All posts tagged: respect

Would You Look At Photos of Your Mum Naked?

I saw Kim Kardashian in the flesh once, at the Melbourne airport. Didn’t realise it was her, to be honest. I was too excited about Johnny Depp wandering around in the newsagency. A friend and I were stalking him, whispering behind hands and rummaging in handbags for something he could autograph. That was until a stranger pointed out that our celebrity radar was seriously confused and the reason for the throng of attention was none other than Kim Kardashian. The Johnny Depp lookalike was one of her entourage! Let down of the century. We left the Johnny Depp impersonator in the newsagency (he had the suave glasses, the goatee, the mysterious smile – the whole look!) and returned to our husbands, red-faced. They were laughing their guts out, of course. We won’t live that one down in a hurry. Yup, I saw Kim in the flesh but I guarantee that most internet users will have seen much more of her flesh than I have after her sensationalised nude photo shoot went viral last week. Blogger …

You’re Not You When You’re Spiritually Hungry

What happens if builders aren’t themselves? A certain chocolate bar brand (with a main ingredient of peanuts and a name that rhymes with knickers) took it on board to find out in its latest advertising campaign.  The one-minute commercial that, at face value, questions accepted stereotypes of builders and women, went viral. You’ve probably seen it, but for those who haven’t…  picture Melbourne construction workers decked out in fluoro vests and helmets, beards and leers, looking down from their multi-storey construction site at unsuspecting female pedestrians below. “Hey darlin’, you have y’self a lovely day!” one calls out. “I appreciate your appearance is just one aspect of who you are!” “I’d like to show you… the respect you deserve,” another yells. The responses from women – who, according to Clemenger BBDO (the creative agency behind the ad), were unsuspecting passers-by – are classic.  Quizzical looks.  Nervous smiles.  One woman looks ahead and behind her to check that they are actually talking to her.  One slows down, neck craned, laughing, finally coming to a complete standstill …

Maybe, Just Maybe, the Lord’s Prayer no Longer has a Place in Parliament

Perhaps the Lord’s Prayer should be scrapped from parliament.  This issue rears its head with as much regularity, it seems, as the debate around changing the date of Australia Day.  Acting Greens Leader, Senator Richard de Natale is responsible for the latest call. Personally, I’d like to see the Lord’s Prayer remain. But is the greater evil that a bunch of pollies are paying lip service only to the lines of a prayer that the Christian faith community upholds as a holy blueprint for communication with our Heavenly Father?  Words like sacrilege, hypocrisy and disrespect have been used for lesser offences. And, as author, historian and Centre for Public Christianity director John Dickson wrote recently in an article for ABC’s The Drum, “The Christian love of prayer is more than matched by the Bible’s aversion to hypocrisy” (Letting go of the Lord’s Prayer in Parliament, January 19). The prayer in question goes like this – and I quote from a modern version, the Good News Translation. “Our Father in heaven: 
 May your holy name be honoured; …