And then there was the Smurfs with, what, a 100-1 gender ratio?
And that only because the producers needed to have one character for half their target audience to identify with.
Proving it's not enough just to have a quota -- but it's a start.
Like how Key is cast as taking the side of the Aussie in that analogy.
an annual conference that far outshone expectations
I/S’s takehome message is worth repeating here:
the [Labour] party is empty at its core. […] They have no values, and no policies that won’t be chucked away after the next poll. And as a result, you can’t trust them to deliver, because what they’re offering will change three times over before the next election. […] I’m not saying that parties should have their policies fixed in stone and unchanging. But they need to have something at their core, something they can point to to justify changes, something to stand for .
True, deportation is not an option a country can take for its own citizens: where could they be deported to?
I would guess kw’s point is that, if two people have been tried for and convicted of the same crime by the same country’s justice system, they should face equivalent sentencing options.
I think I would agree that deportation should not be an option for non-citizens in cases where their country of origin would impose an unreasonably harsh sentence for the same crime (extreme case, capital punishment).
I also think how much of a disruption to life and livelihood deportation would entail (not just for the convicted criminal, but for their family) should be considered: here the issues are whether deportation itself would be an additional unreasonably harsh punishment, and/or whether innocent people would also be punished.
But I’m not seeing the decision to deport a convicted criminal as automatically “abhorrent” in every case.
Herald ’s view distorting Len’s:
no news there!
Surely for water heating you'd choose a solar heat exchanger rather than converting solar into electricity first?
Hell, who thought a Bush after George Sr could possibly be less impressive?
The whole family seems to exist to lower expectations for Republican leaders.
Key: Maaaaate! MAAAAAAATE!
SBW: Ya need any help getting him off, Richie?
Richie: Nah, he seems to be doing that for himself…
But the gender of the politician is relevant, because Key is desperately keen to be seen as a conservative blokey bloke, accepted by undeniably blokey blokes — hence his creepy fawning over the alpha male role models. Female sporting role models, however successful, can’t have the same brand value for him.
I agree entirely that there should be much more attention paid to women’s sport. Why isn’t there the same level of media interest for the Ferns as for the ABs? Perceived TV audience ratings (and media bidding wars, and so perceived value by media bosses, who happen mostly to be male)? Notable absence of support from the most newsworthy politicians (who happen mostly to be male)? Or the number mismatch that more men than women are involved in team sports? (Which in turn is partly a corollary of more women spending more time in unpaid or lower-paid work, but that’s by the by, and not any kind of predictor of success levels among those that do take part; see below.)
Fawning politicians? I doubt it.
Even John Key probably would realise that trying to get into the Ferns' changing rooms after the game might come across as a little creepy ... wouldn't he?