The Fifty-Seventh Down Under Feminists Carnival, Collated by Bri

Bri  has deleted the content on her blog, but she gave me permission to repost this edition here so it has a home. This was originally posted on 10 February 2013.

I have the privilege of hosting the 57th Down Under Feminist Carnival and while I am sorry it’s a bit late (kids starting school this week, work, things have been all over the place) I think you will agree there are lots are great blog posts here to sink your teeth into!

 

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Women, Science and Technology

Cate at Accidentally in Code relates her narrative of being a woman in tech in her post Stories We Don’t Tell and Ideologically Impure posts about the reality of gender discrimination in science while LudditeJourno at The Hand Mirror says Bad Science Isn’t Sexy.

 

All About Rebel Wilson

Can Be Bitter offers up a big fat Rebel Wilson special focusing on Wilson’s appearances in Pitch PerfectBachelorette and Bridesmaids. (On a personal note I have always been intrigued that when interviewed Wilson refuses to say how old she is. I don’t actually care how old she is, I just find it intriguing that she won’t say) and Blue-bec also reviews Pitch Perfect .

 

Religious Institutions, the Australian Christian Lobby and Jim Wallace

Shellity puts the spotlight on the loophole in Australian anti-discrimination laws that allow religious institutions to discriminate against job applicants as they see fit  and Gladly, The Cross-Eyed Bear says it is time Jim Wallace of the Australian Christian Lobby put his money where his mouth is while No Place for Sheep takes on Mr Wallace as well.

 

Australian Politics

Maintain the Beige takes on sexism, misogyny and politics (no small topic there!) and Tony Abbott and the politics of the personal. No Place for Sheep also examines Mr Abbott and his overwhelming benevolence in allowing his staffer to store her IVF drugs in his personal fridge at work. Megpie71  at the Hoyden’s challenges Federal Minister Jenny Macklin (who said she could live on the dole before some time later apologising for the statement) to put her money where her mouth is (perhaps Macklin should team up with Jim Wallace for this one?).

Settle Petal wonders if Nova Peris could be the first Indigenous woman in Australian Federal Parliament?

 

Around the World

Ana Almonacid shares her perception of feminism in Chile  and Rosie Cuppaidge posts a graphic that shares thoughts on how to make the world more feminist.

The horrific gang rape and ultimate murder of Jyoti Singh in India gave rise to several posts – here at The Hand Mirror and here at Ariane’s Little World 

 

A Bit of Her-story

The UQ (University of Queensland) wom*n’s collective gives us a flashback to 1981 when UQ banned the sale of magazines that apparently exploited women.

 

The Arts

Frances at Corpulent asks what is big, naked and shakes all over? (Fat Burlesque  of course!) and Kath at Fat Heffalump looks at shame-loss artwork.

Do you know what Visibility Fiction is? If not you should pop over to Stuffed Olive and have a read of this post and the links provided. Some beautiful and thought-provoking poetry offerings at Eglantine’s Cake and The Sarah Monologues – Of Course (part 1) and Of Course (part 2). 

Mindy looks at the idea that if a guy invites you to his place to watch a movie then you should damn well know what he actually expects (and apparently it isn’t just to share some popcorn) and Orlando  celebrates men who dance  and while we are on the topic of men who dance I have to share Master Jack Woog with you. Not sure where his mum stands on feminism but this is a boy who has the moves!

 

Life Passages 

I talked about what to do when they want to end it (content warning: suicide), Ariane shares a moving piece about missing her Dad  who passed 15 years ago and Helen over the The Cast Iron Balcony shares about the recent loss of her Dad.

Settle Petal examines the concept of the Old Maid

 

Parenting

Andie Fox commits motherhood blasphemy by admitting she hates playgroup and at Blue Milk she looks at the controversy in writing about your children. Anthea at The Hand Mirror talks aboutpublic noise (that of children and other sources). Rosanne shares her thoughts about her daughter and Barbies at Modern Mama

 

Sexuality and the Body

Ideologically Impure posts about those evil transsexuals who bullied the innocent cis white lady  and wonders who will be the first openly gay All Black 

Different desires (of the sexual kind) are talked about over with the Hoydens and RoBo Cup looks at the recent claim that PMS is a myth.

Kath over at Fat Heffalump is adamant we need to let go of constantly trying to meet the bar set by fat haters.

Claire Hosking talks gaming characters and boobs  and on the subject of boobs, In Hanoi looks at transgressive breastfeeding and the rules of the public sphere and Pondering Postfeminism has something to say on that issue as well as does Elizabeth at Spilt Milk 

 

Society  and Ethics

Ideologically Impure looks at the Bystander Effect in her post Ethical Responsibility to Step In and Kiwiana (inked) talks about the Bystander Effect and Photojournalism. Missaleksia looks at the ‘shaming’ of the guys involved in the Nice Guys of OKCupid 

Jocelyn Bosse says You Call Me A Bitch Like It’s a Bad Thing and Rachel Hills at Musings of an Inappropriate Woman asks if Intersectionality is Dirty Word.

Blunt Shovels wants welfare taken out of the goldfish bowl and Jo at A Life Unexamined looks at the fallacy that Australia is a classless society

 

I hope you enjoy this months DUFC carnival and remember to send in your submissions for the March carnival!

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The Thirtieth Down Under Feminists Carnival, Collated by Bri

Bri  has deleted the content on her blog, but she gave me permission to repost this edition here so it has a home. This was originally posted on 7 November 2010.

Welcome to the 30th Down Under Feminist Carnival! I was inundated with submissions for the carnival (over 150) so forgive me if your submission was omitted. So without further ado, let’s get things rolling…

In the category of Intersectionality we have It Makes Sense from rabbitarmy; an amazing post addressing the ‘squishy bits’ by Beppie posting at Hoyden About Town; and a Quick Question from Chally at Zero at the Bone.

Talking about Sexuality we have Bluebec who says sometimes it is just about sex;  a gentlenerofleisure reminding us that your sensuality is not my sensuality; The Sex Myth talking aboutyoung people on raunch culture; and Edie at queerrantspace doubting, questioning, affirming and accepting. Stephen Fry’s comments regarding women’s sexuality stirred things up and you can read some great responses hereherehere and here.

Talking about Family-Parenting-Relationships we have discussion about extended breastfeeding in novels; the Master of the House and The Good Wife; what’s out there for our sons but not for our daughters; Blue Milk addresses the terrifying softness of motherhood; An Inappropriate Woman askswill picky women be alone forever? and we meet Charlie

In Reproductive Justice we remember the lost; talk about being pro choice; tell Peter Carlisle to fuck off and look at the recent precedent set in Queensland abortion law.

Body and Mind Issues takes us to gentlenerdofleisure who talks about the mental health system; fatheffalump who encourages ownership of our emotions and talks about switching off; The Hoydens look at being fat in public; Natalie Perkins muses on the performance of beauty; Boganette asks if she is a Facebook bitch; Ideologically Impure asserts that easy discrimination is an inconvenient reality; Bluebec considers her relationship with her body, as does Chally. Frances at Corpulent gives the two middle fingers to anyone who says a fat chick shouldn’t wear a two piece swimsuit; Fatuousity says there is no such thing as a natural body; we get a chance to go transcendancing and over at In a Strange Land there is discussion surrounding the inconvenience of periods and pregnancyand a guest post that is worth a read.

The realms of Race and Racism gives us We’ve Been Pwned at newswithnipples; Relative to What? Parts One and Two by Chally; allmypenguins presenting misogyny and racism in one handy app and Shonais would like to see traditional owners of the land recognised in more concrete ways. There is also a post over at Crimitism talking about the ongoing failure of Australians to realise that minstrel shows are inappropriate.

As always there was a lot to say about violence against women (in all its insidious forms) . Bluebec reminds us there is always an agenda and that Spida should just get back in his box and stay there and Spilt Milk posts in the same vein under the title Not a Cup of Milo. In A Strange Land looks atVictim Blaming 101; Fatheffalump encourages us to take back the net; News With Nipples looks atTony Abbott’s strategy of calling Julia Gillard a bitch when things aren’t going his way and Judgy McJudgyPants; whyimbitter talks about the blame game and the Hoydens examine the public shaming of Kristy Fraser-Kirk.

I hope you all enjoyed this months offerings and thanks to all those who submitted their own or other people’s posts for consideration!

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The Twenty-Third Down Under Feminists Carnival, Collated by Bri

Bri  has deleted the content on her blog, but she gave me permission to repost this edition here so it has a home. This was originally posted on 5 April 2010.

I am lucky enough to be hosting the 23rd Down Under Feminist Blog Carnival and do I have a carnival for you, or what?!

the logo for the Down Under Feminists Carnival - the international symbol for 'female' with the Southern Cross in the centre

The theme for this month is Body Acceptance and I have some amazing links along those lines as well as some great stuff  written by Down Under feminists pertaining to other feminist issues. So with no further ado, let’s dig in…

Body Acceptance

Eddy at Eddy’s Queerrant Space shares about  Doubts, Questioning, Affirming, Accepting

Sometimes I have trouble remembering that my decision not to take hormones is neither validated nor invalidated by other people’s choices to take them, and their choice to take them is neither validated nor invalidated by my choice not to.

At Fatuosity there is an awesome rant asserting that There is no such thing as a ‘natural’ body in response to reactions surrounding Donna Simpson…

This is my response to Donna Simpson aiming to become the ‘world’s fattest woman’. Actually, no, this is my response to other people’s responses to the story.  The horrified, the disgusted, the morally outraged, the pitying.  The responses from fat-haters and fat-accepters.  Almost all of them are pissing me off…

Janey over at Axis of Fat muses over her father’s comments regarding her weight in her post Ah, Parents

The other day my dad commented to me about how if i get any bigger, others might start to orbit around me. I assume he was saying this in a negative way (ie YOU ARE AS BIG AS THE PLANET, FATTY FAT FAT) but I actually took it as a compliment.

Fatadelic wonders  why do we hate ourselves at 15?

Why do we spend our teenage years hating ourselves and our bodies so much? Is it universal that we look back at photos of ourselves and realise that we were actually pretty and not the hideous monstrosities we thought we were?

and talk about a guy who concern trolls while simultaneously trying to pick up (at church) in my post   Concern Trolling at It’s Best

I figured it would be some middle aged guy carrying on about ‘those feminist bitches’ yet again. I wasn’t disappointed on that score.

and also remind you all  (and disagree with the premise) that (apparently)  Fat Models Are Bad!

If I see an ad with fat models (not thin models) I can assure you that my self esteem does not suffer! If anything, it is bolstered because finally I am seeing people that look like me and getting an idea how clothes etc might look on me and my fat body rather than on a size 2 body.

Lauredhel over at Hoyden About Town deflates the groundbreaking news that we need to Get On That Treadmill Laydeez

So tonight, Channel Ten News is all about New! Groundbreaking! Research! purporting to show that women actually need “three times more exercise than previously thought(!!1!)” in order to avoid weight gain. No longer twenty minutes per day, we all have to exercise for a full hour each and every day in order to not inflate like the Hindenburg and becoming gross fatty mcfatfats who will drop dead at a sideways look from a well-stuffed couch and a baby-flavoured doughnut.

The ever amazing Chally from Zero At The Bone shares about  Keeping Up Appearances

Of course, when I got there, she held out her hand and I shook it. I cradled my arm afterwards and made pain faces when she had her back turned and berated myself for not taking care of myself.

and how she stands up But Not For Myself

On Wednesday, I stepped onto a train during rush hour and watched the last few seats fill up…I thought about needing a seat, needing to preserve some energy to get through the day. I thought about how my knees had started paining on Monday night as I’d settled down to sleep, and how very hard Tuesday had been on them. I thought about being perfectly within my rights to ask someone for a seat. And then I thought about how I looked, healthy and really young and dressed in a cheerful t-shirt.

Fat Heffalump talks about  The Language Of Hate  (potentially offensive language warning)

I’ve had one of those days today.  You know the days, the ones where you feel like you’re trying to empty an Olympic sized swimming pool with a drinking straw while it’s bucketing down with rain.  Where I feel like what I do around fat acceptance and feminism is just a tiny grain of sand against a huge ocean.

and also  The Woman I Want To Be

One of my friends who is over a decade younger than myself and I were talking about the whole thing of women we admired when we were kids, or were younger women, and it got me thinking about the fact that now, in my late 30’s, I am of the age group that can be of influence to other young girls and women.

Parenting (or not) and Reproductive Issues

In the realm of parenting (or not parenting) and reproductive issues,

Spilt Milk finds the focus of a media piece rather mind boggling in  The Daddy Country

Blue Milk talks about  The Terrifying Softness of Motherhood

Stef at A Touch of the Crazy shares the intensely personal Today Is The Day I Don’t Have A Baby

Lauredhel from Hoyden About Town celebrates with  Breastfeeding People Protected in WA At Last

and SAHM Feminist ask an  Ethical Question…

Relationships And Sex

Rachel at Musings of an Inappropriate Woman discusses the notion that  Picky Women Will Be Alone Forever

Megan at Craft Is The New Black ruminates on the policing of New Zealand women’s sexuality in Sigh

and Rachel at The Sexy Myth asks  Is Raunch Culture Real?

On The Patriarchal Crap We Deal With Each And Every Day

Lissy at Thinking About My Kink slams the playing of  Rape Apologist Bingo and Sex Offender Excusing

while  Spilt Milk rails at Facebook – Bastion of Misogyny

Other Bits That I Had No Section For…

Pondering Postfeminism discusses Super Women and the Changing Face of Feminism

and PodBlackCat revisits  the Ratio Question

Thanks to everyone who offered up their contributions and HEY! to those whose posts were included because I thought they deserved to be!

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Call for Submissions: Seventy-Fourth Edition @ Pondering Postfeminism

The next edition of the Down Under Feminists Carnival is planned for 5 July, 2014, and will be hosted by Pen at Pondering Postfeminism. Submissions to drpen [dot] robinson [at] gmail [dot] com for those who can’t access the blogcarnival submissions form.

Submissions must be of posts of feminist interest by writers from Australia and New Zealand that were published in June. Submissions are due on 2 July at the latest, but it’ll be easier on Pen if you submit sooner rather than later. So submit early and often, please, and spread the word!

Leave a comment if you’d like to host a carnival yourself. All the slots from October on are free.

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Seventy-Third Edition @ The Conversationalist

9 June 2014: At The Conversationalist, Ju Transcendancing presents DUFC #73!

Ju writes:

Wow! How is it June already?! There is quite an incredible array of interesting links for your appreciation this month. Many thanks to all of you who submitted! Many hands make light work and I am grateful for the support. I have tried to include some interesting projects and small positive things in amongst what is overall a very heavy reading carnival. I wanted to try and balance the sombre with a little hope and some attempts to actually make the world a better place around us in tiny, ever so important ways.

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It’s almost the end of May…

This is your regular reminder to submit to DUFC.

The next edition of the Down Under Feminists Carnival is planned for 5 June, 2014, and will be hosted by Ju Transcendancing at The Conversationalist. Submissions to transcendancing [at] gmail [dot] com for those who can’t access the blogcarnival submissions form. See her call for submissions for more details.

Submissions must be of posts of feminist interest by writers from Australia and New Zealand that were published in May. Submissions are due on 2 June at the latest, but it’ll be easier on Ju if you submit sooner rather than later. So submit early and often, please, and spread the word!

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Call for Submissions: Seventy-Third Edition @ The Conversationalist

The next edition of the Down Under Feminists Carnival is planned for 5 June, 2014, and will be hosted by Ju Transcendancing at The Conversationalist. Submissions to transcendancing [at] gmail [dot] com for those who can’t access the blogcarnival submissions form.

Submissions must be of posts of feminist interest by writers from Australia and New Zealand that were published in May. Submissions are due on 2 June at the latest, but it’ll be easier on Ju if you submit sooner rather than later. So submit early and often, please, and spread the word!

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