Late last year, writer Tanya Ashworth contacted me for my answers to some questions she had about the effects of immersing oneself in the background media consumption required to write regularly about feminist issues: the drip-drip-drip of piece after piece of anti-women incident coverage and condescending/fatuous/abusively sexist op-eds. Yesterday she finally managed to get that article published, and my answers are in fine company – Clementine Ford, Van Badham, Lou Heinrich and Viv Smythe: optimism in the face of online abuse.
Signal Boosting: Mass Closure of Women’s Refuges in NSW
40 years of women’s rights will be undone in June 2014 when many of Sydney’s specialist women’s refuges are forced to close. Under the NSW Government’s new tenders, women-only services were not allowed to tender for women-only services.
Signal Boost: Assist A Sista
This community-based organisation fills the gaps in existing services serving survivors of domestic violence, and it’s kind of incredible.
Why I almost didn’t write a post for White Ribbon Day this year
Because the neverending pushback against it year after year after year had very almost ground me down, to the point where I was avoiding reading WRD posts so that I wouldn’t have to see the comments. This post by Jane Gilmore at King’s Tribune (via Clementine Ford’s discussion of it on her FB timeline) made me decide to post after all.
Classic Nugget of Awesome: Harriet Jay on Stereotypes, Abused Populations and Survival Tactics
This 2009 quote from Harriet Jay’s remarkable blog Fugitivus came up in a ManBoobz thread. I wanted to highlight it firstly because it’s marvellous, and secondly to link back to the original post to make it easier for others to cite it.
Stereotypes exist pretty clearly to benefit the current social order, and when somebody enacts the stereotype perfectly, it becomes evidence for the stereotype, and when somebody acts in the complete opposite of the stereotype, they are exceptions and also fall into other very convenient stereotypes …
An article about domestic violence in the Guardian in which it’s OK to read the comments
I wish more online media premoderated comments like this article by Jill Dawson about how publicising celebrity incidents of family violence helps all of us to better name abuse.
Signal Boost: women being prosecuted for retracting domestic violence allegations
From Destroy the Joint, a call for action at NSW state level: call upon the Attorney General Greg Smith to issue a direction to the NSW DPP under the Director of Public Prosecutions Act to ensure that no one is prosecuted solely for retracting an allegation of domestic or sexual violence without the approval of a senior lawyer within the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Update: Attorney-General Greg Smith has made a statement that he has no plans to revise the existing laws relating to this matter. Now is the time to up the pressure.
WTF is Chris Brown thinking?
Chris Brown Tattoos An Image that looks like a Battered Woman On His Neck – of course he’s denying that it’s Rihanna or even a battered woman at all.
Sobering thoughts on the eve of International Women’s Day
Sobering thoughts on the eve of International Women’s Day. Trigger warning for descriptions of violence against women and children.
Very, very tired
So tired. Even more tired than Chris Brown is of being reminded of things he’d rather we all forgot about.