Welcome to Monday dearest feminausts. Despite the lovely weather this weekend, I feel like a giant cloud has been following me around. It became particularly evident after seeing the Age’s editorial asking PM Gillard to stand down so that everyone can get back to ‘policy-driven democratic debate’. God knows why it’s all the PM’s job (any guesses why she was singled out? anybody?). Safe to say I was happy with how the majority of people who’s opinions I respect responded to the Age. However, it was not enough to cheer me up completely. I suppose it comes down to feeling like I am a consumer of sexist, mainstream media which is increasingly treating me like a fucking moron. Ok. It’s best I turn this rant into a post, so that you can get onto the wonderful feministy links I’ve found. Also, just to wrap up the rant – I’ll do my best to identify some actions ‘moving forward’, and hopefully we can come up with a way to beat the stupid mainstream-media blues. Your help is always welcome! And required!
On to the links…
Sexism, Australian politics and the MSM (lots here this week!)
Sexism, I’ve had a gutful (by No Fibs).
Gay Alcorn looks at the issue of sexism in assessing Gillard’s performance as PM, and what that means for the aspirations of Australian women.
Patriarchy (and fighting it)
Jinan Younis started a feminist society at her all-girls school, this is what happened.
24 lies people like to tell women. Number 15 and Number 23 are pretty topical and Number 20 is something I’ve been thinking about recently. Which one’s are you identifying with at the moment?
Susan Faludi writes about Shulamith Firestone in the New Yorker who passed away last August, marking her significant impact on the feminist movement.
Women and government
The Australian Human Rights Commission is launching an inquiry into workplace discrimination against women taking parental leave.
Maya Mikdashi’s ‘War’s Yawning Mouth‘ discusses the utility of looking at Lebanon’s legal system, or on a feminist approach to both electoral and personal status reform while there is so much conflict, in so many different ways, in the Middle East.
Jessica Rowe writes about visiting the only Indigenous school in the Northern Territory.
Sex, sexuality and reproductive rights
Oh my god there’s this awesome book about how studies of female sexuality have been driven by a sexist bias, obscuring the existence, strength and significance of female sex drive in animal reproduction. In essence, women and men ain’t so different. I cannot wait to read this book!
Diana Greene Foster, a demographer and an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, San Francisco, has been studying women who are denied abortions. This is heart-wrenching stuff.
Let’s remove the stimga around female masturbation! HappyPlayTime is a pet project by designer Tina Gong that seeks to rebrand the entire concept of female masturbation through education and light-hearted games.