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 :

Media/Communication

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.

Mentoring

Bronwyn Culling, a WIPAN mentor and role model

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

Leadership

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

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“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

Welcome to Monday! ~ 15th December 2014

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Welcome! to another fine Monday morning. I’m feeling fresh and energised, mostly because I’m looking after a giant American Staffy at the moment who I have to walk every morning with two leads to ensure I have him under control. He’s really just a 30kg puppy which can be a lot of fun, until there’s a cat across the road.

Anyway, onto the link love. Hope you’re all enjoying life and excited about the festive season when I will be having exactly zero time off as I’m saving all my leave for March when my mum and I are doing something crazy and riding our ponies to Canberra from Melbourne…!!! If you’re interested in that, we have our own blog! Check it out here.

Germany will have a gender quota on boards from 2016! YAY!

If you’re interested in femaust’s take on quotas you can read this artcle or this one (or both). Continue reading

Welcome to Monday! ~ 8th December 2014

Bp_fXA3CQAI8ma8It is with great sadness that feminaust recognises the passing of Stella Young, a passionate, eloquent, sexy, opinionated, femininist, badass. For those of you who met, heard, read or experienced Stella you will understand the inspiration that she provoked. For those of you who missed the chance while she lived, please take some time to get to know her through the extensive public record. We have included a few choice bits below.

If you consume nothing else, let it be this TED talk “I am not your inspiration”

Don’t call me “a person with a disability”

I wanted to feel like a rainbow paddlepop

Disability disent silenced by the cancelling of the ABCs Ramp Up

An interview from 2012

Inspiration Porn

The Wheel Perspective Continue reading

Welcome to Monday! ~ 1st December 2014

World-AIDS-Day-2014-Theme-3HAPPY WORLD AIDS DAY!!! Don’t forget to think about all the women around the world who are living with HIV and AIDS today and spare a thought for the amazing teams of researchers, community workers, healthcare professionals and others who are fighting back.

Sorry about the radio silence lovely feminausts. It’s been a long month and we’ve been very busy. But now we’re onto the countdown to the end of another very feminaust year and soon it will be time to start preparations and planning for 2015. I would like to take this opportunity to invite any and all of you to contact us if you’re interested in supporting feminaust into the future. IsBambi and I are both very busy chicas and IsBambi is leaving Australia soon to look for adventures elsewhere and so will just not have the time she used to have to support this little enterprise. If you think you could lend a hand, we’d love to hear from you info@feminaust.org is how you find us! Continue reading

Welcome to Monday! ~ 13th October 2014

A-League-of-Their-Own-geena-davis-13993980-853-480Have you got your tickets to feminaust’s third birthday party yet? It’s a casual affair, just you, me, some other people, some drinks and an AWESOME MOVIE!!!! You can get your tickets via this link here and we highly recommend you do as there are only 30 seats in our little cinema and half of the tickets have already been sold. That’s right. HALF!!!!!!!!!!

All the money we get we will be putting away with a little lady called EDITH who you may have heard us bang on about a bit PLUS there’s gonna be feminaust merch for sale on the night. That’s right, you’ll be able to get your hot little hands on something cool with the feminaust logo on it! (excatly what those cool items will be is yet to be confirmed). Anyway, here’s the link again. Go get your tickets!

Sarah Silverman closes the wage gap.

“Anybody who looked at those pictures, you’re perpetuating a sexual offense,” she said. “You should cower with shame.” – Jennifer Lawrence

We received an email a few weeks ago asking us to include this website on our site. It’s for single mums and includes information on support, travel, apps to help you during separation and lots more. We haven’t had an extensive look at it so don’t necessarily endorce anything but we would like to share it with any single feminaust mums out there.

Neil Gaiman is writing fairytales for diverse audiences now. With a princess being woken with a kiss from a queen!

Victorian State Government pledges some cash to tackle family violence…so close to an election… it’s good money but does it really indicate a purposeful intention by the government to crack down on family violence?