Welcome to Monday! ~ 3rd December 2012

395147_10151420262497034_753754183_nWell IsBambi is off changing the world at the Global Youth Forum and I’m a massive slackarse so this Welcome to the FIRST Monday of December is late…. as usual.

Big thanks to IsBambi and Amy for supplying most of the material for this post.

Pony Award

Meet Afghanistan’s kick arse skateborders…. who are girls!

The pointy end

We all talk about the ways that gender discrimination and misogyny touch our lives and these are the worst examples I can find.

Six common ways that women and girls are killed in India because of their gender.

Pretty girls don’t need a lot of education to marry into a rich and powerful family, but girls with an average or ugly appearance will find it difficult. These kinds of girls hope to further their education in order to increase their competitiveness. The tragedy is, they don’t realize that as women age, they are worth less and less, so by the time they get their M.A. or Ph.D., they are already old, like yellowed pearls.

Yep, that’s the words of the All China Women’s Federation… the organisation set up by the Communist Party to “represent the needs of women”….

Men being shortchanged… both legitimately and in the bullshit kinda way

that’s just such a tediously obvious point, that in order to put that argument forward you’d have to posses the kind of myopia that renders you unable to acknowledge even the most self-evident of truths. Truths like the fact that the increase of rights for one group of people does not, in any sense, mean a decrease in rights for another.

 

Read more of the above here (this is good and you should read it). More quotes below;

To read the bulk of men’s health mags, you’d be forgiven for believing that at least 90% of problems facing men are ab-based. This is not the case, and journalists, editors and commentators need to lift their game in this respect. It’s crucial that they do so, because we’re dealing here with issues as grave as suicide, depression and incarceration.

Rachel Hills is musing on men’s ferocious sexuality.

White Ribbon Day

Which was last week and has spawned an incredibly problematic concept the “White Ribbon Day Ambassadors”

Read about how Melbourne is now a “White Ribbon City” and head along to a consultation.

Join this campaign to have Tony Abbott removed as a White Ribbon Day Ambassador as a response to the ongoing and repeated violence he has perpetrated against Australian women since election to the Liberals.

Read more about why we don’t like the concept of ambassadors here from the wonderful Ivy Sircus over at SettlePetal.org

Gender and Toys!

It’s nearly Christmas which means a nauseating amount of tacky toy marketing. So we’ve got some help and info for how to be a feminist present buyer this festive season.

Swedish toymakers publish a gender neutral catalogue!

And an easy to use flowchart so you know you’re buying the right toy for your gendered present receiver.

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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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