There has been much recent discussion about the “rise” of the empowered woman and its effect on young men, Kay Hymowitz’s appearance on the ABC’s Q&A last Monday night being a particularly good example. The common narrative goes something like this. Young women are growing up in a society with destabilised traditional gender roles and increased economic and sexual independence. They no longer “need” men and thus the “natural” equilibrium of centuries old gender hierarchy has disappeared leaving a gaping, murky hole. Men do not know what to make of these highly evolved modern women and feel unsure and suspicious about how to navigate their complex, contradictory desires and “mixed messages”. This results in them either “opting out” and remaining perpetual adolescents or becoming confused, lonely and sad because no matter how hard they try they just can’t get women to behave how they “should”. Continue reading
First things First! feminaust turned 3 earlier this year and we were too busy to celebrate so we are planning our 3rd Birthday celebrations for the 9th of November at LongPlay on St Georges Rd. Doors open at 6pm and we will have more details for you shortly but in the mean time lock it in your diary. There will be limited numbers due to the nature of the party and tickets will be on sale soon with ALL monies going towards EDITH, the fund for Australian feminism.
Girls On Film Festival on NEXT WEEK!!!!!!! Tickets here.
Sharks are sexist. They like to eat men better.
BOOBIES!!!!!!!! But not on facebook.
Pussy Riot are become news achors. Excellent.
On to the links…
Rantings of an Aboriginal Feminist gives us… It’s the “Recognise” thing that REALLY gets me
Head over to Fair Agenda to sign their petition asking Australian senators to stand against changes the university system that could see women pay up to $45,000 more for their degrees than men. This is serious stuff peeps!
This has been doing the rounds: Next Time Someone Says Women Aren’t Victims Of Harassment, Show Them This.
Sorry we missed you last week! IsBambi and I are busy as always and sometimes we forget our keys… and our Welcome to Monday!
Anyway, lets get busy with the links.
I’ve brought back the Pony Award and this week I’m giving it to this awesome article about why the Women Against Feminism facebook and twitter and tumblr and whatever else are SO WRONG.
Rantings of an Aboriginal Feminist discusses the diverse views on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal Australians.
Clem Ford nails it again with Jacqui Lambie, sexism and the problem with men.
Interested in the saga surrounding Robin Thicke’s latest album? The Scarlett Woman has you covered.
International AIDS Conference 2014 is in Melbourne and here is the declaration.
Change.org petitition to prevent child beauty pageants from coming to Australia.
The Hoopla on why gloating that you knew Thorpie was really a homo is well…stupid.
Woman Alone. A chilling photo essay of Syrian refugee women.
The global battle for sexual rights. If you’re interested in this, there’s a talk happening at Shebeen Bar in Melbourne on Thursday.
And if you need more, check out what the Scarlett Woman thinks is worthwhile on the rest of the net!
Research by the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling and AMP says mothers on minimum wage may only keep a fraction of their earnings, with some effectively working for just $3.50 an hour.
Lena Dunham explains birth control to a 10 year old.
The Scarlett Woman’s On the (Rest of the) Net.
Sally Baxter reflects on life as a single mum and on $2.50 a day.
Hoyden About Town channels feminist rage very well in commenting about this article “School bans sex victim from ball … but offender can go”
Welcome to Monday dear feminausts! I hope you’ve had a great weekend. I successfully installed (with a lot of guidance) a new hard drive and some more RAM into my ageing laptop today! I feel 10% more useful now. It’s a great feeling. Also, I went to MONA (in Hobart) last weekend for the start of the Dark MOFO festival. It was so much fun and so over the top. This photo is from one of my favourite pieces at MONA, it’s a large cubed box full of TV screens showing people singing to Madonna songs. Brilliant.
On to the links…
Sarah Capper and Judy Horacek being great: Feminist Frightbats Unite!
titog (Hoyden About Town) writes: Media Circus: HILDA Report Refutes Hockey Edition
Geek Feminism asks: What would a feminist payment/funding site look like?
We Hunted the Mammoth lists the 5 most ridiculous things causing misogynists to lose their sh*t this week
Eat the Damn Cake writes her last post and says farewell.
We got this delightful comment from Wayne the other day (he commented on this post). Pause to think feminausts, and think carefully, about what our hatred of Tony Abbott is making us capable of…
Listen is there anyone here that does not personally hate Tony Abbot?. I do not agree with everything Tony Abbott does but supporting feminism or any other cause does not mean you can personally hate Tony Abbott or any other man or woman, or hate men because they are men.
Gender Inequality and Violence Against Women. What’s the Link?
Global Summit on Sexual Violence in Conflict.