Welcome to Monday ~ 11th June 2012

It’s birthday month at feminaust! We’re kinda like the queen, we were actually born in March but we celebrate in June and you’re all getting a public holiday for it!!!!! ok that bit’s a lie, you were already getting the holiday, we’re just excited it’s around the same time as our big day. MsElouise is busy trying to plan a birthday party, she maybe kinda left it a bit late, but what else would you expect?! Keep your eyes out for the invitation to join us to celebrate a year of smashing the patriarchy!!!!

IsBambi and MsElouise had a big week last week, breakfast with Elizabeth Reid and a mooncup explosion among other exciting events. We’re as ever,  busy busy busy but will have a fun announcement for our birthday bash and hope you’ll come along for the ride.

Hope you’re all keeping warm and toasty if you’re in Melbourne where the weather is decidedly wintery! If you’re elsewhere in this home we call earth, stay safe and enjoy the link love. No shooting the messenger!

Pony Award

Sometimes, when I’m just living my life, in my happy little Melbourne northern suburbs life, I forget that out there, in the wilderness, there are some massively horrid people. My recent bike ride taught me a valuable lesson in the goodness of humanity, that people, in general, are lovely and generous. Occasionally I have reason to remember that people can also be downright disgusting. This post, isn’t a post, it’s just the publishing of a selection of comments one feminist commentator on a male dominated world received. We’re lucky at feminaust that we rarely get the vitriole that many feminist writers do. Although you can read one of the best comments we ever recieved here. Thanks to Feminist Frequency for reminding us why we fight the feminist fight and we’re sending you some feminaust loving this June. xxx

Gender

Interview with trans rock star Tom Gabel

So apparently girls are just as just as athletic and boys…. whodathunkit?

Gay Stuff

Australian parents are sending their children to be cured of homosexuality.

Australian parliamentarians that support marriage equality are getting homophobic hate mail.

Why get married when you could be happy? I only caught a small chunk of this debate and I don’t know which speaker it was, but she was making a really good point about how marriage in and of itself is an exclusionary and elitist concept. Her point is that why should sexuality and gender diverse Australians be so keen to join the party, when the party is about exhaulting a certain type of relationship over any other. Essentially, she was saying that the worldwide obsession with married people being more important than any other configuration of relationship from singledom to open relationships to polyamory to slutty, naughty, group-sexy, every-day-of-the-week-with-a-new-and-different-partner people. It was great and you should listen to it now!

Danish parliament has totally gotten behind marriage equality in a big way. Whoop!

Violence (our favourite)

A roundup of rape culture stories.

Why is gender based violence a women’s issue?

From survivors to defenders. Women standing up against violence.

Money Money Money

The rich get the most out of childcare tax breaks. Why is this a feminist issue? Because when rich parents can get better access to quality childcare than poor and struggling parents, the government is failing in its duty to protect and support the citizens with most need and when this happens, most of the time, it’s women that suffer.

Money in sex work, sometimes we forget to talk about that side of things.

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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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