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the logo for the Down Under Feminists Carnival - the international symbol for 'female' with the Southern Cross in the centre Welcome to the 100th Down Under Feminists Carnival! I am so glad to have you all here once more to celebrate the latest in New Zealand and Australian online writing of feminist interest. This is a real milestone.

DUFC is such an institution in our corner of the blogosphere. It’s always full of diverse, passionate voices talking about important things. But what really makes it work is the communal, collaborative nature of the Carnival: we take turns hosting, we come together, we share each others’ voices, and we are all richer human beings for it.

It has been a pleasure to be your coordinator for the past six years and I am grateful to the Carnival founder, lauredhel, for passing it on to me. I always love discovering new (to me) voices, just as I love reading the work of writers who have been in the carnival since the very beginning.

Please email me (chally [dot] zeroatthebone [at] gmail [dot] com) to volunteer to host a future carnival – slots are open from November. As always, check the DUFC site for submission details for forthcoming carnivals and everything you need to know.

Many thanks to Ana, Mary, Rebecca, Scarlett, and Thalia for the excellent submissions.

Let’s get reading.


At Girlactica, Shona Riddell tells us about Mary Bennett – NZ’s first and only female lighthouse keeper.

At the Australian Women’s History Network blog, Catherine Bishop writes about Manipulating Marriage and Money-Making, on ‘on female economic agency at a time when married women’s financial dealings were subject to their husbands’ control’. Among other things, Catherine’s work focuses on colonial businesswomen on both sides of the Tasman.

Steph at No Award shares Elementary Malay, prepared as a guide for R.A.A.F. personnel. Wow.

Nadia Rhook writes Representing a non-English speaking woman in 1890s Melbourne: some dilemmas at the Australian Women’s History Network blog.

Queensland has been debating decriminalising abortion, which is a criminal act under legislation dating to 1899. Lisa Featherstone, at the Australian Women’s History Network blog, asks What did abortion look like in 1899?

Paid work

Jessica Sheather-Neumann at Feminartsy writes Ability or Confidence: Why girls aren’t studying STEM.

At Left Side Story, Deborah Russell asks What do New Zealanders actually earn? And why we need to understand these figures.

Anna at Hoyden About Town makes an excellent, wide ranging argument in BFTP: Funding Humanities Research.


Bri Lee at Kill Your Darlings shares Shame and the M‑word: On writing memoir in your twenties, on valuing women’s experiences and stories of their own lives.

Ju at The Conversationalist posts Snapshot 2016: Interview with Stephanie Lai, esteemed writer and down under feminist blogger type!

Julia Faragher shares The Online World of Female Filmmakers – including a New Zealand production team – at Feminartsy.

Will you be around Auckland at the end of October? At NZ Poetry Shelf, Paula Green lets us know that Ladies Litera-Tea tickets now on sale yum yum yum. Check it out if you can make it! Paula has posted so much this month, so actually just go check out her blog in general at NZ Poetry Shelf.

Representing people of colour/those of us who aren’t white/your favoured term here

Sparrowhawk/Kārearea writes The Māori in the Room: ‘So the very moment we call on culture to help us advance a position, identify solutions to political problems, create unity, affirm kinship, it bites us on the backside and orders us back into the box of our own bloody making.’

Steph at No Award writes arts, representation, and you(r local brown peeps). ‘Put a brown person in there’ – including behind the scenes.

At The Lifted Brow, Candy Bowers writes Gone Daddy Gone: Brown Girl Seeking…, a reflective piece on representations of the rest of us. ‘What writers, directors, producers and designers of colour have is a rapidly growing multiracial population that are yearning to see themselves, and a massive gap in the market.’

Chinese & Indian Australians: queer, here and in need of Safe Schools is a deft, thoughtful, intersection piece by Audrey Yue and Carolyn D’Cruz at Overland. They refuse to collapse or leave out one part of identity because another is present.

Protesting against injustice

Lucy Cormack at The Sydney Morning Herald writes Protesters attend Sydney University Open Day to campaign against sexual violence. Excellent stuff.

At gimpled, Sam Connor writes A Broken Window In A Kalgoorlie Courthouse. ‘How can you live with that kind of injustice and NOT riot?’

Reviews and analyses

Amy Nicholls-Diver writes lip lit: rebellious daughters at lip magazine, a review of Rebellious Daughters, ed. by Maria Katsonis and Lee Kofman, ‘an anthology of essays by Australian female writers that explores rebellion, identity and the familial bond’.

Well, this was horrifying. At No Award, Liz liveblogs Joe Cinque’s Consolation.

At SBS, Scarlett Harris comments on The WWE and LGBTQIA representation. Here are a description of the first video (the paragraph beginning ‘Paige comes out’) and a description of the second.

Meta social justice

At Feminartsy, Scarlett Harris asks Is celebrity feminism helping or hindering the movement?

sky croeser at leftover words writes On Not Shutting Up, which goes through the ‘specific processes by which women are silenced’ in activist spaces. It is upsetting and excellent and will reverberate in my head.

Check out Andie Fox’s thoughtful More practice, less perfect: How do we navigate the lion’s den of feminist discussions?

Health, disability, and justice

Patients X, Y and Z, by Hilary Stace at Public Address, is an important read: ‘So what is the case and why is it so significant to disability rights? This is its name: “X” & ORS v ATTORNEY GENERAL & ORS (ORS here means ‘others’ and nothing to do with special education ORS), and it is about multiple claims relating to the treatment of patients in psychiatric care.’

Good news from Emily McAvan at SBS: Australia’s first trans health clinic has opened up in Melbourne.

Depression isn’t diabetes, says Sarah Wilson at Writehanded. ‘That may seem like an obvious thing to say. But I am really, really sick of conflating mental illnesses with physical ones (which is a false dichotomy in itself) in order to make them and their treatments seem more palatable.’ Sarah shares several really good reasons why.

The Wrong Conversation? No, Doctors Don’t Need to Mention Weight Loss More, says Anna at Hoyden About Town. Enough with inappropriate, unsolicited advice.

Things that really ought to change

Liz at No Award shares Kids Today, or, the thinkpiece in 1920. Times don’t change.

On the back of a positive announcement in South Australia, Emily McAvan at SBS tells us Why Australia’s gender recognition laws need to change.

Flip that Script writes that Learning happens in relationships. How Hekia’s new plans are an attack on inter-personal connections.

Celeste Liddle tells us What we’re missing while we argue over individual acts of blatant racism. ‘We avoid examining how our policies discriminate, our media neglects, our education system lacks and our politicians pass the buck.’

At The Conversation, Ana Stevenson explores Hillary Clinton and Julia Gillard: how the media shape our view of leaders as ‘women’. Here are a transcript of the first video in the article and a transcript of the second.

Things that ought to be encouraged

Kath at Fat Heffalump writes There’s No Comfort Like Community, on her feelings emergent from ‘attending and participating in the New Zealand Fat Studies: Identity, Agency and Embodiment (FSNZ16) conference last month’. FYI, Kath has also been gracing Australia’s TV screens in You Can’t Ask That! (it’s captioned).

At SBS, Elizabeth Sutherland writes Wear it Purple to support rainbow youth: why we all should take part.

At Fat Heffalump, see In Defense of Leopard Print by Sonya Krzywoszyja. ‘Why do we have to tone it down? Who says?’ Also see Sonya’s piece Rules are Made to be Broken, on breaking fashion “rules” and reshaping perceptions.

At The Chronicles of Rach, Rach writes Confidence is Beautiful. ‘Because when you are confident, it is a beautiful thing, it showers all of your inside sparkles onto the people around you, like glitter, like confetti. Like a celebration of something amazing.’


Us too, says Emily of Mama Said, on mothers, solidarity, exhaustion, and connection.

Coley Tangerina hilariously advises us on How to give your child The Talk.

I don’t want to spoil this one by explaining it, so just go read Disruptive kids in public places at Tea & Oranges. Also at Tea & Oranges, an amusing and more realistic approach to yelling alternatives with Some alternatives to yelling.

There’s nothing to it really, says Cesca of myflatpacklife. ‘I’m sure if I just set my mind to it I could clear out the house, convince the kids to leave my things alone, reduce clutter and live the minimalist life that will make me a superior person.’

‘A really good Father’s Day could be a day where we remember we all have different ways of viewing this day.’ I really appreciated 4 September from Emily at Mama Said.

Thoughtful, nuanced writing about women and intimate images

‘Be careful posting images online’ is just another form of modern-day victim-blaming, says Anastasia Powell at The Conversation.

At The Sydney Morning Herald, Andie Fox argues Why the sext deserves a defence.

Take action

At Public Address, Emma Hart writes Dear Dudebros. It’s on consent and it’s angry and it’s great – note that there’s some discussion of sexual violence.

At Anarkaytie’s Weblog, go read Thursdays in Black – the relaunch. to learn about the Thursdays in Black campaign, which demands a world without rape and violence, and about the recent history of anti-sexual violence work in New Zealand.

Go read this piece by Rachel Perkins at The Monthly, it’s immensely special and important. It’s called Songs to live by: The Arrernte Women’s Project is preserving vital songs and culture. As noted at the bottom of the article, ‘The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies aims to record at-risk songs and languages before it’s too late. Contact foundation@aiatsis.gov.au to assist or donate.’

At Sacraparental, Jackie writes ‘What Do You Need?’: an introduction to The Aunties. What a wonderful idea. Go to The Aunties’ Givealittle page to contribute to their work for a refuge in Auckland, or else you can donate electronic devices (see the instructions at the bottom of Jackie’s post).

Thank you so much for reading the 100th Down Under Feminists Carnival. The next edition will be hosted by Rebecca at Opinions @ bluebec.com. Submissions to rebecca [dot] dominguez [at] gmail [dot] com.

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