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Patricia Arquette Proves Feminism Isn’t Dead

We’ve all thought it, but Patricia Arquette said it: “It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women.”

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Taking to the stage at the 87th Academy Awards to accept her win for best-supporting actress in Boyhood, the 37-year old proved feminism isn’t dead by thanking mothers, tax-payers and demanding fair pay for women.

“To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America,” said Arquette.

Fair pay among genders has been a lingering discussion for some time now, but it’s something that continues to be swept under the rug. In 2011 a study conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed that the average weekly earnings for a full-time female worker was approximately 17% lower for women than men. While the reasons varied, the prominent influences were the undervaluation of skills and the restriction of employment prospects for workers with family responsibilities. Surprisingly these pay gaps also existed in female-dominated industries.

Let me ask you, should you have to give up your desire to have a family in order to be granted equal salary entitlements? And would you? Becoming a mother is a God-given right, so it doesn’t really seem like an appropriate proposition. While we’ve certainly come a long way since the 20th century when women were subject to roughly one third of a male’s salary, it seems there’s still a long way to go before the gap is closed.

Now before we go getting too political, let me remind you that feminism extends further than the female gender and is based upon a belief that everyone should have the same rights and opportunities despite their sex. So on that note, here is a powerful quote by Gloria Steinem that perfectly sums this up: “Though we have the courage to raise our daughters more like our sons, we’ve rarely had the courage to raise our sons like our daughters.”

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The Highs and Lows at the Oscars

The Oscars 2014: so much build up, but then it’s all over after 3.5 excruciating hours. We give last night’s Oscars a B+ – it was pretty good, but could have been better. But it did redeem itself with the best movie of the night taking home Best Picture. Let’s take a look at some of the highs and lows…

The Highs
Some amazing speeches: Jared Leto kicked things off with a stunning speech dedicated to his mother, with a well-intentioned nod to Ukraine and Venezuela; and Lupita Nyongo’s beautiful, honest speech: “It doesn’t escape me that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else’s…when I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child, that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.”

The Lows
John Travolta introducing Frozen singer Idina Menzel as Adele Dazim. What an embarrassment. We don’t even need to mention his ever-changing hair line.

The Highs
Pharrell Williams singing Happy and dancing with front row A-listers including Lupita Nyong’o, Amy Adams and Meryl Streep (but Jennifer Lawrence was too shy!).

The Lows
We love Pink, but her voice is way too strong for a delicate song like Over the Rainbow. An odd choice.

The Highs
The best celebrity selfie of all time. Ellen crashed Twitter with her all-star Oscars selfie – producers are already thinking how they’ll top that in 2015.

The Lows
Too much Samsung product placement with Ellen waving that phone in the screen for the first half of the night. And Coke splattered all over the pizza boxes.

The Highs
Ellen’s funniest line of the night? To Jonah Hill: “You showed us something in that film that I have not seen for a very long time.”

The Lows
Kim Novak’s plastic surgery disaster. A beautiful talented woman becomes the butt of everyone’s jokes because of too much bad surgery. So sad.

The Highs
The Aussie takeover! Cate Blanchett giving a shoutout to Australia, and Catherine Martin’s two Oscar wins, joking about keeping her speech in her bra, “a very Australian thing to do.”

The Lows
The pizza bit seemed like a good idea, but it really dragged on. And on. Brownie points for Brad Pitt though being the consummate gentleman and handing out paper plates – and then tucking into his pizza. Oh, La-La-Land…

The Highs
Director Steve McQueen’s obvious love for his 12 Years a Slave team, sending Lupita kisses during her acceptable speech, and the heartfelt hugs to Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt. This is filmmaking at its best.

What were your Oscars highs and lows?

The Oscars Selfie Is The Most Retweeted Post Ever

How do you crash Twitter? Take an all-star celebrity selfie at the Oscars!

Host Ellen DeGeneres broke records by taking a selfie featuring Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Lupita Nyong’, Kevin Spacey, Jared Leto and more A-listers, and was retweeted more than 2.4 million times,

DeGeneres wrote: ‘If only Bradley’s arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars

“We crashed and broke Twitter. We made history,” DeGeneres said during the show. “It’s fantastic. See what we did, Meryl?”

The hilarious tweet surpassed the previous record holder of most retweets, Barack Obama’s photo showing him hugging his wife Michelle Obama on his 2012 reelection, captioned “Four more years” which clocked 780,000 retweets.

Did you watch the Oscars? What was your favourite moment?

Grammys Lowdown

Grammys Lowdown

Kylie Minogue
Kylie Minogue, our favourite Aussie songbird, who now calls London home, took away her first Grammy for Best Dance Recording. The track “Come into my world” from her recent Fever album, beat records by pop queens Madonna and Cher. The win makes Kyles the first Aussie to take out a major category at the Grammy’s since the 80’s icon band “Men at Work” were voted best new artist in 1982. Kyles said “I am thrilled and cannot wait to bring it home”. Go Girl!

Beyonce Knowles
Even though it was delayed by at least 5 minutes, (to make sure no one showed too much flesh), the 46th annual Grammy awards were presented Sunday night in Los Angeles. It’s “music’s biggest night” when the America music industry honours its own. The evening’s big winner was 22 year old, Beyonc? Knowles. Nominated in six categories, she took home five Grammys, including Best Contemporary R&B Album and Best Female R&B Performance, on the strength of her debut album, Dangerously in Love. Beyonc? shared two awards with her boyfriend, Jay-Z, for the song “Crazy In Love.” Denying Beyonc? a clean sweep was British rock band Coldplay, who claimed the Record Of The Year Grammy, with Clocks.

Finally someone in television programing has worked out that we are much more interested in the red carpet interviews and live performances rather than the actual presentations. The three-and-a-half-hour worldwide telecast featured 19 live performances but the best news of the night was that although more than 100 awards were given out, only 11 were presented during the broadcast. Yippee finally!

Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake obviously still had his recent Super Bowl fiasco with Janet Jackson on his mind, when he accepted the award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for Cry Me A River. “Listen, I know it’s been a rough week on everybody,” he said. “What occurred was unintentional ? completely regrettable, and I apologize if you guys are offended. This has been a dream of mine. This is officially the greatest moment of my life. Thank you!”

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