Morning coffee round up

For your reading pleasure. I hope you’ll grab a beverage, sit down and spend a little time with me and the other readers. Got something to share that you think others may enjoy? Please feel free to share in the comments!

Could this have to do with our detached parenting? Our leaving babies to cry? Our lack of support for parents to be with their babies since the economy must push on at all costs? It’s a frightening statistic. And mostly girls? Misogyny is showing up in childhood now thanks to the sexualisation of girls and the normalisation of pornography.

Self-harm is occurring for children of all ages

THOUSANDS of children – some younger than nine years old – have been admitted to hospitals around the country after intentionally harming themselves, a new report has found.

More than 4200 children aged between 10 and 14, mostly girls, were admitted to hospital after self-harming in the 10 years to 2007, according to a report into child injuries from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

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Women are equal with men in Australia. Except that one of us is killed a week by our male partner. Isn’t that beyond tragic?

Speaking for abused women

The campaign says one woman is killed every week by a current or former partner.

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Monbiot argues children are cut off from nature and thus do not learn its value or that it’s worth protecting. What do you think?

Children must experience nature in order to learn it’s worth saving

This, I think, reflects a second environmental crisis: the removal of children from the natural world. The young people we might have expected to lead the defence of nature have less and less to do with it.

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The death of a woman in Ireland at the hands of the hospital she asked to save her life has provoked outrage, anger and hopefully some soul searching around the world. Could it happen in Australia? Did you know that abortion is still a crime in most states of Australia? Did you?

Would Savita’s plight have been different in Australia?

A young woman goes to an emergency department after being raped. She fears she may be pregnant and asks for an emergency contraceptive pill but is denied one.

She persists and asks for a referral to a rape crisis centre where she can obtain one but is also told no.

Another woman’s foetus dies. She asks to have labour induced for fear that if it remains in her body too long she will develop blood poisoning and die. But the hospital tells her no. It is the only hospital in the woman’s rural town. No one told her that the policy of the Catholic hospital is not to perform sterilisation, abortions or to provide emergency contraceptives.

The cases – recounted to Leslie Cannold from Reproductive Choice Australia – both happened in Australia.

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Oh my! Tiny explosions of granny square colour all joining together to make a vest? Does it get better than that? Or more doable at home?! What are you making at the moment?

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And in the theme of tiny granny squares, get a load of this!

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If this rainbow granny blanket doesn’t cause you to drool, you should see a doctor. Or perhaps a cranial osteopath. Or a homeopath.

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Today over at Hoydens, they’re sharing a Moscow flashmob dancing to “Puttin’ on the Ritz”. I’m not sure popular culture gets a lot better than this!

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Some more music: the first opera written in English thanks to Henry Purcell. This is the recording I grew up hearing and it never fails to bring forth a tear.

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And one for your bookmarks if you’ve ever heard or managed an outbreak of mansplaining. Balm for the soul.

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