This article originally appeared on Hoyden About Town.
Welcome! This post is the 62nd monthly Down Under Feminists Carnival. This edition of the carnival gathers together June 2013 feminist posts from writers living in Australia and New Zealand. Thanks to all the writers and submitters for making this carnival outstanding, amazing, sad, outraging and uplifting.
Highlighted new(er) Down Under voices
I’ve highlightede posts that come from people who began been blogging at their current home in June 2012 or later, such posts are marked with (new blog) after the link. I know this is a very imperfect guide to new writers, since some may have simply started new blogs or switched URLs, or be well-known as writers in other media, but hopefully this may be a quick guide to feeds you may not be following yet.
Also, this carnival observes the rule that each writer may feature at most twice. Apologies to the fine submissions that were dropped under this system.
Cristy is kicking off a feminist book club, from historical feminism and first wave onwards.
Joanna Horton reviews Joan Smith’s Misogynies, twenty four years on.
Party politics and government
In late June, Julia Gillard was deposed as Australian Prime Minister. Feminist commentary on Gillard’s media portrayals, treatment in Parliament, and defeat in a leadership ballot included:
- Utopiana: The biggest rob in all this political sexism (new blog)
- Fiona Armstrong: Sexism: I’ve had a gutful (new blog)
- No Place For Sheep: Men who hate women are everybody’s problem
- Victoria Rollison: An Open Letter to the Mainstream Media (new blog)
- No Place For Sheep: The Convoy of Cleavage. In which the breast strikes back.
- Noely Neate and her daughter Caitlin: Politicians, Media & Feminists beware, our Youth pay more attention than you think
- We, the Intelligentsia: Did someone play their gender card at you? Poor baby.
- Helen: If Gillard is replaced, what does it mean to the rest of us?
- Mindy: Gillard departs graciously
Orlando got in before the spill with the questions the governing Labor party ought to be asking itself (not about the leadership).
Julie found that potential women candidates for office can’t commit due to time constraints.
Orlando salutes Emily Wilding Davison and other radical activists for women’s right to vote.
Ethnicity, racism, colonisation
Utopiana discusses lateral violence in the wake of her critique of Indigenous beauty pageants. (new blog)
Kim Mcbreen recaps a talk she gave about understandings of gender and sexuality in Māori traditions.
LudditeJourno chronicles news stories about pressure on indigenous people to assimilate.
Barbara Shaw recounts more than five years on income management in the Northern Territory.
The Koori Woman blogs on hope after the apology and anger after the Intervention for Reconciliation Week 2013.
Celeste Liddle reflects on international gatherings for indigenous people.
Misogyny, sexism, harassment, assault
Hayleigh wants to go outside her house without being objectified (new blog).
AJ Fitzwater promises to ally herself with people who speak out or who can’t speak out about bad behaviour in the speculative fiction community or the SFWA.
Amy Gray argues that the treatment of Adrian Earnest Bayley, who murdered Jill Meagher, shows that the Australian legal system does not deal with rapists well.
tigtog explains that it is the very indifference of creeps to desire that makes them creepy.
newswithnipples takes the mainstream media to task for widespread fail of the highest order.
bluebec does not want to excuse the abuses perpetrated by the Catholic Church on the grounds that they also do good works.
LudditeJourno reviews the many lessons about rape that the Steubenville rapes show aren’t being learned.
Scuba Nurse points out that a rape, abuse or victimisation narrative resulting in the eventual victory of the survivor isn’t miraculously unproblematic.
Hayleigh is tired of being chased around Facebook by weight-loss ads (new blog).
Eliza Cussen lists five mistakes she’s constantly correcting about abortion, including the myth that it’s legal throughout Australia (new blog).
Genevieve writes about healing after post-abortion trauma (pro-choice perspective).
Fat Heffalump debunks fat-shaming as a pro-public health act.
Workplace, employment and education
Anjum Rahman writes about the right to work, in the context of people with disabilities, and ethnic minorities (new blog).
blue milk writes about the Australian Coalition’s parental leave scheme and adds a followup in response to critique.
Rachael Ward asks why so many of the testing materials in the General Achievement Test in Victoria related to men’s achievements.
Arts, music, crafts and media
Holly Kench writes that stories with diversity don’t need to be about being different; they may be about belonging with difference (new blog).
The results of the Triple J Hottest 100, 20 Year Edition music poll aired in early June, and as with the all-time edition in 2009, women musicians were very badly represented. Commentary:
- Karen Pickering gives listeners plenty of women musicians to build their own playlists from (new blog).
- Victoria Birch breaks down some bullshit excuses.
- Clementine Ford is not sure where to direct her anger, but is angry about the unwillingness to discuss the problem.
- Justine Hyde calls for a women-musos-only poll.
Chally is reviewing LGBT young adult books, check out her reviews of Is He Or Isn’t He?, Beauty Queen and more.
Transcendancing recaps Karen Pickering’s talk on the secret feminism of the Country Women’s Association (CWA).
Jo Qualmann analyses the disappearing women of Doctor Who in light of the season finale.
AlisonM observes how very different Facebook ads are, depending on your selected gender.
canbebitter analsyes Cee Lo Green’s Fuck You, concluding that Fuck You is misogynist. Later in the month canbebitter presents an alternative queer reading of Fuck You.
Scarlett Harris reviews Paper Giants 2: Magazine Wars in light of current developments in magazine wars.
bluebec criticises recent coverage of polyamory in the press.
QoT is unimpressed by “feminist” clickbait.
Blogs started in or after June 2012 featured in this carnival were:
- Anjum Rahman
- The Australian Independent Media Network
- The Feminist Kiwi
- Junkee (I am fairly sure, although it’s very hard to find old pages to be certain)
- Karen Pickering
- No Fibs
- Rantings of an Aboriginal Feminist
- Visibility Fiction
The 63rd carnival will follow at can be bitter in early August. Keep an eye on Down Under Feminists Carnival HQ for submission instructions.
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