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Helen has been writing at the Cast Iron Balcony since 2003. She has been a proud contributor to the Australian Group blogs Road to Surfdom, Larvatus Prodeo and Progressive Dinner Party.
She's a blogger, she's a grinner, she's a mother, she's a sinner. She plays her music in the sun.
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By Helen on June 25, 2013
It’s on again. And it’s been on multiple times this year: repeated attempts by the media and some parliamentary hotheads to convince us that the PM should be rolled and replaced by a bloke. If this was to happen before September (or if she stays, and the Libs win), what does it mean for women […]
By Helen on March 17, 2013
… that it’s possible to care about more than one thing at the same time, without having to explain it to other feminists, too.
By Helen on January 24, 2013
Do Western feminists condone sexism and misogyny in other countries because of cultural relativism? If so, who are they and what are they actually saying? This article came out following the brutal gang rape of the student [name redacted] on a bus in Delhi, and repeats a popular truism which I’ve been meaning to write […]
By Helen on January 9, 2013
A couple of young Melbourne women are setting up a feminist tumblr, She Blinded Me With Science. Here’s the mission statement: “Welcome to She Blinded Me With Science! We are young women in science who want to see better conversations about science, and have those conversations include women.” Blogger Hilaroar, via FB: Would anyone be […]
By Helen on December 28, 2012
Here she is bonding with her Dad over the Christmas break by doing a little gadget construction. Bonding with your daughters doing electronics, woodwork, mechanics or baking: A very feminist thing to do over the holidays and there should be a lot more of it.
By Helen on November 16, 2012
Content Note: discussion of rape jokes
You know that old chestnut. COMEDY SHOULD BE SACROSANCT. YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO JOKE ABOUT ANYTHING. TO ANYONE.
By Helen on August 25, 2012
Here’s the brief: “Write some posts about my childhood reading, not only favourite books, but how I read them and why I still remember them.” (Seems I’ve missed the deadline already. Blogging Occupational hazard – sorry!) When I think of the books I read and re-read as a child, the ones which changed me and […]
By Helen on August 3, 2012
It’s Olympics time and again, we learn the names of athletes who we never hear of at other times. As a nation we’re obsessed with swimmers and runners and ball sports, but our equestrians kick serious butt. We see horse racing on TV all the time, but rarely 3DE. It’s a brutal, testing sport needing […]
By Helen on July 28, 2012
VicForests has been clearfelling coupes near Toolangi (Mt St Leonard) in the Central Highlands of Victoria. This cool temperate rainforest is part of the tiny remnant which remains to us in this, the most cleared State in Australia. It’s the habitat of the increasingly rare Leadbeater’s Possum, our State emblem – evidently the Victorian Government […]
By Helen on July 3, 2012
(Reposted from the Balcony) Ad transcript: (All scenes split screen) A boy toddler, dressed in bright blue, plays with a red truck. A girl, dressed in pale pink, plays with a baby doll. Boy, dressed in blue and white striped T shirt, plays with mud and has mud all over his clothes. The […]
By Helen on June 13, 2012
Helen Razer doesn’t even like Lingerie Football League. She makes that clear in this article. But she goes to the wall to defend it against “feminist” (Boo!) critics. Somehow I feel compelled to reply, although it’s about as tempting as stripping nearly naked in Melbourne winter weather and running around on soggy grass. Other writers […]
By Helen on April 29, 2012
How much do I love this sensational new band from Athens, Alabama (soon to join Athens, Georgia in indie-rock iconography)? How much do I love their singer, Brittany Howard? Let me count the ways.
By Helen on April 21, 2012
These snuggly otters are brought to you by The Daily Squee, via a comment by Julie on the last Otterday thread. Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires.