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History is, strictly speaking, the study of questions; the study of answers belongs to anthropology and sociology.
W. H. Auden
If it’s far away, it’s news, but if it’s close at home, it’s sociology.
By Mindy on April 6, 2011
Defence Minister repudiates victim blaming in sex scandal at ADFA.
By Mary on April 4, 2011
The 35th Down Under Feminists Carnival has gone up at Blogger on the Cast Iron Balcony. Hurrah for Helen!
By tigtog on April 3, 2011
I’m not offended by those words. I’m contemptuous of those words, and I’m letting you know that using them just made me think less of you – less admiration, less trust, less enjoyment in your company.
By tigtog on April 1, 2011
Because it’s “respectful” to treat women as if their reproductive organs are obscene, don’tcha know.
By Wildly Parenthetical on March 31, 2011
There are lots of reasons that formal mechanisms for dealing with sexual harassment don’t work for lots of people. So we have the suggestion of informal ‘shunning’…
By blue milk on March 24, 2011
Here is a piece written by Airial Clark on discussing slut-shaming with her 11 year old son. It is from Good Vibrations Magazine. I can’t think of anything amazing to say about it, too late at night here, but go read it, it’s really great: After making me promise I wouldn’t call the school and […]
By tigtog on March 22, 2011
Two posts from today that neatly bookend a whole series of shelves about the rape culture. We’re not supposed to ever hold a winning hand here.
By Mindy on March 22, 2011
Going on from bluemilk’s post on Masculinity and the fear of losing it and Mena’s comment is allowing our girls to wear nail polish and dress up in pink enabling femininity? Are we giving our daughters the wrong message? From a personal perspective, I would say no because I allow both my son and daughter […]
By tigtog on March 21, 2011
If the fact that there are people who will argue with a straight fucking face that an 11-year-old child “didn’t do enough” to stop eighteen young men from raping her doesn’t convince everyone with a capacity for reason and any trace of decency that we live in a culture that supports and condones rape, I can’t imagine what possibly could.
By blue milk on March 21, 2011
It took becoming a mother of a son for me to realise just how fearful the world is of losing masculinity. I mean, god knows there are lots of rules about gender binary and how girls and women perform femininity, too, but I don’t think we’re as frightened of femininity being corrupted and lost as we are of masculinity being diluted.
By tigtog on March 18, 2011
One in 10 female students have experienced sexual violence while at university and more than one-third have been sexually harassed, according to a new survey by the National Union of Students (NUS).