Welcome to Cashola Thursday! ~ 2nd October 2014

Aus50-note-reverseCashola. Money. Moula. Folding Stuff. When it comes to making positive change in the world, sometimes the only things standing in our way is we need some cold hard cash to do it. Have a look at Clive Palmer! He has all the cash and now he’s elected he gets to make all the decisions (well not all of them but he’s involved in lots of them). Yes, there are some very spectacular anarchists out there fighting against capitalism and the constant need for money to have your voice heard but they’re also having to work twenty times as hard for half the results as those people who are in the money. So. What is being done about this? Welcome to a roundup of all the different ways feminism is being funded around the world.

The Association for Women’s Rights in Development have been asking the question “Where’s the money?” for some time now and for anyone interested in feminist and women’s funding, this is the first place to look for information, advice and advocacy. Continue reading

Thoughts from Melbourne Slutwalk 2014 ~ by Brihony Tulloch

 

Photo Credit: Brihony Tulloch

Photo Credit: Brihony Tulloch

The spring sunshine burns down on the gathering crowd at the Melbourne State Library. Women both young and old stand on the steps holding signs. A girl in a bra, stockings and garters hangs off a nearby lamppost trying to capture the perfect shot of the crowd. There is an aura of peace and solidarity amoung the group – every moment of eye contact is met with a smile. I feel comfortable and welcome.

Co-founder and organiser Karen Pickering steps up to the microphone at the front of the crowd and welcomes everyone to SlutWalk 2014.

“Why do we march at SlutWalk? We’re here because we want to say to survivors of sexual assault and rape that it was not your fault”

The crowd erupts with cheers and applause.

Karen goes on to talk about how research shows that between the ages of 10 and 19 women are most vulnerable to acts of sexual assault. I’m sure most of the feminist community can agree that street violence, like rape, slut shaming, domestic violence and victim blaming are symptoms of a deeply patriarchal society. As research also shows , sexual violence is often about power and dominance. In most cases, whether or not someone was provocatively dressed or drunk has nothing to do with why they were harassed.

“The only thing that leads to a rape is a rapist” Kat yells at the crowd. Continue reading

Cry Me a River of Privileged Tears

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There has been much recent discussion about the “rise” of the empowered woman and its effect on young men, Kay Hymowitz’s appearance on the ABC’s Q&A last Monday night being a particularly good example. The common narrative goes something like this. Young women are growing up in a society with destabilised traditional gender roles and increased economic and sexual independence. They no longer “need” men and thus the “natural” equilibrium of centuries old gender hierarchy has disappeared leaving a gaping, murky hole. Men do not know what to make of these highly evolved modern women and feel unsure and suspicious about how to navigate their complex, contradictory desires and “mixed messages”. This results in them either “opting out” and remaining perpetual adolescents or becoming confused, lonely and sad because no matter how hard they try they just can’t get women to behave how they “should”. Continue reading

Welcome to Monday! ~ 8th September 2014

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First things First! feminaust turned 3 earlier this year and we were too busy to celebrate so we are planning our 3rd Birthday celebrations for the 9th of November at LongPlay on St Georges Rd. Doors open at 6pm and we will have more details for you shortly but in the mean time lock it in your diary. There will be limited numbers due to the nature of the party and tickets will be on sale soon with ALL monies going towards EDITH, the fund for Australian feminism.

Why today’s most exciting crime novelists are women.

Gender inequality in times of conflict.

Girls On Film Festival on NEXT WEEK!!!!!!! Tickets here.

Dress code at Barnard College

Sharks are sexist. They like to eat men better.

Women lawyers infographic.

BOOBIES!!!!!!!! But not on facebook.

Pussy Riot are become news achors. Excellent.

Welcome to Monday ~ 18 August 2014

Welcome to Monday dear feminausts! Hope you had a glorious weekend and are all ready to tackle the week ahead – feminsty style!

On to the links…

Domestic violence is probably in your office

Rantings of an Aboriginal Feminist gives us… It’s the “Recognise” thing that REALLY gets me

“My past,” she told the room, “is littered with the bones of men who were foolish enough to think I was someone they could sleep on.”

Head over to Fair Agenda to sign their petition asking Australian senators to stand against changes the university system that could see women pay up to $45,000 more for their degrees than men. This is serious stuff peeps!

Melbourne school students form ‘feminist collective’ to crowdfund curriculum resource

This has been doing the rounds: Next Time Someone Says Women Aren’t Victims Of Harassment, Show Them This.

Church’s Melbourne Response to be focus of child sex abuse inquiry

Indian prime minister delivers statement about men’s responsibility when it comes to rape

Welcome to Monday! ~ 11th August 2014

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Sorry we missed you last week! IsBambi and I are busy as always and sometimes we forget our keys… and our Welcome to Monday!

Anyway, lets get busy with the links.

Pony Award

I’ve brought back the Pony Award and this week I’m giving it to this awesome article about why the Women Against Feminism facebook and twitter and tumblr and whatever else are SO WRONG.

ALSO. Check out what the Victorian Women’s Trust have been up to! Meet Rosie. Continue reading

Welcome to Monday ~ 28 July 2014

Welcome to Monday dear feminausts. Here we go, lots of feministy links to get you started on this Monday morning!

Rantings of an Aboriginal Feminist discusses the diverse views on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal Australians.

Clem Ford nails it again with Jacqui Lambie, sexism and the problem with men.

Interested in the saga surrounding Robin Thicke’s latest album? The Scarlett Woman has you covered.

Test your knowledge, take UN Women’s quiz on Women in Power and Decision-makingContinue reading

Welcome to Monday! ~ 14th July 2014

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International AIDS Conference 2014 is in Melbourne and here is the declaration.

Change.org petitition to prevent child beauty pageants from coming to Australia.

The Hoopla on why gloating that you knew Thorpie was really a homo is well…stupid.

The other C word.

Laverne Cox cameo’s in a John Ledgend music video.

Woman Alone. A chilling photo essay of Syrian refugee women.

The global battle for sexual rights. If you’re interested in this, there’s a talk happening at Shebeen Bar in Melbourne on Thursday.

Some rantings from an Aboriginal Feminist!

The war in Sri Lanka may be over but the violence is not.

And if you need more, check out what the Scarlett Woman thinks is worthwhile on the rest of the net!

 

Welcome to Monday ~ 7 July 2014

Doug Wheller - Winter 2012Research by the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling and AMP says mothers on minimum wage may only keep a fraction of their earnings, with some effectively working for just $3.50 an hour.

There’s no such thing as the perfect vagina.

Lena Dunham explains birth control to a 10 year old.

The Scarlett Woman’s On the (Rest of the) Net.

For those of you weighing into the debate on babies in bars…

Sally Baxter reflects on life as a single mum and on $2.50 a day.

Hoyden About Town channels feminist rage very well in commenting about this article “School bans sex victim from ball … but offender can go”

Welcome to Monday ~ 23 June 2014

MONAWelcome to Monday dear feminausts! I hope you’ve had a great weekend. I successfully installed (with a lot of guidance) a new hard drive and some more RAM into my ageing laptop today! I feel 10% more useful now. It’s a great feeling. Also, I went to MONA (in Hobart) last weekend for the start of the Dark MOFO festival. It was so much fun and so over the top. This photo is from one of my favourite pieces at MONA, it’s a large cubed box full of TV screens showing people singing to Madonna songs. Brilliant.

On to the links…

Sarah Capper and Judy Horacek being great: Feminist Frightbats Unite!

Twilight of the Assholes: Goodbye to Dov Charney, Terry Richardson, and Hipster Misogyny

11 Hilarious Women in Pop Culture (Who Aren’t Comedians)

titog (Hoyden About Town) writes: Media Circus: HILDA Report Refutes Hockey Edition

Geek Feminism asks: What would a feminist payment/funding site look like?

The Clever Stunt Four Professors Just Pulled to Expose the Outrageous Pay Gap in Academia

We Hunted the Mammoth lists the 5 most ridiculous things causing misogynists to lose their sh*t this week

Eat the Damn Cake writes her last post and says farewell.