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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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Misogyny is totes fine as long as it’s directed at someone MORE misogynistic!

I didn’t blog about Phil Goff’s sexist comments when all that was unfolding, because everyone else said it much better than I did—including my partner, who wrote directly to Phil Goff outlining why the comments were bad.

He got a response today. It’s not pretty.

Dear Joshua

Thank you for your email.

Chris Finlayson is one of the most vitriolic MPs in Parliament, repeatedly abusing others including his most recent attack on Dame Anne Salmond for daring to criticize the GCSB Bill. He had just finished personally attacking Annette King , who is a close personal friend as well as a colleague, as he has done on many previous occasions.

Chris Finlayson fits the description of misogynist which makes it fitting that he has been defeated on three occasions by Labour Parliamentarians who happen to be women.

I am disappointed that you fell for the National Party spin describing me as sexist when there is nothing in my record which sustains that.

Yours sincerely
Phil Goff MP
Mt Roskill

Oh boy, let’s unpack this one.

First of all, no one is denying that Chris Finlayson is vitriolic, and he may well be “one of the most vitriolic MPs in Parliament”. But here’s the thing: when members of the opposing party are making themselves look like idiots, the trick is not to sink to their level (you know the old chestnut: never argue with an idiot; they’ll drag you down to their level and beat you with experience). The trick is to rise above childish taunts and be the better person. The time for personal insults and mud-slinging was back in primary school.

Secondly, I’m confused as to why you think Chris Finlayson being a misogynist means that you yourself are somehow exempt from making misogynistic comments. The idea here is not to be slightly more respectful of women than the other guy. The baseline isn’t measured against others’ misogyny, it’s measured against how you treat and refer to male colleagues.

Thirdly, your statement “Finlayson fits the description of misogynist which makes it fitting that he has been defeated on three occasions by Labour Parliamentarians who happen to be women” would only make sense if you had made your comment in response to Chris Finlayson demeaning or otherwise disrespecting women as a gender. A fitting response to “women don’t make good MPs” might be “then explain why you’ve been beaten by two of them?” However, this was not the context your comment was made in; your comment was made in the context of losing elections, and the fact that Chris Finlayson has lost three of them. The comment could have stood on its own and your point would have been made—but instead, to make the comment more humiliating, you pointed out that his defeaters were women. The only reason to make that point is if you believe that being beaten by a woman is more embarrassing than being beaten by a man. You can say “Labour Parliamentarians who happen to be women” all you like two weeks after the fact, but that doesn’t change the fact that in the heat of the moment, you chose “you were beaten by a GIRL!” as your attack.

Here’s the thing, Phil. Your comment wasn’t “National spin” and, quite frankly, it’s insulting that you assume we all just read Twitter instead of watching Parliament TV and getting outraged all on our own. But instead of acknowledging that your statement might have been problematic, you’ve resorted to the childish argument of “but the other guy was worse!”, and it doesn’t make you look very good at all.

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2013 in Politics

 

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Dear Google: “Rapist” is not a gendered term

Until 2005, our legal system stated that only women could be rape, and only men could rape. Thankfully, we have moved on from this archaic definition and acknowledged that rape is a traumatic experience no matter what gender you are. When we as a society say that men can’t be raped, or women cannot be perpetrators, we marginalise, shame, and oppress male victims, and victims of all genders who were raped by a woman.

Google doesn’t quite seem to have caught up with this concept yet.

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2013 in Rape/Sexual Assault

 

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No, seriously, please stop bringing up false accusations when we talk about rape

So, there’s a bit of a kerfuffle (trigger warning for victim blaming, rape apologism, ableism, and general fuckwittery if you choose to go to the link) going on over on the Frankie Magazine facebook page at the moment regarding the use of the term “eye-raping” in one of their articles. It started off pretty standard—someone brought it up, it got a lot of likes, the magazine posted a pretty gross fauxpology, people responded to that.

Earlier today, it probably had about a dozen comments. Then I went to take a nap and, while I was snoozing, it exploded into a messy, derailing attempt to fill the anti-feminist bingo card. But at some point in the middle of it, after I woke up and for some bizarre reason decided to give rational discussion a go (before I was told that I should go back to swinging my man decapitator, and that I keep my husband’s testicles locked up in the drawer by my bed), I ended up posting about why it’s fucked up to try and turn the focus onto false rape allegations when rape is being discussed. I’m posting it here for posterity, because it is an important discussion to have, but also because the way that thread is going I’m guessing it will soon be gone.

The reason people get pissed off when someone comes into a discussion about rape with “but some women lie about being raped!” is that it’s a very common derailing tactic. It’s not relevant to the discussion, it doesn’t add anything of value; all it does is shift the focus of conversation from the huge number of sexual assaults committed (seriously, one in four women, one in eight men, one in two trans* people, and 60-90% of people with disabilities is a huge frickin’ number), to a discussion of false rape reports that are very much in the minority. False rape reports occur at the same rate as other false reports, and that’s before you take into consideration that the vast majority of sexual assault goes unreported in the first place. And funnily enough, it doesn’t seem to happen with any other type of crime. When I’m talking about a string of burglaries in my neighbourhood, no one has ever chimed in with “well, you know, some people make a false burglary report to get insurance money”. When someone gets beaten up on Courtenay Place on a Saturday night, I’ve never seen a Stuff commenter talk about their “sister’s boyfriend’s cousin who pretended he’d been beaten up because he wanted to get back at his mate”. Yet, somehow, in every discussion about rape that takes place, people feel the need to bring up false rape reports as though they are somehow just as, or more, important than the fact that, if we look ONLY at the sexual assault cases reported to the police last year (remembering that anywhere from 40-90% of sexual assaults go unreported), then nine people a day were raped in New Zealand in the year ending June 2012.

I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been told that false rape accusations are “the real issue here” when discussing the shockingly prevalent sexual assault rates we have in New Zealand. And I am all for discussing the issue of false rape accusations—as a separate issue to sexual assault. I’m all for it, as long as we’re discussing actual false rape accusations, not reports that are later retracted because the victim can’t face trial, or is pressured into recanting (by family, friends of their attacker, etc), or situations where it goes to trial and the accused is found not guilty.

But please, for the love of all that is good and holy, stop derailing discussions about rape and sexual assault with your “what about those bitches who cry rape and ruin men’s lives” bullshit. It’s not helpful, it’s not conducive to a reasonable discussion, and it makes you look like a giant jackass.

Unless, of course, that’s what you’re going for—in which case, carry on, you’re doing a great job.

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2013 in Rape/Sexual Assault

 

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Man’s disbelief that his brother would sexually assault a minor (alternative title: let me do that journalism thing for you, Stuff)

“Justice has been done,” said the brother of a Nelson man who was yesterday found guilty of indecently assaulting his stepdaughter after a second trial.

The Nelson District Court heard how the man stroked her right breast while watching television in the lounge of their Nelson home, and later in her bedroom indecently touched her and kissed her back on December 30, 2009.

The perpetrator has steadfastly denied the charges, saying the indecent assaults did not happen.

After a three-day retrial, a jury of six men and women yesterday reached a unanimous guilty verdict on the charge relating to stroking the girl’s breast and majority verdicts on the two other charges of indecently touching her and kissing her back.

A long-time friend said: “I just can’t believe it. It shows no matter how well or how long you know someone, you can never really know what they might be capable of.”

The perpetrator’s brother said: “This young woman was incredibly brave, not only to report the incident but to go through with not one, but two trials. What an incredibly difficult thing to do after being sexually assaulted by her stepfather, a man who was in a position of trust over her.”

The perpetrator had been found guilty of the same charges after the first trial in May last year.

He was then sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment but did not go to jail as he was released on bail when an appeal was lodged.

At the second trial this week the jury was told it was a retrial, but not why.

It can now be revealed that the Appeal Court quashed his convictions in the first trial and ordered the retrial.

His previous lawyer Jonathan Eaton made the successful appeal but the Appeal Court in its judgment last December suppressed publication of the proceedings and the result until the outcome of the retrial.

The man has been remanded on bail for sentencing on November 13.

Or if you hate yourself, read the actual article on Stuff: Accused’s brother ‘in disbelief’ at verdict. I’ve cut out the twelve lines that were dedicated to the perpetrator’s sob story.

Oh, and special props to Laura Bisham for not once, not twice, not thrice, but four fucking times referring to a man who has now been found guilty twice of sexually assaulting a minor as “the accused”. Thanks so much for that not-at-all-biased-or-victim-blaming language you used, there.

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2012 in Rape/Sexual Assault

 

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Pedophiles on a Plane: The Stuff Comments Edition

Content warning: references to sexual assault of minors

Stuff has an article on their website today about a man who was asked to move after being seated next to two unaccompanied minors in error. As at writing this, we’re at 155 comments and probably counting. Because I hate myself, I read every. single. comment. I recommend that you don’t.

The comments can be broken down into the following groups:

  • Airlines are discriminating against straight white men! (direct quote: “It seems that ordinary heterosexual men are not considered a victim group.” I’d explain societal privilege to you, Chuck Bird #90, but somehow I don’t think you’d be the most receptive of audiences.)
  • But women can be pedophiles too/most children are molested by family so they’re safer next to strangers!
  • What sort of shitty parent lets their child fly unaccompanied? (Uh, my awesome as fuck mother? Because my father lived in Australia? Also what the fuck, why shouldn’t 8/10/12 year olds fly on their own? I used to get the damn bus from Christchurch to Timaru at a very young age; flying’s no different. In fact, I’d argue that it’s probably safer…)
  • If you ask me to move you’d better move me to first class/slander/libel/Human Rights Commission/I WILL SUE YOUR ASS/never flying with Virgin again!!!!!!!!!1!!!!!eleventy!
  • Oh please, how many children are molested on aeroplanes anyway?
  • FUCKING FEMINISM IS RUINING EVERYTHING FOR MEN.

It’s that last one, I think, that’s my favourite. Feminism: eradicating male teachers and chipping away at your right to sit next to unaccompanied eight-year-olds since 1969, cackling madly as we burn our bras and refuse to make you a sandwich as we do so.

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2012 in Rape/Sexual Assault

 

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