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Down Under Feminists’ Carnival LXVII

Welcome to Kiwiana (inked) and the 67th edition of the Down Under Feminist’s Carnival! Sorry it’s a little late, my laptop has not been cooperating this week.

There were some amazing posts this month; thank you so much to everyone who submitted, as well as all of the fantastic bloggers featured this month.

So, without further ado…

Intersectionality

“Transgender Day of Remembrance” by nausea nissenbaum at The Hand Mirror

“Andrew Bolt: The “new racism” is so last season!” at Rantings of an Aboriginal Feminist

“On Who the Fuck is Iggy Azalea when she’s at home?” at The Koori Woman

“On My Life As a Statistic” at The Koori Woman

“Poor Fellow My Country” at Out Of The Shadows

“IndigenousX changed my life” at AboriginalOZ

“‘Free speech’ is no excuse for racist comments” at Daily Life

“When Aunty Dawn Daylight was a child she was kept as a slave at the All Hallows’ convent in Brisbane” at The Apple Core

“Kelly Briggs on the Race Conversation We Need to Have” at Hoyden About Town

“I get mail” at Gladly, the Cross-Eyed Bear

“Write it right” at News With Nipples

“How does a racist hide racism?” at Love Versus Goliath

“Intersectionality is NOT Fucking Divisive” at A Human Story

“‘Tough Love’ or ‘Zero Tolerance’ is not a valid social policy choice” at A Human Story

Media

“In Defence of Selfies” at Gladly, the Cross-Eyed Bear

“Reflections of the Self” at Fat Heffalump

“Casual Misogyny on Top Gear” at A Life Unexamined

“Self Pleasure in Romance Novels” at Aggy’s World

“Whitewashing Katniss Everdeen” at WomyNews

“Fuck you, Louise Thompson: I AM FAT” at Ideologically Impure

“The Messages We Get” at BlueBec

“Good Lorde!” at No Award

“Clashing cultural analyses, and how we talk about Lorde’s “Royals”” at Zero At The Bone

“A woman is left for dead and the media are quiet” at Love versus Goliath

“The exploitation of ‘mystery woman'” at News With Nipples

“On strong female characters at the expense of women” at Zero At The Bone

Relationships, Parenting, and Families

“The most diabolical situation for a mother and a newborn you could imagine” at Sharpest Pencil

“Why losing my daughter means I don’t support Zoe’s law” at The Conversation

“There’s something missing from the Prime Minister’s Child Care Inquiry” at Daily Life

“Lisa Harnum: a powerful wake-up call” at The Hoopla

“Whose Equality? Anti-Discrimination in New South Wales Private Schools” at Global Comment

“Pink stinks” at Pondering Postfeminism

“Stranded in the shit field” at No Place For Sheep

“On infidelity” at No Place For Sheep

“Review: Amazing Babes by Eliza Sarlos and Grace Lee” at Blue Milk

“Forced removal of children. When will government learn?” at Curl

“Is the Queensland government man enough to really get ‘tough on crime’?” at Curl

Roast Busters

Note from MJ: there are a lot of valid reasons to refuse to use the term that a rape gang coined for themselves, and in my day-to-day discussions on this case, I agree. However, in the interests of practicality (and people being able to find this round up if they google “roast busters”, I’m labelling this section as such.

Ideologically Impure has a great roundup of roast busters-related recommended reading.

“Growing boys, not roast busters” by LudditeJourno at The Hand Mirror

“Memo from the blue gang: women aren’t citizens” at A Bee of a Certain Age

“There is a reason I was afraid to get drunk at rugby parties” by Marianne Elliott

“How could this happen?” by Scuba Nurse at The Hand Mirror

“The baying mob, or How I carry a torch” by Scuba Nurse at The Hand Mirror

“starting a conversation” by Stargazer at The Hand Mirror

Uncategorised

“But what about the women in Afghanistan?!?” at Storify

“To Brodie Donegan, on the NSW foetal personhood bill” at Blogger on the Cast Iron Balcony

“A very important contribution to our current discussion of rape culture” at Ideologically Impure

“Look: It’s The Latest In Spring Anti-Rape Wear!” at Junkee

“An Initiate’s Guide to Map-less Spaces” at Widget

“Reproductive rights round-up: NSW, Vic, SA, Tas” at Hoyden About Town

“The problem with Sweden’s feminist film rating” at Daily Life

“Why, why, why, “vagina”?” at Rantings of an Aboriginal Feminist

“The Many Faces of Modern Feminism” at Sextracurricular Studies

“Let’s Change how we Talk about Sex!” at Sextracurricular Studies

And that’s it! Thanks again to all the fantastic bloggers featured, and to everyone who submitted. The next edition of the Down Under Feminists Carnival is planned for 5 January, 2014 and will be hosted by QoT at Ideologically Impure. Submissions to qotblog [at] gmail [dot] com for those who can’t access the blogcarnival submissions form.

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Posted by on December 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Down Under Feminists’ Carnival LXVII Call for Submissions!

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I am super, super excited to be hosting the December edition of the Down Under Feminists’ Carnival. You can submit using the blogcarnival submissions form, or email it to me directly at burningthescript [at] gmail [dot] com

Submissions must be of posts of feminist interest by writers from Australia and New Zealand that were published in November, and are due by December 2 so I can get the post up on December 5. I’d love to make this a HUGE carnival in time for everyone’s Christmas leave, so please, submit early and often, and spread the word!

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Open Letter to media organisations on the reporting of Julianne Kramer’s death

To Whom It May Concern:

I am writing in complaint of your article on the death of Julianne Kramer, who was killed in a helicopter crash in Otago last night.

As someone who knew Julianne, I am personally disgusted and offended that you have consistently referred to her with her birth name and pronouns. While I am aware that Julianne’s family have requested she be referred to as “Julian”, I am nonetheless surprised that your editors would allow this to supercede Julianne’s rights to be known as her preferred gender. The Associated Press Stylebook has very clear guidelines for reporting on transgender individuals, including the requirement to always use a transgender person’s chosen name and pronouns. Giving the family of a deceased person preference over the self-identification of the individual sets a disturbing precedent for transgender people, many of whom transition without the support and understanding of family members.

[To StuffOn a related note, I find your addendum at the bottom of the article to be distasteful and dismissive not only of Julianne, but of all transgender people and everyone else who has found the use of her birth pronouns to be offensive. Not only is the AP Stylebook and other guidelines for journalistic standards quite clear that transgender individuals should be referred to as their preferred gender no matter how far through the transitioning process they are, but I have concerns about the accuracy of the statement itself. Julianne’s Commercial Pilot’s Licence identified her as Julianne Kramer; I would be highly surprised if the Civil Aviation Authority issues individuals with licences in a name other than their legal name.

[To other media outlets] The way you have reported Julianne’s death is distasteful and dismissive not only of Julianne, but of all transgender people and everyone else who has found the use of her birth pronouns to be offensive. The AP Stylebook and other guidelines for journalistic standards quite clear that transgender individuals should be referred to as their preferred gender no matter how far through the transitioning process they are. I also have concerns around the legitimacy of the idea that “Julian Kramer” was, in fact, her legal name as opposed to her birth name. Julianne’s Commercial Pilot’s Licence identified her as Julianne Kramer; I would be highly surprised if the Civil Aviation Authority issues individuals with licences in a name other than their legal name.

Sincerely,

me

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Signal Boost: hate pages on Facebook

Trigger warning for just about every -ism you can conceive. This post is about the prevalence of hate groups on Facebook. Also an added trigger warning for discussions of rape and abuse in the comments.

Addendum 25/09/2011: Scar has quite rightly pointed out in the comments that this list doesn’t contain any hate pages against trans* folk. This was an oversight on my part—at the time I posted the link to this page, I simply didn’t have the spoons to read through the whole list, and I take full responsibility for this. My heartfelt apologies to anyone who felt erased by this—obviously as it is not my list I can’t do a lot about it, however I will definitely keep it in mind when I am linking pages in the future.

Good Gravey has posted The big, bad list of hate-pages yet to be reported (plus the success stories) on his Tumblr. Those of you who follow/like/whatever-the-kids-are-calling-it-nowadays the SlutWalk Aotearoa Facebook page will know that I and the other moderators of the page will often post the links to Facebook pages that perpetuate rape culture; however the sad truth is that the list Good Gravey has provided here is, simply put, too long to deal with individually.

Facebook have outrighted stated that in their opinion, pages that threaten rape are no worse than a bawdy pub joke. According to Facebook’s statistics page, there are over 750 million users currently on Facebook. If we assume a gender balance, and we also assume the often-touted statistics that one in four women and one in eight men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime, there are over 140 million survivors of sexual assault actively using Facebook.* To ignore them in favour of stating that “It is very important to point out that what one person finds offensive another can find entertaining” is a horrific marginilisation of a huge part of your users.

And this doesn’t just stand for rape culture, either. The only way to even stand a chance of being taken seriously is to report each one of these disgusting pages that promotes racism, sexism, rape culture, cissexism, classism, ableism and any other -ism you can conceive.

Again, the full list is here and I would encourage those of you with the spoons to report, report, report as much as possible. There is currently a success rate (i.e. the pages now show as uanvailable/removed) of ~9%. This is could, but we can try to make it better.

*If anyone wants to check my math (it is rather late): 750,000,000 users = 375,000,000 women and 375,000,000 men.
375,000,000 x ¼ = 93,750,000
375,000,000 x ⅛ = 46,875,000
93,750,000 + 46,875,000 = 140,625,000

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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