Hello dear feminausts – how are you all? I just returned from spending a glorious couple of days in Sydney as part of the UNAA Young Professionals Conference. My head is spinning with excitement after meeting so many other young UN nerds and hearing from some excellent speakers – not least Julie McKay from UN Women Australia.
On to the links – I had collected so many for W2M from the week before that some of these are the spillovers – and may be a little dated, though important nonetheless.
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‘She Who Must Not Be Named’ Award
Australia has a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council. Ok, so that’s not super exciting for most people but I’m an international relations nerd and got very excited. Imagine how my excitement grew when I realised Women’s Agenda talked to Julie McKay of UN Women Australia about what it means now that Australia has a set on the UN Security Council. And just to add, I personally believe the UNSC provides an opportunity for Australia to seriously campaign on behalf of the Pacific for more recognition and support for the issues its facing. In a timely manner, FemLINKPACIFIC welcomes the launch of the regional action plan on Women, Peace And Security.
Caitlin Moran (author of How to Be a Woman) and privilege
According to Twitter, Caitlin Moran “literally couldn’t give a shit” about Black women’s representation.
There are many ways “to be a woman”, and we should try to show more of them, says Laurie Penny.
Natalie Ntim talks about privilege and Caitlin Moran’s tweet.
Zohra Moosa asks, ‘is intersectionality an elite concept?’ – not really.
Rhiannon and Holly (The V Spot) defend Caitlin Moran.
Tara Chetty, of the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement, is calling for half of Fiji’s seats in Parliament to be allocated to women.
Seeing as us ladies are going to be half of the voters come the Federal Election, what do we want? Women’s Agenda hopes to get that conversation going.
Daniel Stacey explores how female politicians have historically performed power – and what that has meant for women’s rights.
Feminist brains showcased (all from the Guardian)
Cordelia Fine writes beautifully in the Guardian about how she came to realise how gendered the world is, how its impacted her work and her life more generally.
The Guardian interviews Kat Banyard, the woman touted as being largely responsible for kickstarting the fourth wave feminist movement in the UK.
Three women debate “Feminism – a spent force or fit for the 21st century?” on the Guardian.
‘Shortchanged’ is a UK film about how work isn’t working for women and explores the reasons why the gender pay gap persists. It is part of a series of films called ‘Building a Feminist Future’ released by UK Feminista exploring some of the big issues for women’s equality today. See the film series here.
Megan Williams does a feminist karate chop on a study that suggests women need to stop watching the news because negative news stories stress them out more than they do men. A quote:
Observed sex differences mean that the average score for women is significantly different, statistically speaking, to the average score for men. In the case of mental differences in particular, we typically find that variability in scores between individuals of the same sex are far greater than any difference observed between the average scores of men and women.
Marina Go talks about how much she loves her high heels and argues they are not instruments of misogyny.
Melbourne’s maternity hospitals are experiencing a serious backlog, Beth Wilson is investigating.
Eva Cox discusses the effect of recent legislative changes which will make single parents worse off in Australia.