The DUFC is a collection of writing on broadly-defined feminist issues by Australian and New Zealand bloggers. It encompasses everything from political commentary to topics like race, gender, sexual inequality, queer issues, disability, human rights and social justice, sex and relationships, fat politics, feminist theory and more.
Welcome to the 82nd Edition of the Down Under Feminists’ Carnival!
Thanks to everyone who contributed to this edition! I hope you all enjoy. … More The 82nd Edition of the Down Under Feminists’ Carnival
Over at The Asexual Agenda, I’ve written a post on the value of sharing and listening to personal stories about asexuality, alongside the more political and theoretical discussions we have in the ace community. The post also announces a new project I’m working on, creating such a space. You can head over to the original … More The Value of Telling Stories
Welcome to the 64th edition of the Down Under Feminists’ Carnival! For the uninitiated, this carnival is a collection of blogging on feminist-y themes by Australian and New Zealand bloggers. I last hosted the carnival in July 2012, so this is my second go. You can find past carnivals here on the DUFC website. (You … More The 64th Down Under Feminists’ Carnival
It’s been ten days since Rudd announced his solution for stopping the boats: to ship everyone off to Papua New Guinea (a country itself still considered to be developing) to live in tents and then eventually be resettled far away from Australia. Ten days and I am still raging inside, to the point where I … More Where have all the asylum seekers gone?
I wrote this post yesterday while sitting at the airport in Sydney, after having spent the week at Queer Collaborations. That is largely why I haven’t posted anything in a while, since I shared the abstract for the workshop I was giving. I learned a lot of very useful things and met some fascinating people, … More Six Things I Learnt at Queer Collaborations
Lately I’ve been thinking about the rhetoric that is ‘being a burden on society.’ It’s a phrase that gets thrown around at many things, resulting in some form of self-righteous judgement and de-humanisation of those accused of being a burden. Who is a burden on society? Well, that’s easy, society tells us. It’s those fat … More Burdens on Society
In the last few weeks, I’ve been hearing more and more about the Oaktree Foundation’s Live Below the Line challenge. The idea is to spend only $10 on food for five days – thus ‘living’ on two dollars a day, an amount that has been defined as the extreme poverty line. In return, you ask … More Why I won’t live below the line
There’s been a lot of stuff floating around in the media the last few months, and it just reminds me how absolutely ludicrous the claim that Australia is a classless society is. In 2012 ACOSS released their report into poverty in Australia, and found that 1 in 8 people were living below the poverty line. … More Because we’re a classless society, right?
The question brewing into a small cyclone in the feminist sphere at the moment is the question of whether Gina Rinehart is a feminist – prompted by Alecia Simmonds’ piece over at Daily Life. How can Rinehart possibly be a feminist, I hear everyone ask? She’s ‘obscenely’ rich, she’s mean, she hasn’t got a philanthropic … More Feminism, Philanthropy and Gina Rinehart (and other high-profile women)
This piece was written for the 6th issue of the UQ Women’s Collective Zine, titled “Herstory.” Women in the Roman Republic and Empire are one of the most elusive parts of history. They are spoken for, but never speak; represented, but rarely for themselves. Where women feature in historical literature, the patriarchal tradition of moral … More Mothers and Whores: Women in Ancient Rome