Monthly Archives: May 2009

Deadline’s looming

The Down Under Feminists Carnival is into its second year. After a magnificent 1st birthday hosted by Chally, the first carnival of the second year will be hosted by Demelza, at SAHM Feminist. Demelza is not staying at home – she and her family have just moved home, into their very own place. Congratulations, Demelza.

It’s time to send in some submissions for the carnival. Go through your posts for May, or go through the blogs you love, and pick out some pieces. Any feminist writing, by any down under blogger, can be included. Don’t be shy! And don’t be shy about recommending other bloggers’ posts; it’s a lovely way of letting another person know how much you appreciate their work. NZ bloggers – the Queen’s having a birthday on Monday, so you are having a holiday, and I know that the weather is ghastly up and down the country, so how about spending some time searching out some great material for the carnival, and sending it to Demelza.

Demelza is aiming to get the carnival up by 5 June, so get your posts into her in the next day or two. You can send them via the carnival submission form, or if the form won’t work for you, send them to demelzagf at yahoo dot com.

And if you think you would be up for hosting the carnival yourself sometime, contact carnival founder Lauredhel, either via the Hoyden about Town contact form, or at her gmail dot com address, where she uses lauredhelhoyden as her handle.

Deborah needs

A google meme! Picked up from Mikhela at Fly My Pretty, who got it from Eleanor at The View from Elsewhere.

You type your given name and the word “needs” into google, and record the first ten search results that come up.

So, this is what google alleges are my needs, followed by my comments (in italics):

1. Some help with number 9
(Too cryptic – number 9 of what?)

2. To come back
(I didn’t need google to tell me that.)

3. Topix

4. An audience and a stage
(Hmmm…. does lecturing count? And blogging?)

5. A business plan
(Ah…. no.)

6. Your prayers and positive thoughts
(Given that nice scarlet A on my sidebar, and my general scepticism, I would rather you didn’t send these my way.)

7. Playtime
(But now you’re talking.)

8. A pink bus
(I have a perfectly good coppery red car. I dye my hair to match it.)

9. Business information and strategy
(Enough already with the business advice.)

10. Food
(Does chocolate count?)

What does Google think you need?

Pick up your pens – activism time

I’m guessing that most Australians who read my blog also read Hoyden about Town (the whole world ought to read Hoyden about Town), but just in case you don’t, head on over there and read Lauredhel’s post about the proposed harmonisation of accessible parking rules. Under the proposal, people who are mobile, but nevertheless can’t walk far, will be excluded from using accessibility parking. Lauredhel has details about the proposed rule changes, an account of what it would mean for people who have limited ability to walk, and importantly, what you can do to help.

Call to activism: many people with disabilities to be excluded from accessible parking under proposed scheme

Friday Feminist – Mary Daly (3)

Cross posted


This will of course be called an “anti-male” book. Even the most cautious and circumspect feminist writings are described in this way. The cliche is not only unimaginative but deadeningly, deafeningly, deceptive – making real hearing of what radical feminists are saying difficult, at times even for ourselves. Women and our kind – the earth, the sea, the sky – are the real but unacknowledged objects of attack, victimized as The Enemy of partriarchy – of all its wars, or all its professions. There are feminist works which provide abundant examples of misogynistic statements from authorities in all “fields” in all major societies, throughout the millennia of patriarchy. Feminists have also written at length about the actual rapist behavior of professionals, from soldiers to gynecologists. The “custom” of widow-burning (suttee) in India, the Chinese ritual of footbinding, the genital mutilation of young girls in Africa (still practiced in parts of twenty-six countries of Africa), the massacre of women as witches in “Renaissance” Europe, gynocide under the guise of American gynecology and psychotherapy – all are documented facts accessible in the tomes and tombs (libraries) of patriarchal scholarship. The contemporary facts of brutal gang rape, of wife-beating, of overt and subliminal psychic lobotomizing – all are available.
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10 feminist motherhood questions, from Blue Milk

The fabulous Blue Milk, feminist mother of a girl and a boy, has a long-running series of 10 feminist motherhood questions. This is my response to her questions.

1. How would you describe your feminism in one sentence? When did you become a feminist? Was it before or after you became a mother?

My feminism is about empowering women as they are, not telling them what they ought to be. I’ve been feminist since I was a girl; I learned it at my mother’s knee. I think one of the earliest manifestations of my feminism was a poem I wrote at school when I was about 14. We were studying ballads, and we had to write one, so I chose to write a protest ballad. A judge in New Zealand had given a man a more lenient sentence for physical violence against his partner, because she was living with him, and thus she was no good trash anyway. I can’t find the case on the web, and I don’t have the poem any more, but I think that was one of my earliest experiences of being feminist. So I was a feminist long before I became a mother, but my motherhood has informed and changed my feminism.
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