And I do mean literally here! Because this month I am pleased to be your host for the 21st Edition.
So let me pour you a cuppa (how do you take it?) and let’s enjoy this over high tea, shall we?
Well that’s January been and gone. What has happened in the last month?
It seems to have been a quiet month on the blogging front, what with the summer heat and rain and holidays and back to school and the myriad of other things going on this time of year, but there is still plenty to enjoy in terms of feminist writing.
The New Year has been seen in:
And we’ve been wished a Happy New Year! by Capitalism Bad; Tree Pretty. And there has been some farewells too, leading Queen Emily to question The legacies of trans-exclusive feminism at her post at Hoyden About Town.
There has been some great discussion about things relating to the domestic sphere – the home, house and family concerns.
Tansy Rayner Roberts has been Writing While The House is Messy at tansyrr.com.
Parenting is a perennial topic, and January saw discussion of the added complexities when the parenting is being done by a step-parent. Stepmum Of The Year wonders Rights? What rights should step parents have? and Stef at A Touch of the Crazy is inquiring Does stepparenting = step-mothering?
Meanwhile, Sophie at 2 B Sophora paints a poignant picture of One woman and her guard.
As usual with feisty feminist writers there has been some great posts relating to Race, Rights and Identity
A shiny new coin muses on taxes and toilets. Tigtog, at Hoyden About Town, looks at Complacency, Indifference and Intent (or lack thereof) in terms of the discussion around the attacks on Indian students. Chally makes it clear that Disability is not your analogy at Zero at the Bone, and she examines The Privileges and Pains of Passing. Stephiepenguin examines her racial identity and muses and it looks like… posted at 天高皇企鹅远. In examining identity and insults girliejones wonders Do some insults hurt less?
January 23 was Blogging for Choice Day – this year with the theme of ‘Trust Women’
Deborah – In a strange land, asks that we Trust women, and Tigtog was also Blogging for Choice, at Hoyden About Town.
In addition to trust, respect was also a bit of a reoccurring theme this month.
Chally reminds us of The importance of women’s friendships at Zero at the Bone. Deborah In a strange land sends a Note to Mike Rann: the title is “Ms”. Pharaoh Katt asks that we respect children and their bodies and not Name and Shame them at Something More Than Sides.
The disrespectful and denigrating of image of the older woman as the ‘cougar’ seems to be an increasing presence in popular culture and thankfully this is being critiqued. Fuck Politeness writes of Karaoke and cougars. Julie at The Hand Mirror suggests that there has been Vileness, and a bit of irony, from Air NZ and she gives us More on Air NZ’s cougar rubbish. The Luddite Journo asks why Those damn cougars just won’t lie back and think of England ?
Posts pertaining to politics and activism.
Deborah at In a strange land gives us A fabulous resource for feminists, womanists, disabilism activists, equality activists. January’s been an interesting month politically and Rachel Hills at Musings of an Inappropriate Woman has Sex advice for my future children… inspired by Tony Abbott. At the frogblog, Catherine Delahunty asks Will Cathy Taewa get answers from Paula and Nick?
Posts pertaining to Body image and Sexuality
The bad news, according to The Dawn Chorus, is that Female Ejaculation Doesn’t Exist. Also, did you know that Jennifer Hawkins does ‘real beauty’ wrong – In case you hadn’t realised blue milk examines the fallout from ‘that’ magazine cover.
Posts pertaining to fashion and rape culture – unfortunately paired together because all you need to know about rape culture has been encapsulated on some men’s T-shirt
(trigger warnings for the links to the posts in this section)
Chally, writing at Feministe looks at the offending and offense shirts in Today in selling misogyny and LudditeJourno has learnt that from said fashion items that It’s not rape if you yell surprise. If that’s what being sold and worn does the existence of such Virtual realities: Sydney University’s “pro-rape” Facebook group surprise anyone? It doesn’t surprise Chloe at Feministing.
The dismissal from court of a particular gang rape case has led to Emma Hart at Public Address fantasising about chocolate mousse aerosol cans so that we can get All Together Now.
The rules of consent still apply in a group sex situation. Which is why it also doesn’t help when, at the other end of the spectrum, people say that women can’t consent to group sex, or will only do so under social pressure, or maybe only think they do because they’re buying into a male viewpoint. Both viewpoints assume that group sex is always one woman and a group of men. Both remove the emphasis from whether the woman said yes or no – because how can I have the ability to say no unless I also have a meaningful ability to say yes?
Of course, someone has once again blamed Feminism for the rise of raunch culture, but the news with nipples has been writing about Feminism and dolls in order to set them straight.
Posts pertaining to the Media and Movies
Rachel Hills presents Sex & The City and the great (feminist?) quest for love at her blog Musings of an Inappropriate Woman.
Lauredhel gives us Arsevertising*: Will You Be Ready For Your First Time? posted at Hoyden About Town. And she also examines That Homebirth Study in South Australia that was blatantly misrepresented in the media, also at Hoyden About Town.
Tansy Rayner Roberts at tansyrr.com gives us a review of The Princess and the Frog.
Kiwi back in Sydney! gives us a lovely walk through the Melbourne: CERES Garden. Jo Tamar at Wallaby has been Talking about mansplaining…. While meganwegan at Craft is the New Black reflects on Honesty, Anarkaytie gives us a Follow-up to academic feminism to be found at Anarkaytie’s Weblog.
Writing and Sci Fi
girlie jones not only looks at the latest in female presence in SF ToCs but she asks do You know what’s fun to read in the debate on gender disparity in SF? .
And to see the carnival off, Whileawaying invites us to a Book Launch!
Well, its been lovely hosting you. I hope that you’ve enjoyed the tea and the writing.
Next month the carnival will be at Fuck Politeness‘ place. And don’t forget to submit (see here) – your own posts and those of other down under feminists that you’ve enjoyed reading this February.