Welcome to Monday dear feminausts. Spring, it is here and showing its fickle, ever-changing face. I hope you are all feeling inspired to shake off the cobwebs of winter and get out and about. I spent this afternoon riding around Melbourne in a skirt and hairy legs. It was quite liberating, as it’s something I don’t do very often. There was also a cool breeze out so, practically speaking, I was grateful for the extra cover.
On to the links! Don’t shoot the messenger please – share and write and rant and send it all to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, while you read this post I would be very grateful if you could have this playing in the background (don’t worry about watching it from start to finish – the guy’s concentration-levels puts me off a bit).
And before you forget – send us your favourite Australian feminist moments to go in the running to win a double pass to the Festival of Dangerous Ideas’ event ‘All women hate each other’ featuring the wonderful Tara Moss, Eva Cox and Germaine Greer. Send your entries to email@example.com.
MISSING WOMAN – Jill Meagher who works at ABC in Melbourne is missing since Friday night. Click on the link to share the image or alert the police if you’ve seen anything.
‘She Who Must No Be Named’ Award
Clem Ford’s article on the Daily Life talks about the average Australia man’s fear of male intimacy, and its roots in homophobia (more specially, the fear of being perceived as gay). Fabulous piece and everyone should read it. It’s won the award this week because I really feel that feminism has to keep interrogating modern-day masculinity and its power in limiting how men and women conceive of their gender roles.
Do we want empowerment? Or liberation? Allthenewsthatmatter’s blog says LIBERATION!
Melinda Tankard Reist interviews Maggie Hamilton on her new book ‘Secret Girls’ Things’.
Women’s Agenda has launched its inaugural Leadership Awards. Nominate the fabulous women you know across eight different categories that recognise leaders making a positive difference for women in the public and private sectors; celebrate leading women in management; and acknowledge the individuals making a difference through mentoring and championing change.
Lip Magazine’s feminist of the week: Gemma Watson. She’s nearly finished her degree in Creative Writing and thinks that the media is messing with our perception of what equality should look like.
New Aged Men
Hugo Schwyzer discusses The Rise of the Needy Man on jezebel and what it means for modern-day gender roles.
Politics (or what is passing for politics)
There’s been a lot of talk about legalising gay marriage in federal parliament this week – mainly because two bills were put forward to legalise marriage for everyone, and one has already failed. This article talks about what history will say about this point in our history – maybe it won’t say anything, it will just bow its head in shame. I bloody hope so and I think the editor at Women’s Agenda will agree with me.
Joy upon joy, the Brownlow is coming up this week (remind me if I give a shit?). I only really care because of the unnecessary scrutiny the WAGs (unfortunate acronym) get because of what they look like. The WAGs are asking for everyone to lay off. In my opinion this whole event reinforces the shitty masculinity AFL is built on.