Welcome to Monday! ~ 13th April 2015


Hi everyone!

So, I’m back from my walk in the woods and I have a few minutes to throw together some link love for you and considering that I’m spending most of my evenings at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival at the moment I thought I’d just let you know who I think you should be seeing in the last week of the festival (if you’re in Melbourne).

Tessa Waters: WOMANz

Review here from Adelaide. Book tickets here for Melbourne.

Nicolette Minster: Inanimately

Review here from Australian Stage. Book tickets here for Melbourne.

Celia Pacquola: Let me know how it all works out

Review here from SYN. Book tickets here for Melbourne. (ONLY ONE SHOW LEFT)

Sarah Pascoe vs History

Review here from Edinburgh. Book tickets here for Melbourne.

Anne Edmonds: You know what I’m Like!

Review here from Squirrel Comedy. Book tickets here for Melbourne.

Geraldine Hickey: Listen Out for the Castanets

Review here from BrisbaneBook tickets here for Melbourne.

And, if you’re not in Melbourne. Look out for the MICF Roadshow, coming to your town!

Editors note: Please be aware that I am not a comedy reviewer and I have a personal connection with many of the performers mentioned here so these recommendations could not be considered “independent”. That said, I stand by all these women as brilliant, either because I’ve seen them myself or because they’ve come highly recommended by people I trust.




Welcome to Monday ~ 2nd March, 2015.

Vale Lesley Gore, she of “It’s My Party” and “You Don’t Own Me”, feminist and LGBT activist.

Brocklesnitch on periods.

And while we’re on the topic, an oldie but a goodie from Ms.Elouise about the necessariness of periods.

I wrote about body image on Total Divas.

Cripface Oscar bait reigned supreme at this years’ Academy Awards.

Calling women “girls” hints at an infantalisation and undermining of women and their accomplishments: me at TheVine.

Meet the Feminist Fucker: a guy who sees feminists as the ultimate conquest.

Bitch Flicks had an unlikeable women theme week: here‘s their roundup featuring a piece from yours truly on the feminism of Cristina Yang.

The feminaust month that was February!

Sorry I’ve been a slack – oh, I’ve been very busy planning a rather adventurous adventure riding my horse from Melbourne to Canberra through the mountains and feminaust has been the victim. Thankfully Scarlett has been keeping up with her once a month W2Ms so I’m going to try to redeem myself a little bit by doing a recap of the month that was February 2015 and then you can look forward to W2M from Scarlett in your web browser on Monday March 2nd!!

I’m afraid there will then be more radio silence until I’m back on the interwebs in mid-April. So I hope you don’t miss me too much and enjoy the links from the feminaust montht that was February 2015.

The shitstorm that is raging about the Human Rights Commisioner Gillian Triggs, stinks of many things, including sexism and misogyny, a complete absence of logic and some pretty crap basic literacy skills. Here’s a few of the articles I read;

From The Women’s Agenda “I stand with Gillian”

From the Guardian, If only they would stop and listen they might save themselves a lot of trouble.

And from the Sydney Morning Herald “reading is for chumps”

Anyone who watched Q&A on Monday 23rd Feb could be forgiven for thinking that family violence is rife in this country… oh wait, it is. 14 women have died at the hands of the partner or former partner this year. THIS YEAR. It’s only the end of February. So the ABC bravely gave us four men and a couple of birds to talk about the problem. Here is some of the commentary;

From the Guardian

Instead of capitalising on their expertise in family violence, Rosie Batty and Natasha Stott Despoja were used on a Q&A special to interpret and validate men


From Clementine Ford

Do not be fooled into thinking that the ABC and its audience are above the kind of shallow sexism that defines the rest of society.


It’s not about February but March is International Women’s Day month so here’s what’s happening around the nation.

In Melbourne Y Listen is a music fundraiser for YWCA Victoria. An organisation close to feminaust’s heart.

Around the country the National Association for Women in Construction is hosting breakfasts and other events.

In Sydney, the Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, Helen Conway, is in conversation.

Quentin Bryce is having breakfast at the Zonta Club in Brisbane.

Business Chicks is hosting a breakfast in Perth

Diamonds of Devonport are having a dinner.

And a million other events near you. Check out the official events page for more information.

Check out this Black February Feminist line up.

Want a cool women’s rights job? Check these ones out!


Welcome to Monday! ~ 2nd February, 2015.

An interesting perspective on #askhermore and the capitalism of the red carpet.

Both Jezebel and Cosmo are talking vaginismus and vulvodynia, or painful sex.

I’m sick of consuming media about men.

Speaking of, why is some media given a free pass while other media is expected to be all things to all people? And usually there’s a gendered element.

How menstruation affects female sportswomen.

And while we’re on the topic, WTF was up with #twirlgate?!

I wrote about the choice to be a Total Diva, the reality show centered around women wrestlers.

What happens when your feminist heroes let you down?

Further to that, Germaine Greer puts her foot in her mouth again when speaking about trans women.

The Australian’s obituary for our highest-selling author Colleen McCulloch was a sexist shitstorm. Here’s how Twitter reacted.

Rosie Batty was named Australian of the Year this time last week, but will her crowning do anything to change the way we see domestic violence?

Here are all the abusive tweets feminist gaming critic Anita Sarkeesian receives in one week.

And this is what happened when Lindy West confronted her troll.

Instead of insisting that everyone’s beautiful, why don’t we work on placing less emphasis on beauty?

Saved by the bell hooks.

The Edna Ryan Awards 2014

10814374_10202086783930866_444405036_nThe Edna Ryan Awards…a feminist event not to be missed, held annually since 1998 to honour a great and much loved feminist activist. Edna Ryan ( b 1904 – d 1997 ) was a passionate advocate for equality and workers’ rights. After her death a group of friends set up the Awards to honour her memory and to encourage women to continue her work.

Awards are given to women of NSW or ACT who have made a feminist difference in their own area of work, expertise, or interests. The women nominated do not have to be famous, just passionate and involved in bettering society for women. Many quiet achievers are put forward to the Ednas Committee. The awards rely completely on the feminist community sending in nominations.

2014 EDNA Awards :


Hawzin Azeez, a Kurdish refugee who created “The Middle Eastern Feminist” Facebook page

Zoya Patel the editor-in-chief of “Lip Magazine” and creator of the “Feminartsy” website.


Bronwyn Culling, a WIPAN mentor and role model

Lin Cooper who devoted 26 years to the “Lillian Howell Project” supporting victims of family violence


Roxanne McMurray who stands up for the most vulnerable through countless feminist organisations

The Bush Lemons, a bush walking support group for lesbians. Continue reading

A young man’s view of feminism

04302004_boystooI’m sure we’re all aware of the new anti-feminism movement, a line of thought among usually young women and powerful, successful older women which sporadically captures the mainstream press, the internet and the interest of both men and women. It goes without saying that come each generation they benefit from the trials and tribulations of the last and of course the wish to see a better tomorrow for those younger and yet to come is a key element of the feminist movement.

One of the first and continuing social media forays of such a concept to come to the world’s attention was the Women Against Feminism (http://womenagainstfeminism.tumblr.com/) photo-post trend. It features mainly young women holding signs saying “I don’t need feminism…” followed by a number of reasons- reasons which may seem a thing of the past for most women due to feminism. It’s ironic. One common caption is “I don’t need feminism because I am not a victim”. Well feminism is not about victimhood it’s about empowerment and if you’re a young woman and are being told that you’re empowered enough and that it’s as good as it’s going to get then you’re probably being lied to by somebody living in a state of delusion.

But you know, like any good social worker ideally a social rights campaigner such as a feminist would like to work themselves out of a job or cause, however feminism still has far to come in what it can be successful in addressing and changing.

Margaret Thatcher was seen as a non-feminist but people fail to place her upbringing in the context of which it was. She came into womanhood in a time before feminism or even before the notion of women being equally successful as men was a thought within let alone throughout society. Instead she was a determined and driven woman, who didn’t need feminism to get to where she did because like with most trail-blazers they are before their time, before such issues are acknowledged for people to become organised in addressing them. However were she to have come of age after feminism took shape and became organised I’ve no doubt she would have found solace in the cause. Continue reading

Welcome to Monday! ~ 5th January, 2015.

Hi everyone, and Happy New Year! I’m Scarlett Harris of The Scarlett Woman, and I’ll be chucking in my two cents worth of feminist links on the first Monday of every month for Welcome to Monday! In the meantime, check out my blog or Twitter for further feminist rantings.

Women’s hair, makeup and clothing aren’t about men.

We need to change the language surrounding sexual assault prevention.

Feminism is trendy now, you guys.

The year in rape.

*Cue shameless self-promotion* I hosted this month’s 80th Down Under Feminists Carnival if you’re thirsty for even more Aussie and Kiwi feminist goodness.

Laughing till you cry: why rape jokes are never ok


“That awkward moment when you randomly target a girl for rape and it turns out to be your sister….Christmas is going to be uncomfortable this year”

It’s that time of year again, so I felt inspired to share that lovely festive joke a male friend of mine told me recently. I may be bias due to my feminist sensitivities, but hearing such vile words, and from a friend I’ve known for nearly 10 years was both shocking and disappointing.

I challenged him about the inappropriate nature of the joke, but he proceeded to defend his statement vehemently – claiming that is was black humour, a little harmless satire that doesn’t hurt anyone. We debated furiously about the issue over the next week.

While his joke mocks a violent and unspeakable act experienced by 1 in 6 women during their lifetime, it was also his inability to understand the degree of damage rape jokes can cause that upset me.

The debate about whether or not rape jokes are ok is highly controversial. Understandably, no one wants to live an uptight, PC culture. Some say it’s freedom of speech, satire or simply “just a joke” and feminists should all have a collective un-bunching of our panties.

But researchers at Western Carolina University have found scientific evidence linking rapes jokes to the promotion of violence and prejudice.

“Humor, as a medium of communication, changes the manner in which we interpret a given message. The levity of humor invites us to treat a sentiment, whether decent or reprehensible, as a matter of play. Sexist humor—the denigration of women through humor—for instance, trivializes sex discrimination under the veil of benign amusement, thus precluding challenges or opposition that nonhumorous sexist communication would likely incur” (Boxer, Edel, Ford, 2007) Continue reading