Big 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 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 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.
BY JENNIFER DUKE
Standing 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
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
Welcome to Monday dear feminausts. Apologies for the short round up this week. We’ve been a bit busy keeping up with all the attention Hannah Lewis’ recent post on feminaust got last week. Over 20,000 hits in a few days, MsElouise and I were seriously worried the website would crash!
Anyway, on to the links!
Bluebec talks about Doctor Who, story telling and character development.
UK MPs vote on development bill to tackle gender inequality.
Female tennis player reaches Australian Open Semis, is asked what man she wants to date. Or as my housemate said, ‘who cares?! I want to hear about her tennis!’. Continue reading
BY NEON DAMSELFISH
I have a quandary. Here I am, at my keyboard, ready to write a rant. It was going to be of those particularly fervent ones that include a lot of outrage and a fair few generalisations that I might edit out the following day, once the vehement conviction has subsided and a tweet from a stranger makes me reconsider my entire contention, and wonder if I should have written a mild-mannered letter to my local paper instead. The trouble is, I am currently looking at a pink stripy website and instead of feeling angry (the ideal emotion for a successful rant) I just feel disappointed. Disappointment is not so conducive to ranting.
The website in question is moxie.com.au. Moxie is an Australian company that makes tampons, pads and liners. The company was started by a young Australian woman, Mia Klitsas, aged only 22 at the time. Products are now sold in Australia, the US, UK, Scandinavia and South Africa. They are also sold at my local Brunswick Coles, Safeway and IGA. As someone with neither the skills nor desire to start my own business, this seems very impressive. When I was about the same age, I was being paid $14 per hour to work in after school care. There, my achievements included accidentally setting the kitchen on fire and not-so-accidentally facilitating a large-scale jelly-fight. The latter led to so many complaints from parents that my boss felt it necessary to articulate and enforce a new rule of “food is not to be used for any activity other than eating”, thus ending an era of the annual creation of macaroni Christmas decorations at the primary school. So, long story short, Mia is a bit of an entrepreneurial rock-star and undoubtedly is more skilled than me in workplace settings.
Which is why she should know better. As much as I wish it wasn’t so, the fact remains that the current advertising for Moxie tampons is downright sexist. Continue reading
BY HANNAH LEWIS
A friend recently came out to me. I was as outraged as I was surprised.
She’s a human rights lawyer who works in a university. She wasn’t the sort of person I expected to be having that conversation with.
The conversation we had is one that I’ve had before. It’s a conversation that I’m more than a little bit over.
“Well, Hannah,” my friend told me, “of course I believe in women’s human rights it’s just that feminism is irrelevant. Besides, I don’t want to tarnish myself with a label that implies hairy legs, lesbianism and militant ranting.”
For a lesbian who is prone to eloquent, but forceful discussion, her take on feminism was disappointing and surprising. I’m sure, dear readers, you’ll understand my outrage at her ‘outing.’ Continue reading