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Raising standards, not skirts

This is in 'response' to the recent controversy over this front cover of Honi Soit, the free newspaper published by the University of Sydney SRC. I originally put it on my facebook page, but it’s something I feel so strongly about. More rants to come, promise.

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Regarding the Honi bungle with the lady parts – honestly. Does the feminist/PC/equality movement really believe that the way to fight sexism and gain equality is to take our knickers off, effectively giving sexist men what they want? (remember 'the boys did it first' people – a man is probably more likely to enjoy the sight of a lady-bush than a woman is to enjoy the sight of a flaccid wang). The ‘it’s the thought that counts’ justification of slutting it up to prove we’re ‘equal’ and saying ‘just because I’m overtly displaying my sexual organs does NOT give you the right to treat/think about me sexually’ just doesn’t work. Yes, sexism is wrong. No, printing sex organs on the front page of a free magazine isn’t going to stop it. It’s a simple fact that the female body is viewed as more sexually available – it’s not CORRECT or GOOD, but it’s a fact.

We need more intelligent, witty, self-respecting women in the world who are able to raise the equality standard, not lower it.

How to Build the Smallest World Class Camera System

On Tynan

I spent $1800 on my first high quality camera. I was on the brink of Life Nomadic, and I justified the purchase with two ideas. The first was that I would be seeing a lot of things for the first, and possibly the only, time. Second, the particular camera I bought, an Epson R-D1s, seemed to hold its value well.

It came as a shock to a lot of people how primitive my camera was in many ways. It had no autofocus, no flash, no video recording capabilities, no self timer, and the only thing it could do automatically was light metering. It did that poorly. After each shot it was necessary to thumb a switch, which mechanically reset the spring for the shutter.

I bought a single lens for it, a Nokton 40mm/1.4. It had no zoom, and the aperture was set mechanically by rotating a ring on the lens. The lens was gorgeous. For those who don't know, a 1.4 F-Stop means that the lens is very fast: it lets in a lot of light. The average camera lens is probably around an f/3.5, which lets in only an eighth as much light as mine did. That's how I got amazing low-light pictures like this one.

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