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A couple of weeks ago Geoffrey Barker wrote a piece for The Age that painted female TV journalists as a robotic race of Barbie Doll morons using their pert breasts and blonde hair as weapons against real stories. Cue countless enraged responses, intensified use of the word "misogyny" and an inflated sense of feminism everywhere. Don't get me wrong I'm a proud WOMAN (in case any of you are confused by my name) with strong social morals. I understand how far women have come and I'm all too aware of the challenges we continue to face. That's why I am sometimes puzzled by the unrealistic representation of my gender in the newsroom. It's also why I grown increasingly baffled by the response to Barker commentary. Seven News reporter Kate Osborn describes some of the horror story moments of her career by way of defence to the suggestions made by Barker. It sounds like she's had some terrible days at work. She's obviously an intelligent, hardworking woman. Geoffrey Barker wouldn't suggest otherwise. She's also quite a beautiful woman who wouldn't be on the screens of our televisions if she were overweight, bearing exposed tattoos or visibly unattractive according to convention. Journalist Tracy Spicer seemed pretty pissed off about the whole thing. Despite the thrust of her tongue in cheek reply suggesting she is above the entire debate she couldn't help but get up on her soapbox. NOTE: Tracy Spicer is also a fabulous looking woman. If she were cross eyed, in need of an orthodontist or even if she had a terrible haircut we probably wouldn't have ever seen her reading the news. Here's what I think everyone needs to calm down and stop fuelling Geoffrey Barker's ego. Otherwise he might write more of these editorials and I don't want the Internet to die in a flood of angry retaliations. I guess I'm shallow, but I can't tell you how many times I've been distracted by the cosmetic compilation of female news readers. Barker says, "What matters is how they look." It's not all that matters but it certainly counts for a whole lot in television. On screen broadcast isn't kind to the aesthetically challenged, nor are those on interview panels recruiting fresh faced journalists, apparently. Finally, people need to stop throwing the word "misogyny" around like it's colloquial banter. 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He accordingly issued his chanel hand bag requisition to the Lieutenant Criminel to accompany him to the house of christian louboutin elisa 100 Monsieur Duparc, attended by the medical officers and the clerk, to real chanel bags outlet inquire into the circumstances under which the suspected death by poisoning moncler stockists london of Monsieur De Beaulieu had taken place. The document betrays christian louboutin espadrilles one remarkable informality. It mentions the death of Monsieur De Beaulieu; christian louboutin black patent leather pumps but is absolutely silent on the subject of the alleged poisoning gucci shoes outlet online of seven persons at dinner the next day. And yet it gucci for sale was this latter circumstance only which first directed suspicion against Marie, prada space outlet and which induced Friley to lodge the information against her on cheap louis vuitton outlet online which the Procurator was now acting. Probably Monsieur Revel s legal acumen nike free 50 running shoe convinced him, at the outset, that the story of the poisoned kate spade bangle bracelet dinner was too weak to be relied on. The officers of the air jordan 13 retro law, accompanied by the doctors, proceeded to the house of the michael kors hamilton large tote Duparcs on the eighth of August. After viewing the body of christian louboutin wholesale shoes Monsieur De Beaulieu, the medical men were directed to open and chanel handbags 2011 examine it. They reported the discovery in the stomach of a louis vuitton computer bag reddish, brick colored liquid, somewhat resembling the lees of wine. The mucous coupon joe s new louis vuitton bags tote balance membrane was detached in some places, and its internal surface was aaa quality louis vuitton bags chanel watches corroded. On examining the reddish liquid, they found it to contain handbags by prada a crystallized sediment, which, on analyzation, proved to be arsenic. 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But the Procurator Revel now conveniently remembered the story of the poisoned dinner, and he sent the Lieutenant Criminel to examine the Duparcs and their friends at the private residence of the family, in consideration of the sickly condition of the eaters of the adulterated meal. It may be as well to observe, here as elsewhere, that these highly indulged personages had none of them been sufficiently inconvenienced even to go to bed, or in any way to alter their ordinary habits. On the afternoon of the eighth, the Lieutenant Criminel betook himself to the house of Monsieur Duparc, to collect evidence touching the death by poison of Monsieur De Beaulieu. The first witness called was Monsieur Duparc. This gentleman, it will be remembered, was away from home on Monday, the sixth, when Monsieur De Beaulieu died, and only returned, at the summons of his eldest son, at half past eleven on the forenoon of the seventh. 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She carefully followed her mother s lead gucci bags cheap saying as little as possible about the preparation of the hasty pudding online louis vuitton on the morning of Monday, and as much as possible about wholesale gucci shoes the pain suffered by everybody after the dinner of Tuesday. Madame louis vuitton bags outlet authentic Beauguillot, the next witness, added her testimony, as to the state barbour classic bedale of her own digestive organs, after partaking of the same meal michael kors bag sale speaking at such prodigious length that the poison would appear, kate spade stevie baby bag in her case, to have produced its principal effect (and that florence prada outlet of a stimulating kind) on her tongue. Her son, Monsieur De michael kors clothing for women Beauguillot, was next examined, quite uselessly in relation to the death prada by prada by poison, which was the object of inquiry. The last witness prada outlet online was Madame Duparc s younger son the same who had complained kate spade licorice pumps of feeling a gritty substance between his teeth at dinner.
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