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the logo for the Down Under Feminists Carnival - the international symbol for 'female' with the Southern Cross in the centreWelcome to the 103rd Down Under Feminists Carnival! Thank you to those who sent in submissions of the latest in New Zealand and Australian online writing of feminist interest.

Hosts are needed for carnivals from February 2017 on, so if you get a kick out of the carnival, please volunteer your services by emailing me at chally.zeroatthebone [at] gmail [dot] com. I would love to have more NZ hosts next year, and of course my fellow Aussies are also very appreciated hosts. As always, check the DUFC site for submission details for forthcoming carnivals and everything you need to know.

Medical matters and lived experience

megpie71 offers How To Get Through This: Tips From A Lifelong Depressive in the wake of the US election – but it’s good advice at any time.

At ABC News, Nicole Chettle writes First of new Sydney ferries graces the Harbour, carrying name of pioneering Australian doctor. ‘The twin-hull Catherine Hamlin is named after the 92-year-old Australian doctor whose pioneering work in Ethiopia has helped more than 50,000 women who suffered terrible injuries during childbirth.’

Miki Perkins at The Age writes ‘They are underestimating me’: aspiring doctor claims disability bias. Jerusha Mather is among many Australians with disability being actively excluded from the medical profession.

Ginger Gorman, at News.com.au, writes I’m stuck with an insurance ‘mental health exclusion’ because I dared to see a psychologist. This affects a lot of people and of course increases mental illness stigma!

Paid work

A gorgeous, full longread from Tea & Oranges on negotiating caring responsibilities and paid work and so much: Unfinished Business: the big picture critique.

In The Guardian, see Dispelling the myths: why the gender pay gap does not reflect the ‘choices’ women make by Lisa Annese. Get into some data.

At Junkee, Lauren Shuttleworth writes The Last Thing We Need Are Companies Specifically Designed To Exclude Women. ‘The frat-house like culture of male saturated tech startups is well documented, and it frightens me to think how that might escalate if women were intentionally removed from that work environment altogether.’

‘This awareness haunts you, because it cannot just sit for another thirty to thirty-five years of working.’ Check out On the question of ambition at blue milk.

Guest posting at Sacraparental, Penny Ehrhardt shares a generously intimate window into Feminism’s Unfinished Business. ‘Feminism’s unfinished business includes creating a world where parenting and other caring, educating, and nurturing work, no longer condemn women to low status, poverty, or dependence on a male wage earner.’

Read up on the balancing act of A day in the working life of a historian: Sarah Pinto at VIDA.

What I generally like to think of as the “what? why” section

Mark Latham needs to stop his unfair, rage-fuelled attacks on Rosie Batty, says Jenna Price in The Sydney Morning Herald. What egregiously disgusting behaviour.

In this day and age, why do we insist that “sex” still has to be penetrative? asks Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen, also at The Sydney Morning Herald.

Reviews and analyses

Amy McQuire at New Matilda writes First Contact: Poverty Porn And Trauma TV, With Bonus Celebrities. ‘In this series, Aboriginal people are portrayed as people who have bad things happen to them. They are seen as shallow caricatures to which non-Aboriginal people can glean ‘experience’. Trauma of both the past and the present is a pit stop on the ‘journey of discovery’.’

At Bitch Ficks, Scarlett Harris talks about The Rise of Women with Mental Illness in TV Series and the movement ‘from fetishized objects to more nuanced and realistic portrayals’.

Anne of Elsewoman reflects on her attendance at the recent How We Survive poetry event in Wellington. ‘I was smitten with sisterly empathy, admiration, and envy for their hard-won confidence, talent, honesty and passion, and their ability to put feminist truth, love and strength into such shining words. But I was smitten with sadness, too.’

Liz of No Award offers a book review: No Award reads Auslit (that’s set in England and France): Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta. That’s now on my to read list!


In The Guardian, Larissa Behrendt says Let’s honour the invisible work of Aboriginal women tackling domestic violence. As with everything Larissa Behrendt writes, every sentence is so on point that it defies summary. Go read.

VIDA, the blog of the Australian Women’s History Network, dedicated a series of posts to the the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. You can check them all out; a few follow.

Writerly thoughts

At Justine Larbalestier’s blog, Guest Post: Ambelin Kwaymullina: Thoughts on Being an Ally of Indigenous Writers. So many great resources thanks to Ambelin!

Stephanie spent some time at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival. At No Award, The Colonialism in Your Heart. ‘I heard a lot at UWRF about borders of the heart, and the idea of home in the heart, and when taken together these little moments all look like the colonialism carried within’.

Emily at Mama Said presents An update on her doings. Many congratulations to Emily on her forthcoming book!


I’ve been thinking about public space a lot lately, so Stephanie’s Stephanie and the Very Spatial Awareness post at No Award really spoke to me. ‘There are issues around the ownership of public space, and a barrier in the mind that tells one that a space can’t be used.’

Check out Neighbours – and Heroes: The History Week Lecture, 2016 by Heather Goodall at VIDA. ‘[T]here have been ways that Australians have tried – and succeeded – in building sustained relationships across those borders of nationalism, race, culture and conventional sexuality’.

Democracy and elections

‘We don’t set gender equity goals because women need help. We set them because our institutions need help, to step out of the past and be fit for the future.’ Boom. Check out Stephanie Rodgers’ Getting more women into Parliament at Boots Theory.

Tea & Oranges talks about Big tent democracy, the pillars of and threats to democratic engagement, and the ‘solid platform for productive democracy in New Zealand’.

A lot of people were of course thinking and writing about the US election last month.

tigtog at Hoyden About Town offers a QOTD: on the blaming of progressive scolds/shamers for the rise of Trumpists.

From Julie at The Hand Mirror, with mixed feelings and excitement: I am not a Hillary fangirl but.

As sad as this was to read in retrospect, good on Scarlett Harris for this at The Sydney Morning Herald: Why an Australian woman felt compelled to go door to door campaigning for Hillary Clinton.


Cat of Friend of Marylin writes On Fatness, News, And Fear Mongering. ‘While I am annoyed by how I was misrepresented in the story[…], it is not my biggest concern. My biggest concern is how the information itself – the facts – was misrepresented.’

At Hoyden About Town, tigtog writes This my axiom, by me, which is mine, about care and responsibility in intervening in celebritised media representations of feminism.

Australia, I’m Tired of Your Casual Racism says Yen-Rong Wong at Catalogue Magazine. ‘The fact of the matter is that people in marginalised groups have simply become less afraid of speaking up, and are now demanding to be heard. We owe them the time to speak, and a space in which they can feel comfortable speaking about their experiences.’

Cat at Friend of Marylin writes On Fat Girls And Social Justice. ‘Fat girls are protesting for social change all around the world!’

At VIDA, Vera Mackie encourages some thoughtful reflection on the role of gender in the imagery of war: Remembering Bellona: Gendered allegories in the Australian War Memorial.

(Boys and) Girls Can Do Anything, says Francesca at My Flatpack Life. ‘I want the world to be a better place for both my children. I want their futures to be open, not confined by arbitrary roles.’

Thank you so much for reading the 103rd 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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