96th Down Under Feminists Carnival

Hello and welcome to the 96th Down Under Feminists Carnival. Thank you for joining me. I must thank Mary, Chally, Ju, Rebecca, and Thalia for sending through an amazing number of posts and apologise because I can’t possibly fit them all in one carnival. But I think this is a pretty good selection! Please feel free to add more links in comments.

The next Down Under Feminists Carnival is planned for 6 June will be hosted by Chally at Zero at the Bone.

I hope you enjoy the Carnival. If I have made any errors please let me know in the comments. Thanks!

Political happenings in New Zealand are first up.

Stephanie at Bootstheory writes there are some scary solutions being suggested to deal with young people begging in Wellington and the Labour party has asked the Auditor General to look into a contract awarded to a National Party donor.

Emma writes that politicians should just leave people on welfare alone and let them get on with their lives.

The argument continues about the efficacy of a tax on sugary soft drinks.

Shona writes about Mihi Kōtukutuku Stirling, Māori Chief (1870 – 1956) at Girlactica

Middle aged opinionated Pākehā men are talking about the Waitangi Tribunal by Sparrowhawk/Kārearea.

With an Australian Federal election on the cusp of being called, an a double dissolution at that it’s not surprising that there is some quality political writing happening here too.

Lauren Ingram’s life was saved by Tony Abbott.

One day last March I woke up to find myself at the bottom of the stairs in my apartment building, covered in blood.

My brain was muddled. I couldn’t remember how I got there or even understand where I was. I lay still and closed my eyes for what seemed like an age before I was able to comprehend that something very bad had happened.

Indigenous constitutional recognition: one woman’s powerful call for a treaty

Celeste Liddle on reproductive rights for Indigenous women.

The University of Queensland union demonstrated that the personal is still the political with a bake sale.

Eliora Avraham writes that the anti-trans backlash is here.

Some Aussie politicians have been sharing photos of their younger selves.

Paula Matthewson thinks the battle for trust is beginning.

10 things the Government will include in the budget if it really values women.

Krista Keneally (former NSW Premier) thinks the PM has five potential landmines to avoid.

We also had ANZAC day which of course is commemorated on both sides of the ditch.

Tasha at the Maybe Diaries asks if we need to rethink Anzac Day.

Tangerina asks whether to poppy or not to poppy.

Inthetatatory reflects on Gallipoli.

There are also a number of posts I have loosely collated under ‘Family’

Sparrowhawk/Kārearea asks just how free is your will?

Little Red Jottings is making things.

Crazymothercrafter talks about nudity and nipples.

Siv Parker lights the darkness.

Tracy Crisp – Wandering (you may need tissues)

Lulastic writes about co-sleeping providing better sleep for everyone.

Ruby Hamad on white privilege and the 60 Minutes kidnapping saga.

Had the children’s Lebanese father brought a crew of Lebanese journalists to Australia to pull the same stunt when the children lived here with their mother, it would have been met with an indignant fury so all-encompassing it would surely ensnare the entire Lebanese community (because individual responsibility is also a privilege reserved for white people).How dare they come to our country and kidnap our children?

Kat Gallow talks work-life balance.

Mermaids Purse talks about the importance of ecological literacy for everyone.

Liz Duck-Chong thinks the kids are alright.

Weight stigma hurts our kids by Elizabeth Sutherland.

Riedstrap writes about Mothers Day.

Emilywrites shares some advice if your baby is going through a sleep regression and talks about finding the joy on the difficult days.

Bluemilk questions whether attachment parenting is really after your feminism and blogs about familiarity and desire in long term relationships.

Rebecca Shaw advises on how to avoid being a bad mother.

There are also lots of Women doing great things.

Wellywood writes of Anna Serner making gender matter at the Swedish Film Institute.

Throwntogetherness is being a public intellectual and moving from matters of fact to matters of concern.

Rachel is being a Useless Blogger and writing about the season turning to autumn.

Deborah, who has a knack of making all things financial interesting and understandable for the non-financially minded, writes at Left Side Story about what’s going on with foreign trusts.

Sarah at Writehanded is talking ableism and talking to people (and writing great blog posts about it).

Celeste Liddle writes a letter to her security blanket.

I cannot wait to break into a fine stride with you on the footpaths of Berlin in ten days’ time. I only hope that in our exuberance, on our long awaited journey, we remember to stick to the right hand side of the footpath while there. For breaking silence via an angry German person whom I’ve just collided with is not my ideal scenario…

Handbag Mafia is angry about Sexism in School Uniform.

Sacraparental shares her recipe for Ten-Minute Allergy Friendly Chocolate Raspberry Bliss Balls.


Popular Culture

All things Rey at Girlactica.

Liz liveblogs Ancillary Mercy. (spoilers if you haven’t read it yet but want to)

NZ Poetry Shelf interviews Chris Price and Fiona Kidman

Brydie Lee-Kennedy asks are shows about queer women marketed to straight men?

Myflatpacklife suggests you Don’t Read the Comments.

Elsewoman reviews Changing lives: a history of New Zealand Women

Steph writes about asian girls who go to cons.

Two non-white Logies nominees has some knickers in a twist.

Tangerina remembers Prince.

Charlotte Wood wins the Stella Prize with The Natural Way of Things

Alison at The Idea of Home writes a response to Communion by bell hooks.

Non-white Aussie actors are still struggling for recognition writes Charlotte Nicdao.

Ju reviews Seanan McGuire’s Every Heart A Doorway. (adds to reading list)

Rebecca Shaw writes that killing queer characters punishes viewers.

Not to sound overemotional, but in that moment I hated Joss Whedon with a scorching passion. I really did withdraw from Buffy after that point, only going back to watch the remainder of the show much later. It slayed me.

Categories: Culture, culture wars, disability, economics, education, gender & feminism, history, indigenous, Life, linkfest, media, parenting, parties and factions, Politics, relationships, social justice, work and family

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5 replies

  1. Reblogged this on Write or Wrong and commented:

    Great collection of articles.

  2. This looks great – I’m really looking forward to reading. Thanks so much, Mindy.

  3. This is WONDERFUL! Thanks so much!


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