Category Archives: Carnivals

A festival and a holiday

Jo at A Life Unexamined (what a brilliant name for a blog, eh?) is hosting the 64th Down Under Feminists Carnival.

The international symbol for women, with the Southern Cross inside

If you’re not familiar with the carnival, it’s a monthly round-up of the best feminist writing from New Zealand and Australia. The carnival covers politcs, the media, race, asylum seekers, paid work, parenting, bodies, sexism, harassment, intersectionality, and pop culture. It’s a great way to find new blogs, and see how consistently good our feminist bloggers are.

Now for the holiday bit. This lazy blogger is going to a four-day wedding in Tuscany. It’s gonna be hard, but I’ll struggle through. I’ll be back next month.

The 60th Down Under Feminists Carnival

Welcome everyone to the 60th Down Under Feminists Carnival!

International symbol for women, with the Southern Cross inside it.

The DUFC is a monthly round-up of some of the best online writing in Australian and New Zealand. It’s hosted by a different blogger each month, and April 2013 means we’re up to 60. Pretty sure that means you all have to give me diamonds.

So, make yourself a cup of tea and put on your reading pants, because TA DA!

Bodies – what we put on them, how we feel about them
How to lose the body judgement by Kath at Fat Heffalump:

“I was thinking a lot about the self hatred that so many women project on to others on these comment threads, either individually or fat women in general, and what really strikes me is that we’re never actually taught how to NOT judge people.”

Friday Frock: Compare and Contrast by meganwegan at Craft is the New Black.
Pics or it didn’t happen by Rachel Hills at Musings of an Inappropriate Woman.
Despite the gym we are fatter than ever by Mindy at Hoyden About Town.
Musings on 35 part 2: The personal “body shame” issue by Utopiana at Rantings of an Aboriginal Feminist.

Sex and relationships
The fcukless zip and Tony Abbott by Jennifer at No Place For Sheep.
Relationship phrases we should probably retire by Can Be Bitter.
Sexless frumps by Mindy at Hoyden About Town.
Who’s the man? by Rebecca Shaw at The King’s Tribune.

Media – stuff in it, stuff about it
Fairfax’s sense of gender balance by Wendy Bacon.
Real beauty? by Awesome Frances at Corpulent:

“This Dove ad tells us is that it is also not enough to be merely beautiful, you have to know it too.”

The Official Lady #QandA drinking game by Eliza Cussen at Fit it, Dear Henry.
Women writers, ‘brands’, and the politics of the personal by Sarah at Maintain the Beige.
Each woman must be assessed by me, here.

No girls allowed by Deborah at A Bee of a Certain Age.
ANZAC Day and religious rhetoric by Chally at Zero at the Bone.

Violence and harassment
Can we please stop comparing rape to mugging? by Can Be Bitter.
Sex Offence Sentencing: Are sentences for sex offences appropriate? by Holly at Confessions of a Stuffed Olive.
Being in public while female by Jo at A Life Unexamined.
Women as public property by Jessamy at You Are Doing That Wrong.
NSW Police and the vigilance warnings by me at The King’s Tribune.

In defence of mummy blogging by Cristy at Larvatus Prodeo.
Framing the judginess of Plunket by Deborah at A Bee of a Certain Age.

Politics and society
On the politics of criminalising the persecuted by Jennifer at No Place For Sheep.
I am not a widget: privatisation of social services by El Gibbs at bluntshovels.
The Greens hate fat people too by QoT at Ideologically Impure.
So it turns out political candidates are legally allowed to lie to you by Eliza Cussen at Junkee:

If voters want to make the informed decision required of them in a successful democracy, it is up to each of them to Google every claim made in every election ad, and fact check them before deciding their vote.

Piers Akerman – Dinosaur Extraordinaire by Chrys Stevenson at Gladly, the Cross-Eyed Bear.
The challenges of being a Muslim woman in a multicultural society by Ghena Krayem at Right Now.
Voluntary segregation by Anjum Rahman at Stargazer.
The Politics of Exclusion by Stella Young at Ramp Up.

Is the corpse of feminism revived and stirring? by Tatum Street at lipmag.
Elite feminism. Who is it good for? by Jennifer at No Place For Sheep.
The fantasy of women’s collective historical identity by Chally at Zero at the Bone.
Deadly Bloggers Challenge Week 15: Dear Concerned Feminists by Sarah Jane Innes at Sarah’s World of Procrastination.
Some women want to stay home with children and feminism needs to make peace with that by Andie at Blue Milk.

Great posts that didn’t neatly fit other categories
Vale Chrissy Amphlett by Kath at Fat Heffalump.
Attention, Whore! by Jessica Alice at Hersute.
The Tale of the Feminist and the Pop-Culture Convention by Jo at A Life Unexamined.
Songs I Listen To While Running #3: “Bad Reputation”, Joan Jett by Can Be Bitter.
And, of course, The Australian Cat Ladies.

A HUGE thank you to everyone who wrote the posts and sent me posts, and to Rebecca D and Chally for their help. Eddy at Maybe it means nothing is hosting the next carnival. Submissions to wilddamon [at] gmail [dot] com or the blogcarnival submissions page. If you’d like to host the DUFC, contact Chally at Zero at the Bone.

Update 6 May:
Oops, forgot to include a couple of links.

Retro arguments & division by Amy Gray at Pesky Feminist:

If articles continue to present feminists and stay at home women as different or in opposition, it presents the truly bizarre notion that women can only be one or the other, incapable of nuance or being a whole or complex person capable of multiple choices, talents and desires.

Why media gender equality matters by Violeta Politoff at New Matilda.

The 55th Down Under Feminists Carnival

Hasn’t it been an amazing year for feminism? If you were a dickwad in public, chances are a whole bunch of women and men pointed it out for everyone to see. Sexism and misogyny were challenged, laughed at, mocked, and we have the t-shirts to prove it. Feminism is in. As Jane Caro wrote “If Tony Abbott needs to be seen as a feminist before he can have a shot at being our next Prime Minister then we’re winning”.

So, it’s my honour to wrap up a year of FUCK YEAH FEMINISM by hosting the 55th Down Under Feminists Carnival.

International symbol for women, with the Southern Cross inside it.

Thank you to everyone who wrote the posts, and to everyone who sent me posts they loved. Special thanks to Rebecca D and Chally for their help. By the way, Chally at Zero at the Bone is hosting the next carnival, and she needs hosts from March onwards. Let her know if you want to play.

Now, put on your fancy pants because it’s carnival time!

The future
My feminist wishlist by Jo at A Life Unexamined.

Women you should know about
Else Shepherd, leading Australian electrical engineer by Mary at Geek Feminism.
Sekai Holland by Orlando at Hoyden About Town.
Savita Halappanavar dead when an abortion could have saved her by tigtog at Hoyden About Town.
Royal Society of New Zealand 2012 Research Honours Dinner by scubanurse at Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History.

An unedited rant about looking into fatshion’s navel by Natalie Perkins at definatalie.
We’ve come a long way baby by Fat Heffalump.
Perfection is no panacea by Raidah Shah Idil at Lip Mag.
When activism gives way to advertising: How fat girl blogging ate itself by Natalie Perkins at xojane.
What geek girls wear (is none of your business) by Tansy Rayner Roberts.

Rape culture (trigger warning, take care here)
Comedy: the boys’ club asserts itself, Feminist Killjoys destroy the vibe by Helen at Hoyden About Town.
So. Rape jokes by Aleksia at I Totally Have A Blog.

This wonderful thing called writing
Synesthesia by Krissy Kneen at Furious Vaginas.
When Women Write about Women by MD Brady at the Australian Women Writers Challenge.
Our Beautiful Meritocracy by Tara Moss.
Classics and Feminism: thoughts on Virgil’s Dido by Jo at A Life Unexamined.
The Mr Darcy Effect. Or: You hate me? It must be true love by Holly at Confessions of a Stuffed Olive.

I am not alphabet soup by LudditeJourno at The Hand Mirror.
Bi-invisibility makes me mad by bluebec.
My Transsexual Summer, and what goes into diverse representations by Chally at Zero at the Bone.

The mainstream media
Thank you by kiwistargazer.
Ten Things I hate about Lady-Hating Comment-Baiting Articles by tallulahspankhead at The Lady Garden.
When a pretty face isn’t the story by Emma Koehn at Lip Mag.
Daily Telegraph: We decide which girlfriend is better by me, here.

Work (paid and parenting)
The stubborn gender gap – the market is not providing by Julie at The Hand Mirror.
Bananas in Pyjamas teaching you to like ‘bad boys’ and clean up all their mess by Blue Milk.
It’s not the women that are broken, it’s the system – a counterargument by You Are Doing That Wrong.
First anniversary of the first meeting by eutraphalia (I had no idea what a placenta looked like).

Ebswearspink responds to “Aborigine backlash for Tony Abbott” (known hereafter as the article)– also known as another pathetic excuse for “journalism” by the Australian by The Ramblings Of That Girl Called Ebs.
Of course we’re not racist, but… by Sally Baxter, Girl Reporter

Our bodies
Carry That Weight. No pun intended by tallulahspankhead at The Lady Garden (make sure you read the comments).
Is my body my own? by Kate Galloway at Curl.
Dear fat girl, by Bri at My Scarlett Heartt.
This is my body by bluebec.
Skinny by Helen at Tales from Urban Dilettantia.
Because I can by Craft Is The New Black (this post gave me goosebumps!)

Our right to control our bodies
Why abortion is a feminist issue by Rosie Cuppaidge at Wom*news.
The operation that made me a criminal by Anne Summers (she’s not a blogger, but it’s such a powerful piece of writing that I felt it should be included).

Violence and harassment (trigger warning, take care here)
Everyone needs the right help – survivors need services by LudditeJourno at The Hand Mirror.
Why White Ribbon Day matters by Tara Moss.
No Excuses – No Victim Blaming by Fat Heffalump.
Cardinal spin by No Place For Sheep.
Reclaim the Night; my experiences, thoughts and opinions
by Madeline Price at Wom*news.

Great posts that didn’t fit the other categories
The circle married the line by Emma Pocock.
The easy way to spot misogynists and feel good about your feminism by Ideologically Impure.
Why I hate the term ‘feminazi’ by Zoya Patel at Lip Mag.
When you are sexist by Amy S at How Not To Be A Jerk.
Lying to Lateline and other college pranks by Egs For Breakfast.
The canbebitter anniversary post, or, ‘Are we there yet?’ by Can Be Bitter, with my favourite line: “You know what, I am ‘entitled’.” Fuck yes to that!

In the future, even the robots will be feminists

On December 5, I’ll be hosting the 55th Down Under Feminists Carnival. 55 is a good number. It’s like two numbers spooning. Or a cropped top and buttocks. Or collarbones and boobs. Everyone loves boobs. (Which, frankly, would be a better tv show than Everybody Loves Raymond. As long as it wasn’t made by that “we’ve reached peak vagina” guy.)

Anyway, the DUFC brings together the best Aussie and Kiwi posts of the month. It’s a great way to discover new blogs, but also to see how freakin’ awesome the feminists on your internet are. You can submit your own posts, or someone else’s, via the carnival page, or email me at newswithnipples at gmail dot com. The current carnival is at 天高皇企鹅远.

I’m allowed to pick a theme that people might want to write about. So I did, because I do love a theme party: The Future.

On January 26 I wrote:

If you told me over Christmas lunch that 2012 would start with a two-and-a-half week discussion about the different feminisms, I’d have asked if you were on crack.

After a whole year of feminism in public – particularly the hugely successful Destroy the Joint campaign – it now seems quite sweet to be excited by two-and-a-half weeks, doesn’t it?

So, here’s what I’d like in the future. Or at least the next 12 months:

1. I’d like employers who discriminate against female employees financially and opportunitially – yep, that’s a new word, just made it up – to be named and shamed. Because making this shit illegal hasn’t stopped it.

2. I’d like journalists to interview – and photograph – fathers as well as mothers for their stories about children and childcare. I’ve only seen one childcare story in the Sydney Morning Herald that featured a father. One.

3. I’d like moderators on news and comment websites to realise that they don’t need to publish every comment, and the dumbass ones they do publish keep the intelligent commenters away.

What’s on your 2013 feminist wish list?

(I wanted to illustrate this post with a picture of a female robot doing awesome stuff, because robots are cool. Do you know how hard it is to find an image of a female robot who isn’t a heterosexual teenage boy’s wet dream? The only difference between “female robot” and “sexy female robot” in google images is the suggestion of anal sex. And the real actual girl robots only do “girl” things like singing and being charming, or walking on a catwalk. This is the only one I could find that wasn’t drawn like it wanted you to fuck it, big boy, or wasn’t pushing a shopping trolley. Can someone draw an awesome lady robot for me, pretty please?)

Feminists are taking over your internet

Head over to Steph’s place at 天高皇企鹅远 to check out the latest edition of the Down Under Feminists Carnival:

DUFC logo of the symbol for female, with the Southern Cross in the circle

There are great posts on sex and sexuality, politics, performance art and bodies, women in the media, families and motherhood, and Ada Lovelace day. Steph has done a great job putting it all together.

I’ll be hosting the next one, so send me all the great Aussie and Kiwi posts you read this month. I thought the theme should be The Future. It’s been an amazing year for feminism, because all the dickwaddery has been pointed out loud and clear. It’s been laughed at, mocked, and we have the t-shirts to prove it. As Jane Caro wrote “If Tony Abbott needs to be seen as a feminist before he can have a shot at being our next Prime Minister then we’re winning”.

Submissions via the carnival page, or email me at newswithnipples at gmail dot com. Carnival’s up on December 5.

Feminists on your internet!

It’s that time of the month again, when the best feminist posts from Australia and New Zealand are in one place for your reading pleasure. Bluebec has done a wonderful job putting it all together:

Down Under Feminists Carnival

Get some DUFC in your eyeballs

I’m not going to poo on bluebec’s sandwich by linking to them here, but there are fabulous posts on bodies (eg: being a fat dancer; taking up space; periods) family and parenting (eg: poking fun at motherhood; economic theory and happiness; the flawed paid parental scheme), LGBTIQ (eg: beliefs and the rights of others; obnoxious pantos; queering twitter), personal stories (eg: having one of those days; not asking people about their love lives), politics (eg: Jones’ sewage politics; demonising people on welfare; international day for the decriminalisation of abortion), racism (eg: damning everyone with the actions of a few; taniwha and belief; when it’s not about you, your reaction says a lot), feminism (eg: Collective Shout and shaming; defending Catherine Deveny; discrimination in academia), media (eg: de-storying the joint; Doctor Who’s companions; female superheroes), and violence (eg: taking back the night and tethered goats; silencing tactics; moral panics and trolling).

I love these carnivals. They show that the online feminist community – of which you are a part – is freakin’ awesome! What a year it’s been for feminism.

Steph at 天高皇企鹅远 is hosting next, and then it’s my turn for December.

So, check it out: The 53rd Down Under Feminists Carnival.

The best time of the month on the internet

The 52nd Down Under Feminists Carnival is on at lip magazine:

The DUFC is a monthly collection of the best feminist writing from Australia and New Zealand. It’s a great way to catch up on some things you might have missed, and to discover new bloggers. (And I’m very excited about hosting it later in the year.)

This month, there are interesting, challenging, fabulous and funny posts on: Motherhood & Other “Women’s Work”, Trans Issues, Sports, Health, Marriage Equality, Pop Culture, Geekdom, The Body, Media, Gender and Sexism, Violence, Politics, Disability, Race/Racism, and General Feminism. I’m not linking to those topics here because I don’t want to shit on lip mag’s sandwich. That would be rude. So click on this 52nd Down Under Feminists Carnival link and have a look around, I’m 100 per cent sure there will be something you like.

And many thanks to the fabulous lip magazine for putting this carnival together.