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Daring stark lip colours for smart brave beauties

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You’ve mastered the red lip and pulled off the bright pink, but now it’s time for a new challenge.
And it’s not going to be easy.
I’m not talking nudes and oranges either. I’m talking about the colours you see on catwalks and fashion shoots that you’d never dare to wear in real life.
Well, I’m daring you.
If you choose to accept, Cathy Cerovac, make-up mrtist at Beauty Ink, has offered her top tips on how best to proceed.

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Yellow is a hard colour to pull off no matter what product you’re trying it out with. As it’s such a light colour it can be difficult for it to show up on your skin. Cathy suggests concealing and powdering the entire lip area first. This will create a neutral base to allow the colour to be really prominent. Cathy recommends lining and filling the lips with a highly pigmented yellow pencil before finishing off with a yellow matte lipstick.

Try: NYX Macaroon Lippie in Citron (



“Blue lips would suit someone that has dark features; dark hair, dark eyebrows, olive skin tone and brown eyes – someone that has a warm tone,” explains Cathy. “Somebody that is a cool colour can also wear blue lipstick but it would have to be more of a pastel shade and I would recommend matching this with a touch of grey on the eyes.”

Try: Sleek Pout Paint in Peek A Bloo ($13.95,



Rihanna managed to pull it off, so why can’t you? For green lips, Cathy suggests using a foundation shade that’s slightly darker than your natural skin tone to make your skin glow and not looked washed out against the green. “I would then base the rest of my colours on golds and neutral browns to ensure there’s no clashes with the green.”

Try: Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in Shoot (



You don’t have to turn Goth to wear black lips, but Cathy does admit it can be tricky not to look pale while wearing this lip colour. She suggests to again use a foundation slightly darker than you’d normally wear: “I would also contour the check bones, hair line and jaw line and line the eyes with a grey liner to keep the focus on the lips.”

Try: Manic Panic Matte Lipstick in Raven Black ($16,

So there you have it you luscious ladies choose & indulge

Henry Sapiecha

Expert advice on anti-wrinkle injections here


Around 33,000 anti-wrinkle injections are administered each year in Australia. However, despite their popularity, some women still remain uninformed when it comes to the different brands on offer, the different results they achieve, and what product they have received.

To ensure you’re fully educated about anti-wrinkle injections, we asked Dr Joseph Ajaka, cosmetic surgeon at Cosmos Clinic, seven of the most imperative questions you’ll need answered to guarantee you’re getting the best treatment possible.


bh: Are all anti-wrinkle injections the same?

Dr Ajaka: When it comes to anti-wrinkle injections, each product is different and the risks and benefits vary between brands. People considering treatments should speak to their doctor regarding the possible side effects, the effect of the treatment and how long the results will last. Also, ask your doctor about the benefits and risks associated with the brand they recommend and ensure they are using a brand with a trusted heritage of quality that is supported by clinical data for safety and effectiveness.

bh: Around half of all anti-wrinkle injection patients in Australia do not know there are different types of anti-wrinkle injections available. Why do you think this is?

Dr Ajaka: Women are doing some research ahead of their treatments – such as searching online or talking to friends – but they shouldn’t stop once the appointment is booked. The most important thing a patient can do is come in prepared and ask the right questions before, during and after their treatment. This ensures there’s no mystery to the treatment and increases patient satisfaction.

bh: Why is it important for a patient to know what brand of anti-wrinkle injection is being used on them?

Dr Ajaka: Patients who are the most satisfied with their treatment are the ones who are informed, are asking the right questions and are ensuring the anti-wrinkle injection they’ve requested is indeed what they are receiving.

bh: How can a patient ensure they know what type of anti-wrinkle injection is being injected into their face?

Dr Ajaka: There are five specific questions people should ask their doctors during their consultation:

1. Which brand do you use and why?
2. Has this anti-wrinkle treatment been extensively tested and researched?
3. How quickly will I see the effects of the injection and how long will the results last?
4. Are side effects different between brands?
5. How satisfied are you with the results?

You can download this question checklist from to your phone and take it with you to your next appointment.

bh: What kinds of side effects are commonly associated with anti-wrinkle injections?

Dr Ajaka: When it comes to side effects, each brand is different. Ensure that you discuss the possible side effects with your doctor and understand the variations between the different brands.

bh: When will a patient see the results of the treatment and how long will they last?

Dr Ajaka: Effects of anti-wrinkle treatments can be seen within the first week following the treatment and last up to four months depending on the area being treated. However, results can vary from brand to brand.

bh: How does a patient know if their doctor is using the right product for them?

Dr Ajaka: The best way to decide if the treatment will meet your needs is by looking at real results. Ask your doctor to show you some before and after images, and explain the result you want to achieve. You’ll want to ensure your doctor can provide a product that has a long heritage of achieving results for patients and can do the same for you.

Henry Sapiecha

Fabulous at 50 and well beyond

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I don’t really understand why people feel the need to hide or lie about their age. It could be argued that at the ripe old age of 22 it’s something I couldn’t possibly understand, but I like to think that when I’m 85 and cleverly matching my lipstick to my walking frame, I’ll be proud as punch to say so. Ageing isn’t something to be ashamed of. Out of all the kind-hearted, wise, beautiful and talented women I know, majority of them are over fifty. But what I admire the most about each of them is how they embrace their age and don’t let the fear of getting older get them down. Here are just five of the qualities I hope to steal from them as I enter my forties, fifties, sixties and beyond.

AGING QUALITY #1 Using kick-ass skincare

So many pretty lotions and potions are targeted at older age groups and I can’t wait to try them all! I love a lady who lathers her face in the latest anti-ageing discovery and isn’t ashamed to recommend it to her friends or admit what she’s been using when complimented on her skin. If you’re still yet to jump on the anti-ageing skincare bandwagon, I’m telling you now I’ll be running out to try Avon Anew Clinical Line Corrector and Dr. LeWinn’s Private Formula Advanced Night Cream as soon as my first wrinkle appears.


AGING QUALITY #2 Staying active

The amount of times I have been overtaken on the running track by a lady twice my age is easily in the hundreds (and no, it’s not because I’m extremely slow!). Fitness is a big part of ageing gracefully and it can help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and dementia. So for the sake of my mental health as well as my physical condition, I hope to remain active as I age.

New exercises to try: Xtend barre and F45 training.


AGING QUALITY #3 Regular salon visits

I currently let my hair go way too long without a regular cut and colour. It’s not that I don’t like going to the hairdresser, I just forget or feel like I’m too busy to make the time. I admire women who have a regular appointment every six weeks that they never miss. Keeping your hair in tip-top condition can make take years off your appearance, not to mention hide any greys that may sneakily creep up on the hairline.

Want to change up your look? Try a flirty fringe.

AGING QUALITY #4 Earlier bed time 

We all know how important sleep is, and as you get older it seems to be more acceptable to have an earlier bedtime (hurray!). Women I admire aren’t ashamed to say they’re heading home for a book, bath and bed instead of staying out partying all night. And getting plenty of rest will help keep those under eye bags at bay too.

AGING QUALITY #5 Effortless elegance

While every older woman I know oozes sophistication and class I’m about as elegant as Miley Cyrus on a wrecking ball.  My life goal is to be able to eat and drink without smearing my lipstick – something only a woman with years of practice and tonnes of life experience can achieve.

What are some of the qualities you admire in older women? 

Henry Sapiecha

Are you worth your Cost to the man Per Orgasm?

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‘Cost Per Orgasm’, the latest pick-up culture nonsense from misogynistic losers.

Dear all women,

The very notion of human value has a long and dignified history, until the first time someone swapped money for another human being over whose body they could exert complete control.

However, in these more sophisticated times it’s often difficult to know exactly how much someone is worth in dollar terms – which are the only terms that matter.

And sure, there are some useful rules of thumb – you’re worth 70% as much money as a comparable man, for example, going by the accepted gender disparity in Australian salaries – but what if you want to know specific dollar amounts? Are you economically worth it, in the eyes of men (which are the only eyes that matter)?

Well, you’re in luck!

Dawson Stone – a brilliant economist and sociologist and definitely not a sad, terrified little man peddling pick-up culture nonsense on the internet – has come up with a helpful metric by which men can work out whether you’re worth ejaculating inside of.

(The site is here, and you can click on it if you must, but remember: your clicks are only worth 0.7 of a man’s click, and why must you women go disturbing men with your intrusive page views?)

“Here is how it works. You tally up 100% of the money you spend on a woman during the course of ‘dating’ her and divide that amount by the number of times you have sex with her.” 

He then breaks it down into how the sort of shitty semi-male who doesn’t even realise how much women are just wasting their time when clothed might fare:

“If you are a traditional beta male, you buy a woman three expensive dinners at ~$200 each, and try to close her on the third date. If you were successful and had sex twice, your CPO would be $300 ($200 * 3 / 2). As a beta, there is a decent chance you don’t even close. You could argue that you should only use the money spent on her (divide the numbers in 1/2) and your CPO is still $150.”

Because he is awesome and cool, he explains that his is obviously better. And why would he – a forty-something year old man who’s attempting to sell you his patented pick-up tips on the internet – have any motivation to lie?

“I have diligently tracked my CPO for the last 4 months. It was $44.15, $20.82, $36.75 and $37.20… My CPO might seem a bit high, but in my defense, I always have 1-2 women in my monthly rotation that are out-of-towners. In fact, in my most recent 4-month period I had an unusually high number of women (eleven) that were out-of-towners. Most of them are struggling college students, so I do buy their plane ticket. But I plan in advance and can usually get a ticket for between $200-$250. If it wasn’t for this variable, my average CPO would be closer to $10-$12.”

Numbers don’t lie, ladies. And it’s worth remembering that these are American dollars, so at current exchange rates you should really be looking to get a man off at least once for every $12.91 he spends in your vicinity.

Now, there are worthless semi-men who might respond “But Dawson, what if I disagree with the notion that all romantic interactions with other people can be reduced to a direct financial exchange, since I am not a broken, hideous monster angrily cry-wanking on a blog about how scared I am of women?”

Because Dawson is very, very smart, he’s already thought of that.

“Sex is about money! If sex wasn’t about money there wouldn’t be alimony, child support, pre-nups, palimony, engagement rings, and weddings that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. I could go on forever.”

And that’s a great point: so the lesson that Dawson Stone has taught us is that sex is, frankly, too expensive.

Why, not only are we internet sex-alphas expected to break a $20 bill every time we shrug one out, then there’s also alimony, child support, and weddings that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Heck, I could go on forever!

Fortunately, there’s a cheaper way to get the most bang for the least buck for awesome cool guys like Dawson that find dealing with women an onerous and tiresome condition for getting the sex to which they’re naturally entitled.

A 60-sheet box of Kleenex Facial Tissues Extra Care is a mere $2.40 (and they’re the ones with aloe vera in them – go on, treat yourself!). Divide that by 20 orgasms (at three sheets per: one to collect the ejaculate; two for the lonely, lonely tears) and it gives you a CPO of a mere 12 cents per orgasm! You can’t beat that price!

You’re welcome, Dawson. No need to thank me – not least since I’m sure you’re already across this, in both a metaphorical and stickily biological sense.

Wash your hands before writing your next economic opus, though, there’s a good chap.

Henry Sapiecha

Raped woman forced to give birth by caesarean after being denied abortion

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A young woman who conceived a baby after being raped and who was refused an abortion – despite claiming to be suicidal and protesting with a hunger strike – has had her baby delivered by caesarean section.

The case has reignited the controversy over a relatively new Irish law that allows for abortion in limited circumstances.

The woman, who is not an Irish citizen, sought an abortion under a clause in the new Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act, saying that she was suicidal after the rape and pregnancy.

Ireland has strict abortion laws, but in July 2013 the Irish Parliament legalised the termination of pregnancies in cases when there is a real risk to the life of the mother, including the threat of suicide over a pregnancy. The law took effect in January, and the woman’s case is believed to be the first such one under the legislation

The case was referred to a panel of three experts – an obstetrician and two psychiatrists. The psychiatrists determined that she had suicidal thoughts, but the obstetrician declared that the fetus was viable and that it should be delivered.

After her request for an abortion was rejected, the woman began a brief hunger strike, refusing food and liquids. She eventually agreed to a caesarean section nearly 25 weeks into her pregnancy, after health officials began legal proceedings to forcibly hydrate her.

The baby survived the early birth and is currently in NICU. It is expected to be taken into state care.

The controversial new anti-abortion law does not allow abortions in cases of incest, rape, fetal abnormality or when there is no prospect of survival outside the womb. Abortion-rights advocates say this means that thousands of Irish women will still be forced to leave the country for abortions, but the woman’s immigration status in Ireland may have prevented her from doing so.

England is currently the preferred option for thousands of Irish women who seek abortions every year. In 2013, 3679 women with addresses in the Republic of Ireland and 802 from Northern Ireland had abortions in England, according to official figures from the British Department of Health. The actual figures, however, are likely to be higher.

International outrage over the case of Savita Halappanavar, who died of septicemia after she was repeatedly refused an abortion despite being told that she was having a miscarriage, pressed Ireland to modify its restrictive abortion law.

In July, the chairman of the United Nations Human Rights Committee, Nigel Rodley, criticized Ireland’s abortion law and told Irish government representatives that women were being treated as mere “vessels.”

“Life without quality of life is not something many of us have to choose between and to suggest that, regardless of the health consequences of a pregnancy, a person may be doomed to continue it at the risk of criminal penalty is difficult to understand,” Rodley said.

“Even more so regarding rape when the person doesn’t even bear any responsibility and is by the law clearly treated as a vessel and nothing more.”

NY Times with staff writers

Henry Sapiecha

Human rights for women on the agenda as Parliament comes to the people

20 August 2014

Parliament comes to the people this week with a public hearing on human rights issues confronting women and girls in the Indian Ocean-Asia Pacific region being held at a Sydney girls’ high school.

The two days of public hearings will be at Auburn Girls High School in Sydney on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 August.

A number of specialist organisations will provide evidence at the hearing as part of a Federal parliamentary inquiry by the Human Rights Sub-Committee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.

“This is an important inquiry and we’re very happy to bring parliament to the people and particularly to these young women who will soon begin their careers and contribute to our Australian community,” Sub-Committee chair Luke Simpkins MP said.

“A focus on women and girls is vital to the advancement of human rights, economic development and peace and stability in Australia’s region.”

“Aside from the hearings and roundtable discussions involving non-government human rights and aid organisations, there’ll be a question and answer session with the students.”

“I expect some challenging questions from young women who may well be our future community leaders and may one day think about entering politics themselves.”

On Thursday, the Sub-Committee will hear evidence from Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Caritas, World Vision, Action Aid, the Victorian Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Coalition, Shakti Australia, Medecins Sans Frontieres, Childfund Australia and the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions.

On Friday, the Sub-Committee will hold a roundtable discussion with the Church Agencies Network, Results International Australia, the Women’s Plan Foundation and Care Australia.

Further information on the inquiry is available on the Committee’s website at

Please note that the public hearing will be held in the school hall, which can be most easily entered via Hunter Street (although this entrance is not suitable for a person with limited mobility). If you need assistance on the day, please call the Secretariat on 0413 085 958.

For media comment: contact the Sub-Committee Chair, Mr Luke Simpkins MP, on (02) 6277 4009 or via Mr Bill Coghlan on the same number.  For all other inquiries, contact the Inquiry Secretary, on 02 6277 4318 or visit the committee website at

Henry Sapiecha


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First things first: Men don’t really need to hear anything. (By the time we’re naked, we’re not really dwelling on the quality of the conversation.) That said, there’s no harm in making a full-frontal moment even more blissful by boosting your guy’s confidence or revealing something sexy about yourself. Arousal is driven by the brain, after all. So words that put us in a sexier frame of mind can lead to very pleasant results. The next time your man bares all, try one (or all) of these hot lines.

“I want you.” We probably wouldn’t be in this situation if we weren’t already about to have sex, but it’s nice to know that you’re still interested now that you’ve seen our pale thighs and spotty chest hair.

“Your chest/stomach/back is amazing.” Hey, we’re not working out for our health. Well, actually we are working out for our health, but we’re also working out because we want you to notice the little muscles sprouting up under our skin.

“There’s not an imperfection on your body.” If you can’t figure out exactly where to direct your compliment, this Hail Mary approach works just fine. Actually, it works even better.

“Tell me what you like.” This tells us that you’re willing to try new things, and that you want our sex life to be experimental. And trust me—if you try your guy’s kinky suggestions, he’ll try yours.

“That’s one handsome penis.” There’s something about an absurd compliment that feels totally sincere, like there’s no possible way you’re just quoting something you heard in a romcom. So feel free: We accept all forms of bizarre flattery relating to any part of our body or sexual performance. Plus you’ll introduce a little humor, and that’s never a bad thing.

“You can do whatever you want.” A line like this is guaranteed to make a man’s mind wander to some amazing places. Of course—only say it if you mean it (and totally trust this guy).

“I have a condom.” There’s not a damn thing wrong with a woman who can take charge of her sexual health. It lets us know that when we sleep with you, we’re not sleeping with all the other men you’ve slept with.

“You feel so good inside me.” The average guy knows he’s working with average sized equipment. But he wants to believe that he’s using that equipment in such an extraordinary way that you’re never left wishing he had another inch or two to work with. So yeah, a little reassurance is nice.

“Oh oh oh!” Because—like I said—90 percent of the time, we don’t even really need lots of compliments. In those cases, an enthusiastic moan will do wonders.

Henry Sapiecha


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There are two reasons men get naked: to get clean, and to get laid. Most of the time, when a guy gets naked in front of you, it’s for the second reason. Or maybe he’s about to go skinny-dipping, which—technically—has the potential to achieve both goals. In any case, a guy who disrobes before you trusts you, and he really cares what you think. Now, I know you’re way too smart to actually utter any of these phrases next to a nude dude, but just in case, here’s a little refresher:

Why aren’t you hard yet? Hey, sometimes we need to warm up slowly! But now that you asked, we’re too self-conscious and stuck inside our own head to finish the job. If we were a little too drunk, now we’re way too drunk. If we were a little too tired, suddenly our eyelids feel like anvils. It’s fine to think this one, but please don’t ask.

Are you going to get off? Same thing here—as soon as you ask, it’s definitely not happening. Sensitive sex mishaps are best dealt with delicately. If you think he’s struggling, just slow down and give him a chance to rethink his attack. Odds are he just needs a new position, a new rhythm, or a helping hand.

Oh! I have to take this call! Chances are you don’t. You’re choosing to though, and that’s kind of a boner killer.

Don’t worry—it’s cold in here. OK, OK, let’s not patronize us, alright? We’re probably already well aware of the cold and its effects. And even if it’s not cold—well, sometimes shrinkage happens for reasons we can’t explain. Maybe we just had a big workout, and all our blood is routed to our muscles. Or a big meal, and all our blood is in our stomach. We don’t know, OK? We’re not scientists!

Do you love me? Of course we love you! We love you more than the internet loves cats! Or, you know, if this is a casual thing, at least we do right now. But if you want a truly honest answer, ask us later, when we’re not so naked.ast try to phrase this in a way that doesn’t sound like we’re going to compete with some other guy’s go-to move. It’s perfectly OK to tell us what to do without also explicitly telling us that you know it from experience—like whispering in our ear how much you want us (us!) to do something to you.

Guys usually love it when I… Again, this just has a bad ring to it. Would you like it if we brought up all the girls we hooked up with while you’re naked? Didn’t think so.

I have something important I need to tell you… Bad news sounds worse when you’re naked—and we’re also less likely to give it the full weight it deserves. So whether you’re married, you’re still in love with your ex boyfriend, you’re a lesbian, you have an infectious STI, you had sex with our best friend, or anything else totally serious, please—tell us while our clothes are still on.

Wow—guys are really hairy. Any time you say “guys are …” when you’re next to our naked body, we know you’re talking specifically about us. We know not all guys are really hairy. We also know that we are. Thanks for making a point to tell us.

You should really watch Magic Mike with me. Really? Now? Channing?

So tell me about your last breakup. Really? Now? Relationship talk?

I really need to clean this apartment. This has to stop. Chances are your guy didn’t tear off his shirt to show you his meandering happy trail. He probably wants to jump your bones, and any random tangents make us feel like we’re less than exciting and not exactly great at keeping your attention. If you want to talk about something important pre-sex, may I suggest what position you’d like to try first?

Actually, I’m not really in the mood anymore. Well that is information we could have used before we hurled our jeans across the room in a flamboyant display of passion. So pardon while we step off into the bathroom for a few minutes. We have a thing to attend to.

Latest “internal bra” promises superior & longer lasting breast lift results

Orbix is offering a new type of breast-lift procedure that supposedly offers better-lasting results that traditional procedures

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A new procedure promises to lift and support women’s breasts with better-lasting results than traditional methods. The Orbix Breast Support System uses thin silicone straps attached to the ribs to provide support. Orbix says the technique “eliminates breast re-sagging and minimizes scarring.”

Breasts often begin to dip between the ages of 35 and 40, and the process can be accelerated by weight-gain and breastfeeding. Although often deemed an exercise in vanity, breast lift procedures can have a positive mental effect on patients.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the number of breast lift procedures are growing at twice the rate of breast implant procedures and have increased by 70 percent since 2000. The ASPS says that over 90,000 breast lift procedures were carried out by its practitioners alone in 2013.

Despite this, CEO of Orbix Yossi Mazel says that existing breast lift procedures will often not stop the breast from beginning to sag again afterwards. Mazel says that the new approach by Orbix can stop this.

“The device is an internal support to the breasts,” he explains. “What essentially is holding the breasts in position is the skin, but the skin loses its elasticity over time and the breasts gravitate downwards.”

Traditional approaches rely on the newly “lifted” skin to support the breasts, which can begin to sag again as the skin continues to lose elasticity. In contrast, the Orbix Breast Support System uses a silicone strap that is attached at each end to two places on one of the patient’s ribs, supporting each breast “like a hammock” or “internal bra”.

Mazel explains that the idea was invented by a plastic surgeon who wanted to overcome the disappointment from patients of traditional procedures with unsustainable results. The lengthy development procedure looked at what materials would be appropriate, what different forces act upon the breasts that the device must withstand (such as walking, running, and playing sports), and what strength of material is required to ensure it can manage those forces for many years.

In addition to longer-lasting results that help to maintain the shape of the breast for many years, Orbix claims that its Support System shows better healing and reduced scarring compared to traditional procedures. It also says that the procedure is easy for existing practitioners to carry out and that it should last indefinitely without detriment, although checkups are advised every five years.

The first clinical trials, carried out by Prof. Mustafa Hamdi, were held in Belgium during 2009. Since then, over 50 procedures have been carried out in Europe, with patients in Germany, Sweden, UK, Israel, and France. The product has gained the CE mark for its sale in Europe and the commercial rollout has begun in a handful of countries. In the UK, highly regarded plastic surgeon Jian Farhadi is carrying out the first procedures.

Mazel reports high levels of satisfaction amongst patients who have already undergone the procedure, though some medical experts have urged caution and called for further trials to assess any potential long-term side-effects.

“CE marking only refers to the safety in the sense of the materials itself, the actual product,” Professor Kefah Mokbel of the London Breast Institute told the MailOnline. “But it does not mean the procedure is safe. Yes, this procedure is exciting but we must look at its efficacy and safety in the long term.”

Source: Orbix

Henry Sapiecha

Womens plight highlighted in Australia by BHP with homelessness

BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities Helps Homeless People Help Themselves

Womens plight highlighted in Australia

August 12, 2014

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​ BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities (BSC) marked 2014 Homeless Persons Week in Australia by announcing another three-year commitment to The Big Issue Women’s Subscription Enterprise (WSE).

The Big Issue found selling magazines on the street was not a viable option for many women because of issues including safety and childcare. Under the WSE model, women are given the opportunity to work in four-hour shifts in a friendly and safe female-only team environment.

The BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities charity has supported the WSE since 2011, and over the next three years will purchase 650 annual subscriptions for BHP Billiton workplaces around the country. This support will provide employment for more than six women a year.

BHP Billiton CEO, Andrew Mackenzie said helping homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people improve their life was an important part of BHP Billiton’s contribution to communities.

“The provision of housing is a basic human right and I’m delighted that through the BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities we are able to support The Big Issue in their important work to provide thousands of people with a sustainable way forward,” Mr Mackenzie said.

Since launching the Women’s Subscription Enterprise in 2010, the Enterprise has employed more than 100 women in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.

The Big Issue CEO, Steven Persson welcomed the partnership.

We know there are some 46,000 women homeless in Australia on any given night,” Mr Persson said.

Corporate Australia can make a big difference to the lives of marginalised women by supporting simple solutions like the Women’s Subscription Enterprise.

“The support of BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities will allow us to employ more women through the Women’s Subscription Enterprise, giving women in need the opportunity to earn an income and turn their lives around.”

The Big Issue is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that develops solutions to help homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people positively change their lives:

For more information, please see the News Release.

Henry Sapiecha



AN INDIAN fashion shoot has sparked outrage and calls for legal action for showing a woman being assaulted on a bus, echoing a fatal gang-rape that shocked the nation.

The project by photographer Raj Shetye called The Wrong Turn appeared in his online portfolio in recent days before being taken down, but the pictures have since been carried by various media outlets.

They show a female model dressed in high-end fashion garments being groped on a bus by a group of men, also stylishly dressed, in various poses.

In one image, the woman is on the floor with a man standing over her, while one shows her struggling with two men gripping her arms, and another has two men pinning her down on the seats.

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Protests … Many Indians have railed against a spate of gang rapes in the country.

Mumbai-based Shetye issued a statement in defence of his work, saying he had “tried to express myself through the medium I know best” and that the controversy was based on misinterpretation.

“The aim is purely to create art that will garner public opinion about issues that concern women,” he said.

“It breaks my heart to see my mother, my friends, my sister constraining themselves professionally and personally just to be safe.”

Henry Sapiecha

How to bring a woman down with just a single word

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NASHVILLE, TN – JUNE 06: Musician Taylor Swift performs during the 2013 CMA Music Festival on June 6, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images) Photo: Christopher Polk

A thought experiment: Imagine how people might react if Taylor Swift released an album made up entirely of songs about wishing she could get back together with one of her exes.

We’d hear things like: “She can’t let go. She’s clingy. She’s irrational. She’s crazy.” Men would have a field day comparing her to their own “crazy” exes.

Yet when Robin Thicke released “Paula” –  a plea for reconciliation with his ex-wife Paula Patton disguised as an LP — he was called incoherent,obsessedheartfelt and, in particular, creepy.

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Zooey Deschanel in ‘New Girl’.

But you didn’t hear men calling him “crazy” — even though he used it as the title of one of tracks.

No, “crazy” is typically held in reserve for women’s behavior. Men might be obsessed, driven, confused or upset. But we don’t get called “crazy” — at least not the way men reflexively label women as such.

“Crazy” is one of the five deadly words guys use to shame women into compliance. The others: Fat. Ugly. Slutty. Bitchy. They sum up the supposedly worst things a woman can be.

“Crazy” is such a convenient word for men, perpetuating our sense of superiority. Men are logical; women are emotional. Emotion is the antithesis of logic. When women are too emotional, we say they are being irrational. Crazy. Wrong.

Women hear it all the time from men. “You’re overreacting,” we tell them. “Don’t worry about it so much, you’re over-thinking it.” “Don’t be so sensitive.” “Don’t be crazy.” It’s a form of gaslighting — telling women that their feelings are just wrong, that they don’t have the right to feel the way that they do. Minimizing somebody else’s feelings is a way of controlling them. If they no longer trust their own feelings and instincts, they come to rely on someone else to tell them how they’re supposed to feel.

Small wonder that abusers love to use this c-word. It’s a way of delegitimizing a woman’s authority over her own life.

Most men (#notallmen, #irony) aren’t abusers, but far too many of us reflexively call women crazy without thinking about it. We talk about how “crazy girl sex” is the best sex while we also warn men “don’t stick it in the crazy.” How I Met Your Mother warned us to watch out for “the crazy eyes” and how to process women on the “Crazy/Hot” scale. When we talk about why we broke up with our exes, we say, “She got crazy,” and our guy friends nod sagely, as if that explains everything.

Except what we’re really saying is: “She was upset, and I didn’t want her to be.”

Many men are socialized to be disconnected from our emotions — the only manly feelings we’re supposed to show are stoic silence or anger. We’re taught that to be emotional is to be feminine. As a result, we barely have a handle on our own emotions — meaning that we’re especially ill-equipped at dealing with someone else’s.

That’s where “crazy” comes in. It’s the all-purpose argument ender. Your girlfriend is upset that you didn’t call when you were going to be late? She’s being irrational. She wants you to spend time with her instead of out with the guys again? She’s being clingy. Your wife doesn’t like the long hours you’re spending with your attractive co-worker? She’s being oversensitive.

As soon as the “crazy” card is in play, women are put on the defensive. It derails the discussion from what she’s saying to how she’s saying it. We insist that someone can’t be emotional and rational at the same time, so she has to prove that she’s not being irrational. Anything she says to the contrary can just be used as evidence against her.

More often than not, I suspect, most men don’t realize what we’re saying when we call a woman crazy. Not only does it stigmatize people who have legitimate mental health issues, but it tells women that they don’t understand their own emotions, that their very real concerns and issues are secondary to men’s comfort. And it absolves men from having to take responsibility for how we make others feel.

In the professional world, we’ve had debates over labels like “bossy” and “brusque,” so often used to describe women, not men. In our interpersonal relationships and conversations, “crazy” is the adjective that needs to go.

Washington Post