This is the second last Welcome to Monday that we’ll be publishing from Australia feminausts!!!!!!! Next week IsBambi and MsElouise are both off to Istanbul for AWID 2012 and we’re SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mostly because it’ll mean we’ll be stuck on a plane for most of a day and we might actually get some sleep for the first time this year. WHOOP!!!
And before I go on to more exciting things I just want to let you know about a little project we’ll hopefully be launching from feminaust shortly. Basically it’s a two-fold fundraising campaign to a) get MsElouise and her circus trainer to Finland to talk about the amazing work that they do and b) to raise money for a young women’s leadership fund so that we can give other young women the same opportunity to travel nationally and globally that IsBambi, myself and some of our other contributors have had. So keep your eyes out for our new fundraising campaign.
Ok, enough of the chitchat and more of the linking. This week I’ve been peppered with articles from IsBambi who clearly doesn’t have anything better to do with her time than read Daily Life… ok that’s clearly a false accusation but still, get ready for some serious DL linking coz these days it feels like they’ve got all the cool feminist kids writing for them.
Not going to a particular article this week but to an action. Melbourne Football Club announced at 11:29 on Thursday 5th April (only a few hours before writing this post) that they were cancelling their sponsorship arrangements with EnergyWatch and Freedom SEO. The reasons given were associated with the comments of CEO Ben Polis which the club described as “disgraceful and abhorrent”. feminaust would like to congratulate the board of the Melbourne Football Club for making a moral decision against bigotry. You can read more about the saga here.
Clementine Ford would love it if everyone could stop telling women what they should and shouldn’t wear! feminaust heartily agrees and you can read our article about women critcising other women’s clothing choices here.
Nicole Elphick discusses the trend to “hate” celebrities and takes apart the phenomenon bit by bit. I have to say that I agree with Elphick wholeheartedly and think that it fits with the points that Ford brought up in her article very well. She isn’t hated for doing anything massively horrid like massacreing a kindergarten or poisoning the Great Barrier Reef, instead she’s hated for little personality gripes and other superficial and useless points.
And talking about hate. Jezebel has a great article about the Samantha Brick article in the Daily Mail which was basically a big whinge about being hated coz she’s beautiful. Jezebel takes the conversation a few steps further describing the Daily Mail as a “large scale, professional troll”.
The eternal debate… are women really funny? Alecia Simmonds discusses the stupidity of the genetics debate when it comes to female comics, attacks the Sydney Comedy Festival for being mysoginist and gently praises the Melbourne version for being slightly less so.