Welcome to Tuesday! ~ 8th October 2013

Via-ButimatomboyWelcome to Tuesday feminausts! I spent all weekend at the Finders Keepers Market in Melbourne helping out my cousin with her new fashion line CharlieBoy. Hanging out with her has inspired me to consider whether feminist fashion exists and if so in what form so look out for an article considering that particular topic soon!

In other exciting updates, the feminaust community have been amazing in supporting our affiliation with Mooncup and have already raised nearly $500 in commissions to go towards our baby grant fund EDITH for young feminausts with awesome ideas. Don’t forget that your support will help us fund some really cool feminaust ideas in the future.

Right, onto the link love.

Elle magazine thinks feminism needs a makeover. Which of course we all know means telling people you don’t have to have hairy legs and hate men to be a feminist. Jezebel sums up my thoughts on this idea well;

“Rejecting the idea that feminists are masculine, aggressive and angry only serves to reinforce patriarchal ideas that women should never be angry or aggressive or masculine.”

African women are the real feminist trailblazers! Particularly when it comes to politics where in many African nations, women are streaming ahead of men in elections and leadership.

Why are we all laughing at Abbott for making Women’s Affairs a Prime Ministerial role?

”Speaking as a former head of OSW (in the Hawke era), I applaud this move. However, we are not talking real estate here and location is not everything. The policy brief is what counts.”

-Anne Summers

Because we all know Abbott is a misogynist and while it’s great that the portfolio has been moved back into the Office of Prime Minister and Cabinet, it’s frightening to think what actions he might take on behalf of Australian women eg: does the Minister for Women think women should have control of their own bodies… scary.

An age old question: Why are there still so few women in Science and Tech careers?

An excerpt from a book on gender which blew me away! I regularly struggle with gender identity and trans* identities, as demonstrated in my article The X Utopia which was roundly attacked from many quarters including this response from trans* activist Tsipi.So this excerpt has allowed me to understand far more deeply than some of the extensive reading I’ve done since writing that article how better to understand gender. I will be buying this book.

This Friday is International Day of the Girl Child. Celebrate!



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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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