Australian writer, comedian and disability activist Stella Young died suddenly on Saturday, December 6. I loved Stella’s writing, and I’m really sad. Goodbye Stella.
Wesley Enoch, Artistic Director of the Queensland Theatre Company, and always a wise voice from the Aboriginal community, wrote this about the significance of what we have chosen to commemorate today. I found it both insightful and moving, and (with his permission) wanted to share it:
Australia’s annual awards for public displays of sexism took place at NSW Parliament House last night. Gold below the fold.
This supposed ongoing upward trend in birthweight has been used as an excuse for absurd levels of inductions of labour and skyrocketing C sections, and a springboard for blaming lazy, old, fat, neglectful mothers for the “obesity epidemic”, childhood cancer, asthma, diabetes, cats and dogs living together – you name it, someone screams “Inflating babies!”, and points the finger. We… Read more →
Queen of Thorns at Ideologically Impure has put together a bumper Tenth Down Under Feminists Carnival. Did you ever think we would make it to ten? Be gobsmacked, have a groan, read about pay equity, jobs summits, crime, domestic life, healthcare, media, literature, and bits and bobs. If you’re a regular reader, or especially if you’re featured in the carnival,… Read more →
The Ninth Edition of the Down Under Feminists Carnival is fast approaching! The deadline for submissions is the end of the month, so get your posts in before midnight Saturday.
Nancy Bird Walton, AO, OBE, DStJ, Dame of the Knights of Malta, was a legendary pilot and about as hoydenish as it gets. At age 19, she became the first Australian female pilot to receive her commercial license. She went on to be instrumental in running early outback air ambulance services in New
South Wales and commandant of the Women’s Air Training Corps during WWII as well as founder and long-time president of the Australian Women Pilots’ Association. I’m tearing up as I tell you that she died on Tuesday afternoon in her home in Mosman, northern Sydney.
Dale Clapperton, Chair of the Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA), appeared briefly on Channel Seven’s Morning Show today, discussing internet censorship. I didn’t manage to record the introduction, as I was caught by surprise and there was a chainsaw buzzing outside my window; but it involved the host (Larry Emdur) talking about how the system has been compared to censorship regimes… Read more →
[Edit 24 Oct 08: The current post on this issue can be found here: “Wild claims hysteria enthusiastic commentary on internet censorship: Ludlam in Senate Estimates”] Australia’s Labor government is now set on instituting mandatory across-the-board internet censorship for every internet connection, with no opt-out facility. If this eventuates, we will join such countries as China, Saudi Arabia, and Iran…. Read more →
Some focus in the SMH today on the high cost of fresh food in remote communities, where in at least one community in WA, Mulan, so high are the basic living costs that many simply go hungry for a couple of days each week and this is in a town with a store managed on behalf of the community as… Read more →
I’m wondering if you could help me out here? I’m doing a write-up on feminist blogs and online communities for this
You’ll have that baby and like it, missy. Image credit: bewareofthegod.com ABC Online quotes him as saying the following yesterday: * that he moved the motion (to cut Medicare funding for abortions past 21 weeks gestation) as a matter of conscience because he could not allow funding of late-term abortions to go unchecked. * that recent medical advances have made… Read more →
Images from the Australian Antarctic Division’s online photo gallery from a 2006 exhibition: these are the Icebergs. There are also galleries for: * Animals * Auroras * Australians in Antarctica * Colours of Antarctica * Electron microscopy * Ice patterns * Moons and suns * Sea ice * Underwater The AAD has a few other photo galleries to explore as… Read more →
[image source] We Australians aren’t really much for learning languages other than English. We’re quite comfy in our dominant language, and when travelling overseas – or to areas of Australia where English isn’t the vast-majority language – many of us expect others to cater to us linguistically, not the other way around. Via Jane Simpson’s report on Endangered Languages Week… Read more →