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I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a door mat or a prostitute. ~Rebecca West, “Mr Chesterton in Hysterics: A Study in Prejudice,” The Clarion, 14 Nov 1913, reprinted in The Young Rebecca, 1982
The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says, “It’s a girl.” ~Shirley Chisholm
How good does a female athlete have to be before we just call her an athlete? ~Author Unknown
I didn’t want to be a boy, ever, but I was outraged that his height and intelligence were graces for him and gaucheries for me. ~Jane Rule
By Orlando on March 4, 2013
This year’s Pamela Denoon Lecture at the ANU in Canberra will be given by Clementine Ford on the topic “Misogyny, Power and the Media”.
6:30pm, Wednesday 6 March, free and open to the public.
By blue milk on March 2, 2013
Prime Minister Gillard’s looks would be irrelevant except that everything about her, including her appearance, has been represented in the media in such an incredibly hostile manner that you’ll be genuinely taken aback when you meet her. And it’s depressing, as a woman, to see this for yourself – the contrast between the Prime Minister as she appears, in person, and how you think she looks based on her appearance in the media.
By tigtog on March 1, 2013
Feminism that prioritises popularity over its own integrity will necessarily fail, as it is bound to reproduce the very problems it is fighting against.
By tigtog on February 24, 2013
Any explanation of pink preference that is handed to children by the society they live in and only looks at the last hundred years, and calls itself “evolutionary psychology”, is blatantly misunderstanding both words in its title.
By tigtog on February 23, 2013
Attention The Good Men’s Project: Women Wear Yoga Pants Because They Are Comfortable, Not Because They Apparently Give You A Boner
By Orlando on February 22, 2013
With the Oscars mired in their annual refusal to see directing talent in anyone who doesn’t remind the Academy members of themselves, resulting in another disgraceful exclusion of any female directors from the Best Director nominations for yet one more predictable, narrow-minded year (I see no reason to hold back on this topic), here are some links to discussions, links and clips of movies made in 2012 that were directed by women.
By blue milk on February 19, 2013
Parenting expert, Steve Biddulph, who I am not a fan of for various reasons, is best known for his book, Raising Boys. Now Biddulph has begun calling attention to the plight of girls with the launch of his new book, Raising Girls. That’s nice, except man oh man, does this guy do some fabulous mansplaining. [...]
By shonias on February 18, 2013
A heads up from the organisers. Links to tickets sales etc at the end.
International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA) will celebrate International Women’s Day 2013 with a concert, “Half the Sky”, at the Melbourne Recital Centre on March 7th.
By blue milk on February 17, 2013
Jane Caro has just written a rather charming article, “Over-mothered? No, over mothering” for the Sydney Morning Herald. For birthdays, I bought two packs of 12 lamington fingers and stuck a candle in each one. They served a whole class. I was very bad at any sort of preparation. I only once helped a daughter [...]
By Orlando on February 15, 2013
Last night my family sat down together to watch Coraline, and I found myself instinctively grouping it with two other films centred on little girls navigating dark and strange fantasy lands, Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away and Guillermo Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth.
By tigtog on February 13, 2013
I started #tellafeministthankyou b/c of feminists harassed on Twitter. Now ppl are using the tag to harass feminists. Prove the point more! — Melissa McEwan (@Shakestweetz) February 12, 2013 Related posts: The 56th Down Under Feminists Carnival is up! Hashtag Of the Day: #ididnotreport (trigger warning #rapeculture #webelieveyou) Robbie Williams, Professor of Manology at Science [...]
By Orlando on February 8, 2013
Two of the most influential figures in modern aesthetics spent decades as footnotes to the biographies of their husbands. Margaret MacDonald, wife of Charles Rennie Macintosh, and Marion Mahony, wife of Walter Burley Griffin, have in recent times begun to be acknowledged as the great artists they were.