Firefighters calendar now in doubt – UPDATE: Now to proceed.

Trunking symbols 4 November 2010 84

[First filed: Nov 3, 2010 @ 11:47]

women in uniform

Remember that item on RA a few weeks ago about women in the firefighting service bringing out their own charity calendar to raise funds for the neo-natal unit at The Canberra Hospital?  The calendar was the ladies’ reply to the wildly successful male version which has been on sale for three weeks and proved an instant hit when first published last year.

Well, WIN News has reported that the calendar has been put on hold indefinitely due to a single complaint received by the ACT Office of Women.  The presses were literally stopped halfway through the print run.

The bureaucrats now have to investigate the complaint and come to a successful resolution if the calendar is ever to see the light of day.  If the complainant is not satisfied with the outcome of the complaint, and if a positive resolution is not forthcoming the whole project will be scrapped.

No calendars will be sold and no money raised for charity.  Already three weeks of fundraising has been lost and if the complaint takes longer than anticipated to resolve there will be little point in bringing out a calendar at all this year.

What do RA members think about this?  Should a single person lodging a complaint with a government agency be able to stop an entire fundraising project?  And what was the exact nature of the complaint?  Surely it is time to question the ethos of political correctness and feminist/sexism methodology when charities are denied funds simply because some little blob of nothing gets an ideological bee in their bonnet.

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UPDATE: We requested comment from the ESA and have had this reply in:

The ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) sought independent advice on the ACT RFS Volunteer members’ women’s firefighter calendar following some concern being raised.

Following this feedback, the ESA has no issue with the calendar and is pleased this fundraiser for the Canberra Hospital Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit will proceed.

The ESA looks forward to the community supporting this fundraising initiative by our volunteer firefighters in the ACT.


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cleo cleo 7:44 pm 13 Nov 10

I have the male version and signed by a couple of them, for a birthday, just loved it.

Nothing like a man in uniform, especially firemen.

colourful sydney racing identity colourful sydney racing identity 4:33 pm 09 Nov 10

Pork Hunt said :

colourful sydney racing identity said :

harley said :

The best double standard I ever saw was on my work Intranet page.

“The Atlanta Black Employees Network”

Could you imagine the ruckus if someone started a “White employees network”, or the one I suggested to my workmates – “the White Protestant Heterosexual Male employees network”

A white employees network would be appropriate in a country where whites were not allowed to vote, suffered hundreds of years of slavery and degredation – perhaps you can find such a country and move there to be with your oppressed bretheren.

Seriously – how the hell can you suggest that there is any need for a “White Protestant Heterosexual Male employees network” – there already is one. It’s called the system/

WFT has enslavement and degradation got to do with forming a movement?

Only groups that have been hard done by get to whinge?

And what, pray tell do you have to whinge about you poor, poor, thing you.

Pork Hunt Pork Hunt 6:04 pm 05 Nov 10

colourful sydney racing identity said :

harley said :

The best double standard I ever saw was on my work Intranet page.

“The Atlanta Black Employees Network”

Could you imagine the ruckus if someone started a “White employees network”, or the one I suggested to my workmates – “the White Protestant Heterosexual Male employees network”

A white employees network would be appropriate in a country where whites were not allowed to vote, suffered hundreds of years of slavery and degredation – perhaps you can find such a country and move there to be with your oppressed bretheren.

Seriously – how the hell can you suggest that there is any need for a “White Protestant Heterosexual Male employees network” – there already is one. It’s called the system/

WFT has enslavement and degradation got to do with forming a movement?

Only groups that have been hard done by get to whinge?

Sonja Sonja 6:49 pm 04 Nov 10

Woo! Nice to see there’s people here who don’t understand sarcasm.

watto23 watto23 11:27 am 04 Nov 10

Governments and prominent people like to talk about equality, but its clear its not alwayts the case.
Hey calendars may very well be derogatory, but as pointed out there are just as many scanitly clad mens calendars as there are female calendars. Somes fair and equal to me. Just because women do something like a calendar doesn’t mean its worse than men doing the same thing.

We won’t even get onto people of different sexualities. Imagine a gay female policewoman calendar!!! Think of all the children who would grow up to be gay women in the police force!

colourful sydney racing identity colourful sydney racing identity 11:03 am 04 Nov 10

from the Canberra Times website:

The complaint, believed to have been made by a female member of the Rural Fire Service who took part in the calendar shoot, had originally frustrated female fire fighters.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/firefighter-calendar-stalled-by-complaint/1987767.aspx

The Hoff The Hoff 10:26 am 04 Nov 10

James-T-Kirk said :

Ian said :

What’s descrimination?

Descrimination is the act of removing discrimination.

By, for example, opening an “ACT office for MEN”. No, that would be discriminatory to people who choose to be non-gender specific…

Ok – Lets have an “ACT Office for People”.

No, That would be discriminatory to all of the non-people.

Ok – Lets have an “ACT office for Mammals”. Nope – that will be discriminatory for all of the non-mammals.

Ok – Lets have an “ACT office for Things”.

Close – but, what does it do????

The same as the current offices not bloody much!

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 10:21 am 04 Nov 10

Because there’s never been segragation or racial issues in Atlanta.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlanta_Race_Riot

And there’s still no segregation in Atlanta today
(Legend: Red is White, Blue is Black, Green is Asian, Orange is Hispanic, Gray is Other, each dot is 25 people, data is from Census Night, 2000 Reference geography is roughly this view)

James-T-Kirk James-T-Kirk 10:19 am 04 Nov 10

Ian said :

What’s descrimination?

Descrimination is the act of removing discrimination.

By, for example, opening an “ACT office for MEN”. No, that would be discriminatory to people who choose to be non-gender specific…

Ok – Lets have an “ACT Office for People”. No, That would be discriminatory to all of the non-people.

Ok – Lets have an “ACT office for Mammals”. Nope – that will be discriminatory for all of the non-mammals.

Ok – Lets have an “ACT office for Things”. Close – but, what does it do????

Diggety Diggety 10:18 am 04 Nov 10

I doubt feminazis are behind this complaint; they would love it, pin it up right next to their motorbike.

georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 10:17 am 04 Nov 10

colourful sydney racing identity said :

georgesgenitals said :

I’m a straight white male aged 18-45 with a tertiary qualification living in the most educated town in the country.

Help!

You poor bastard.

Yep. Woe is me.

The Hoff The Hoff 10:15 am 04 Nov 10

Floydwafer said :

Thanks to the moron that complained – sales will now skyrocket – good stuff!!!!!!

It ended up being fantasic publicity for the rfs and the calender

colourful sydney racing identity colourful sydney racing identity 10:10 am 04 Nov 10

georgesgenitals said :

I’m a straight white male aged 18-45 with a tertiary qualification living in the most educated town in the country.

Help!

You poor bastard.

georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 9:58 am 04 Nov 10

I’m a straight white male aged 18-45 with a tertiary qualification living in the most educated town in the country.

Help!

Jim Jones Jim Jones 9:48 am 04 Nov 10

Ha, yeah, tell me about it. It’s just so hard to be a middle-class white heterosexual male these days.

neanderthalsis neanderthalsis 9:39 am 04 Nov 10

colourful sydney racing identity said :

harley said :

A white employees network would be appropriate in a country where whites were not allowed to vote, suffered hundreds of years of slavery and degredation – perhaps you can find such a country and move there to be with your oppressed bretheren.

Rather sounds like Ireland…

colourful sydney racing identity colourful sydney racing identity 9:22 am 04 Nov 10

harley said :

The best double standard I ever saw was on my work Intranet page.

“The Atlanta Black Employees Network”

Could you imagine the ruckus if someone started a “White employees network”, or the one I suggested to my workmates – “the White Protestant Heterosexual Male employees network”

A white employees network would be appropriate in a country where whites were not allowed to vote, suffered hundreds of years of slavery and degredation – perhaps you can find such a country and move there to be with your oppressed bretheren.

Seriously – how the hell can you suggest that there is any need for a “White Protestant Heterosexual Male employees network” – there already is one. It’s called the system/

PBO PBO 8:43 am 04 Nov 10

WillowJim said :

PBO said :

And why do I get looked at funny when I buy tampons?

Maybe, just maybe, no one gives a sh|t and you’re imagining it?

Ouch, did you write that yourself or did you get help?

Deref Deref 7:31 am 04 Nov 10

vg said :

Here’s my solution.

Go ahead and re-commence the printing. Then launch the calendar, then sell the calendar. When the Office of whatever comes a’ callin’ ask them what they are going to do about it. If they wish to seek an injunction to prevent it the calendar creators will require full disclosure, including all details of the complainant. The principles of natural justice (he who accuses must prove, right to face accuser etc etc) will prevail.

I will categorically guarantee the Office of Women will collapse like a deck of cards at the mere thought of having to justify their actions.

+1

cleo cleo 11:54 pm 03 Nov 10

Maybe the person who complained is a misogynist or a misanthropist!

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