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It’s International Women’s Day.

So, instead of reading yet another fucking article about Why I Am A Feminist or Is This Woman A Feminist – which is still just making women argue amongst ourselves, putting the Feminists on one side and the Not-Feminists on the other – you should read these two pieces:


All about able women at Blunt Shovels
:

I was told I needed to ask about accessibility in private, out of the public eye. Perhaps I am not part of the public? A disabled woman couldn’t possibly be made welcome by publicising how easy it would be for her to take part.

And

I don’t effing care if you call yourself a feminist or not, at No Place For Sheep:

I have a dream. In my dream every woman with a public voice just for once refuses these speaking and writing engagements and instead throws her weight behind a National Day of Mourning on March 8, for the women world-wide, and particularly in Australia because this is our homeland where we can best have influence, who are murdered and abused by intimate partners, as well as the children who witness and suffer.

Why aren’t we angry enough?

The revolution will be televised

With apologies to Gil Scott-Heron (who wrote his masterpiece 40 years ago), today, the revolution will be televised. Live on ABC News 24. And on commercial television if there are good images. And it will be blogged, and tweeted, and podcast. And you know what? It’s already happening.

2011 is going to be a year of change in Australia. The Government’s paid parental leave scheme began on January 1. The equal pay test case could mean that women are finally paid fairly. And the public conversation about quotas for women in management is starting to acknowledge that, contrary to popular opinion, we don’t live in a meritocracy.

But we still have bullshit like this:

SMH says women who file sexual harassment claims are copycats

SMH says women who file sexual harassment claims are copycats

And this:

SMH still calls rape a "sex scandal"

SMH still calls rape a "sex scandal"

Prince Andrew’s friend Jeffrey Epstein spent 13 months in jail (from 2008) for soliciting an under-aged girl for prostitution. He’s a registered sex offender. But according to the Sydney Morning Herald, it’s just a sex scandal. Wrong. A sex scandal is Tiger Woods and his bajillion affairs. A sex scandal is Max Mosley in a fun-filled Nazi-themed night with five prostitutes. If it involves an under-aged girl, then it’s statutory rape. It’s not a “sex scandal”. Plus, it’s filed in the fucking Lifestyle section. Yep, according to the SMH, statutory rape is a lifestyle choice.

I started this blog in March 2009 because I was sick of the way the mainstream media treats women. I was sick of the stupid little stories that (usually male) editors think will increase their female readership, but are really just an excuse to show a picture of a woman in her underwear. I was sick of the constant tits-and-arse treatment of female celebrities when I am an equal opportunity objectifier. I was sick of the way journalists write about female politicians’ hair and clothing. I was sick of all the opinion pieces (usually from women who have clearly benefited from feminism, but often from men) saying feminism is the devil and feminism has failed because we haven’t toppled foreign governments and feminists control the media, without giving equal space for opinion pieces saying it hasn’t failed. I was sick of women being blamed other people’s crimes. And I was sick of Janet “feminism has failed because my wealthy friends have chosen to raise families instead of taking silk at the bar, oh, and by the way, feminism has also failed because Western feminists haven’t fixed everything for women in other parts of the world” Albrechtsen being given a national platform to bang on about how feminism is wrong.

Shit, when I put it like that, it feels like nothing has changed. But I’m optimistic. I have a good feeling about 2011. International Women’s Day is a public holiday in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia, and women get the day off in China, Madagascar and Nepal. Here in Australia, I will be celebrating today.

It’s gonna be a good year.

International Women’s Day 2010

It’s International Women’s Day and on 702 (ABC radio station in Sydney), James Valentine is talking about make up. Granted, he’s talking to Paula Begoun, author of Don’t go to the cosmetics counter without me, and she’s talking about how the cosmetics industry just sells crap that doesn’t work to women, but still… there’s something flippant about saying ‘ooh, it’s International Women’s Day, so let’s talk about make up’.

However, it is International Women’s Day. There are people who can write with more knowledge than I can about the problems women face in other parts of the world – about rape as a weapon of war, about sexual violence, about honour killings, about female genital mutilation, about death threats because women want to be involved in politics.

So, here are some questions:

* Why is the “women’s” section of the newspaper full of fluffy entertainment and shopping? Yes, a lot of women are interested in these things, but also a lot of women are not. And the last three entertainment editors where I work have been male, so why do we persist with this idea that it’s only women who like entertainment news and entertainment news only?

* Why is John Della Bosca’s affair always reported as Belinda Neal’s “scandal”? In articles about her losing pre-selection over the weekend, his affair was given as a reason why she should lose her job. Huh?

* Why are women still paid 13-17 per cent less than men, even though they do the same job, with the same experience, and it’s against the law for employers to discriminate like this? I’ve had several jobs where my male colleagues were paid more, simply because they were male – obviously I can’t prove this, but the evidence was pretty damning, particularly when a few of them were younger, with much less experience. Australian women were granted the right to equal pay for equal work in 1969, even though this right was recognised in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights two decades earlier, in 1948.

* Why is International Women’s Day a public holiday in China and Russia, but not Australia?

* Why, to borrow from Shiny New Coin, is half the population considered a niche market? Actually, 50.3 per cent of the Australian population is female. Yet only 30.8 per cent of state and federal politicians are female. That’s hardly adequate representation, and puts us on par with Afghanistan.

What why‘s do you want to add?