If you are in Melbourne please join us at feminaust’s 1st birthday party on Tuesday night. It’s going to be faaabulous.
On to the links, please don’t shoot the messenger, rather send us a rant (firstname.lastname@example.org)!
She Who Must Not Be Named Award
This week the award goes to the Melbourne University student wrote a story for Farrago reflecting on the homophobic, sexist and transphobic attitudes she encountered while interning at the Herald Sun. There have been a range of responses to her article (I’ve only gone as far as the Age), here and here – however I feel that this response to her article was interesting in that it raised the issue of young people leaving school and uni without experiencing overt sexism (other than cultural – but it’s a bit more insidious and we largely aren’t taught to identify it) and then making it into the workforce where the different career choices for men and women (just based on genitals) become clear. Why tell young women that they can do and be whatever they put their mind to, as long as they work hard, and then scorn them when they are shocked that the ‘real world’ is completely different and no one seems to care.
Women and work
A woman in New York writes about being followed home on her bike after jury duty
The New York Times discusses the rise of the stay-at-home dad
Elizabeth Banks doesn’t want to talk about her “heavy flow” to employers
Sex organs and bodies
A Brisbane judge has made what is believed to be a world-first ruling on conception – that conception happens when a fertilised egg is implanted in a woman’s womb
Mission Australia research shows that body image is a growing concern among young people
A sixteen-year-old girl in the Dominican Republic is undergoing chemotherapy for acute leukaemia at SEMMA Hospital, in the capital, Santa Domingo. She was previously denied the treatment because she was pregnant.
Mitt Romney isn’t making it any easier for American women’s bodies
Island Magazine discusses ladies’ fiction
John Birmingham hates on trolls
Emma Stone calls out sexism in the media
This awesome video encourages young women and girls to stay in sport!