White Ribbon Australia—Update

White Ribbon Australia—Update

Updates for WRCA. A SnoopyDance Moment when The Guardian announced on Monday that Tanveer Ahmed had been dumped from misogynist-rag The Australian for yet more plagiarism (rather than misogyny, victim-blaming, feminist-bashing or anything else… nice principles there Australian). Nor was it Ahmed’s first whoopsies in the cut-and-pastey faux pas. The psychiatrist and columnist Tanveer Ahmed … Continue reading

RIP—Lesley Gore

RIP—Lesley Gore

On Monday, 16th February 2015, singer-songwriter, lesbian, and feminist activist passed away in New York City, aged 68. She is survived by her partner of 33 years, Lois Sasson. Ms Gore is probably best remembered for her 1963 song “You Don’t Own Me“, a fabulously female-liberating anthem, harking in the beginning of the Second Wave … Continue reading

White Ribbon Australia—and 50 shades of betrayal

White Ribbon Australia—and 50 shades of betrayal

White Ribbon Australia is currently making ‘news’ for all the wrong reasons. First to come to my attention was Clementine Ford’s most brilliant, and word perfect article in Daily Life, titled “White Ribbon Ambassador Tanveer Ahmed’s dangerous message on domestic violence“, in which she expertly exposes Ahmed’s ‘emasculation’ and ‘disenfranchisement’ excuses (for male violence) as … Continue reading

“for obvious reasons”

“for obvious reasons”

Today’s random reading from the newsfeed led me to an article on the wreck of the Batavia in 1629 off the Western Australian coast. I had not known anything much more on the subject other than it was a ‘famous shipwreck’. So I read the article. What caught my eye was this small paragraph, and … Continue reading

Julie Bishop: Woman-Traitor of the Year

Julie Bishop: Woman-Traitor of the Year

Julie Bishop, the current Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, has just been named Harper’s Bazaar’s “Woman of the Year”. In an interview with the women’s magazine Ms Bishop reflects on her role as a female leader in a male-dominated cabinet, while sticking by her controversial insistence she is not a feminist. “Stop whingeing, get on … Continue reading

Feminism–Remember who you are working for

Feminism–Remember who you are working for

On a daily basis I encounter online a general cluelessness as to what Feminism is all about, primarily from younger women who call themselves feminists. The daily onslaught of misinformation includes “but men are victims too”, “what about the men?”, “that statement is anti-male”, etc. Feminism—it’s NOT about men! The clue is in what feminism … Continue reading

When women buy into patriarchy

When women buy into patriarchy

Note: I wrote this post on 28 June, and held off publishing to think about it. I still have not gotten some of the screenshots yet. Self-defined feminists are still the minority of women, radical feminists make up an even smaller minority of that minority. We do not give men ‘the benefit of the doubt’ … Continue reading

Is liberal feminism even feminism any more?

Is liberal feminism even feminism any more?

Firstly, what feminism is: Feminism is a political movement for the emancipation and liberation for all females, regardless of race, class, sexual orientation, reproductive status, disability status, etc. Secondly, what feminism is not: Feminism is not a catch-all social justice movement (although sometimes areas that affect women do become highlighted). Feminism is not a social … Continue reading