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Hello, all! Welcome to Zero at the Bone and the seventieth edition of the Down Under Feminists Carnival. I am very pleased indeed to be hosting for what must be the fourth time. It’s a fabulous resource and a great community project, and it’s a pleasure to be your coordinator. You – yes, you! – can host a carnival yourself. Don’t be shy; you don’t need years of blogging history or loads of page views racked up to be a DUFC host, just some enthusiasm. If you have any questions about doing so, leave a comment or drop me an email at chally.zeroatthebone [at] gmail.com.

Let’s get right into this month’s carnival. It’s shorter than I had planned, but I’ve no Internet at home right now and a horrible schedule, so you’ll have to forgive me.

Relating to our bodies

Kath of Fat Heffalump has some tips on what to say to fat haters spouting “Frequently Heard Asshattery”. She also has a thoughtful discussion on “Strengthening Self Esteem”.

In “Are fat people lazy?” Mrs Woog dismisses the myth that fat people – mothers in particular – are fat because they are lazy, and ends the post with a portrait emblazoned with the words ‘I like cake,’ so basically you have to go read that post now.

Sarah of Radically Visible talks about the importance of selfies in “Selfies, Beauty and Objectification”. This was one of my favourite posts this month. She writes, ‘Being able to look in a mirror or at a photograph of myself – even an ugly or unflattering one – and like the person I see there after a lifetime of being literally afraid to see my own reflection, that feels very powerful.’

In SA Weekend Magazine, Katie Spain explores a history of breast obsession, accessorisation, and modification, alongside a rundown of the breast-centric shows at this year’s Adelaide Fringe. The article is called “Why is modern society obsessed with breasts?”

Erin-Aree, writing at erinaree.com, presents a poem about wearing/removing make-up called “Last night I became more beautiful…”

Julie of The Hand Mirror has realised that ‘it’s the clothes that don’t fit, not my body’. Go read about “How Savemart changed my life”.

A life unexamined’s Jo asks What does a normal vulva look like? (Reflections on being a research participant), in which she details her participation in a study concerning perceptions of the vulva.

Signal boosts for amazing women

At Hoyden About Town, I wrote about Assist A Sista, an Australian organisation that is filling the gaps in provisions for domestic violence survivors. Go check out Signal Boost: Assist A Sista – you yourself may be able to assist with goods, a donation, or corporate sponsorship.

Our own Deborah Russell is running for parliament, can you believe it? At The Standard, Deborah writes about what she stands for in New Zealand’s election. ‘I do not want to live in a society where people who have less are vulnerable to being ordered around by people who have more, where people who have less are treated as being less worthy of consideration, and are shut out from participating in our society.’

At Global Comment, I wrote about “The Woman Being Removed For Being Too Good at Her Job: Guatemala’s Attorney General Claudia Paz y Paz”. It rather looks as though she lost her job because she kept being pesky and pursuing human rights issues rather than laying low.

Jacqui Tomlims of the Kew Primary School blog has interviewed Logie nominee Shelley Ware in “Shelley for Gold!” Shelley is nominated for bringing ‘a women’s perspective’ to Indigenous football TV show Marngrook.

I’ve had a number of nominations for various posts from the Kath – Homeless blog, in which Kath tells the story of her life and homelessness, but I’m linking the whole blog to encourage you to read more of her story.

Reproductive rights

At Right Now, in “Assisted Reproductive Technologies and Human Rights,” Kate Galloway discusses the intricacies of Australian law surrounding assisted reproduction technologies.

Kim of the news with nipples calls her readers to “Get your marching shoes on” regarding NSW’s Zoe’s Law.

Pregnant in Paris is apparently “Too fat to give birth here,” according to some centres who use BMI as the ‘sole method of weight based risk stratification in pregnancy’.

At Daily Life, pseudonymous writer Kathrine Ley is considering “The hardest decision to make at 40”, whether or not to have an abortion.

The “what? no” section

In “That Air NZ safety video,” Deborah explains why the new Air NZ safety video crosses boundaries best left uncrossed. Barf.

In “It’s Not About You, and other adventures in privilege,” Aaminah of Days Like Crazy Paving writes about on why it’s not about you if it’s not about you, specifically with regard to whiteness and feminism.

The eponymous blogger at thekooriwoman asks ‘When does my colour stop being the reason I get harassed and treated with disrespect? […] I am now a woman. And in becoming a woman I had somehow thought this would mean I would be accorded respect.’ Read about what she went through trying to get a script filled in “On Shopping While Black”.

Sadly leading into the next section, here’s “Sexual Harassment on the Bus” by Lily Edelstein writing for Birdee, which, ugh.

Violence against women

Louise Taylor asks why we have to show compassion when men kill family members in “Deep down, Australia still accepts domestic violence” at The Guardian.

At Daily Life, Clementine Ford discusses “What does it mean to be a ‘good man’?”

The Hand Mirror’s Julie writes about the importance of believing victims in “I believe Dylan Farrow”.

intersectionalitytimes’ Christina Ryan Gender presents “Gender Based Violence meets Disability Violence”: ‘We need a disability sector which understands gender based violence, and a women’s services sector which has a better handle on understanding disability. There is no other way’.

Lip Magazine’s Ally Van Schilt reports on “Violence against women: Australasia’s cultural problem”. ‘A study published in medical journal, The Lancet earlier last week has revealed that incidents of sexual violence against women, specifically involving perpetrators who are not partners, is more than double the global average in Australia and New Zealand.’

Undoing social norms

I always enjoy Rachel Hills’ (Musings of an Inappropriate Woman) writing on singlehood, and “Happy Galentine’s Day: In Praise of Being Single” is no exception.

“Muslim, queer, feminist: it’s as complicated as it sounds.” by Aaminah Khan of Days Like Crazy Paving is absolutely beautiful.

anjum at stargazer has some excellent “waitangi day reflections” on how we talk about unity.

“Shoot straight on sex ed – it’s time to include LGBTI experiences” is a rather hilarious and on point article on the SBS website by Rebecca Shaw.

Fictional pursuits

Mindy from Hoyden About Town is doing the Australian Women Writers Challenge. Here is, for a sample, “#AWW2014 Book Review: Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan,” her review of a book I also thoroughly recommend to anyone who who thinks about women’s roles in societal structures and family life.

orlando, also at HAT, offers “Friday Hoyden: Beatrice,” profiling the marvellous character in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.

Thank you very much for reading the seventieth edition of the Down Under Feminists Carnival. Do promote it, and submit posts to the next one, because that’s what keeps the carnival going and your brains full of fabulous feminist goodness. (We’d particularly benefit from more submissions of New Zealand blog posts!) On which note, my particular thanks to Mindy, Rebecca, and Mary for their wealth of submissions.

The next edition will be hosted by Rebecca at Opinions @ bluebec.com. Submit your own or other people’s posts to rebecca.dominguez [at] gmail [dot] com if you can’t access the blogcarnival submissions form.