Wednesday, January 5, 2011

32nd Down Under Feminists Carnival

Happy New Year Everybody.
I hope 2011 is full of awesome, stripey socks, kitty/puppy cuddles, yummy food and plenty of time for drinking/relaxing sleeping. Please replace any of the these with your desired relaxation/joy activities!

Welcome to the 32nd edition of the (dum, dum, de duuum)

the logo for the Down Under Feminists Carnival - the international symbol for 'female' with the Southern Cross in the centre

I've tried to make it as user-friendly as possible - I hope you enjoy!

Thanks to all those who have submitted, and a special thanks to the wonderful Chally for all her help and dealing with my last minute freak-outs!


The Hoydens share their love of the Sound of Music (Who woulda thunk Sound of Music was feminist!?) in BFTP Friday Hoyden: Top 10 reasons I love The Sound of Music


Over at Zero at the Bone, Chally talks about Constant Vigilance

Family/Women's Work

SAHM feminist gets on the soapbox.. breastfeeding in Public.

Spilt Milk talks on Maternity, from here

In a Strange Land, Deborah says Perhaps hitting children really is too horrible to contemplate

Blue Milk says - Quick, let's throw ourselves under a bus

Ariane shows how a woman's work is literally never done, especially at Christmas time: Christmas, brought to you by women

The Hoydens remind everyone that breastfeeding is BFTP: Parenting While Female: “It’s Not About You”

General Feminism/Social Justice

Jo talks about how Selley's have lost her business in I buy hardware supplies...

Over at The News with Nipples, Kim suggests that maybe feminists haven't yet achieved world domination - The F monster and world domination . It made me LOLSOB.

At The Fat Heffalump, we are reminded that It's OK to be 'Weird'? . And it really really is :).

The wonderful women over at at The Hand Mirror provide a list of Feminist blogging in Aotearoa New Zealand

Boganette on Why are you part of the women's liberation movement?

"Boganette resurrects a classic and the usual trolls show up to play!"

Mindy at The Hoydens is Bitter.


Chally, clever thing that she is, has written a series of amazing posts on women and Iconography at Bitch Magazine. I suggest that you make yourself your favourite beverage of choice, put your feet up and read them.

Iconography: Octavia E. Butler and Rewriting the Other | books, authors, science fiction | Bitch Magazine

Iconography: Ursula K. Le Guin, the Model of a Modern Mythmaker | Science Fiction, women, literature | Bitch Magazine

Iconography: The Peony Pavilion | books, literature, feminism, theater | Bitch Magazine

Iconography: The Woman No One Saw | James Tiptree Jr., Alice B. Sheldon, books | Bitch Magazine

Iconography: The Rather Extraordinary Astrid Lindgren and Pippi Longstocking | books, gender, children | Bitch Magazine

Iconography: Harry Potter and the Girls Who Weren’t Chosen Ones | Bitch Magazine


The Hoydens talk about Captain Bridget Clinch - In Support of Captain Bridget Clinch and Pharaoh Kat follows up with some awesome activism in Supporting Captain Clinch and Why Pronouns Matter

Rachel Hills talks about What gay marriage opponents have in common with gay French philosophers - more then you would think!


The Hoydens talk about Ethics classes to be offered in SRE time in NSW Finally, it looks like this ridiculous double standard is going to end.

Chally shows off her drawing skills at Chally and the uterine fistfight. Uteri and their aggressive natures, tsk, tsk!

Deborah talks about The Treacle in Adelaide.


The News with Nipples gets a surprise in - Diplomats have opinions? I'm shocked
and then discusses the tension between bloggers and journalists in Our own worst enemy

Today in Double Standards touches on the increasingly concerning story of the Melbourne teenager and those photos.


Blue Milk talks about costuming in Do Not Fuck with Masculinity. Coz being dressed as 'female' is totes the worst thing eva!


A really thought provoking series by Chally - Cultural Constructions, Part 1 .
Cultural Constructions, Part 2
Cultural Constructions, Part 3
Cultural Constructions: An Interlude

Tiara the Merch girl writes about how people only see her Otherness, which erases her queerness in Exotic Taboo [Love, Anonymously] .

Chally talks on Colouring Perception and how colour is subjective and cultural.

Repro Justice

At A Touch of the Crazy, Stef has a rant on The abortion law in this country needs to change now
The wonderful Hoydens dispel some abortion myths in BFTP: We knew it was bad for you, see!?!


The Hoydens strike again in Review: Radical Act


Ally talks about something that is not gross in Some Grossly Indulgent Self Promotion, And A Story Called Gross .

Breast Cancer

NZGirl started a highly inappropriate breast cancer awareness campaign. And it pissed NZ feminist bloggers off - and rightly so. Rachel Hansen asked Should we be asking girls to "get your tits out for the girls"? , followed by Queen Of Thorns says there is only one reason to care about breast cancer, rails against being a "prude" and discussing how the response from NZGirl was, well, less then stellar. At Pickled Tink, Amanda sums up and provides some links, and Boganette points out that it goes on and on and on. Scuba Nurse provides some actual education. At A lump in the road, a breast cancer survivor talks on her reaction to the campaign in Insensitive.

New blogger Annanonymous follows up with some thoughts about the pinkification of breast cancer .

The Body
Definatalie is Thirty and angry and fabulous, darling.

The Fat Heffalump talks about food judgement cliches in Food Judgement or The Post in Which I Make too Many Bad Food Puns .

Queen of Thorns writes on progressive and fat hate in You are actually part of the problem

Shall We Dance? - The Fat Heffalump talks about dancing and being fat, and a beautiful paragraph on muscle memory.

Spilt Milk writes Thanks, Doctor and then, amazingly, wonderfully and so truthfully in All of us (thoughts on fat acceptance) . Just brilliant.


Over at Geek Feminism they talk about how violence is not the solution to harassment, in “Why don’t you just hit him?” and continue with Harassment and bullying

On rape and rape culture, Blue Milk talks about Why most preventative strategies are set up wrong , News with Nipples provides some scary info on Police and rape myths, Stef talks about rape blame and Queen of Thorns does some signal boosting.

And last but not least, "Harriet J's call out against Naomi Wolf's Assange fuckery" in  Dear Second and Third Wave Feminists With Publicly Recognizable Names 

Thanks for stopping by everyone!

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  1. This edition = amazing. Thank you very much for all your work!!!!! And for the nice words :D.

  2. Awesome carnival. Thanks heaps for putting it together.

    Just a quick note

    "At A Touch of the Crazy, Stef has a rant on The abortion law in this country needs to change now :

    The link for that article appears to point to another blog.

  3. Oops will look at that now. Thanks!

  4. Well done, so well organised and at this time of year, too. How ever did you manage it?

  5. Fantastic carnival!! You've done a brilliant job.

  6. Thanks BlueMilk! It involved an hour here and an hour there whilst Strumpette was bored and whingy and 1 very late night as my husband swore at me to come to bed! Glad you've enjoyed it and that it comes across organised (so unlike myself!).

  7. Thanks Boganette. I'm enjoying discovering your blog and though I haven't commented I loved your new year tweets - hilarious!

  8. thanks for the linky love and a wonderful carnival

  9. No worries Stef - the linky love is well deserved.

  10. Oh my goodness, so much good reading and I'm honoured to be part of the list again.

  11. Excellent work, PPS. I've put a shout-out up at The Hand Mirror... a bit late, I'm sorry.

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  13. Thanks for the comment Sleepy Dumpling.

    Deborah - thanks :). And no, it isn't late, any linky love is good linky love!

    All - apologies for the multiple name changes/responses. They are all me, just trying to sort out my google accounts.