The AFL v Tania Hird

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För Viagra 100 mg master The AFL is a big business that somehow defines Australia’s character. It is an institution that reflects the family dynamics of the smallest democracy in society, in which the rights and wrongs experienced by individual members affect its ability to function. And it is, or should be, an institution that gives all of its members a voice.

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Chiaramente, alcuni giorni si fanno più soldi, e alcuni giorni se ne fanno meno. iq option forbidden Se si guadagna ci sarà la soddisfazione reciproca. Tania’s claim was that the AFL had a bullying culture. The reaction to her words, rather than those of four equally loquacious men on the same TV program, tended to prove not only that her observations had substance, but also that women should not seek to upset a powerful, masculinist elite. These were concerted, well-briefed attacks on her integrity and substance as a human being.

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får man köpa Viagra på nätet Tania and James Hird apparently have a good, solid marriage. Their family has a human right to be protected from attacks on its integrity. That means, in this day and age, that a married woman is entitled to have and express a view. The attempt make a spouse an unspoken and invisible ‘party’ to the agreement James Hird entered into with Essendon, which silenced him but gave Demetriou and anybody else freedom to allow suspicions to fester, should have been unthinkable.. She was right: she could not be ‘hauled’ before a board of the body that employed her husband.

Some women and men who commented on the controversy recognised Tania Hird as fulfilling the traditional role of wives of powerful men, standing by her man. Others looked at the content of her speech, and not the stereotype. And a few of them said, she’s got the right to speak her mind.

This disappointing episode reveals that the AFL is, indeed, a family; a patriarchal one; a dysfunctional family unit being consumed from within by its own secrets, power plays, and bullies. And the popular media is little better.

The price of liberation from prejudice and belittlement of women is indeed, eternal vigilance.

Other links:

7.30 Report

Triple MMM – Eddie McGuire

The Age – Caroline Wilson

Herald Sun – Jon Anderson

The Australian – Patrick Smith

Herald Sun – Anti-Tania comments

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