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We breed all sorts in this city

By shutterbug - 19 May 2009 208

This evening, two stories hit the front page involving women from Canberra. Their contrasting stories prove what a diverse little city we have here (and perhaps the growing need for selective breeding).

First, everyone’s favourite trashy spray tan “artist” and self proclaimed addictive drug to footballers Charmyne Palavi has written a piece for News Ltd about the perils of being so irresistible to footy players.

She has a positive spin on sleeping with footy players, arguing that it’s about a woman’s freedom.

    “[I can] have sex whenever, with whomever, I choose. I am old enough and wise enough to know these encounters are nothing more than what they were at the time – mostly consensual, one-on-one sex, on my terms.”

Mostly consensual? Gosh, a class act and expert on woman’s rights to be sure.

Luckily, there came another story, a sobering ying to that trashy yang. A former Canberra resident named Natalia Dearnley had her wedding plans disturbed by the filming of a new Tom Hanks movie. He was apparently only to happy to help her get to through the commotion to her classy ceremony.

So from trashy bed hoppers to well educated romantics, see it all in your nation’s capital.

See it in Canberra!

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We breed all sorts in this city
FC 11:19 am 19 May 09

motleychick said :

I don’t deny I’ve had liaisons with many, many footballers, but what annoys me about these tags and the way I was portrayed on that show is the idea I prey on them like some of the starstruck women I’ve seen out there.

It still worries me that this is an almost 40 year old woman with 3 children. Who looks after her kids while mummy is out acting like a sl*t?? It’s disgusting.

Maybe the FATHER?

and I regardless of what this woman did or didn’t do (I didn’t watch the show) I think your comments are disgusting.

Furry Jesus 11:13 am 19 May 09

I think Magella’s spot on. Women should be able to make decisions around their sexual behaviour without being judged for it, particularly by the men they have sex with.

The problem for me is that I suspect many of the men who have sex with Charmyne Palavi don’t particlarly respect her, because the gang-bang (group sex – what an obfuscation that term is in this context) culture in the manly sporting codes is based on scoring and getting women to do things with the group – a vehicle for perverse male bonding processes at the very least, which puts the interests of the woman and side issues like her level of intoxication and capacity for informed consent well below the men’s wish to use them to play out their fantasies (and sneak a peek at their mates’ erections).

I’ve participated in group sex a few times, and I can tell you that when it works (which it rarely does – someone always regrets it the next day), there’s a lot more respect for each other than the hotel room/public toilet scenarios that we’ve been exposed to this week. There’s more often an equal number of men and women, and there’s probably more same-sex activity than we’d see from the footballers. Group sex of the type I’m referring to is often a middle class rite of passage, with participants exploring their own sexualities by experimenting with the limits of sexual freedom and intimacy, in a setting made emotionally safer by being with peers capable of giving equal informed consent.

Lady_from_Holt 10:50 am 19 May 09

I think we should all just be excited that TWO Canberrans were mentioned in the news outside of the CT in one day! That has to be a new record!

motleychick 10:49 am 19 May 09

I don’t deny I’ve had liaisons with many, many footballers, but what annoys me about these tags and the way I was portrayed on that show is the idea I prey on them like some of the starstruck women I’ve seen out there.

It still worries me that this is an almost 40 year old woman with 3 children. Who looks after her kids while mummy is out acting like a sl*t?? It’s disgusting.

peterh 10:17 am 19 May 09

johnboy said :

Hmm… great piece of journalism describing the millennia old Roman Pantheon as a “centuries old church”.

well, it was a temple to all the roman gods.

and a church from early AD, so it is provbably true.

I bet the christians did a lot of praying in roman times…

probably about the apparent short time stays in the colliseum…

and the abundance of lions.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 10:16 am 19 May 09

I think the ‘trashy’ bit was referring more to the fact that someone went on the news about being with lots of footy players. It’s the telling everyone, more than the doing, that makes it trashy. Di

There was a story about it on news.com.au this morning, too.
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,25502809-421,00.html

AngryHenry 10:14 am 19 May 09

I’d say a lot more would write articles if they weren’t shot down. Period.

Hardly worth getting your panties in a bunch over.

magella 10:10 am 19 May 09

Surely the comment about selective breeding in the OP insinuated one being better than the other?

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

Frankly, I think we need to get away from automatic assumptions of ‘better’ or ‘worse’, and accept that different people have different behavioural standards. And provided it’s not hurting anyone, this is ok.

This was what I was getting at. Well said.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 10:07 am 19 May 09

Sounded more to me like a spectrum of variation, rather than an insinuation about one being better than another.

It’s worth noting here that many men WILL view differently women who have had many partners compared with those with few. Rightly or wrongly, many men will take this into consideration when deciding whether a given woman would make a good partner for them. I strongly suspect many women make the same judgement call with men.

Frankly, I think we need to get away from automatic assumptions of ‘better’ or ‘worse’, and accept that different people have different behavioural standards. And provided it’s not hurting anyone, this is ok.

magella 10:00 am 19 May 09

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

Some women choose marriage over adventurous sex lives

So married women don’t get to have adventurous sex lives now? Or is that reserved for the promiscuous?

No, that was an example. Read the bit where I mention endless possibilities.

AngryHenry said :

And guess what else?

Some write articles for RiotACT about their observations.

Both stories highlighted here I thought were of interest and appreciate being steered in their direction.

Cheers.

I dare say a lot more would write articles for riotact about their observations if they weren’t shot down for providing a difference of opinion that challenges the boys club atmosphere.

I have no issue with the stories mentioned, just the fact that women are referred to as BREEDS, and the underlying insinuation that just because someone is ‘trashy bed hopper’, they are worth less than someone who is an ‘intelligent romantic’.

AngryHenry 9:51 am 19 May 09

And guess what else?

Some write articles for RiotACT about their observations.

Both stories highlighted here I thought were of interest and appreciate being steered in their direction.

Cheers.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 9:47 am 19 May 09

Some women choose marriage over adventurous sex lives

So married women don’t get to have adventurous sex lives now? Or is that reserved for the promiscuous?

magella 9:32 am 19 May 09

And guess what? There are many other types of women in Canberra to and dare I say all over the world. Why, some women have consentual group sex AND are intelligent, class themselves as feminists, wear short skirts, have a few drinks and engage in ‘trashy’ behaviour. Some women choose marriage over adventurous sex lives, or only take a small number of lovers in their lifetime, class themselves as feminists, wear short skirts, have a few drinks and may not be intelligent. Some women don’t go out drinking, lead subdued lives and don’t get spray tans but still engage in consentual group sex. The possibilities are endless.

What I’m trying to say is that palcing women in categories such as classy vs trashy, educated vs uneducated is simplistic, judgemental, and not at all original. Ever heard of the Madonna/Whore complex?

FC 9:10 am 19 May 09

wow. there are two women that you have judged to be of different classes.
who would have thought – two different types of people in a city of around 400 thousand :/

johnboy 8:54 am 19 May 09

Hmm… great piece of journalism describing the millennia old Roman Pantheon as a “centuries old church”.

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