Posted by: Mindy | November 17, 2014

Down Under Feminists Carnival No. 77

It is the (very late, so very sorry) Down Under Feminists Carnival number 77!

Welcome to my old blog which I have revived briefly so that everyone can finally read this month’s DUFC because I know you have been waiting impatiently.
Thank you to Rebecca, Chally, Ju, Fern and Robyn for their assistance in compiling this month’s carnival.
There isn’t a particular theme this month, just a few categories. Categories with only one post have been condensed into misc. but are no less important for that.
While all care is taken to ensure that there is nothing here that is harmful, I cannot guarantee that there won’t be triggers or language which may make you feel uncomfortable. Where possible a short description has been given to help readers to choose what they wish to read.
All the best.
Mindy x

Women, Feminism and a bit of Antony Loewenstein
Man has views on Feminism world stops to listen by Amy Gray
Thank God for Antony Loewenstein
Is feminism lite the new name for liberal feminism?
The always clever Brocklesnitch on reactions to Renee Zellweger.
Clementine Ford comes up with a much better list of women’s jobs than re-jigged game show Family Feud managed.
Ruby Hamad talks about why it is okay to critique other women’s choices.
Aicha Marhfour says that Antony Loewenstein has let down the women who need him the most.
Rebecca Shaw thinks that Emma Watson may be right about men helping us to achieve gender equality.
Clementine Ford looks at Iceland’s Men Only conference on women.
Bluebec writes about the cowardice of Gamer Gaters

Young Adult Literature is often treated as somehow unworthy of being read by anyone who doesn’t have a two digit age, with a 1 as the first number. As a fan of YA writing I say phooey to this as does Judith Rule much more elegantly.
Danielle Binks writes about YA bashing.
Stephanie reviews Bruce Chatwin’s Songlines and finds

it’s a pretentious pile of racist drivel.

Eliza Henry-Jones writes about horses and Gillian Mears’ novel Foals Bread.
Anna Spargo-Ryan reviews Annabel Crabb’s book The Wife Drought.
Amy McGuirein New Matilda explains why Barry Spurr’s dismissal of Aboriginal writers and writing is wrong.
Stephanie at No Award reviews Ben Chu’s Chinese Whispers

Popular culture and music
Stephanie Convery asks Is Iggy Azalea a victim of neoliberal capitalism?
Maroon Five have come out with a really icky song. But then listening to some of their previous music recently, I realized that it is not unusual for them I just hadn’t noticed before.
Helen Perris writes about why ‘exposure’ isn’t enough for musicians and performers.

Paula Matthewson writes that Julie Bishop is unlikely to be Prime Minister.

“Julie Bishop’s popularity may be soaring but any ambition she may harbour for the prime ministership will be undone by geography and the sexism that dwells in pockets of the community and media, writes Paula Matthewson.”
“Gillard may still have prevailed if it had not been for the added burden of sexism directed at her by elements of the Australian community and media. The combination of those factors led to Labor’s electoral defeat.
The same pitfall awaits Bishop if she were ever to become PM.”

Deborah at Bee of a Certain Age updates the numbers of women in the in NZ Parliament.

Women are 51% of the population, but less than a third of our elected representatives in Parliament are women. That’s a disgrace.

Jennifer at No Place For Sheep looks at Julie Bishop and the prism of gender
The Hoopla thinks that politicians can say what they really think and still win votes.
Jennifer at No Place for Sheep discusses politics and Ebola

The war on women and Women In Solidarity with Hijabs
Chally at Global Comment writes about Australia’s Islamophobia Problem
Ruby Hamad asks what the Muslim Hate Social Experiement video really tells us about Australian attitudes.
Robyn writes of supporting WISH while being white and atheist and the challenges that came with it.
Yassmin looks at some of the many things women wearing niqabs do.
If you want insight into life under the veil how about asking?
Sahar Amer reminds us that the burqa and niqab only cover the face, not the mind.

Domestic Violence
Why don’t we speak up?
Bridie Jabour says that the domestic violence strategy ignores the needs of women from ethnic minorities.
Mayany Prasetyo was brutally murdered. But that’s not what the tabloids focussed on.

Kerri Sackville offers advice on why your teenage children think you don’t understand them.
Eglantine’s Cake talks about conversations with the living.

Fat Acceptance and Body Image
Are chubby girl pop groups a step forward in Fat Acceptance?
Fatheffalump has a great night out, marred only by the reactions of a few awful people to her very existence.
Fern writes about Barbie and her effect on self- esteem and body image.

Aboriginal Australia
Celeste Liddle wonders if the many Australians who listed Rottnest Island as their favourite destination have any idea of its violent past and mass Aboriginal graves.
Thirty years have passed since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody yet nothing has changed

Robyn writes about the mind being willing but the past catching up with her
Kath at Fatheffalump becomes the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything.
Stargazer is concerned that her local council is planning to sell off community housing used for the elderly
Liz has some advice for baby boomers she works with. #notallbabyboomers

Having claimed to support LGBTI rights, the Hyatt Canberra then hosts the ACL annual conference. But it turns out that it’s not as bad as it seems
Yassmin has a strange trip on the Newcastle Train line.
Sarah at Writehanded discusses the difficulty of making enough money to study while living with a disability.
Anna Spargo-Ryan writes of the miscarriage of her baby.
Is The Bachelor harmful to women?


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  2. Thank you so much for this, Mindy, and for reviving your blog here as Hoyden was down!

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