What an astonishing sentence

From The Drum:

From the moment I decided to carry my girls I have mitigated against every threat to their future.

The rest of the paragraph is about the things loving parents do.

I steered clear of alcohol during the pregnancies, and drugs during their births. I slathered them in sun block and plonked hats on their curly-haired heads. I buckled their squirming bodies into every seat they were transported in, took their little hands across every street, rinsed the pesticides off their fruit, rubbed salt off their chips, and more recently chased off a risk-taking boyfriend and blockaded their screen time.

That opening sentence, however, sets an ideological agenda. It is a signal to someone – perhaps that she isn’t a mushy sentimental “breeder”? I don’t know but it does leave me cold – I just can’t buy into the argument that here is a concerned mum worried about climate change because she loves her kids.

Update: Thanks to nilk we have a website for our loving mum. She also has other interesting views.

To be fair – she does say the picture is intended to be ‘ironic’.

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114 Responses to What an astonishing sentence

  1. John A

    Could this be an over-protective s-mother-er, rather than a mother who would progressively train her children to be self-responsible, aware of dangers but prepared to take some risks in order to make their way in life?

    Somehow this conjures up for me the image of the controversial Time cover regarding long-term breastfeeding.

  2. Leigh Lowe

    Sounds like child bearing was just another project, running in the bronze medal position behind the Doctorate and penning an unreadable book.

  3. boy on a bike

    That was written by an academic? F*ck me…..

  4. Barry

    “I decided to carry my girls”

    As opposed to aborting them.

    Everything in this article is carefully crafted to push the left agenda.

  5. lotocoti

    By any standard it is wrong, unconscionable, unfair and negligent to continue …

    How long before she goes the full Ulrike Meinhof?

  6. Chris M

    It’s ‘The Drum’ – musings from the asylum.

  7. dianeh

    I didnt decide to ‘carry’ my babies, I decided to have a child and then went about the ‘task’ of making one. And further, the decision was a joint one between the baby’s father and myself.

    The decision should come before the pregnancy, not after, unless of course this ‘academic’ was incapable of using birth control to prevent conception in the first place and that the baby’s father had no say in the decision either. Must be a single mother then.

  8. Dan

    Funny how she deos not mention providing a broad education as a “mitigating policy” against her daughters future. Only her own narrow ideology is sufficient.

    I doubt my grandparents apologised for hitler, stalin, stagflation, kamakaze pilots or bread containing gluten.

  9. ar

    We mitigate against every possible threat to our children’s clean energy future. What do you do?

  10. Sleetmute

    Most people need some form of religion and she of one of them.

  11. candy

    Ms Conor sure has tickets on herself.

  12. Carpe Jugulum

    It’s the Drum, where you can peruse the ramblings of the insane.

  13. jumpnmcar

    LIZ was asked-
    “”What is the best piece of advice you have received?”"

    LIZ replied-

    “”"Everything rises and passes, therefore there is no reason to react with either aversion or longing. This is a Buddhist mantra which I learnt on a 10-day meditation retreat. I was supposed to be drumming it into my mind, but instead found myself giggling over Seinfeld most of the time. Still it managed to sink in.”"”

    Getting to know… Liz Conor

  14. This woman is the sort who will kill her children if the situation warrants it, in her opinion.
    They are just ‘things’ to her. She does all the superficial things that would have people think she is a wonderful mother, but she is a dreadful threat to the three girls.
    1. Psych review;
    2. Treatment; and
    3. Confiscation of her children.

  15. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Candy, you just nailed it.

    Perfect mothers are made in hell, and should stay there.

  16. John Mc

    Everything rises and passes, therefore there is no reason to react with either aversion or longing.

    That’s not living for a human being. That’s simply existing for the sake of it.

  17. Leigh Lowe

    A five year old at our house on Christmas Day responded to his Grandmother’s application of some discipline by calling her “the fun stopper”.
    That would be an apt description of Ms Conor I think.

  18. Leigh Lowe

    I wonder at what age the Conor offspring were disabused of the myths of Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny.
    My money is on Santa’s cover being blown before they were three.

  19. Walter Plinge

    Isn’t it just ‘mitigated’? ‘Mitigated against’ is wrong; perhaps she meant ‘militated against’.

    The writer is what’s known as a ‘helicopter mum’. I have a sister-in-law who was once like that. When visiting I would offer to take her kids to the beach them stop off and buy fish-and-chips for them on the way home, with extra salt. They loved that — made a nice change from soy milk and carob.

  20. John Mc

    I’m always fascinated by the mentality that believes it’s a moral imperative to save future generations from the global warming boogieman, but it’s fine to burden them with massive deficits they must service, overpriced housing they can’t afford and an education system that will fail their kids.

    And, in the case of your standard leftard, leaving them with a degree in womyn’s studies and environmentalism, a HECS debt and no experience on how to earn a living!

  21. Alfonso

    We constructed and used fire cracker glass marble canons with waterpipe at 8, we were heavily armed stalkers of small game with powerful slug guns at 9, at 10 we ran 12′ tinnies with 15 hp outboards in all conditions all over the huge water expanse at the front door and spearfished in sight of reef sharks.

    And Mum would say “be careful, dinner’s at six o’clock.”

    There’s a song that says “….he’s so afraid of dying he never learned to live”.

  22. John Mc

    I have a hippy sister with a son who is turning 18 and getting a bit rebellious. I’m going to teach him to smoke.

  23. Chris

    I have a hippy sister with a son who is turning 18 and getting a bit rebellious. I’m going to teach him to smoke.

    Nothing says “I love you” like the gift of lung cancer! What wonderful uncle you are.

  24. areff

    Polluting the young minds of righteous relatives’ kids is one of life’s great joys.

  25. Ignis cum Ignis

    Global Warming alarmists suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder – the syptom is complete climate risk aversion.

    Their approach to climate change is tantamount to taking out an insurance policy for a $35,000 Falcon, with an annual premium of $25,000.

  26. Dan

    Teach him how to smoke cigars, drink scotch and womanise?

  27. nilk

    Just for you, Chris, I reckon I might have to shout John Mc’s nephew a pack of coffin nails.

  28. Frank

    I get a strong sense of resentment towards the children in all that. Things that she missed out on, inconveniences endured. Otherwise known as parenthood.

    I steered clear of alcohol during the pregnancies, and drugs during their births.

    Presumably she would have been skin popping and drinking gin if it had not been for them?

  29. James of the Glens

    One is tempted to describe her a “bog-ignorant” and it would not be far from reality.

    What a load of parroted and cliched jargon, even down to the children’s children ooze.

    No knowledge of the philosophy of science or statistics, but full of transmitting whatever drivel is fed to her unquestioning and self-important mind.

    Such are the disciples of Gore, Flannery, Mann, Hanson, Jones, Briffa and Trenberth.
    One more neuron and she’d have her first synapse.

  30. EJ

    ” I have surrounded myself with an Orwellian membrane of half-awareness”

    …definitely the “membrane” is squeezing the old brain a bit too tight!

    “and gone on rushing from pillar to post to provide a future that deep down I’ve known for years is in doubt.”

    …why the hell did she bother to have kids then?

    Insane in the membrane!

  31. cohenite

    Welcome to the fucking future with, not big brother looking sternly over us, but a sanctimonious, arrogant beyond belief parasite with tits giving us our guidance via her discovery of the principles of good parenting.

    Can this society and AGW advocacy in particular get any fucking weirder?

  32. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    This ‘caring’ mother is busy terrifying her fourteen year old daughter with prospects of hellfire and damnation coming all too soon into the girl’s future. It is an outrageous assault on an impressionable teen.

    This mother is doing so on the basis of questionnable science and a highly politicised agenda that reasonable people everywhere are quite rightly rejecting. She is satisfying some need in herself rather than assisting her child.

    Little girl of fourteen, I was fourteen once and I am glad I thought for myself, and saw that the world was a place of hope and joy in which I could go out and thrive. Your mother is wrong, as mine was on so many things. A hot December day in Australia is just that: another hot day. Enjoy it, sweet one and take good care of your youth. Your future will then look after itself.

  33. Dan

    If you wind up with a boring, miserable life because you listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest or some guy on TV telling you how to do your shit, then YOU DESERVE IT
    – Frank Zappa

  34. Frank

    I have a hippy sister with a son who is turning 18 and getting a bit rebellious. I’m going to teach him to smoke.

    They really hate the possibility of their kids getting a crew cut and joining the army reserves. Might be worth hinting at the virtues of militaria? The idea that youngsters might rebel against the stuffy establishment is beyond them.

  35. John Mc

    I get a strong sense of resentment towards the children in all that.

    There’s a general hatred of humanity in leftwing thought, and it manifests itself most strongly with children. Whereas rightwingers with kids generally see potential and joy.

    Another phenomenon I consistently see is leftwingers obsessing with the costs of kids, or what they will go without, whereas rightwingers see children as a reward unto themselves.

  36. I was considered the Rogue Uncle by my sisters kids. The most common question would be “What on earth has he done now?”
    Each Christmas I would give them some money, with the admonition to spend it wisely on booze, drugs, and general mayhem.
    They’re older now and can afford their own.
    Growing ups a bitch.

  37. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    “Nothing says “I love you” like the gift of lung cancer! What wonderful uncle you are.”

    I enjoyed that Chrissie dear.

    Now amuse me with your position if John Mc had offered:

    “I have a hippy sister with a son who is turning 18 and getting a bit rebellious.

    I’m going to teach him to:

    1. box;
    2. charge into 5 other blokes with only a rugby ball under his arm to protect himself;
    3. hurl a hard leather ball, with malicious intent, from 20 odd yards at another fella who isn’t allowed to run for cover;
    4. accurately aim a rifle;
    5. shoot a revolver;
    6. change the icky black oil;
    7. sharpen a 6 inch skinning blade;
    8. gang hook 3 pilchards and get the line out, in, baited up and out there again while the tailor are running;
    9. split log sections; and
    10. set a fire out in the rain.

    Whaddya say luv?

  38. nilk

    Well I had a couple of drinks when I was pregnant. Seriously, a glass or two of something over the span of 9 months is not going to bring on foetal alcohol syndrome.

    The pregnancy nazis are a serious pest.

    As for rubbing the salt of chips? That should be against the law. Those kids are going to cost her a fortune in therapy later.

    (I wonder what she’d say about me letting the offspring swing on the clothesline at 3yo?)

  39. val majkus

    Utter tosh – and very self engrossed to boot!

  40. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    “8. gang hook 3 pilchards and get the line out …”

    gang hook a pilchard, Mick ya dill!

  41. Gab

    I have a hippy sister with a son who is turning 18 and getting a bit rebellious. I’m going to teach him to smoke.

    hehehe bring out the inner capitalist in him. Teach him to be a capitalist.

  42. Pickles

    Add “snare n skin a rabbit” and the list is complete, Mick.

  43. nilk

    @Lizzie, 10.37, regarding putting the fear of gaia into her children. I reckon if she took the kids to an evangelical or full-on pentecostal service with all the talking and shouting about hellfire and damnation she’d be condemned for brainwashing her kids and scaring the crap out of them.

    But, since it’s all about Teh Climate, it’s okay.

    I also noted the line about the empty streets on a hot summer’s day. Well, duh! It’s a hot summer’s day.

    The streets would no doubt be less empty if more of us had more children, but on days like that they’ll be down the pool, or the creek, or having water fights in someone’s backyard.

    What a miserable life some people lead. How thoroughly joyless.

  44. tbh

    If you wind up with a boring, miserable life because you listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest or some guy on TV telling you how to do your shit, then YOU DESERVE IT
    – Frank Zappa

    As a fellow Zappa fan, I approve of this post.

    Back on topic. Now I’m admittedly a reluctant parent but jeez some people really do take the joy out of pretty much anything don’t they? That woman’s attitude borders on child abuse. You don’t fill your kids with your own anxieties and fears, rather you try and instil sound values and teach a sense of curiosity about the world around them.

  45. C.L.

    So this ‘good mother’ had a think about whether to kill her unborn children?

    Then she ‘decided’ not to.

    Wow.

  46. It’s all John Howard’s fault…

    Tell us something about yourself that your colleagues wouldn’t know?
    I have also been known as Mrs Bea Wight of the John Howard Ladies Auxililary Fanclub. I have offered John Howard electoral viagra and an iced yellow cake on Queens Green and a doily. He wavered when he first saw us in our pink hats and white gloves, but the penny dropped and he politely declined and ignored us which took a lot of concentration on his part.

    Just another wealthy Victorian socialist. Good example to support privatisation of universities and stop government funding of research.

    What research are you currently working on and what does it involve?
    White imaginings of Aboriginal women.

    We shouldn’t be taxing the poor to subsidise wealthy socialists who can afford to pay for their own imagining…

  47. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    “Add “snare n skin a rabbit” and the list is complete, Mick”

    Yep – plus lop the head off a chook for Sunday roast, bleed, pluck and singe its poor, innocent, defenceless and very dead carcass.

    I do like Gab’s evil revenge as well Pickles.

    Winston announces:

    “I was considered the Rogue Uncle by my sisters kids …”

    At first my girls used get all anxious when their lot disappeared into the grudge with Grandad … wood shavings, turning stone wheels, dust, benches, nails, deadly poisonous glue, band saw, chisels, delicious snail bait and lots of fascinating stuff. My son eventually turned them around by reminding them that is how they grew up and got to know how to be as capable as they are.

  48. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    I was considered the Rogue Uncle by my sisters kids.

    Hi Winston. You are in good company here. Da Hairy Irish Ape is known around the friends and family traps as ‘the fun uncle’. Rolls around on the floor very readily, pretends great deal of ignorance on matters of significance to the under tens (allowing screams of correction from them), does the ape dance to perfection and he is a dab hand with easy card games, ball games, magic tricks, fart jokes and the giving of latitude beyond female concepts of safety and reason. Interventions may be required (no, not at speed on the ride-on lawnmower etc.).

  49. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    “What research are you currently working on and what does it involve?

    White imaginings of Aboriginal women.”

    You made that up Forester, you did, you did! – didn’t you?

    What Centrelink program is sustaining her?

    … this stupid cow gets to vote!

  50. Rousie

    Ah the parenting of…seeming.
    All pointless because with kids it is more often what is caught than taught.

    And this one is a right royal model of self infatuation. It is clear that she is making it all about herself. Pity the kids.

  51. You can just see her in 15 years yelling at her daughters “I should have aborted you while I had the chance!” Expect calls for infanticide to be extended to, say, 16 years?

  52. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    an evangelical or full-on pentecostal service

    Nilk, I have quite a close female friend who is one of these Holy Rollers. She’s perfectly sane in every other way, so good on her. The thing is – the hellfire and damnation is all at the end of life, can be readily avoided by good behaviour, and obviously, it is only for other people and probably not all that much believed in. They seem to go more for a caring philosophy of including everyone in the party, and getting together with their Lord. No problems there.

    But this kind woman would be ostracised as a redneck by the leftie luvvies (viz example above) currently putting the absolute frighteners on their kids.

  53. nilk

    No, Mick, that wasn’t made up. Nor was this, going by the blogname.

    I was confronted to learn my daughter had filed in a questionnaire and selected ‘Always’ under ‘My Mother pressures me to eat certain foods’. Here’s an example of that ‘pressure’. When she came home with a friend and a family-sized packet of chips and a tray of donughts to take in over a movie I confiscated their stash explaining that they were asking too much of their pancreas’, and that this was simply too much to eat in one sitting on a regular basis. I might have slipped in a few lines about large food corporations and why they now sell chips in packet-sizes that weren’t available when I was their age. Is that pressure or guidance? Since she relayed her questionnaire response it’s clear that she’s experienced that advice, as I’d considered it, as her ‘mother pressuring her to be slim’.

    Read the whole post, although the art of using paragraphs is obviously not considered necessary for blogs of academics.

    It’ll be interesting when the girls grow up and leave home.

  54. Toiling Mass

    I should have aborted you while I had the chance!

    I take it she would say this occassionally, in anger when her daughters bizarrely follow their own beliefs instead of hers. But most frequently looking mournfully and deeply into their eyes, after reading newspaper articles.

  55. nilk

    Lizzie, I’ve no problems with the holy rollers – I’ve been to City Life services once or twice – and I’ve been accused of brainwashing as well so I wasn’t pointing it out as a criticism.

    I don’t have a problem with talk of hellfire. At least as a christian I have a choice to behave better or not (yay for Free Will) whereas these wet blankets want everyone to be as miserable as they are, and you’ll pay in this life rather than the one to come.

    It’s because she’s a hard left prat that we’re expected to tolerate her appalling views and, because, shut up! :)

    Gotta love that Andrew Klavan. He totally nailed it.

  56. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    I might have slipped in a few lines about large food corporations

    Aww, mum, not the big corporations lecture again.

    To friend: Wish she’d leave us alone to to eat this lot and then throw it back up.

    Don’t worry Cats, these kids will rebel in their own way.

  57. Skuter

    Sounds to me like the narcissistic Ms Conor wants a medal or something for ‘carrying’ her children and nobly sacrificing drug and alcohol consumption…what a bitch. Thousands upon thousands of mothers do that and expect nothing for it, except the best chance of having a healthy baby.

  58. nilk

    And for more shi’ites and giggles, the next post on her blog. All about a bunch of 13yos playing dress-up.

    Only this woman could make it sound funereal rather than simply fun, and I’m a fanatic when it comes to tween girls and how they dress.

    Somebody give that woman a jar of happy pills.

  59. John McC, this is at the heart of Socialist dogma – the citizen is a mendicant competing for the crumbs off the ruling classes table.
    Capitalism however sees each new life as net addition to the worlds supply of happiness as well as a future contributor to everyone’s well being.

  60. TonyO

    When my nephew was 10 (a lively boy that wasn’t allowed to be), I bought him a toy belt fed machine gun and then helped cover him in camouflage black mud (that made me popular). Made him his first slingshot, showed him how to start a fire properly and bought him a proper decent pocket knife. I won’t go into the subsequent tryouts of cigs and beer.
    (For all the Puritans out there, he didn’t become a smoker – I figured a couple at my place would be safer than sneaking them at home and possibly burning the house down, as well as removing the ‘forbidden fruit’ aura – and he doesn’t drink.)
    My next project is helping him build a proper drag car – hey, he is a great kid worth putting the effort into.
    And if anyone is wondering, yeah – his parents have torn me a few new arseholes over it. But we get over it.

  61. H B Bear

    Mr Anne Summers has The Dumb turned up to 11.

    Atta’ boy Chip!

  62. Dan

    For a hippie, she sure is a control freak.

    Epic fail

  63. Gab

    Related

    A US student has won a stalking order against her own parents after they followed her to university and installed tracking software on her computer and phone.

    Aubrey Ireland, a gifted, 21-year-old music theatre major, said her parents David and Julie Ireland would jump in their car and drive almost 1000 km from their Kansas home to the College-Conservatory of Music in Ohio and drop in unannounced.

    Ireland told the court her parents became over-involved in every facet of her life and bad-mouthed her to college staff, once even telling her department head that she suffered from serious “mental issues”.

    They also accused her of using drugs and “promiscuity” and installed tracking software on her computer and mobile phone to monitor her social life.

    Her parents admitted installing the tracking devices but argued that they were just trying to protect her.

  64. candy

    Reading all that you wonder whether she suffers depression.

    Perhaps people hooked into climate change do suffer depression and so are vulnerable to end of world stories. That could explain it.

  65. H B Bear

    What a fruit loop. A lost Composta sister?

  66. thefrollickingmole

    Now at the risk of offending a few of the ladies, and I will point out exceptions, why does a caring academic expose her children to risks like this?

    Ill tell you the risk factor after a couple of guesses, but shes in the frame..

    “A study by Stanford University’s Center for the Study of Youth Development in l985 indicated that children in ************ families headed by a mother have higher arrest rates, more disciplinary problems in school, and a greater tendency to smoke and run away from home than do their peers who live with both natural parents–no matter what their income, race, or ethnicity.

    No what is she doing to damage her kids futures?

  67. Harrys on the Boat

    reminds me of the Viz comic strip, modern parents. and that started a couple of decades ago.

  68. Frank

    From her twitter feed.

    Beauty has become essential to us because our world operates around a hidden substrata of atrocity and horror – oil, pork, milk

    The woman is clearly unhinged, as well as being chained to a fence at parliament house.

    I steered clear of alcohol during the pregnancies, and drugs during their births.

    A legalistic parsing of that statement suggests speed, smack and acid while going to term followed by goon enemas in the delivery room is ethically A-OK. It would help to explain things.

  69. thefrollickingmole

    You know I lived through this sort of shit when I was a kid, it was “Ronnine Ray-gun will start a nuclear war”
    It screws with impressionable kids heads.
    Why do well at school etc, you will be dead anyway soon. Its child abuse.

    “We used up the planet, we changed the climate and trashed it, and all because we wanted more stuff than we could possibly find room for. When you are my age there will be more storms, less places to grow food, more wars because oil supplies have peaked, and so much of the species, the beauty, the sheer wonder and inspiration of this planet will be lost forever.’

    It was the hottest December day on record and we looked down the empty street.

    ‘This is the future,’ I said, ‘People holed up indoors to survive more and more days of extreme weather.’”

    Nucking Futs… The woman is insane.

    A song in her honor,

    http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/The-End-Of-The-World-lyrics-Laurie-Anderson/4E1F8EEA67FAE09548256D0A0006596E

    And I remember the day she died. She was very excited. She was like a small bird perched on the edge of her bed near the window in the hospital. Waiting to die. And she was wearing these pink nightgowns and combing her hair so she’d look pretty for the big moment when Christ came to get her.

    Ooooaaaah!

    And she wasn’t afraid but then, just at the very last minute something happened that changed everything. Because suddenly, at the very last minute she panicked. After a whole life of praying and predicting the end of the world, she panicked. And she panicked because she couldn’t decide whether or not to wear a hat.

  70. nilk

    Mole, I pity her. She is an example of what happens when extreme lefties get hit with the reality stick of having kids. Nothing grounds you more than that.

    Her thoughts on Bill Henson from a few years back:

    Over the long of career of photographer Bill Henson Australians still experience his pubescent nudes as a shocking surprise. However, Henson is an artist and his images are exhibited in the sanctified space of a gallery. He has been defended from the imputation, and now formal charge, of child pornographer because of the conventions of display and marketing by which his work is seen and known. His defenders have massed themselves on the ‘High’ side of the high art/mass culture divide. While arguing that part of the value of Henson’s work is that he is self-conscious and destabilizing of that divide, they now invoke it to defend that work.

    His trouble is that the wider public, including the Prime Minister, are unwilling to make these distinctions of genre when it comes to explicitness. Despite a long history of the nude in art, photographic nudes are explicit because the explicit is industrial. No amount of high-falutin’ printing, framing and gallery-pricing can protect Henson’s works from the grubby taint of mass-production. Henson knows this and his adolescent nudes and landscapes ask us to think about the status of photography given its ever-expanding private, public and commercial uses.

    But some of his nudes of young people on the cusp of childhood ask us to consider, as Nabokov did, the peculiar beauty in girls and boys of what Humbert called the Nymphet, and others have variously called the Maiden, and the Youth. The texture of pubescent skin, its sometimes whimsical and sometimes stark relation to light, is a point of fascination for Nabokov and Henson. They both have a facility to evoke a complex mesh of feeling through the physical qualities of young bodies and faces, though Nabokov does it better. This mesh includes the nostalgia of lost childhood, and the poignancy of an unknown future, the vulnerability of exposure and the power of commanding the gaze.

    Some of his nudes I can’t stomach. The gothic urban scenes of young adults in rape scenarios – one a girl crawling through the dark away from the camera with blood running down her thigh from her cunt – are, I think, unconscionable. I’m told they refer to Bosch and Carvagio. I wonder how they don’t refer to aggravated rape. But why should a photographer not refer to sexual violence? How am I to know if these images are critical? I think the beauty of the models invites a gaze that eroticises the rape depicted. That’s a big concern when the rape of children and young women is as endemic as it is. Another 2 images of sleeping girls with their legs open knowingly evoke the conventions of kiddie porn – though in the magazines I’ve viewed the perpetrator is creeping his hands into the tweetie-bird nightie. They are irrefutably child abuse scenarios and I think Henson has a responsibility with these images to explain himself.

    Dr. Nilk predicts a good dose of lighten up. A quick skim over her blog shows a lot of agonising over things that just can’t be controlled, with petty actions such as the graffiti efforts and chaining herself to the gate at Parliament House. That’s such an effective action that I never knew about it until I read her tweets.

    She worries so much about her daughters and the world they are growing up in (I’ve twice seen passing men’s eyes linger with pleasure over their wide-open faces and coltish forms. I fear for them because before they were even born their status as girls was sexualised and their beauty as children was appropriated to the intensely sexualised world of commodity fashion and beauty.).

    Is life as a woman really so dismal and appalling that you must wear sackcloth and ashes in pre-emptive mourning for their dreadful lost lives?

    How about the fact that her girls are living in an era of unprecedented prosperity? One where their mother gets paid to spout all sorts of gibberish and enjoy her trips to the gallery? They can fly around the world if they want, they can grow up to be pretty much whatever they want, and get all the tattoos and piercings a young thing might desire.

    They can be artists, or engineers, or scientists or singers. They can make a motza designing a schoolbag like a woman did over in the UK recently, because she couldn’t afford the fees where she wanted to send her daughter to.

    There are so many options available for girls today there is no excuse to be so miserable about it.

  71. DaveF

    That blog of hers is a Wonder of the World. Shocking.

    On a lighter note I read recently Queen Elizabeth was brought up in one of those grand London houses with share d gardens – I think like in the movie Notting Hill – and she and her sister ran around with a pack of the local kids tearing things up.

    It changed when her Uncle abdicated, of course, but I just think it’s a nice image of these Princesses running around with the other (wealthy no doubt) kids.

    Compare and contrast to Ms Conor.

  72. DaveF

    She looks pretty much as expected.

  73. jupes

    A legalistic parsing of that statement suggests speed, smack and acid while going to term followed by goon enemas in the delivery room is ethically A-OK. It would help to explain things

    No Frank. She is talking about epidurals during birth not illegal drugs at other times.

    Among a certain class of mother, natural births are the way to go. She was just establishing her ‘birth cred’ to the sistahood.

  74. jupes

    From the trollop’s blog:

    I never said M for MacDonalds for I do not view that business as a good corporate citizen.

    Probably the largest employer of young Australians.

  75. One chapter in her blog I struggle to reconcile with the “loving parent-who-seeks-to-mitigate-all-threats-to-kids”

  76. Dan

    Can anyone make sense of this

    Her use of the English language is a bit, how do you say, retarded.

    Anyway, this individual is a goldmine of ridicule

  77. Peter OBrien

    If Liz Connor was really an academic historian she would presumably have enough of a grasp of English not to confuse ‘mitigate’ (as in to lessen the effect of something) with ‘militate’ (as in operate to prevent something). ‘Mitigate against’ is not a correct or meaningful usage. And, of course her whole diatribe, is just tripe.

  78. jupes

    Steve and Dan’s links: Wow.

    The deluded tool defends the indefensible. Arlene is that you?

  79. It would seem that her abhorrence for vile fast food & evil fatty chips can be overcome in the right circumstances:

    …in the local fish ‘n ship shop. Since I worked there I soon learnt…

  80. Cold-Hands

    I bet she removes the icing from cupcakes given to her children- when they are allowed cake that is… What an indoctrinated control freak.

  81. Liz Conor‏@LizConor

    Locked to the members’ gate at Parliament house. Soon to be angle grinded by Search and Rescue and sent packing. pic.twitter.com/a05LWhY9

    9 DecLiz Conor‏@LizConor

    This is the last update on her twitter feed. Does anyone happen to know if she’s still bolter to that gate? If it were up to me, I’d certainly have left her there!

  82. Dan

    It was 17 days ago Steve. I recommended she seek professional help. Troll through her other stuff and absolutely let it rip.

  83. My point exactly Dan. She hasn’t updated since the 9th. Perhaps she’s still there bolted to the gate! :-)

  84. jupes

    Perhaps she’s still there bolted to the gate!

    Hey hey. Kinda like Assange in the embassy.

  85. Cold-Hands

    “A study by Stanford University’s Center for the Study of Youth Development in l985 indicated that children in ************ families headed by a mother have higher arrest rates, more disciplinary problems in school, and a greater tendency to smoke and run away from home than do their peers who live with both natural parents–no matter what their income, race, or ethnicity.

    Mole, 1985 would be too early for a large scale study on same-sex relationships, so the missing word(s) would have to be “single-parent”. At least Liz Conor has only daughters- you can only imagine the teen rebellion undertaken by a son of her’s after such a joyless, repressive upbringing…

  86. DaveF

    Can’t have been much of a demo, I’ve found no trace of it.

  87. Cold-Hands

    Can’t have been much of a demo, I’ve found no trace of it.

    Probably stayed bolted to the gate only long enough to get the photo. Once the photo had been uploaded she’d have been off to get a latte.

  88. DaveF

    been off to get a soy latte.

    FIFY

  89. Tom

    This woman is the sort who will kill her children if the situation warrants it, in her opinion.
    They are just ‘things’ to her. She does all the superficial things that would have people think she is a wonderful mother, but she is a dreadful threat to the three girls.
    1. Psych review;
    2. Treatment; and
    3. Confiscation of her children.

    Winston SMITH

    28 Dec 12 at 10:02 am

    Winston is correct. The woman’s twitter feed (Nilk @ 12.52pm) indicates she is both mentally unstable and totally irresponsible. She admits one of her children has ADHD. Big red lights.

  90. thefrollickingmole

    Cold-Hands
    You got it.

    The numbers are horrifying.

    Rape by children of single parents… something like 8 times the probability…

    But ive seen papers from (memory) UK, holland, US, Australia, Finland, and France.
    Every one comes to the conclusion that single mothers kids do worse (on average) than nearly any other types, including (I cant recall which country), single dads, adopted, gay couples and even state care (which suprised me).

    The few papers ive seen supportive of the concept of fatherless families were full of “feelings” but short on data.

  91. Alice

    Gab says

    “Her parents admitted installing the tracking devices but argued that they were just trying to protect her.”

    Contrl freaks who should have had an heir and a spare obviously.
    Thank god they had not invented tracking devices when I was young. I would have had to run away from home. The only tracking device I ever noticed was my Dad’s car and boy was on the lookout for that every where I went!!!
    I never dared get off my boyfriends motor bike and take the helmet off, if I even saw a similar model car go by!!!

  92. DaveF

    Is the research only of single Mums? Any on single Dads?

  93. One of her early blog posts shows a remakable degree of awareness of just how out of touch she is with the beliefs of wider society:

    I was a teenage activist
    ➢ I started with a badly phrased petition on nuclear disarmament in the local fish ‘n ship shop. Since I worked there I soon learnt… …that most people care more about getting their dinner on time.
    Undeterred, I persisted and pestered

    What an unwelcome busybody she must be!

  94. thefrollickingmole

    DaveF

    Nowhere near as much, nearly all lumped in together most of the time.

    One that did stand out was a EU country that claimed single dads were better, but still inferior to dual parenting.

    Another claimed there was more chance of abuse by a mother than by a father.

    I think the numbers might be too low to run a decent sample?
    Ill see what i can find on fathers in particular.

  95. My “feelings” tell me that the major source of abuse is mum’s latest boyfriend.

    If true, this would lead one to surmise that on average being raised by a single dad is one helluva lot safer.

  96. thefrollickingmole

    I doubt this is an unbiased source, but info on fathers alone is extrmely hard to find.

    http://www.fathermag.com/news/2756-suicide.shtml

    A family structure index – a composite index based on the annual rate of children involved in divorce and the percentage of families with children present that are female-headed – is a strong predictor of suicide among young adult and adolescent white males.” Source: Patricia L. McCall and Kenneth C. Land, “Trends in White Male Adolescent, Young-Adult, and Elderly Suicide: Are Ther Common Underlying Structural Factors?” Social Science Research 23 (1994): 57-81

    Another..

    What does this mean? Children from fatherless homes are:
    http://helpforsinglefathers.blogspot.com.au/2010/05/statistics-and-interesting-information.html

    4.6 times more likely to commit suicide,
    6.6 times to become teenaged mothers (if they are girls, of course),
    24.3 times more likely to run away,
    15.3 times more likely to have behavioral disorders,
    6.3 times more likely to be in a state-operated institutions,
    10.8 times more likely to commit rape,
    6.6 times more likely to drop out of school,
    15.3 times more likely to end up in prison while a teenager.
    (The calculation of the relative risks shown in the preceding list is based on 27% of children being in the care of single mothers.)
    and — compared to children who are in the care of two biological, married parents — children who are in the care of single mothers are:

    33 times more likely to be seriously abused (so that they will require medical attention), and 73 times more likely to be killed.

  97. Steve of Glasshouse

    As someone who was taught to hide under a school desk during a possible nuclear attack, little miss / ms/cotton wool helicopter mum really should have a cup of concrete.

  98. Steve of Glasshouse

    I loved her Telstra automated message rant. For faaarrkks sake, if you don’t want any calls prior to (insert time), leave the phone off the hook.

  99. Steve of Glasshouse

    Visions of the kid’s first boyfriends. The lowered LPG Prius, hot dog exhaust and flashed ECU, speed limited to 75 km/hr. 3 point harness and racing helmet to protect the babes. Dash board HD cam to monitor other road users/abusers.

    Face it, it isn’t going to end well…..

  100. brc

    I know someone who is a single mother by choice – father was an anonymous donor. Will be fascinating to see how that one turns out over time. Not even having a father must really screw with your head over time as you grow up.

  101. “Can this be the wall we put the coal barons up against?”

    Maybe, but the steel and lead and hydrocarbon compounds etc. that go into the rifles you use and the ammunition they fire were ALL manufactured using processes that utilise coal or the energy therefrom, to some degree or other.

    So no, you can’t shoot the coal barons – unless you want to share, however minutely, in their guilt.

  102. Steve of Glasshouse

    “Can this be the wall we put the coal barons up against?”

    And the paint came from ????? Aside from that, what earth mother type would be able to pull a trigger. Just as likely to frag themselves ..

  103. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    brc – no dad? That’s OK. Welcome to Lezzo World, no dad in this pad.

    Wot, no mum? That’s OK, ‘cos your two dads are gay.

    I think we will see some sad little screwed-up kids as a result of all of this social engineering. I guess over the aeons kids have been screwed up by lots of things: lately, as a society, we seem to be better at adding to these screw-up factors than we are at reducing them.

    However, to be fair, we do not know the state of play in the parental world of Ms. Conor (or do we?). Hopefully, there is a dad around who can counteract some of this control-freak and hopeless futures nonsense.

    And I’d give her some benefit of the doubt: her blog bark may be worse than her at-home bite.

  104. Driftforge

    The ongoing effects of inverting the societally based discrimination against deviancy into the current protected class mentality that rewards it will cause problems for generations to come.

  105. Alx

    She had better watch out if Roxon’s laws are promulgated. I just might take offence to what is written on that wall.

  106. @Alx: Better go and read Roxon’s laws again! Whether anybody is offended is irrelevant. Offence (& doubtless subsequent prosecution) will be “decided” by our betters.

    Example: You say something mildly nasty about me. I proclaim that I am not remotely offended. However the “Offence Police” deem your comment offensive & you are prosecuted & punished, despite there being no offended party able to be produced.

  107. Alx

    oh, wait, that’s what that fruitloop wants.

  108. Alx, your “kill me now… ” comment has been deemed offensive. For that you are sentenced to be terminated.

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