Hello Lolstralia and our antipodean Kiwi neighbour, and of course any other visitors to the blog! No Award brings you the Down Under Feminist Carnival, Edition 102! We last hosted edition 90, yes, 12 months ago, and that we keep hosting in November is only a little bit of a coincidence.
With thanks to Mary, Thalia, Chally, Bec and Ana for submitting links.
Steph says: I felt really overwhelmed trying to ‘categorise’ links this month, and I’m still not happy with where things have ended up – like, if something is about motherhood and missions and the Stolen Generation, is it right to put that under Indigenous business, or parenting, or gendered stuff? We’re complex and it’s complex and feminism definitely, as we all know, has a tendency towards the normalisation of whiteness and then the ghettoisation of anything outside of that. So anyway, we can definitely chat about that in the comments if people feel like it.
A reminder: how the carnival works
Last month’s carnival: at bluebec.com
If you’d like to host a carnival: fill in this form to host. Hosting a carnival is a good way to really immerse yourself in antipodean feminists for a month, I find – it gives me a focus I don’t give it the rest of the year, flitting as I do from linkspam to linkspam and all the stresses in between. It’s very intense, but because we only host once a year it’s also okay 😀
Jo, feminist blogger and well known around these parts: A retirement post
Chansey Paech, Northern Territory Labor MLA for Namatjira! I Am Young, I Am Gay, I Am Black: Australia’s First Openly Gay Aboriginal Politician Enters Parliament
This article full on makes Steph want to vom but here we are anyway, at Narratively, aka, how others see us: Pauling Hanson is the Donald Trump of Australia. And she just won.
The excellent Amy McQuire: If you think Aboriginal women are silent about domestic violence, you’re not listening
Laura Rademaker on Aboriginal missions in the early twentieth century: The Stolen Generation: motherhood in black and white
On Class, and Age, and that Housing Thing
Oz Faruqi: We’ve Defended Smashed Avocados, Now It’s Time To Fight For Houses, Free Uni And Better Jobs (Steph highly recommends following Oz on the twitters if you don’t already)
Annette is not alone in the uncertainty of her accommodation. The number of older women who are rental tenants in Australia is growing, and these women, if not already poor, are increasingly vulnerable to poverty and homelessness.
From an industry site: Australia’s Housing Slum Shame
Our Prime Minster says that it is too complicated to set a target to reduce child poverty. Apparently there are too many measures, and he has received advice from officials telling him to put this one in the too hard basket. We won’t dwell on his comparison between pest predators and children.
Also on low income in NZ: Judith Collins: Not Crushing the PC Brigade. Just (Mainly) Wrong and also about this, at Tea and Oranges: Offensive
On Manus, and Refugees
At the Saturday Paper: Leaked UNHCR report: Manus Island world’s worst
Ann Deslandes at Overland: Against empathy
At the root of such attempts to build greater empathy for less oppression is a theory of recognition – that is, that we humans oppress each other because we can’t see ourselves in the other, and vice versa.
At Bluemilk: The kids are all right
Now again I won’t speak on behalf of other Asians from other countries, but I can safely say that as an Asian Australian, there still lacks a level of tolerance, understanding and acceptance that our Asian Australian LGBTIQ communities exist.
(please note that some stories include mention of sexual assault)
Susan Currie at VIDA: Sexual harassment in universities becomes visible…again
Jeanette Winterson: The malice and sexism behind the ‘unmasking’ of Elena Ferrante
And an explainer on it: The doxxing of Elena Ferrante: the uproar over the novelist’s secret identity, explained
Steph talked about this article TWICE at UWRF, which was unexpected: This is the reason women should never give up their jobs
Leta Hong Fincher: China’s Feminist Five
Unfortunately, and somewhat ironically, Peter Jackson’s column is a product of the exact culture it’s admonishing: A culture which says rugby players should be more ashamed for hiring a stripper than allegedly assaulting her, a culture that questions whether a woman who was allegedly strangled and locked on a 14th story balcony while she begged to go home was complicit in her own death, and a culture which tut-tuts at Aaron Smith having sex in a public bathroom but doesn’t raise an eyebrow at the couple who waited outside, recording the incident on their cell phone.
Chally writes about everyday oppresions: Owning labour, owning anger
Gender equality is what they call a ‘wicked problem’. There’s no one thing that’s going to happen that’s going to fix it. We have legislative change, and that’s great, but we still haven’t got that social change.
The ACC Clinical Pathway illustrates the dangers of ideological public policy, and the importance of community safeguards and advocacy in speaking truth to (rape culture, neo-liberal) power. I’m mentioning it now because I think this government has learned from that public policy defeat, but not the lessons we might hope. Quietly and quickly, calmly and efficiently they have muzzled the community sector so it will not happen again.
Things that are about race
Pung’s essay is part of the Australian-Indonesian essay series.
If you haven’t seen Maxine Beneba Clarke’s talk from MWF, it’s available online to watch: Maxine Beneba Clarke: Opening Address (2016).
Luke Pearson on blackface, apologies and the media: Why do media ‘name and shame’, but not educate as well?
Another day, another idiot dressed up in a blackface costume – this time carrying a petrol can. It’s pretty unmistakably racist.
Chloe Wong at Overland, ‘Go back to China!’: on imposed identities
Don Brash is my father, and these are conversations my father has in the pub he’s been drinking in for 45 years, with men who used to work in the freezing works or factories of the Hutt Valley. Dad says his pub mates, some of whom are Māori, don’t believe in people being treated differently. The consensus, according to him, is that treating everyone the same is the way to stop racism.
Somehow, the prevailing narrative of the immigrant or the refugee has become one of laziness, one that professes fears of leeching off the government, but at the same time, also taking jobs away from “Australians who deserve them”. Narratives of fear are far more effective than those that promote positivity, and in the past couple of years, this has become abundantly clear. It has become a way to maintain supremacy in a world that is catching up to them, bullies attempting to put down those who are different, or those who may threaten their previously uncontested span of power.
Health, disability and accessibility
At Gimped: Why We Must Not Go Gently Into The Night
Most of all, it is hard to explain how we are devalued and treated as ‘less than’. And as an activist who fights against violence, abuse and neglect of disabled people, I have hundreds of examples where disabled people have been murdered, where their perpetrators have walked free, sometimes into paid interviews. Where our deaths have been described as mercy killings and our lives have been described as ‘burdensome’.
Carly Findlay again: The murder of disabled children is often excused
Parenting; and Kids in Spaces
This weekend I found myself in two situations with my children where I felt deeply uncomfortable about what happened. Twice in a just a few minutes where we experienced street harassment. They’ve stuck in my brain ever since. I can’t help but ask myself if I could have done better, not for my sake, but for my son.
At Tea and Oranges: We should definitely fund ECE better
Emily Writes: Eddie’s Wish: ‘A simple reminder that people are good’ (Steph totally teared up reading this!)
Thalia at Sacraparental: Kind, wise, brave & joyful: How we created our family list of core values for our family
Critics have called HFTW a ‘mini-masterpiece’ and it’s the expertly travelled paths between these different themes that make it so, and despite exploring the experience of colonialism and the carceral in New Zealand, the film has universal themes. The success of the film in Australia and the US (both settler-colonial states with racialised prison-industrial complexes) makes sense.
Kiera Lindsey: The Convict’s Daughter: Speculations on Biography
I-Kiribati migrant communities in Australia continue the fight to save their homelands on the frontline of climate change
Other important things
Gabriel Stroud on a thing many of us struggled with: Year 12 exams: Our kids deserve better than this
Marian Quartly on a piece of her family history (and also Australian law in the early 1900s): Marital separation and family heroines
An interview with: Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Australia’s Change Maker
An interview with: A.C. Buchanan: And Still the Forests Grow though we are Gone