The 72nd Down Under Feminist Carnival is here!

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Welcome to the 72nd Down Under Feminist Carnival, featuring feminist writing from around Australia and New Zealand from April. Huge thanks to Chally for all the help and support, and to Mindy, Mary, Rebecca and Scarlett for sending through such excellent contributions.

If I’ve missed any posts, please feel free to drop them in to the comments. Enjoy!

The next host is Ju Transcendancing at The Conversationalist. Send your submissions to transcendancing [at] gmail [dot] com. If you’d like to host a Carnival, email Chally at chally [dot] zeroatthebone [at] gmail [dot] com or head over to the DUFC page to find out more about how it all works.

Race and racism

Sexual harrassment (CN: harrassment, threats for all these posts.)


Sexuality and relationships

  • Ju, at Transcendancing, celebrates the good times in a polyamorous relationship and the work done to get there.
  • Brocklesnitch has some ideas for floats in a planned ‘Straight Pride Parade’. (CN: homophobia)

Violence against women

  • Tom Meagher wrote about the ‘monster rapist’ myth and what that means for stopping violence against women. (CN: discussion of murder and assault.)
  • Scarlett Harris, over at Bitch Flicks, examines the rape tropes in Gossip Girl. (CN: rape)
  • Eliza Cussen has some suggestions about how to help a friend when she says she’s leaving a violent relationship. (CN: violence)
  • Sam Connor talks about a recent sexual assault case in Perth. (CN: assault)

Being in public

Valuing the work of care

Defining feminism

Work, unions and women


  • Wendy Harmer weighs in on the idea of paying nannies from overseas $5 an hour. (paywalled)
  • Mary covers the flaws in the current childcare system, and lays out some ideas for fixing it.

Books and arts

  • Sean Wright demolishes the Advertiser’s fact-free coverage of the Stella prize, which this year was won by the wonderful Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, by Claire Wright.
  • Stephanie, over at No Award, reviews the new series from Hannah Gadsby about Australian art.
  • Alison at the Hand Mirror, has a Q&A session with Bronwyn Polaschek about her book ‘The Postfeminist Biopic: Narrating the Lives of Plath, Kahlo, Woolf and Austen.’



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  4. Chally says:

    Yay excitement! Thank you for this scrumptious edition.

  5. Jo says:

    Thanks you for this lovely DUFC! Some really great pieces in here.

  6. What a great carnival! Some great links and really thoughtful comments. Also, thanks for sharing the link to my happy poly piece!

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