Welcome to (Easter) Monday ~ 21 April 2014

photoHappy Easter dear feminausts. I hope you’ve all been able to relax and be kind to yourselves over the 4 day weekend. On to the links…

Some dude told this woman he doesn’t want to hear her feminist rants, so this is how she replied.

The founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, Laura Bates, speaks to Birdee about the importance of rising up against sexism and how men can join the movement.

blue milk asks ‘can we undo sexism by the next generation?’

Why don’t men get asked how they cope with kids?

‘Am I a feminist?’: Four women reply (and they’re not from the left)

Q&A’s all-female panel separates the ‘man hating’ feminists

A Rational Fear give us a hilarious video on the PM’s latest photoshoot in China… ‘Lady Members’.

What Alan Carr taught me about gay men’s homophobia

Tom Meagher writes: ‘My wife was murdered by a ‘monster’ – but most perpetrators of violence are normal men’

Welcome to Monday! ~ 14th April 2014

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Something’s changed in my life. I can tell because Facebook is telling me. Not in that horrid “you like The Greens Party, we think you might also like Tony Abbott” type way but in the what’s coming up in my news feed because of what I’m liking and getting more into these days.

Used to be that when I wanted to do a Welcome to Monday post, all I would have to do would be jump on Facebook and in the space of ten or fifteen minutes I’d have enough articles to fill a Monday roundup. Now, I’ve been sitting here for half an hour, scrolling away and I’m getting nada. Want to know why?

It’s not because I don’t love feminism anymore. It’s because I love other things and those other things are more active than feminism at the moment. In the last few weeks I’ve “liked” a number of new pages including Big Dog Rescue, Harness Horse Enthusiasts and Echuca Horse Sales Pre-Auction. Two of these are NFP volunteer groups trying to save a particular animal species from being destroyed, either by the pound system or by dog food meat providers and the other is just an active group of people who really like driving horses in harness. So I ask myself two questions.

1. How come a bunch of about five people whose only activity in my newsfeed is going to horse sales, taking photos of horses and then bidding on behalf of other people for said horses and another bunch of about three people who really like saving big dogs from the pound can take up more space in my life than all of what feminism has to offer

2. Why aren’t we following in their footsteps and reminding people everyday that what we do as feminists is also super important and while I don’t want my dog eating horse for dinner or to see beautiful big dogs put to sleep just because they’re socially a big scary looking, I’m probably more appalled by the way that women globally are treated and want to be a part of the rise and rise of gender equality.

Anyway, that’s my stumbled thoughts for the day. Sadly feminism lacks one very key feature that the other two have and that is cute and/or saddening pictures of animals in need but what we do have is you guys, our loyal followers and ardent admirers and commenters and dissenters and everything else. So if you’ve ever wanted to write for feminaust but just didn’t have the time or if you have something on your mind that you’d like to see pop up on your news feed more often. Please email us with your thoughts and we’d be happy to publish you.

Happy Monday xxx

Being a biking kinda gal, I have taken to the pragmatism, joy and focus of this new blog about becoming a girl bike mechanic.

Director of The Lego Movie Sequel wants more female characters. Whoop! Continue reading

Got Kids? Want to take them to the Comedy Festival? TIME OUT is for you!

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‘Time Out! (An adventure in Imagination, circus, shadow puppetry and the joys of sibling rivalry)’ is an ABC Circus production.
Is about three sisters running away from home. They leave their toys behind and are left to make do with a bag of recycling!
We thought a lot about gender representations when writing this. We wanted to present girls who didn’t necessity adhere to traditional or normative expectations of what a ‘girl’ should be. So Dani is in a very pretty dress, Jules is in (oval ball) sports gear, and Jamie painted handprints all over her teeshirt.
When we started we thought about a bit character, but it just didn’t feel right. What would make ‘him’ a boy? We know boys are said to identify with boy protagonists but we feel like there s so much in childhood that really isn’t gender specific. There s heaps for boys to relate to in the sincerity of dani, the cheekiness of jules, and the manic enthusiasm of Jamie and her dog.
We pass the Bechdel test with flying colours; our girls are way too busy saving themselves to even think about boys. Yet. Give them a few years?
Time out! is on at LaMama from 16-20 April
as part of La Mama for Kids at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
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Review: Geraldine Quinn in ‘MDMA: Modern Day Maiden Aunt’

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BY ALEXANDER EDWARDS

Down under the looming behemoth that is the Melbourne City Town Hall there’s a room usually set aside for staff to have lunch in, but one hour every night of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is transformed into a one-woman storm of musical comedy prowess. Don’t be fooled though. This isn’t the usual style of pun-filled folk tunes about the habits of strangers on the 86 tram. Instead Geraldine Quinn takes you on a rock fuelled ride with a 30-something woman fighting to define herself outside the socially expected paradigm of ‘married with kids’.

Don’t for a second think that she hates kids or their parents though. Much of the story-telling in between the striding rock ballads is about the love she has for her parents, siblings and her nieces and nephews. While she is open about her drinking, being the black sheep of the family and Facebook baby photo fatigue, many of the gems come from very wise advice that only ‘crazy Aunt Geenie’ could give – like don’t put your vagina on the internet.

A word of warning though. This might be a comedy festival show, but it really packs an emotional punch along the way as GQ’s façade as an angry feminist railing against Australian society’s expectations gives way to something far more complex and important. That she’s a human being that loves her family very much and is just trying to make the world a better place to live in, one hour of entertainment at a time.

If you like your comedy emotionally intelligent, you can see Geraldine Quinn Tuesday to Saturday at 7:15pm, and Sunday’s at 6:15pm at the Lunch Room in the Melbourne Town Hall.

Welcome to Monday ~ 7 April 2014

photoWelcome to Monday dear feminausts. Apologies for the radio silence recently, all the excitement from International Women’s Day really took it out of us (and other life stuff). We promise to get back on track!

On to the links…

The 71st Down Under Feminists’ Carnival is published!

The footy season has started again, so no better time for Clem Ford to discuss The Secret Footballer.

The Feminist Collective at McGill Law School shows us that the “f-word” encompasses a huge range of people.

Melbourne-based photographer Jessica Ledwich’s photo series, “Monstrous Feminine,” depicts beauty rituals as acts of mutilation, making viewers re-think the standards of femininity and what some women undergo in order to meet them.

I’m sure we’ve all seen the no make-up selfies recently, Kim Stephens writes about how there’s no bravery in no make-up selfies.

Malcolm Fraser writes in the Guardian, It’s time to define a covenant of human ethics. What do you think?

Rosie Batty (Luke Batty’s mother) blasts Joe Hildebrand over ‘misguided’ comments.

Bronwen Clune has a good point, it’s time we stopped using the ‘boys will be boys’ line.

Anna Bligh is a legend. As if we didn’t know it already.

Welcome to Monday! ~ 3rd March 2014

1794749_10151900987445706_101979493_nBig ups to feminaust friend Lesley Pruitt whose book is featured above. I got my copy delivered last week and am very much looking forward to devouring its contents.

I’m afraid it’s going to be a pretty freely forward line up of links this week. Although I hope it won’t be lost on any of you that we are staring down IWD week and I hope you all have loads of lovely events to attend. MsElouise will be speaking at a breakfast on Wednesday at Fitzroy Town Hall if you’re hunting for fun. Get your tickets here. Thanks feminausts xxx

Manus Island… it really sucks.

A book about a strong aboriginal woman. Always a winner.

Interview with Fadoua Brour Continue reading

Welcome to Monday ~ 24 February 2014

LightTheDarkWelcome to Monday dear feminausts. I wasn’t able to attend, but seeing everyone’s photos from last night’s Light The Dark vigil for asylum seekers – and the death of Reza Berati - made me feel both connected to the event, and inspired to see so many people in solidarity. Regardless of where people come from, we are all human and deserving of respect. I hope the events across Australia last night are the start of a movement of Australians pushing back against the current state of Australian-owned inhumanity and tyranny towards asylum seekers. Let’s continue to connect, stand together in solidarity, and make our resistance known.

On to the links…

Chvrches’ Lauren Mayberry: ‘I will not accept online misogyny’

After Myf Warhurst noticed that Jimmy Carr seemed to be on more panel shows than all Britain’s women comics put together, she wondered who was to blame…

Arabella Wauchope, and why she misses Julia Gillard.

Bluebec reminds us it’s time (again) to stop using gay as an umbrella term.

Want to learn how to masturbate? There’s an app for that!

Here’s a hilarious condom ad for a company that will donate 1 condom to a developing country for every condom you buy (it’s like Toms, but sexier). AND THE AD IS AWESOME.

Ellen and Rebel Wilson formed a rap duo and then made a video! I am crying with laughter, CRYING!  Continue reading

Welcome to Monday ~ 10 February 2014

photoWelcome to Monday dear feminausts. It’s been awfully hot in Melbourne, how are the rest of you faring? Only a short round up this week – my apologies. Hope it still manages to get your feminist brains working for the week ahead!

Harvard Business School Dean Apologizes To All Women.

Don’t Call Me Pretty – on how attractiveness is a double-edged sword for women on the job hunt, from HelloGiggles.

A great post from Eat The Damn Cake on how sexy, naked women seem to be everywhere.

Aussie Sexism for Female Aussie Cricket Star - this post pairs an image of Ellyse Perry, most amazing awesome Aussie athlete, with typical facebook comments on her… skills (not).

Interactive graphic alert!!! Women’s rights country by country… there’s three hours of my life gone.

Danny Cohen, head of the BBC’s television output, has promised viewers that the corporation will not make any more all-male comedy panel shows.

friday feminaust ~ Jennifer Duke

BY JENNIFER DUKE

By Ladie's Home Journal [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsStanding in front of the magazine shelves in the 1990s as a child, I thought they were the most beautiful things I had ever seen. I also thought they were colour coded. How certain magazines had specific colours they used, that they largely stuck to, and how the racks were grouped – fluoro and bold, black/charcoal and blue, pastels. It wasn’t until several years later that I reflected back on this thought.

When I was asked to write this article, about what feminism is to me, I thought it would be straightforward. I delayed, read up about it and delayed some more until I was forced to just ask myself “When did I start using the term feminist?” This somehow answered everything.

Feminism to me is the antithesis of silence. Without realising it, many women today are feminists without the label. I certainly fell under this bracket for a long time, believing in being vocal when I thought things were sexist (to both men and women) and taking a stand to rectify the problem or at least call someone out on it. And yet, I never called myself a feminist.  Continue reading

Why Birth is a Feminist Issue

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BY GAYE DEMANUELE

“Control of our bodies, control of our lives!” This chant has been sung out by women over many years. If self-determination applies to all aspects of women’s lives, childbirth belongs in the full spectrum of reproductive rights. A woman’s choice of how, where and with whom she gives birth is as important as her decision to become pregnant, to end or to continue a pregnancy.

The sexist stereotype of the “good mother” as selfless and uncomplaining has fostered a blanket silence about birthing. In the hard fight for abortion rights—now under renewed rightwing attack—the feminist movement of the last five decades has mostly bypassed women’s rights in childbirth. Until recently, feminist discourse has largely ignored them.  Continue reading