Welcome to Monday ~ 22 October 2012

Hello dear feminausts. How are you all? In Melbourne on Friday it was gloriously hot – I think I’m finally throwing out my winter blues.

For those of you who attended Reclaim the Night on Sydney Road (Melbourne) last Saturday night, we’d love to hear from you. Please write about it for us and send your posts to info@feminaust.org. Here is coverage from The Age.

On with the latest feminist news/analysis. Please note that last week was not as action-packed as the last few weeks, thank god. Don’t think I could keep up.

‘She Who Must Not Be Named’ Award

Hillzdog’s meme wins this week in response to Presidential wannabe Mitt Romney’s now infamous comment that he has ‘binders full of women’, as reported by the Guardian:

Romney used the line to demonstrate his track record on pay equality for women, claiming that when he was governor of Massachusetts he was told the only applicants for positions in his state cabinet were men.

“And I said: “Well, gosh, can’t we – can’t we find some – some women that are also qualified?” Romney told the debate audience. “And – and so we – we took a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet. I went to a number of women’s groups and said: ‘Can you help us find folks,’ and they brought us whole binders full of women.”

What are your thoughts Hillary?

Yeah, I agree. Jill at Feministe does as well.

Cultural divides

Obama has coined the term ‘Romnesia’ to remind women in the US that despite Romney’s recent attempt to appeal to them, he will strip away their rights if he becomes President.

blue milk interviews a Canadian woman currently raising a family in Italy, asking what it’s like to be a feminist mother in Italy.

Anne Summers Gets Her Own Section

Anne Summers discusses heels and the powerful woman – here’s a choice quote reflecting on the insanity of the media at the moment: ”

Instead of vigorous scrutiny of Gillard’s ground-breaking visit [to India], which included a controversial plan to sell our uranium to this non-NPT signatory nation, much of the country, including the media, is obsessed by – you guessed it – her shoes.”

Literary goddesses

Tracey Spicer writes an amazing, passionate and entertaining letter to all the misogynist bastards she’s had to work with in the past. Fucking brilliant.

Dammit Janet pens a letter to anti-feminists everywhere.

Hoorah for the Stella Prize! The Stella Prize will be an annual literary prize for Australian women’s writing. It will raise the profile of women’s writing, and will reward one writer with a $50,000 prize. The shortlisted and winning books will be widely publicised and marketed in order to bring readers to the work of Australian women writers.

The latest edition of the Victorian Women’s Trust meaty newsletter, Shielas, is out – yipeeee!

Media response

The Hamster Wheel‘s take on how women are portrayed in the media.

Want to laugh at a snarky comment made about menstruation? Bodyform responds to such a comment with a hilarious ad.

Progress, what progress?

Bronwyn Pike (previous Victorian Government minister) pens a great piece about how the feminist cause, sadly, hasn’t gone as far as it should have by 2012. Couldn’t help myself, here’s a quote:

Sexist language is much easier to name than the subtle ways girls are told that any bloke is better than none, and that they are never good enough unless they look like an emaciated model. Maybe younger women are taking for granted the gains made by their mothers and grandmothers, and do not bring the same level of vigilant critique to contemporary social practice as was done previously.

A Booz & Company report (lolz) has found that Australian women are the most economically empowered in the world – you go ladies!

The Punch looks at how Afghanistan treats its rape survivors, and asks why Julia Gillard didn’t raise the subject during her recent trip.


And because I’m hungry after compiling all of this – Lip Magazine ‘jazzes up’ meat and three veg.

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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.

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