Archive for the ‘freedom of speech’ Category

The title of this post says it all. See the SMH’s article for more detail. (By the way, SMH, I fixed that passive-voiced headline for you!)

Look, I’m not pissed off that the Catholic school has suspended the student for shaving her head as a fundraiser for cancer. I’m pissed off that the Catholic school has suspended the student for shaving her head. The school is, essentially, discriminating against her on the basis that she is now not expressing gender “correctly”, in their eyes. That’s basically what “dress code policy” means.

I should add that I’m not making any assumptions or implications about the gender that the student intends to express – I’m pointing out that the school is.

The fact that she’s done it for a good cause just adds a layer of hypocrisy to the stupidity of the Catholic school’s actions. (It also makes it a bit more of a freedom of expression aspect, in the sense of political expression.)

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I don’t really have anything to add to this article about ACMA’s announcement that it will start going after (and fining) people who link to pages on its blacklist.

It has already been revealed that it’s not terribly difficult to get a page on the blacklist.

What I wonder is: what if you link to a page on the blacklist and didn’t know it was there?

What if you linked to a page before it was blacklisted?

Are we meant to go through the list and all our blog posts (and other pages) every day to make sure we are in compliance?

Apart from the freedom of speech and censorship issues – the implications of which are pretty horrific in themselves – an expectation like that would be enormously onerous and, in itself, oppressive of speech.

I am becoming increasingly disillusioned with this government.

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