Welcome to another Glorious Monday! It’s Saturday as I write this intro and my whole body is aching with the tiredness and pain only known by those crazy peeps who chose to do the exer-ma-cize. I have recently become on of those people. I used to wonder bewildered as my friends participated in what seemed like endless feats of athleticism and extolled the virtues of doing doing doing. Now, my friends stare at me in surprise and confusion as I blithely demand more physicality in my life (most recently with a lot of Richard Simmons). Two weeks ago I promised an article on the plurality of identity and that article will come, but in the mean time for all of you out there with aching abs and calves crying out, Welcome to 2012: The Year of the Arms. xxx
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This weeks Pony Award goes to Margaret Cho and her vitriolic attack on Karl Lagerfeld, who apparently called Adele fat. I have no background to this story, I’m not even sure if I know who any of the players are, however the sentiment expressed in the blog post had so much passion, so much anger and so much ferocity I just had to love it. Plus, there’s a liberal drizzle of humour and a touch of Australian content!
Sexuality, Gender and their Politics
I didn’t watch the Super Bowl, surprisingly enough, but I’ve been reading ALL about Madonna’s half time show ever since. At first all I heard was she did some awesome dancing in some pretty serious heels, then I heard MIA flipped the camera the bird during her cameo (yay MIA!) and finally I read Clem Bastow’s response. All I really have to say is I’m so glad Madonna can still ruffle feathers, subvert and disorient dominant ideas and have a fucking good time on stage! Whoop!
Girls are made from Pepsi broke but with her Girlfriend (and her Dolly too). Read about only reading material that enriches your life (and then come back and read more feminaust! and more GAMFP too).
Rachel Hills on what “hooking up” really means. And keep an eye out on Friday for Rachel in our friday feminaust spot.
More talk talk talk about parenting and work. Apparently father’s are working longer hours when they have young children. WOW really?! and is that hard work?!!! Hmmm, let’s do the calculations here. Careers tend to start getting more intense around the late 20s early 30s when professional individuals are moving into middle management, taking on more responsibilities at work but still don’t have the autonomy to down tools and ignore work when at home. At the same time, this is about the time people start to get married, have kids and buy property (mortgage, rising cost of living, potential reduced income to one or one and a half). OMG! That means that stress on parents increases?!!! Wow, whoever thought that all up needs an award.
There’s a move to redress the gender bias in Australian literature. Apparently, while women do make up around 50% of published authors there are significant discrepancies in characters, awards and high level publishing management.
YAY for awesome comics with great female characters AND good grammar.
Busty Beatz has a blog and she’s getting antsy about the white privileged domination of hip hop culture in Australia. Iiiiiinnnnntteeeereesstttiing
All or Nothing
If you’re not a feminist, then you’re a bigot. Says US attorney. I have to agree with her to be honest, the reality is you either believe in gender equality or you don’t. The first = feminism, the second = bigotry. WARNING: don’t read the comments after this video unless you want to vomit.
There’s been a bit of talk about sexism in Australia politics lately. With some people (like Bob Brown) saying that a lot of the criticism of Prime Minister Gillard is directed at her because of her sex rather than her politics and the inevitable “OMG NO! how dare you suggest such a thing, reverse sexism blah blah blah” nonsense from those people from whom we would expect nothing less. New Matilda has something to say about it, and Erin Cook from Settle Petal condemns politicians who refuse to recognise the reality of the continued existence of sexism in parliament. This is a complex issue as people will always see what they want to see, but in our opinion at feminaust, it’s almost impossible to separate out the sexism comments from the general job criticisms. What we can say is that the language that is used (check out Settle Petal for a few articles on language here and here) is important and does indicate the difference.