The Lancet, Gender Equality, Norms, and Health Steering Committee, Published May 30, 2019
, The Conversation, June 3, 2019 6.08am AEST
In April 2019, I examined the 100 bestselling picture books at Australian book retailer Dymocks: an almost 50/50 mix of modern and classic stories (the majority being published in the past five years).
I discovered that despite the promising evolution of the rebel girl trend, the numbers tell us that picture books as a whole remain highly gendered and highly sexist. Worse – female protagonists remain largely invisible.
How we tackle gender in picture books is important, as they help inform children’s understanding of the world and themselves.
The Conversation, May 28, 2019 5.45am AEST
Media reports of findings from the latest National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey caused a stir in recent days, with some highlighting the importance of education programs to teach young people about gender-based violence.
Schools play a significant role in educating young people about gender-based violence and helping change the underlying attitudes that lead to it.
ANROWS, May 2019
Findings from the 2017 National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey are now live. The survey collects information through telephone interviews with over 17,500 Australians 16 years of age and over.
• Most Australians have accurate knowledge of violence against women and do not endorse this violence.
• Most Australians support gender equality and are more likely to support gender equality in 2017 than they were in 2013 and 2009.
• Australians are more likely to understand that violence against women involves more than just physical violence in 2017 than they were in 2013 and 2009.
• Australians are less likely to hold attitudes supportive of violence against women in 2017 than they were in 2013 and 2009.
• There has been improvement in knowledge and attitudes related to 27 of the 36 questions asked in 2013 and again in 2017.
• There has been improvement in knowledge and attitudes related to all but two of the 11 questions asked in the 1995 NCAS and again in 2017.
• If confronted by a male friend verbally abusing his female partner, most respondents say they would be bothered (98%), would act (70%) and would feel they would have the support of all or most of their friends if they did act (69%).
• There continues to be a decline in the number of Australians who understand that men are more likely than women to perpetrate domestic violence.
• A concerning proportion of Australians believe that gender inequality is exaggerated or no longer a problem.
• Among attitudes condoning violence against women, the highest level of agreement was with the idea that women use claims of violence to gain tactical advantage in their relationships with men.
• 1 in 5 Australians would not be bothered if a male friend told a sexist joke about women.
- Download report here
- Download summary of findings here
- Download sub-report: Attitudes towards violence against women and gender equality among Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders
- Download sub-report: Young Australians’ attitudes to violence
against women and gender equality
- Further downloads here
The Conversation, March 22, 2019
One in two Australian men aged 18 to 55 have experienced sexual difficulty in the past 12 months, according to data released this week.
The findings are drawn from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Male Health, which included more than 12,000 men. Overall, 54% of sexually active men reported having at least one specific sexual problem lasting three months or more.
The men reported a range of difficulties.
ABC News, By Samantha Selinger-Morris
Studies show people in same-sex relationships experience domestic violence at similar — and possibly higher — rates as opposite-sex couples.
But until recently survivors have suffered in silence and worse, been ignored and misunderstood by the health professionals and police who are supposed to help them, because of the persistent stigma and shame surrounding LGBT abuse and misconceptions that especially lesbian couples are immune from it.