Abigail Bray

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Dr Caroline Norma: Hypocrisy And Polemic.

I've read some strange arguments in my time but this one was so obviously hypocritical that it was laughable. In an opinion piece titled The disparaging and belittling of mothers: on mother shaming in the sexualisation debate Dr Caroline Norma makes this protest: How dare the elite media and privileged individuals who think themselves superior to the average mother, deride mothers and imply they’re not eligible for a view on how society should be improved? It smacks of classism. Why are mothers not eligible to speak on behalf of other women? Why can’t they lead the women’s movement (however that’s [...]

Intentional And Interpretive Sexualisation

If only I had thought of this earlier, it might have made things clearer - but I didn't, so here goes... The word sexualisation describes a process whereby something that is not ordinarily considered to have a sexual meaning is given a sexual meaning. Regrettably the current debate over sexualisation is often intellectually lazy and naive and the word is used to confuse rather than enlighten. Perhaps the greatest confusion is between intentional and interpretive sexualisation. Intentional sexualisation occurs when the producer of an image/product/process intends to sexualise that image/product/process. Interpretive sexualisation occurs when the consumer of an image/product/process interprets [...]

Junior Idol, Sexualisation, Kawaii And The Clash Of Cultures

My third novel is concerned with the clash of cultures, east vs west. With the decline of America and Europe, Australia is increasingly turning to Asia. As a result there has been a corresponding increase in Asian immigration and therefore an increase in the popularity of Asian culture. As I write this my TV is tuned to SBS's Pop Asia which showcases, as the name suggests, pop music from Japan, Korea and China (especially Taiwan). A good example is Korean girl group Miss A, Bad Girl, Good Girl. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RCYNBCsWuo The growing influence of Asian pop culture poses an interesting problem [...]

Dr Emma Rush Is Now Being Just Plain Silly

Sigh, here we go again. In my entry Corporate Paedophilia I argued that Emma Rush has a tendency to see sexualisation where none exists. In an article in the Fairfax press, Sexed up tween advertising show fashion needs to grow up (with Caroline Norma) she claims that two short videos in the new Witchery '8fourteen' campaign sexualise the young models: The overall mood is romantic, but the moves, and how they are cut together, gave us the creeps. The girls pout and smile, twist and turn in front of the cameras to display their faces and their bodies. "Oh, [...]

Update On MTR Defamation Controversy

A few interesting developments today. Jill Singer wrote an uncomplimentary opinion piece about Melinda in today's Herald Sun. In it she repeated the allegation that so incensed Melinda in the first place. Will Melinda now attempt to sue News Ltd? Tankard Reist claims she is not objecting to being called Christian (which is mighty big of her, considering she is) but to the imputation that she is deceptive and duplicitous about her religious beliefs. However, I am far from alone in having witnessed Tankard Reist looking extraordinarily uncomfortable when invited to discuss her faith. Her discomfort seemed palpable during an [...]

Melinda Tankard Reist Threatens Legal Action Against Blogger

I've mentioned Melinda before, along with several of her cohort. Melinda has always been sensitive to criticism but now she's taken things to a new level by threatening legal action against Dr Jennifer Wilson from No Place for Sheep. Her blog explains the issue better than I can - seeing as the action is against her. But there are some things I'd like to say. First is that I cannot see anything that might be actionable. What Jennifer has said seems reasonable comment to me and not defamation as is claimed. The second is that this action is hypocritical because [...]

The Cleveland Child Abuse Scandal

Now for a complete change of pace (and to a topic I've been avoiding because it's difficult and controversial)... And to follow up from my entry: A New Understanding of Child Abuse. Both my novels Navaratri and Wild Child are about the natural child, the child raised to follow their own path to achieving their highest potential free from the imposition of adult fears and adult idealisations of childhood. One of the greatest obstacles to the natural child reaching their full developmental potential is any form of trauma. We are beginning to have a greater understanding of how trauma creates [...]

Nora: An Act Of Rebellion

This is worth adding as a follow on from my series critiquing Abigail Bray - so consider it an addendum. The moral conservatives can only imagine harm and shame when it comes to images of naked children. They cannot shake the idea that nudity equals sex. That's why a naked picture always sexualises the subject, because to them nudity is sexual. But as I've pointed out several times, very often the children who pose naked deny any sexual intent or content, even later as adults. Nora is an interesting example because her mother was charged with producing child pornography for [...]

Dead Can Dance

In a rather cryptic response to my critique, Abigail Bray simply provided a link to Melbourne group Dead Can Dance. It's so good that I thought I'd put it, and a few others, into the blog. First is Abigail's choice Host of Seraphim then comes Persephone. Persephone of course, travels to the underworld and I note that in the clip the actors perform a pasodoble, a ritualised bull fight. The bull fight is closely linked to the pagan symbolism of the bull, and hence the Minotaur. The third clip is Out of the Labyrinth , and the fourth contains a [...]

Abigail Bray (3): Silencing The Subject

Censor the body and you censor breath and speech at the same time. Write yourself. Your body must be heard. Hélène Cixous For a feminist this is the worst betrayal of all. Feminism is supposed to empower women and girls. Yet in adopting the paedophiliac gaze she does what all paedophiles do: silences the subject. In the previous post I asked if Abigail had spoken to Henson. More importantly. Has she spoken to the model in the photograph? What does the model think of Abigail's interpretation? In the US trial of British artist Graham Ovenden one of his model's defended [...]