It’s officially summer! Melbourne is warming up, how are you all going around the country?
feminaust will pull together a list of ‘feminaust Christmas presents’ showcasing gifts that are not just awesome, but also awesome for making the world a better place for women. If you have any suggestions please send them through to us at info[at]feminaust.org.
On to the links…
Leigh Sales interviews Aung San Suu Kyi!
Thank you Hoyden About Town for this reproductive rights round-up: NSW, Vic, SA, Tas.
Ladies’ night at the Walkleys for women in media
Cathy Wilcox takes a Walkley for this cartoon… Continue reading
“Stop saying it’s okay, Woman!” That was all that was said. It was a short sentence, delivered with humour, and really had nothing evil behind it, but for days I was raging on the inside for having not bit back. It’s true – I am a woman! But it is what was implied by this sentence that got my blood boiling. Sure, I have the genetic wiring of a female, but things that I do, say and believe are not defined by these organs. Implied by this statement is that my acceptance of a decision that a superior male colleague thought to be unacceptable, was silly. And that silliness is a trait that comes with being a woman.
Feminism is not a new aspect of my life – my dad and mum ensured equality was something we understood from a very young age. We had ‘Politically Correct Bedtime stories’ on our bookshelf, alongside ‘Princess Smartypants’ and ‘Mummy Laid an Egg’ (both by Babette Cole). Princess Smartypants did not want to get married, she was happy being a Ms. We learnt that my sister and I could chose if we’d like to get married and have children just like my brothers had the choice, and we all had the same opportunity to become doctors and lawyers. In Primary School I held a ‘Feminist club’, preaching to my 8-year old school friends the myriad of reasons why being a girl is so darn special. We had purple and green headbands – not making that up. Continue reading
After reforming legislation around abortion in 2008 to become the most woman-friendly state in Australia (not that that says much, hi NSW!), Victorian abortion reform is now under serious threat.
Bring your angry signs, and tell your friends and your friends’ friends to join us on the steps of Parliament House, Spring St this evening at 5:30pm. In addition to coming along tonight, please sign this petition.
Because there’s not a chance in fresh hell we’ll cop this one.
I’ve been meaning to ask you all how you’re feeling since our new Minister for the Status of Women was (self)appointed? How have your lives as women improved since MSW started? Personally, just knowing that someone so capable, engaged and feminist is in the chair makes me sleep oh-so-soundly at night.
I jest. On a more serious note however, if you have come up with a strategy for dealing with the next three years please email it through to us at info[at]feminaust.org, we’d love to share it with the feminaust community!
I’ve been thinking about this a lot – not just from an individual perspective, but also what this means for the women’s movement. His public comments about women and their place in society are largely concerning for anyone with a brain and a belief in gender equality.
Welcome to Monday dear feminausts! Summer attempted to creep into Melbourne this weekend – albeit amidst crazy downpours. I cannot wait for full-blown summer to arrive – these legs be needin’ sun!
And don’t forget it’s White Ribbon Day today!
On to the links…
She Who Must Not Be Named Award
I haven’t given out this award in a while, but this lady truly deserves it! Her name is Charlotte Laws, and she took on the king of revenge porn. He rued the day he ever messed with her daughter and sent the internet after her! Must. Read.
The Young UN Women Australia Sydney Chapter is organising a screening of the documentary ‘I Am A Girl’ on Wednesday 27th November at 6:00pm at Dendy Opera Quays. This red carpet event will include networking opportunities with the film’s director and UN Women Australia’s Executive Director and Board Members prior to the screening, as well as a Q&A period following the screening.
About the film…
Girls make up almost a quarter of the world’s population yet face the greatest discrimination and disadvantage of any group in the world. In spite of these obstacles, girls have found extraordinary ways to persevere. From Cambodia to Papua New Guinea, Cameroon, Afghanistan, USA and Australia, ‘I Am A Girl’ follows six young women on the brink of womanhood and dealing with the realities of growing up female in the world today. Director Rebecca Barry provides audiences with their remarkable and heart-warming stories of resilience, bravery, humour, and a refusal to be second best.
Tickets cost $30 and are limited so go to TryBooking to secure your place. Funds raised from this event will go towards UN Women’s Economic Empowerment Campaign.
For more information: YUNWAS Event Flyer – Film Screening I am a Girl
Hello dear feminausts! I was up in Brisbane for the YWCA Australia AGM, thus W2M is late this week. Sorry! Hope you enjoy the collection of links to get your feminaust-y brain firing.
Thank you to everyone who got in touch regarding penning a ‘friday feminaust’ piece for us. If you’re interested in contributing also, please drop us a line at info[at]feminaust.org.
On to the links…
Anna Holmes (founder of Jezebel) reflects on the impact the website has had.
Scandal in women’s soccer! Is Ellyse Perry so popular because she’s ‘glamorous’ and what does that mean for how women’s sport is covered in the media?
Here’s an article from the Daily Life on how porn is rewiring people’s brains.
A scientific experiment suggests that straight homophobic men have stronger homosexual impulses than straight non-homophobes.
Julia Gillard spoke at the Victorian Women’s Trust event yesterday, ‘Credit where credit is due’. What a lady!
Welcome to Monday dear feminausts! Apologies for missing last week, but here are lots of fabulous links to make up for it.
Anyone keen to contribute as a ‘friday feminaust‘ should drop MsElouise and I an email at info[at]feminaust.org. We would love to hear what feminism means to you!
On to the links…
For the first time ever, Lip will be publishing a special Yearbook, to celebrate a year of excellent feminist content, including news, reviews, sassy columns and insightful feature articles. Pre-order and receive 20% off!
Heidi Klum is awesome and dressed as an old lady for Halloween.
Mindy Kaling explains why the people who ask her where she gets her confidence from, are actually being really rude. Continue reading
A while ago I came across a Buddhist quote, “There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way” and I couldn’t help but apply it to my feminism. Since officially “becoming” a feminist about three years ago and immersing myself in the world of feminist theory, I have been both liberated and disheartened. I whole-heartedly absorbed many of the theories and read books that made me laugh, cry and uncontrollably rant as I identified with every word on the page. Feminism has undoubtedly given me a means to express so much that I had previously not had the power to articulate. Yet I fear that if we aren’t careful, we may at times be limiting our ability to truly engage with each other thanks to limiting dogma and labels. Feminism is not a dictatorship nor should it ever be yet another system of ideas used to judge women and make them feel inadequate. Women have been battling overpowering value systems that render them “good enough” or “failures” for long enough. There is no such thing as a “perfect” feminist and we are not here to apologize to each other for our flaws and contradictions. Feminism should never be just another mechanism of guilt and comparison and there is no checklist of compulsory requirements. Continue reading
Well it’s another week and I’m once again a day late for the Welcome to Monday! The problem is, I now don’t work on Mondays, so my whole welcome to the beginning of the week schedule is totally blown out of the water! Anyway, on to the links. xxx
This week I’m giving a Pony Award to Joss Whedon, not just for being the amazing dude that he is but also in particularl for this address. Continue reading