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
Almost two years ago (wow, it doesn’t seem like that long ago!) I participated in a study that wanted to explore women’s perceptions of their vulvas: and what a ‘normal’ vulva looked like, and what it was meant to look like. I found the flyer in the women’s room at uni, and signed up. A … More What does a normal vulva look like?
In western society, it’s generally thought that nudity is something that belongs in private, and not in public. As a kid, running around without clothes on isn’t really frowned upon – it’s considered innocent and natural. But as soon as you hit puberty or thereabouts, it suddenly becomes less ok, unless you’re in the privacy … More Naked Bodies = Sex
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
Tomorrow I am heading back to the gym. I have mixed feelings about it. I’m going because my physio recommended it to help me deal with back pain (and associated issues) I’ve had for a few years now. Pilates and yoga, mainly. (I’m counting them as belonging to the category of ‘going to the gym’ … More Gym reflections
Yesterday I was flicking through the inevitable junk mail that had accumulated in my mailbox, and stopped at a double page spread in the Best and Less catalogue. It actually took me a moment to realise what it was that was so odd about the ad: it featured seven women who were not your traditional … More Best and Less gets something right about advertising (and a few things wrong)
It’s been a bit quiet here on the blog lately. The beginning of the year is always pretty busy, if not with uni work, then with life things – visiting family, getting back into the research job I got for the summer, organising to go overseas at the end of the month, pondering the year … More A New Year
This month, The News With Nipples has been asking for submissions on ‘the future’ for the 55th edition of the Down Under Feminists Carnival. So I thought I’d write something on what I want to see in the future, for feminism. And life in general. Obviously, writing a complete list of things that could be … More My Feminist Wishlist
Whether it’s in the way we dress, the gender we perform or the shape we are, our bodies shape the way we think about ourselves and the way that society thinks about us. Our bodies are texts to be read, with meanings and values and rules scribbled onto our skin. Some are personal, and some … More Sex Scribbled on my Skin: body politics and sexuality
There’s this thing about periods (menstruation, for clarification) I’ve been pondering lately. It’s how they’re simultaneously something cherished and celebrated, something essential to womanhood – and something that needs to be hidden, something that shouldn’t be talked about, and occasionally something that makes those people who have them irrational and crazy. I’ve talked about period … More Are Periods Really That Special?