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
- Ebswearspink has a look at the proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act over at the Travelling Unicorn.
- Jo Qualmann at A Life Unexamined asks serious questions about recent murders of women of colour in Brisbane.
- Eugenia Flynn talks about responses to Celeste Liddle’s post in February on being black.
- Bree Blakeman describes pulling a bloke out of a river and why others did nothing. (CN: drowning)
Sexual harrassment (CN: harrassment, threats for all these posts.)
- Aaminah Khan wrote a letter to a Nice Guy, and creepy stalking followed.
- Viv Smythe (tigtog) tracks yet another in the long line of examples of online harrassment.
- Laura Bates, from the Everyday Sexism project, is in Australia and spoke to Birdee magazine.
- Hanky warning for this piece from bluemilk about whether parents have to be stoic for their kids. (CN: snake)
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
- Kath, at FatHeffalump, describes what happened when some random bloke took her picture.
- Chally asks questions about why young well-known women are treated so badly by the media when they die.
- Rebecca finds out that only 10 women in Australia’s history have had state funerals and wonders what that’s all about.
- Deborah Russell discusses the issues around women and aging.
- Danie finds that accessibility at the MCG only works if it is not raining.
- Melissa Brooks writes about the bullying and harrassment she gets from other Councillors on her local Council.
Valuing the work of care
- Bluemilk asks why unpaid care isn’t being counted in the budget, and I tried to put a dollar value on how much all that care work is worth.
- The Guardian asked women who identify as conservative if they were feminists, and Jennifer Wilson had some thoughts on that over at No Place for Sheep.
Work, unions and women
- Emma Maiden, the Assistant Secretary of Unions NSW, says that the stereotype of what a union member, or leader, looks like needs to catch up with the modern reality.
- Angela Priestly wants the word ‘mumpreneur’ to disappear.
- 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.’