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Australian Paper Publishes Sexist Obituary Of A Talented Female Writer And Scientist

Wowwww.

Australian author and accomplished neurophysiologist Colleen McCullough published twenty-five books in her time, including the best-selling The Thorn Birds. She passed away at age seventy-seven on Thursday—but whomever wrote her obituary didn’t seem particularly interested in McCullough’s accomplishments.

Instead, her obit in this morning’s edition of The Australian began like this:

COLLEEN McCullough, Australia’s best selling author, was a charmer. Plain of feature, and certainly overweight, she was, nevertheless, a woman of wit and warmth. In one interview, she said: “I’ve never been into clothes or figure and the interesting thing is I never had any trouble attracting men.”

Ah, so she was a prolific writer and a talented scientist, but let’s definitely all talk about her weight after she dies! They don’t even seem particularly concerned about it; the obit is still up on their website. Other gems from the piece include calling McCullough a “supreme egotist” and mentioning that “[h]er novels consistently received patronising reviews from the highbrow critics.”

The incredible classiness and inarguable misogyny of the obituary did not go ignored by the internet, and #MyOzObituary has been trending on Twitter to some fairly hilarious results:

Here’s mine:

It is apparently still difficult for women to be respected for their accomplishments over their appearance even after death. What an absolute disgusting shame.

(via Daily Dot)

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