Welcome to Monday ~ 5 March 2012

Welcome to Monday feminausts! I hope you had a lovely weekend and are getting uber excited for International Women’s Day this Thursday! The UN theme for IWD is Economic Empowerment so if any one would like to contribute a blog post on that topic for us please email info@feminaust.org.

‘She Who Must Not Be Named’ Award

I, too, am confused by Beyonce’s ‘Run the World’ video clip. Please, Stop it I love it, explain to me why.

Ahh that’s right, in order to rule a patriarchal world I’ll have to conform to patriarchal expectations of how I should act. And then, only then, can I pretend like I rule the patriarchal world. At least I’ll feel like I ‘have it all’, another patriarchal confusion.

The Feministing five

Feministing’s version of our friday feminausts – they speak to Emily Heroy

American women losing control over their reproductive rights

Luckily Funny or Die can soothe our concerns that the middle-aged, middle-class Republican dudes have women’s best interests at heart.

These following articles are pretty self-explanatory:

Oklahoma Senator Pickets Personhood Bill With Hilarious, Obscene Sign

Smartass State Lawmaker Proposes Vasectomy Limits for Men

Brilliant Democratic State Senator Tacks ‘Every Sperm is Sacred’ Clause to Oklahoma’s Personhood Bill

Brilliant State Senator Attaches Rectal Exam to Anti-Abortion Bill

And to be depressed once more:

Limbaugh Calls Sandra Fluke a “Slut” for Her Birth Control Advocacy

More on Hugo…
And why his inclusion in feminism is an important part of feminism’s strength. And this blogger goes on to discuss the broader strength of the current feminist movement, and it’s incarnation online.

Sexuality

blue milk highlights the debate between the difference between sexualising and sexual

International Women’s Day Events in Melbourne

The Melbourne Chapter of UN Women Australia is having a movie night this Thursday at Nova to raise money for a program that works to improve the safety of women at marketplaces.

Young UN Women Australia – Melbourne Committee is holding a forum discussing human trafficking, Human Trafficking in Melbourne: Prevention, Protection and Prosecution on 22 March at Trades Hall. All funds raised will support the program that works to improve the safety of women at marketplaces.

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IsBambi is an administrator for feminaust. She is also a young woman excited about all things to do with feminism, skiing, British TV, dogs called Trevor and cycling. In addition to trying to do too much at once, she enjoys empowering young people and dragging men into the feminist debate.

4 thoughts on “Welcome to Monday ~ 5 March 2012

  1. Hey ladies, Happy IWD.

    I’m kinda loath to bring any more attention to the Schwyzer debate, especially since it’s so US focused, but just wondering if you’d seen this piece http://arewomenhuman.me/2012/02/21/on-hugo-schwyzer-accountability-not-silencing-dissent/? It’s pretty articulate I think. I find the language in the Nolan Brown article frustrating because of some of the language used, for example ‘hysterical,’ which has such a sexist history. I guess with the disgust that has been shown at other feminists who have been angry at Hugo, I kinda feel like, why are we so shocked when women are angry or when their writing is ugly? Sexist oppression is really ugly and angry-making.

    Be interested to know your (collective) thoughts. Again, happy IWD!

    Meg

    • All good points. Never sure where to go with these “public outcry” events. It is absolutely true and correct that Mr Schwyzer be held accountable for his actions and some of the langauge highlighted in this article goes a long way to demonstrating how badly we deal with shitstorms sometimes. On the same token however, I don’t believe we can hold a puritan view of who is and isn’t allowed to have a voice/opinion because quite simply none of us are pure and the people I think a pretty pure you might think are vile and visa versa. Not to downplay the seriousness of what Schwyzer admits he has done, but his simple admission is a event to be celebrated. As a writer who draws significantly on my own personal experiences and opinions (although my past is less awful than Mr Schwyzer’s) I would hate to see people with chequered histories hiding those aspects of themselves for fear of serious reprisal. I’m also loathe to banish such a strong ally. As much as it pains me to say it, we need men in this fight and particularly men who recognise their own failings and are willing to hold themselves and their peers accountable for the shit that goes on. They’re not more important than women who do this, but they are essential.
      I guess my problem with the “ugly” language being used has a lot to do with my focus on always personalising my writing. “I find this behaviour ugly” “I feel like vomiting when I hear the story of what happened and nearly happened with Schwyzer and his partner” etc etc. I’m never comfortable with direct personal attack and maybe I will always be a less convincing writer because of it.

      In the end, all dialogue is good as long as it leads people to greater thinking. So in that vein this Are Women Human? article is AMAZING. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

      • Thanks for such a thorough response, and so quick. I guess my only concern is that in saying that all voices should be heard – which I agree with – it’s really important that we take into account power dynamics. Schwyzer has a powerful platform and is not being silenced, in my view. Survivors of sexual assault and racism, sexism or some combination of the two don’t always have such a powerful platform.

        I also feel like the ally thing is tricky, when it is so important to consider whose allies we (writers) make ourselves. I’m not sure what my response would be if I knew Hugo personally, but I think that in a political sense, he can take care of himself.

        Anyway, good to chat w/ you about it.

        M

      • Agreed. Opportunities for the voiceless to be heard are always few and far between and all this pain over a rich, white, man is a sadly kinda funny under the circumstances. In the end, he’s eloquent and people listen and follow so his power will always be significant in comparison to those who do not speak, look, smell, conform, to what “we” want in a “leader”.

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