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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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



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?!

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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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