Halloween!

Australia doesn’t have it =(

I know, I know, ‘wtf’.

Well, we don’t NOT have Halloween, it’s on our calenders, its in our stores (albeit overwhelmed by Christmas trees), and there may be the occasional costumed trick or treater or deco’d house.
But, it’s just not very Australian, not very widely celebrated – the cities might go off, but I don’t think my town gets up to much fun… maybe a few delinquent kids being rowdy.

It doesn’t have the same imagery either – it’s Spring here.
No howling Autumn winds, crispy fallen leaves, swirling in orange and brown.
Just… green… some flowers… yeah.

I really want to dress up though!
I’ve been thinking of doing a female The Joker since last years Halloween – but I get kinda put out when I think I have no where to go and no one to hang out with anyway, lol.
But, I might do something with my friends (good news, I don’t think they’re homophobic :3), maybe have a spooky gathering of horror movies (I hate horror movies >.<)

I have some gross purple pants I got from an op shop, but I think I’ll ditch them and go for purple skinny jeans, or a (neither mini nor long) skirt.
Also, even though I love Heath Ledger and the darker Joker from The Dark Knight, I think it’d be funner to go for a more oldschool Joker, like from the comics and cartoons (which is kinda in between Heath Joker and Jack Joker – in style and feel not in time)
I need a toy gun that says ‘Bang!’ =D

So, to complete my outfit I’m thinking purple coat (hopefully tailcoat but will go for blazer or trench), orange shirt, green vest, green necktie, funky socks, black dress shoes or boots.
Hair will be curled and spray painted green (not real paint green, that stuff your supposed to put in your hair, lol), and I’ll need to get some red lipstick and something to whiten my face… hopefully real make-up, not face paint.

So, yeah… I probably won’t get this stuff together before Halloween, lol, but I hope I do.
Maybe I can get my parents to help pay for it as part of my birthday present – although I’m planning on uber opshopping so it shouldn’t be much.
I’m just kinda broke at the moment because I don’t have a job yet and I spent my money on lace gloves, a huge gold elephant necklace, and some stupid top that matches my gloves…. ^^;

I wish my male friend from America was here, or I were there, so that he could be a male Harley Quinn to match my Joker Girl *sigh* one day.

“Ban The Burqa” is BS!

I hate the “Ban The Burqa” debate.

It started with an overreaction to a couple of robberies involving burqas.
I think only one occurred in Australia.
People started calling for it to be banned.
This is completely stupid and wrong.

Stores and banks have the freedom to put up signs saying something like “No burqas covering the face”, just as they have done with motorcycle helmets and other such things.
That is fair, people should not enter banks with their face concealed.

The only reason to ban the burqa, considering this, must come from bigotry and intolerance.
Calling it “un-Australian”… I’m sorry, but WTF is Australian culture??
The stereotype of beaches and surfies and beer? or boomerangs and bush tucker and Dreamtime?

The first can also be said of many places in America, and the second is always going to be apart of Australia, that can’t be changed by what I’ve always thought of Australia as – a welcoming, friendly, country that embraces all cultures and peoples!

What about sarongs? they’re Hawaiian… >>;

People complain that it’s a sign of oppression, that it’s slavery of women, etc.
Yes, some women may be forced to wear the burqa by their father, brothers, husband.

But what about woman that WANT to wear the burqa?
They see it as a sign of their faith!
By banning the burqa WE would become their oppressors!!!

A part of their religion is modesty, being humble, not possessing shallow and material objects.

And this makes me think… of Nuns.
They wear their habits, and dress conservatively, to be modest, and as a symbol of their religion, as a sign of their love and obedience to their Saviour.
They also do not possess material objects.

Do we see Nuns habits as oppression to women?

A mural has recently been painted on a wall somewhere (yeah, I’m too lazy to check where in Australia) of a Muslim woman, in a Burqa, with one of those big red ban signs over her. and it says ‘ban the burqa’.

The painter claims this is not hateful, nor directed at Muslims, or Islam, but at ‘extremism’.

Wearing a special article of clothing, which you interpret as part of your religion, is extremism?

What about that big hat the Pope wears?

And, I understand that burqas can appear intimidating.
Someone walking towards you, dressed entirely in black, just their eyes showing, it can be frightening, also because its so alien and different from us.
I admit I prefer sari’s, all pretty and bright, but that goes against the conservative meaning of the burqa.

Banning the burqa would be an act of extremism. An act of oppression. And an act that is UN-AUSTRALIAN.

Or, I think so, anyway.

EDIT ::

(I would reply to Abu if I had a translator that did what I wanted it to, sorry, so this is not a reply)
I found a comment in my spam filter for this post that said ‘i see what you did there’, and for a moment I thought it was a real comment, because, omg, I DID do something there to see!
but, sadly, it came from a link to a weight watching site =/ I’m so disappointed