butter I'm not going back.

Oh gosh! How could forget?! My very exciting news is that I'm interning with Good as Gold in the offices helping with product imagery and the like, plus seeing how for the first time in real-life the inner working's of an important part of the fashion industry. So I'll keep you updated on my now much more exciting life (the office has two bull dogs in residence!). 

Lot's of Love
               Audrey Megan

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Cute Cards

Keeping with my new years resolution of doing more crafty projects I decided to make these cute cards to send out to all our friends and family announcing our new address. They were super easy to make and can be used for almost anything. Here's a quick guide:

1) Cut your card in half then fold in half. 
2) Measure the width of your card then cut your lace tape to this 
measurement and apply to top of card.
3) Apply your ice-cream applique to the front of your card.

Cute huh? Plus the homemade-ness is so much more personal than a hallmark.

Lots of Love
            Audrey Megan

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Happy New Year! 
I'm sorry I've been such a bad blogger recently but I've been enjoying the holiday's and Jake and I are in the middle of moving into our new flat. However last night I found the time to make these pretty glitter shoes from Elsie. I used a mixture of Purple, gold and silver glitter rather than the mix colour glitter she uses and they've worked out perfectly so I can imagine that I'll be wearing these a whole lot this summer!

After making these I was so happy with my out come I couldn't help trawling the internet for more cute DIY projects. I really enjoy making stuff however I never seem to get around to making anything so this year I guess you could call it my new years resolution is to do more craft projects and art. All of which I promise to share with you, and maybe come up with some of my own DIY ideas to share with you.

Lot's of Love
                Audrey Megan