Welcome to Monday ~ 12th March 2012

Happy Labour Day to all women labourers... and other types of workers.

AAaaaahhhhh, I am SO sore! I’m still prepping for my massive bike ride in a few weeks and this has resulted in all sorts of crazy physical activities. Mostly involving me on my bike, lots. It’s great, but the constant muscle fatigue (particularly in my abdominals after some crazy crunching at Buff Club on Thursday) is getting in the way of my thought processes… somehow. I was on the phone to an old boss this morning and could hardly get my words in order, luckily she’s used to my mind running a million miles an hour so we coped.

Anyway, onto the fun stuff. Remember to comment contructively if you disagree with our article choices. Send us what you think should have been there instead.

Pony Award

One of our readers did just that last week and sent me this awesome article from Are Women Human? about the Hugo Schwyzer debate. While I don’t agree with everything, I do agree with the premise that women using ugly language is a sign of ugly things happening, not necessarily a failing on them as women. And was it was brought to my attention that in the end, we’re all getting very hot under the collar about a rich, white, heterosexual man… maybe we should be paying more attention to those people who ordinarily don’t have a voice rather than debating continuously as to whether this one person should. 

IWD

GIrl Germs did a lovely write-up of interviews with some voices of feminism for IWD 2012 in which I was featured. Note, I’m the only interviewee to swear, but would we expect anything different from me? It’s a great snap shot of the diversity of opinions and focus for women working for women.

Have you taken the Settle Petal IWD survey yet? Please do, Settle Petal are trying to gather thoughts on feminism, new technologies and the future.

Some seriously fabulous messages for your IWD pleasure and there’s colour and movement!

And there are women claiming their own rights on their own terms out there y’know!?!

Body etc

Two women are endeavouring to stay make-up and beauty treatment free for sixty days. Being a “make-up only on special occasions for fun” kinda gal, I’m not entirely sympathetic to this cause. Making it into this massive challenge seems to suggest they’re only capable of going make-up free if they have an excuse. Admittedly I haven’t explored the site or their personal blogs extensively so I’ll reserve my harshest judgement. My big question is however, what happens when the 60 days is up? Back to full time foundation, waxing and facials or a more relaxed approach, make up for those special occasions but not a permanent fixture? I’ll be interested to see.

Pregnancy is beautiful. Don’t we all know it. Jessica Simpson has just shown us how beautiful by posing on the cover of Elle in the nud. But is it always seen as beautiful? Which women are not valued as pregnant and mothers and why?

Economics

According to the Economist, Australia ranks 5th in the world on indicators of economic opportunity for women. That’s not bad! Check out who came first and last.

Lipmag have opened a book store! There’s some old classics, some questionables and some new favourites so take a look.

Virgin Blue is in trouble again for discrimination. This time it’s gender discrimination, making pregnant women redundant and then re-filling their positions. Do we all remember in 2007 when Virgin Blue were found guilty of age discrimination. Geeze! When will these people learn!!!

Feminist Playing Cards
Yeh, you read correctly, a deck of custom playing cards featuring artistic renditions of feminist musicians on each card face.
The 14 artists participating in this project are: Emily Henderson, Andrea Rae Georgas, Ramsey Beyer, Lauren Denitzio, Liz Prince, Marissa Paternoster, Clare Brown, Jacki Sullivan, Brandi Lee, Cristy Road, Ginny Maki, Citizen A, Tressa Patten and Kay Kelly. Many of these artists are heavily involved in their DIY communties and have contributed immensely to the feminist movement through various outlets including music, zines, and, of course, their artwork.

There is currently a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter to produce and manufacture the cards. With these decks, Homoground aims to not only celebrate musicians with feminist values, but to also preserve the history of these musicians in a uniquely creative way.

The deadline to back the Feminist Playing Cards Kickstarter is March 21, 2012. The cards are available for a special Kickstarter price of $20 during the funding campaign. To support the project and learn more about Feminist Playing Cards, visit www.feministcards.com

And to read more about the project and its aims check out these articles published in;

And that’s all we have time for this Labour Day Monday. We hope you all have a gorgeous day, I will spend mine writing client reports… fun! xxx

Image taken from jamieca‘s photostream on Flickr under Creative Commons License

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About MsElouise

MsElouise is a community programs worker and feminist from Melbourne Australia. She likes to travel, write, rant and make people feel uncomfortable about their assumptions. She hopes to one day be remembered for changing the world just a little bit. Right now she does this by proving that teenage girls are a higher order of beings.

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