The 54th Down Under Feminists’ Carnival is up thanks to steph at All My Penguins. Go read!
The 43rd Down Under Femininsts’ Carnival is now up at A Bee of a Certain Age. Go forth!
Dear readers, imagine my delight on typing out the headline above to realise the awesome punnage of “40″ in Roman numerals being XL!
So let’s make this an extra-large carnival covering the awesome breadth and depth of Antipodean feminist blogging. Any post from August 2011 may apply, and the carnival should go up on Sunday 4 September so you’ve a few days at the end of the month to get last-minute entries in.
Apparently there are some issues with the blogcarnival submission form, so feel free to flood qotblog [at] gmail.com with your submissions.
A list of previous contributors (at least until carnival 21, so I’ll get that updated pronto!) is here if you want to quest valiantly for carnival-booty or just need some more Aussie and Kiwi feminist (and even some not-explicitly feminist) reading in your lives!
Roll up, roll up, get your best-of-May posts in for the 37th Down Under Feminists’ Carnival, hosted by the fan-fucking-tastic Boganette!
Helen at Cast Iron Balcony has posted a bumper edition of the Down Under Feminists’ Carnival.
Further recommended reading from the starred items on my Google Reader:
Idiot/Savant on Richard Long’s ludicrous anti-MMP bollocks.
Get your write on for the April 7 World Health Day blogswarm, per The Hand Mirror.
Deborah slams fucking Rugby World Cup fucking merchandising in fucking classrooms. (She doesn’t say “fuck” as much as me though.)
A Red No. 3 twofer:
Indeed, many backers of fat shaming are so busy flattering their “good intentions”, that they just cannot process someone disturbing this moral superiority.
I know that seems like an outrageous suggestion, even to some proported Fat Acceptance allies who still wring their hands at all these little fat kids they hear about, but maybe we can try just being okay with that. Maybe we can all try to give that a shot, because flipping out over fat children hasn’t exactly been a very productive strategy. So maybe we can “think of the children” and stop creating a culture that teaches them shame and self-loathing at earlier and earlier ages.
DUFC is 33! Insert your own mildly-offensive “higher survivability than Jesus” joke here ’cause I’m a bit pissed (and the first person to ask if it’s because I’m at the Sevens gets the Stone Cold Steve Austin treatment).
The 30th Down Under Feminists’ Carnival is up at Fat Lot of Good. Thirty months! Who would’ve thought it? It’s a lovely Sunday evening in Wellywood, and whatever the weather’s like in your part of the world I thoroughly recommend getting a glass of wine (or beverage of choice) and sitting down to some kickass Antipodean feministy reading.
Next month’s carnival is going home to Hoyden About Town. Don’t forget to submit your favourite posts from November!
And maaaaany moooooooooooore …
It’s that time of the month again – carnival time!*
Here it is, people, Volume XVII of the DUFC, containing the very best of Southern Hemisphere feminist discourse for the month of September.
Ten Simple Rules for Surviving Patriarchy
1. Mess Up That Dominant Paradigm Good And Hard
Boganette is leading the charge here with her sheer audacity in letting people know she isn’t going to change her name on marriage. Gold star for the bonus cognitive dissonance caused by having a male partner willing to take her name! It’s just not right!
Chally needs to you understand that you cannot actually be that progressive if you refer to things as “lame”.
In A Strange Land destroys Greg Sheridan’s reasoning why women shouldn’t be allowed in frontline combat positions. I’m just amazed he didn’t raise the extra cost involved of shipping manicurists to warzones. Then she takes on gender essentialism and what “woman” means.
2. Speak Truth to Power/Bigotry/Douchebags/Patriarchy
Just in case there were any concern that feminists just don’t talk about important issues enough …
Lauredhel reports on a Canadian study about the actual risks of injuries to mother and baby in homebirths vs hospital births. Jo Tamar provides some analysis of why, despite the facts, doctors still prefer hospital births.
Spilt Milk writes an open letter to Kyle “Trigger Warning” Sandilands, whose work I am eternally grateful has never made it over the Tasman.
Julie at the Hand Mirror reports on the Roundtable on Violence Against Women’s factsheet, released in response to the sentencing of Clayton Weatherston; and Anna takes on the odious CYFSWatch.
3. Break Down Controlling Narratives
shinynewcoin takes apart the notion of being “high maintenance” and the way it punishes women for doing what they’re supposed to.
Blogger on the Cast Iron Balcony draws a fantastic comparison between men’s and women’s “risky” behaviour.
Richie dissects the good old “But I didn’t meeeeeeeeeeeean to!” line.
4. Don’t Forget The Men
Feminists are often criticised for making it all about the chicks and not caring about the poor oppressed suffering men. There’s something in that.
We should definitely care about the men who get to have parental-celebration barbeques while women-parents shop, as documented by Fuck Politeness. And we would be terribly remiss not to care about fathers getting governmental thank-yous for having the balls to financially support their own children, as brilliantly savaged by shinynewcoin.
Boganette has a Public Service Announcement about how it’s not your period that broke up your relationship, it’s the fact your boyfriend was an asshole.
5. Eat, Drink, Wear a Size Blah and Be Merry – or don’t
Chally links to an online feminist bookclub.
Boganette would be most delighted if you could not tell her she’s lost weight, asshole. PodBlack Cat doesn’t drink, and has not been stripped of her Aussie citizenship for it.
Boganette and News With Nipples both cover the report which shows some women drink before sex due to self-esteem issues with their bodies. Boganette is full of scorn, NWN wonders what the connection is with the study’s funders, Femfresh (for all your labia-deodorant needs),
6. Be Inspired By Women Who Rock
The Hoydens About Town presents an obituary of Barbara Moore: Feminist, Lawyer, Writer & Grad Student of the University of Melbourne. Bloody powerful stuff there.
Godard’s Letterboxes has the mighty Sarah Connor at #3 on their Top 100 Sci Fi and Fantasy Women list. So far, so kickass, but if there ain’t a Servalan or an Ivanova showing up shortly there shall be a reckoning.
7. Have Kids and Consign Yourself to the Fight Against Gender Stereotyping and Societal Expectation
This is clearly a big issue of our times, and that’s just going by how often it crops up in the Australofemiblogosphere. Heck, it starts before the bub even arrives!
Godard’s Letterboxes has boys, not aliens. blue milk has a boy and a girl – clearly the perfect sample for making wide conclusions about inherent gender differences.
Wildly Parenthetical wonders what’s so great about having a normal childhood. Made in Melbourne sees people comparing the pole-dancing doll to the breastfeeding doll and is perplexed. Tor notes that the lovely paradox of performing femininity hits you good and young.
Lauredhel struggles with the eternal question, “How can feminist mums avoid being humorless childhood-ruiners?”
8. Celebrate Suffrage Day
September 19 was Women’s Suffrage Day in NZ. Anne Else used the occasion to savage Chris Trotter’s waxing lyrical about the NZ Labour Party getting its manliness back on – apparently those 9 years in power under a woman leader were the worst thing to happen, or something.
In A Strange Land reprints the Women’s Christian Temperance Union’s reasons why women should get the vote, and Homepaddock features a cartoon from the era – why my househusband isn’t in the kitchen cooking my dinner right now is my question!
9. Refuse to Give a Fuck About Artistic Careers
In A Strange Land looks at the concept of moral luck, and about sums up the Polanski argument for me:
I don’t care how great a filmmaker he is. The fact is that he was convicted of raping a thirteen year old child, and he fled from justice.
An Irritating Truth gives good tips on how to be a socially-acceptable sex offender.
10. Remember, Little-p Politics Matter
The policing of trans people’s gender presentation. Being a feminist in the open-source world. The wider issues about “right to die” arguments – like the limited options people may be given. The dominance of the male voice. The wording of and assumptions underlying “scientific” surveys. Whether privileged people’s “choice” trumps basic cultural sensitivity. And why fear of genital mutilation doesn’t warrant refugee status in Australia.
That’s all she wrote! Remember to submit your posts for the next edition of the Carnival, being hosted by Jo over at Wallaby. ETA at Jo’s request: The theme is Carers’ Week / Caring. See her comment below for more info!
And if you’re ever at a loss for some good reading material, check out my own DUFC Contributors’ List (soon to be updated with this month’s new additions, I promise!).
Next time on Ideologically Impure: savaging critique of the “posts” that didn’t make it into the Carnival, largely due to being horrible spam.
*Remember, boys, if you don’t actually want to know the details of my menstrual cycle, you are free to (a) not ask and (b) not ascribe my annoyance at you to it.
Reminded by this post at Hoyden About Town, this is your beginning-of-the-month reminder to get your posts in for the Seventeenth Edition of the Down Under Feminists’ Carnival! (And while we’re on the topic, if you run a feminist Australasian blog, please consider hosting a future edition! It is easy, fun AND cheap, and thus possibly a universe-destroying paradox).
Submission form here! If that’s not working, try qotblog @ gmail dot com.
No particular theme, but I’m always on the lookout for Kickass Women Who Rock The Party That Rocks The Party – speaking of which, gratuitous plug for 2D Goggles: The Adventures of Lovelace & Babbage, most fanfuckingtastic webcomic EVER.
And some gratuitous Natalya Neidhart love.