It’s almost the end of July…

The next edition of the Down Under Feminists Carnival is planned for 5 August, 2014 and will be hosted by Rebecca at Opinions @ Submissions to rebecca [dot] dominguez [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 July. Submissions are due on 2 August at the latest, but it’ll be easier on Rebecca 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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Call for Submissions: Seventy-Fifth Edition @ Opinions @

The next edition of the Down Under Feminists Carnival is planned for 5 August, 2014 and will be hosted by Rebecca at Opinions @ Submissions to rebecca [dot] dominguez [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 July. Submissions are due on 2 August at the latest, but it’ll be easier on Rebecca 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-Fourth Edition @ Pondering Postfeminism

8 July 2014: At Pondering Postfeminism, Pen presents DUFC #74!

Pen writes:

Welcome to the June 2014 Edition – the 74th – of the Down Under Feminists’ Carnival! A feast of fantastic feminist ‘frightbat’ awesomeness. Grab yourself a cuppa and get reading.

There’s such a breadth and depth of feminist writing and criticism out there. It has been an absolute pleasure collating this edition of the DUFC. Hope you enjoy reading these great pieces as much as I have.

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It’s almost the end of June…

This is your regular reminder to submit to DUFC.

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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The Sixteenth Down Under Feminists Carnival, Compiled by hexy

hexy 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 6 October 2009.

Welcome to the Sixteenth edition of the Down Under Feminists Carnival! This carnival features posts made by Aussie and Kiwi feminists leading up to September 2009. Enjoy, and remember to submit your posts for the next edition. Personally, I can’t think of a better way to clear the tumbleweeds from my poor neglected blog than by hosting the words of these amazing writers on such a varied and powerful range of topics.

Chally presents Why chicks dig “jerks” posted at Ideologically Impure, on the George Sodini murder/suicide.

Chally presents Cry me a river dickface posted at Fuck Politeness, also on the Sodini killings.

Chally presents Yes, we hate Nice Guys. Here’s why: posted at adrift and awake, saying, “A last one re: Sodini. From new blogger tor.”

Chally presents Timewarp posted at Spilt Milk, saying, “Outdated gender roles much?”

Chally presents Boy or girl? posted at Wallaby.

Aphie presents Quickhit: Invisible women, invisible politics posted atHoyden About Town.

Aphie presents Where are all the men bloggers? posted at Geek Feminism Blog.

Helen presents The male gaze: I see it at Larvatus Prodeo posted atLarvatus Prodeo, saying, “In response to a post on Possum Pollytics, “Where are all the female political bloggers?”, Anna Winter responds at Larvatus Prodeo. “Women are blogging about politics in very high numbers now, it’s just that they are being ignored or not counted as “political”…””

Julie presents What to expect…. when you weren’t expecting posted atThe Hand Mirror.

Helen presents Guest post by Glen Fuller: Kyle Sandilands, Jackie O as trauma jocks at Larvatus Prodeo posted at Larvatus Prodeo, saying, “This may not look like the sort of thing you’d choose for the Downunder Feminist Carnival category. But what I would like you to do is read the comments by “Casey”. So much wisdom. It’s a shame she doesn’t have her own blog. Go, Casey!”


tigtog presents This is the way the (working) world should be posted atAriane’s little world, saying, “A better balance between work, family and other pursuits wouldn’t be hard if people were willing to change some assumptions and patterns.”

Deborah presents Conversation on a country telephone posted atHomepaddock, saying, “Another one for the “women can’t be farmers!” files.”

Chally presents On bronchiolitis/(untitled) posted at Spilt Milk, saying, “A parenthood poem.”

Ariane presents Ceding Power posted at Ariane’s little world.

Julie presents Time out for parents posted at The Hand Mirror.

Julie presents It’s just not right apparently posted at Boganette.


Chally presents On unexamined privileges and unconscious behaviours posted at Hoyden About Town, saying, “A bit o’ privilege 101.”

Chally presents The name’s the thing « Zero at the Bone posted at Zero at the Bone, saying, “On denying women’s names and identities.

I can’t promise this is the last you’ll be hearing from me! Good luck with the carnival. :)”

Lauredhel presents Things wot I wrote at Feministe posted at hexy.


Deborah presents On marriage for lesbian and gay and other non-traditional couples posted at In a strange land.

Lauredhel presents Stray thought caused by the predictable fuckheaded Germaine Greer thoughts on Caster Semenya posted atSexual Ambiguities, saying, “”See, my mum and me? Are actually closer now since I transitioned. And I think the reason is, her knowledge is more valuable to me as a woman than as an assigned-male.””


Chally presents Christian Rossite’s right-to-die “win” is a complete fail. And I’m looking at you, and you and you. posted at Hoyden About Town.

Chally presents about rights and choice: a commitment posted at a shiny new coin, saying, “shiny’s response to L’s post on Christian Rossiter.”

Chally presents We are dying posted at Hoyden About Town, saying, “On the deaths of Australian scooter users, for which they’re being blamed.”

Chally presents A national electronic health and social record posted atHoyden About Town.

Chally presents In which homework is assigned < Zero at the Boneposted at Zero at the Bone, saying, “On accessibility. Listen up, abled folk!”

Observer presents Christian Rossiter’s right-to-die “win” is a complete fail. And I’m looking at you, and you and you. posted at Hoyden About Town.

Lauredhel presents A national electronic health and social recordposted at Hoyden About Town, saying, “”So Kerr’s immediate go-to idea is to make it quicker and easier to remove children from their parents. What he omits to do is envision situations where unlimited sharing of medical data could go wrong – including the extremely disturbing nature of his own thought-experiment, in which the removal of children from parents is a wholesome national good, a consummation devoutly to be wished. Because Australia’s never got that wrong before.””

Lauredhel presents We are dying posted at Hoyden About Town, saying, “and also here

Helen presents In which homework is assigned < Zero at the Boneposted at Zero at the Bone, saying, “Chally invites able bodies people to think, really think and reflect about accessibility. And she invites you to consider the kind of thinking she needs to do when scoping out a new space.”


Deborah presents perspectives posted at stargazer, saying, “The reality of polite daily life as a member of a minority group”

Deborah presents who’ll be caring for you? posted at The Hand Mirror, saying, “Relying on women of colour to be caregivers for the nation’s aged people, and paying them bad wages.”

Chally presents Tom Calma: Indigenous Advisory Body to have Full Gender Equality at All Levels posted at Hoyden About Town, saying, “What it says on the tin. Also from Hoyden, I think I submitted this a couple of weeks ago but I’m not sure.”


Lauredhel presents Ten Steps to a Perfect Fanstorm posted at Hoyden About Town, saying, “Do we need a category for “evpsych FAIL”?”


Marjorie Morgan presents Jessica Watson posted at GO! Girls Outdoors, saying, “Jessica is from Queensland and wants to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world at the age of 16 – a young girl with the spirit of adventure!”

Deborah presents Timewarp posted at Spilt Milk, saying, “Gendering children”


Observer presents It’s ok to laugh! Because a lady said it! Titter, titterposted at adrift and awake.

Observer presents A man rebukes, a woman snaps apparently posted at Fuck Politeness.

Observer presents did you hear the one about the Crikey bloggers?posted at a shiny new coin.

Observer presents is this what it is to be human? posted at a shiny new coin.

Julie presents The Hand Mirror: November and Sarah Haskins posted at The Hand Mirror.

Julie presents Sunday Star Times less than celestial posted atLudditejourno’s Weblog.


Chally presents there is a spoon but it?s not yours posted at a shiny new coin, saying, “Some meta-blogging.”

Ariane presents This is the way the (working) world should be posted at Ariane’s little world.

Ariane presents Power of the peri-menopausal woman posted at work life web.

Lauredhel presents babalon_93: Hello Baby posted at Subway To Venus, saying, “Congratulations to carnival regular sajbrfem (babalon-93) on her new baby!”


Deborah presents Why are Women Not Blogging Politics? posted atThe Memes of Production: A cultural studies weblog, saying, “A response to a question on Crikey: Why are women not blogging politics?

See also Invisible Women, invisible politics at Hoyden about Town.”

Observer presents On banning the burqa posted at The Dawn Chorus.

Lauredhel presents Quickhit: Invisible women, invisible politicsposted at Hoyden About Town, saying, “and here

Helen presents Fixing to have a meltdown cos women dare to have a contrary opinion posted at Fuck Politeness, saying, “FP eviscerates the defensive comments that ensue on recent discussions around the topic of “where are all the women political bloggers” on Crikey and Larvatus Prodeo. That. Right there. Is why I don’t bother with your spaces. Because you’re only too ready, nay, damned eager to jump all over and trample upstart-0y women who have experienced the world in ways that question your cocksure belief that the need for feminism is over, equality for all, click your heels, zippity-doo-dah.


Chally presents This is not an IBARW post II posted at Ideologically Impure, saying, “Pretty much what it says on the tin!”

Chally presents Northern Territory Aboriginal people seek refugee status with UN posted at Hoyden About Town, saying, “Following from the intervention.”

Chally presents when no-one hears you scream posted at a shiny new coin, saying, “On Indigenous Australians being silenced again and again.”

Chally presents An observation posted at Zero at the Bone, saying, “On light skin privilege, passing and such.”

Observer presents when no-one hears you scream posted at a shiny new coin.

Lauredhel presents Tom Calma: Indigenous Advisory Body to have Full Gender Equality at All Levels posted at Hoyden About Town, saying, “”This national representative body has been planned with strict gender equality from the ground up. Not only will the co-chairs be one male and one female person, but the National Executive and each individual chamber of the decision-making National Congress must have equal numbers of men and women. “”


Julie presents Abortion is not your punchline, DPF posted atIdeologically Impure.

Lauredhel presents Inaccurate contraceptive info from National Prescribing Service posted at Hoyden About Town, saying, “”The NPS comparison-chart information on contraceptive efficacy is not evidence-based; it’s based on a series of assumptions and estimates and aggregations, and an error of baseless disaggregation that I can’t call anything but egregious.

Your health dollars at work. Your body at risk.””

Janet Fraser presents Looking glass Alice examines birth and parenting in our culture. – More ways to shit on women Part 47 – laugh at violence against us *trigger warning* – Blognow posted at Looking Glass Alice, saying, “More ways to shit on women Part 47 – laugh at violence against us.

*trigger warnings: rape mentioned, episiotomy images*

Birthrape denial is hot news at the moment

Why is birthrape routinely dismissed as a few women whining about the use of lifesaving intervention? Further hint: birthrape isn’t medicalised birth, it’s doing things to women’s bodies without consent. Little things like cutting open of vaginas often without anaesthetic (even people who like medicalised birth can read studies to indicate this is a dumb idea that benefits no one), shoving hands and fingers into women’s vaginas without consent, or even cutting women’s bodies open after a series of coersions, humiliations, and again without consent. Doesn’t that provoke the slightest flinch in you?

Is it really that hard to understand? Consent. We’re talking consent. The right for women to decide what happens to their bodies. Consent.”


Pharaoh Katt presents Nature Vs. Nurture posted at Something More Than Sides.

PodBlack presents On Women, Paranormal Belief And When Yahoo Answers Wrong posted at PodBlack Cat, saying, “Influences on why women tend to believe in anti-science and how there’s more factors than you might think!”

Julie presents The Hand Mirror: The Age of Stupid posted at The Hand Mirror.


Helen presents Inaccurate contraceptive info from National Prescribing Service posted at Hoyden About Town, saying, “An important post from Lauredhel at Hoyden about Town. You’d think that the information on contraceptive effectiveness from charts put out by the National prescribing Service would be accurate. Not so, it seems.”

Observer presents Sex makes babies?! zomg. « adrift and awakeposted at adrift and awake.


tigtog presents They are mine, they are mine, they are mine « Zero at the Bone posted at Zero at the Bone, saying, “Could also fit under Sex and Relationships – how ogling can be perceived by women because of the all-encompassing sexualisation of women’s breasts.”

Deborah presents Please, no fighting (your thighs) in front of the children? posted at Spilt Milk, saying, “why the hell do we still think WE should diet to fit into clothes instead of, you know, getting clothes that fit US?”

Chally presents a mandate is a mandate is a mandate posted at adrift and awake, saying, “On beauty standards”

Chally presents They are mine, they are mine, they are mine « Zero at the Bone posted at Zero at the Bone, saying, “Breast ogling. This post got thousands of hits and lots of trolls!”

Observer presents They are mine, they are mine, they are mine « Zero at the Bone posted at Zero at the Bone.

Demelza presents pissed off at celebs….. posted at SAHM Feminist.

Susan White presents 10 Truly Shocking Facts About Organ Trafficking posted at Online Nursing


Helen presents Violence by Numbers posted at Hoyden About Town, saying, “Reports in the Daily Telegraph and the ABC news show a 159% increase, between 1999 and 2007, in the number of women charged with domestic assaults. Let’s not mince words, that percentage of increase is very very bad! And it just proves the MRAs were right all along… Er, perhaps not.”

Julie presents The Hand Mirror: why do we need a new clinical framework? posted at The Hand Mirror.

Julie presents The ACC gravy train posted at Ludditejourno’s Weblog, saying, “This is part of a series of posts on the issue, all well worth checking out.”

Lauredhel presents Violence by Numbers posted at Hoyden About Town, saying, “”Here’s a truth which the MRAs didn’t mention in their interviews: notwithstanding the percentage of domestic violence charges, in that category more women than men end up dead. “”

Lauredhel presents logansrogue: 10 Things Not to Say to a Sexual Assault Victim. posted at Chronic Narcissism, saying, “Sometimes, we assault victims talk about our experiences. There are certain things we want to hear, and then there’s a buttload of things we don’t. “


mynxii presents National Identity. posted at Transcendancing, saying “Where are my role models for what identity as an Australian woman is?”

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The Thirty-Third Down Under Feminists Carnival, Compiled by Claire Arch-Nemesis

Claire 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 4 February 2011.

Hello there. Welcome to the 33rd Down Under Feminists’ Carnival. The first month of 2011 has finished and a whole bunch of wonderful writers have contributed to this carnival that had the optional theme of “Beginnings: Survival, Resilience and Resistance”. Basically I feel incredibly inspired — but not surprised — by the writing that emanates from the down under feminist and gender activist blogging community. So let’s launch into it. Happy reading!

I’ll start off with events so y’all can see up front whether you would like to and can attend any of the following:


  • Boganette invites Wellington NZ, feministy bloggy types to a drinks event on Wednesday February 9th. For more details, click here.
  • Looking Out For Each Other, is a day of workshops on consent, healthy relationships and violence. The Stepping Up Collective is organising this in Melbourne, Australia for Saturday, 19th of February from 11am at Loophole Community Centre, Thornbury. Check out the phenomenal timetable here and their website here.
  • Director and documentary filmmaker, Caitlin Ate is making a documentary on femmes with a provisional title of FEMME FEMME A FILM (not sure if it’s in capitals but I’m heaps excited). The short documentary is being made in Melbourne, Australia. Check out details here.
  • Women of Color Day is March 1st, annually.
  • Check out International Women’s Day events in Australia and do a search for New Zealand/Aotearoa events here.

“Action for Abortion Rights Wellington warmly invites you to a national gathering of pro-choice organisers and activists. It will take place 9am-5pm, 12-13 March 2011 in Wellington. This is an opportunity for individuals and groups to share resources and ideas and to plan for the future.”

Floods and surviving

Feminists resist the rape apologism around the Assange cases

The following posts are absolutely staggering in their analyses:

  • Because Gordon Campbell can’t handle the truth Jack Nicholson-style, QoT decided to hold up on the “I told him” and wrote a brilliant follow up post instead. I quote:

“You’re also a rape apologist because you refuse to address the fact that his personal conduct involves not simply denying the charges and waiting for trial, but employing lawyers who have outright lied about the charges and allegations and continually fed into rape culture with their statements about the accusers.”

  • Luddite Journo gives us the rundown on the Naomi Wolf debacle where Wolf decided to defend Assange and muddy the lines of what consent actually means. Luddite Journo also outlines the debate between Wolf and Jaclyn Friedman on Democracy Now!, and gives us an alternative to Wolf’s bullshit descriptions of what consent is.

“I’ve gone into quite this much detail because this is shocking.  Firstly, the descriptions Naomi Wolf gives based on quoting from the released material are of coercive activities at best (repeated pressure to do various things, trying to ask him not to do some things then giving in under further pressure, breaking necklaces and ripping clothing, waking up while being penetrated) – and she is trying to call this negotiating consent.  I can think of literally nothing more dangerous than this being taken as a blueprint for negotiating consensual activites. [my emphasis]”

Luddite Journo argues: “And frankly, I expect left-wing men interested in equality to, if they don’t know this already, stop themselves from jumping in and ridiculing allegations as “contradictory” just because the bloke they are about is someone they respect.”

I know Moore apologised on the back of the #Mooreandme campaign but all I have to say to Wolf, Pilger and Moore is DUDES WHERE IS OUR SOLIDARITY?

More on sexual assault and rape 

  • Not Afraid of Ruins unpacks why the term corrective rape is inaccurate, clinical and alongside other terms such as “Honour Killings” plays into myths of western supremacy whereby these rapes only happen in Global South countries. It’s awesome and gives people a lot to think about.


“As best I can gather, a good part of equating asexuality with the negative, with absence, comes from a skewing of feminist ideas around promoting sexual agency and fulfillment. I think a lot of feminists are operating under the idea that women in particular have been denied sexual pleasure, expression, and fulfillment, so encouraging everyone to stop being prudes and be sexual on their own terms is always the way to go. But the thing is, those terms, what happiness around sexuality looks like, is not the same for everyone. Models of proper sexuality still perpetuate the idea that “healthy” or “good” sexuality has to look a particular way, and that isn’t a way that’s going to fit every sexual assault survivor, or queer person, or, well, any individual, really.”

Chally also included some blogs written by folks who are asexual at the bottom.

“Already, too many queer kids drop out of school because of the bullying and intolerance they suffer. Queer kids are six times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual counterparts.

And every time that kind of bullying isn’t dealt with quickly and effectively, it sends a message to the bully that what they’re doing is acceptable. That’s the kind of lesson they’ll carry into adult life, and perhaps parenthood.”

Sex Work

Maia argues: “Instead you supported legislation that criminalises buying and selling sex – but only for poor people. Only those who live in South Auckland (possibly all of Auckland by the time the bill is done) and can’t afford to work indoors need to worry about this legislation.

This bill will impoverish women who get caught, tie them to the stress of the court system, and put them in the power of the New Zealand police.

And that should be enough, for any feminist in this country. We know the power the police have, how they have used it, and how many within the force take ‘bros before hos’ as a life mantra and cover for their mates. How dare you support giving the police more power over a group of our sisters, for any reason?”

Fatness, fat acceptance and fatphobia

  • Bri also opens up about her occasional fat shame which came up recently and suggests that folks who are part of the fat acceptance movement be able to express these feelings if they come. This shame came up in a complicated way; read the post to see how Bri eloquently describes the feelings and how she worked with them.

“My fat body is not your punch line, it is not your entertainment, it is not your grotesque freakshow, it is not your life-lesson.

I happen to think that many kids could learn a thing or two from people like me, beyond a cautionary tale. But until our culture starts valuing people for what they have to give and not what they (apparently) have to lose, a lot of people will fail to see that.

And exploiting that failure to see human beings instead of “the obese” isn’t edgy and it isn’t even productive. It just hurts.”

“This is something that’s a several-posts-long thing to unpack, but for now, let’s consider:  we do actually need food to live.  Eating is actually a good thing.  Consuming foods is not some lesser-of-two-evils moral conflict for which we must eternally self-flagellate.  We don’t have to feel bad for lacking the willpower just to starve to death instead of letting filthy biomatter pass our lips.”

Anyone else sick of this fat hatred? Thank goodness for these fat activists and fat acceptance bloggers and supporters, I say.



Science and Technology

“I’ve nominated the hashtag #women4wikipedia for use on Twitter for the purposes of sharing info, advice and of course, any pages you have added to Wikipedia for others to enjoy.”

Femininities – Transmisogyny, Labour, Bodies, Fashion.

“When I first watched Priscilla at 14, it was one of those click moments that, oh yes, trans women exist, it is possible, it is liveable. I was never a queen and never part of campy gay male culture, but still it spoke to me in powerful ways….

Rewatching it now though, it really is an awful portrayal in many respects.”

“But of course “women’s work” doesn’t count does it?”

Campbell strongly argues: “This is a cheap, distasteful reporting strategy aimed at enraging readers who will circulate the story and comment on it, generating advertising revenue. At the time of writing, the story had 88 comments. However, rather than merely getting angry at the perpetuation of these cynically sexist ideas, it’s important to understand how stories like this are developed – and to demand better responses from journalists.”

This is great, and as an aside I read in some UTS publication that in Australia over 70% of newspaper article content come from press releases. Holy crap!

Thanks for taking this on so thoroughly, Rebecca because I couldn’t be bothered with it.

Read the rest but I concur with Helen: “To those of you who are going to say this is trivial and not political and build a bridge, this stuff matters.”

Pregnancy, breastfeeding, motherhood

“I am really interested in why there is still this reaction to breastfeeding in our society. It is very strange to me that somehow we still think of breastfeeding as a mum taking some sort of opportunity to flash her boobs everywhere for everyone else to have a gawp at.

So why do you think these attitudes still exist?”

“‘Working mother’ is a tautology, because it doesn’t matter whether you are paid or unpaid you are still working. Bloody hard I might add.”

Sport and exercise

Popular culture

“So how do you sell the idea that the official food of woman in apricot and manuka honey flavour is manly? Silly question – all you need is to emphasise misogyny, homophobia and the extreme danger of girl germs.”

Don’t know about you folks but all this “lets append the word man or something masculine or let’s create a portmanteau because anything resembling femininity or constructed versions of femininity is too gross to be associated with; we needs words like the manny, man scarf, manbrella and…” – is doing my head in!

Writing, blogs and language

“…you can’t say that there isn’t something which is (on the surface) problematic about a white Southern woman writing a novel about the racism inherent in the class system of the Southern US during the 1960s. Not to say it can’t be done – and it was done very well, in my opinion, at least in this case – but there is something about a woman in a privileged position speaking for those who are not which has the potential to be discomforting.”

But then there is this angle:

“…reading and writing about those who are different from us is a means of developing empathy, of broadening our understanding and coming to see other points of view.”

Check it out…what do you think about appropriation and writing?

“Any type of blog is welcome – feminist, political, craft, mummy, life, cooking, books, gardening, academic, writing, fashion, fitness, all or none of the above.”

Movement and cities

“For me, personally, the hardest time for living in this country is 26 January. Australia Day is the anniversary of the First Fleet’s arrival: the beginnings of the colony of New South Wales. Australia Day is known also as Invasion Day. It’s a day on which it’s popular to dress up in clothes with Australian flags on them, and to use Australian flags as capes. I am scared to go outside on 26 January because I know that racist feeling is running high (‘we grew here, you flew here’) and that people like me are not welcome. I see someone wearing Australian flags and I tense up until I can get away from them, because maybe they’re just patriotic, but that flag has come to symbolise a violent, racist hatred in many an Australian head. I remember the Cronulla riots, and I remember the acts of violence that occur all the time in this city, and I am scared.”

Solidarity, Chally!

Boganette writes: “Fuck off you flaming douchecanoe! I am not worried about tourism. When I read a story like that I think about that actress and what it was like going to another country for your job and being abused in the street by sexually intimidating men. Do you have a daughter? Is she more important than NZ Tourism? Your mother? Your sister? Your aunty or grandmother? Fuck you wankstain.”

Boganette for NZ Tourism President!

“…Sometimes it seems that the Floridean vision incites art-makers, writers and thinkers to claim urban space in the name of their disadvantage (and then, to frame it as a misrecognised advantage). I’ve heard a number of urbanites refer to themselves as “cultural refugees”, forced out of a “dying” small town and into Melbourne or Sydney to find the kind of work they are trained for and passionate about and the kind of cultural activities that they see the good life in. The premium on housing and studio space (not to mention reliance on casual or part-time day jobs) is regularly cited by artists as something that disadvantages them personally. The prevalence of venues reliant on lager sales and poker machines is felt to disadvantage those of us who would prefer reading rooms and live music (and, for the record, I do).”

Women in history—and who create history

Mothers of colour!!!!

Politics and the state

“Have we forgotten Clint Rickards so soon?  Are we meant to ignore the manymany stories of police officers abusingtheir power to have sex with vulnerable young women?

I mean, it’s not like any reports have come out recently which state the Police still have ingrained, shitty attitudes towards women and a boys-club mentality … oh, wait, scratch that.

And now some genius has decided that the way to entice Kiwi kids to join the force is to use sexually-suggestive advertising talking about “liking them young”.”

Feminism in the world

“…that the Left in New Zealand has been weakened by (among other things) the loss of activists and voices to other issues that aren’t specifically focused on class struggle or strictly economic leftist ideas. (I really focus on feminism here as that’s my baby.)

To put it in my more usual terms, the Left, and especially Labour, have screwed up by ignoring, cutting out and downright condemning feminists and other progressive activists and they need to get the fuck over themselves. “


And that’s it. Phew!

A big thank you to Chally for her many submissions and for being a great organiser. Thanks to all submitters — and especially to stargazer and QoT. Also big ups acknowledgement to tig-tog and to Lauredhel for your past work.

Next month’s Carnival is hosted by Spilt Milk, you can make submissions here.

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The Sixty-Third Down Under Feminists Carnival, Collated by canbebitter

canbebitter 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 6 August 2013.

Hello and welcome to the 63rd Down Under Feminists’ Carnival! For those not familiar with the concept, the blog carnival a monthly collection of blog posts of feminist interest from around New Zealand and Australia. Each month it is hosted by a different Down Under blogger, and obviously, this month it’s my turn (and privilege!).

This month, we laughed, we cried and we clenched our fists in rage…

(nb: most triggering posts have their own warnings when you click through)


July saw Kevin Rudd’s first full month back in the “top job” after he ousted Julia Gillard as Labor leader.  Jennifer (No Place for Sheep) reflected on the sudden absence of gender-based dog whistling and Marie Bellino at Vibewire explored Australia’s problems with women in authority.

One of Kevin Rudd’s first priorities this month was to announce the infamous ‘PNG policy’. Kath at Fat Heffalump reflected on this Australian day of shame, while Jennifer at No Place For Sheep looked at how it had come to this, with our recent history of scapegoating asylum seekers, and wonders how we will measure whether the policy “works”.

Rudd also unveiled his new cabinet. Chrys (Gladly, the Cross-Eyed Bear) tried to reconcile her desire to vote for a party with a leader who supports same sex marriage with her concerns about Jacinta Collins, the new Minister for Mental Health and Ageing.

In New Zealand, welfare changes kicked in that saw full-time carers (particularly grandparents) forced to look for work or have their benefits cut. Ideologically Impure’s Queen of Thorns tells Diane Vivian ‘I told you so’ and generally reflects on the changes with sadness and anger, while Anne at The Hand Mirror laments their inherent lack of logic.


Because how we report things matters, Kim at the News With Nipples explored (again) the phenomenon of news outlets reporting male violence against women as if there was no one perpetrating it. Rape Crisis Dunedin also looked at the role the news media plays in shaping public attitudes to rape culture and sexual violence.

Speaking of getting things terribly wrong, Luddite Journo at the Hand Mirror warned that the recent NZ Glenn Inquiry fiasco might have made the world a less safe place for domestic violence survivors who participated in it.

Sharing their personal stories, Kath (Fat Heffalump) looked at who was perpetrating the violence and why we constantly make excuses for them (TW: physical and sexual violence) while Eliza (Fix It, Dear Henry) accidentally brought it scarily close to her own home.


NAIDOC Week was this month, on 7-14 July. TheKooriWoman (@AboriginalOz Blog) took the opportunity to reflect on the Yirrkala Bark Petitions that led to the 1967 referendum (with a little help from Black Mad Men) but ultimately advised that Aboriginal Australia still does not have the constitutional recognition they deserve.

Speaking of not getting recognition, Liz at No Award is outraged that the Australian story of Indigenous girl group The Sapphires has somehow become the very white Chris O’Dowd Show in the film’s North American cover art.

TheKooriWoman also shared her first experience with racism on her own blog, which happened on an Australian bus. It brought to mind “those” recent YouTube diatribes, the culture behind which Fatima examined at This is Complicated this month.


In a bit of a ragtag category this month:


I was extremely moved by Jennifer’s reflection on grief and the end of love (No Place for Sheep).

General feminism/social justice

Universities had some serious issues in July. UQ is fighting to save its gender studies major (Wom*news), while Rape Crisis Dunedin’s analysis of some recent “humour” in the University of Otago’s student publication proves why it’s still needed.

Queen of Thorns (Ideologically Impure) looked at why we lie to ourselves to make the world seem safer, and Rosie (Ro Bo Cup) looked at the specific lies that abound regarding the ‘false rape complainant‘.

Also in July, many worldwide were outraged by the acquittal of George Zimmerman, but A Tumbler of Armagnac further reminded us that this is not just something that happens in the US.


As always, our Down Under Feminists enjoyed putting intellectual things in front of their eyes during the month (and made me feel inadequate because I only finish books when my book club forces me to). Jo (A Life Unexamined) read Suniti Namjoshi’s The Fabulous Feminist, and Liz (No Award) read Australian sci fi “classic” The Sea and Summer.

In theatre, Amy Gray (Pesky Feminist) reviewed the recent adaptation of The Collector and in film, Liz at No Award watched Pacific Rim so you don’t have to.


July seemed like a geekier month than usual, if only because PAX Australia came to town. No Award presented a feminist perspective on the con; and bad things happened to women at this and other conventions that were reported on by Tigtog at Hoyden About Town.

Stephanie at No Award (it’s a new blog, please forgive the frequency with which it appears today) reflected on her experience as a young mixed-race Australian sci fi and fantasy fan and trying to find a space in today’s sci fi/fantasy world.

And finally Emma at Wom*news wrote a defence of Twilight fanfiction, explaining how the fanfic world adapts the troubling text into feminist ones.


Thank you to everyone who wrote, and to everyone who submitted! It’s been a pleasure!

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