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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 108th 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 August 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 this 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.

The workplace

At Women’s Agenda, Angela Priestley writes Don’t expect to see your family anymore: Organisations can shift leadership norms, if committed, addressing practical matters standing in the way of gender diversity in organisational leadership.

Julie of The Hand Mirror writes about power imbalances in customer service in Tipping – bad for all, worse for women.

At Overland, Cassie Tongue writes Too many onions in the soup: farewelling Hannah Gadsby. Comedian ‘Gadsby is through with hiding her trauma under punchlines, especially now that she has begun to reckon with it. She’s leaving the stage, leaving the punchlines to someone else.’

At Paste Magazine, Scarlett Harris covers AJ Lee’s Memoir and Wrestling’s Handling of Mental Illness.

Mothers Day

At Tangerina, Coley offers 5 ways to better support stepmums for Mother’s Day.

‘Fuck massage vouchers – give mums freedom to be the best mums they can be by providing all mums with the same choices.’ At The Spinoff Parents, Emily Writes lets us know What I really want for Mother’s Day.

At The Spinoff Parents, Emily Writes reminds mothers that We are allowed to say no.

Tea & Oranges shares A small vignette in advance​ of mothers’ day.

Public discourse

At Junkee, Lucie Bee writes that The Media’s Gross Treatment Of Sex Workers Is Putting Our Lives At Risk. ‘We are trying, as a community, to get our stories out there and have our voices heard, but how is this possible if mainstream media continues to stick to the same tired old negative stereotypes?’

At VIDA, see Julia Gillard, Gender and the Media: Treading the tight-rope by Blair Williams, who is writing her PhD thesis on the gendered treatment of women political leaders from Westminster democracies.

At Boots Theory, Stephanie Rodgers says Stop calling it a false flag. ‘What frustrates me about the intellectual chin-stroking about “false flags” – besides the extreme callousness it must take to see news of dozens of young people and parents being killed or injured and decide “now’s a great time to show off how politically cynical I am” – is that it makes, or should make, literally no difference to the way we respond to what happened in Manchester, or its political consequences.’

At The Sydney Morning Herald, Maeve Marsden argues that The celebrity letter calling for a new Safe Schools does more harm than good.

Sam Connor writes Do you live here? at Clickability. It’s about what genuine equitable access should look like for disabled people. ‘We should be accessing employment and education and friends’ houses and shopping centres in the same way others do, for a purpose and as a citizen rather than a tourist in our own communities.’

In This morning I had it all, blue milk recounts ‘sad little absurd moment of multi-tasking, work-life balancing, women can have it all-ing’.

Really feeling this from Zoya Patel at Right Now: We need to talk about multiculturalism in Australia. ‘There is no discussion around meaningful multiculturalism: how we can bring cultures together as well as celebrate them individually; what it means to be a second or third-generation migrant; how migrant communities have contributed to the overall history and identity of Australia.’


Samantha Forge writes Books for Girls at Kill Your Darlings, jumping off from reflections on Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give to talk about gendered scoffing at YA. ‘It shouldn’t be surprising that a novel about a teenage girl might have something interesting or insightful to say.’

At Peril, Natalie Kon-yu writes The Way Things Work: Writing, Diversity, Australia. ‘I find myself unable to stop thinking about the poems, plays, short stories, essays and novels that do not get written in the time we are taking in staring up at the structural inequality, getting the measure of it, thinking of ways to challenge it.’


There’s always so much great stuff at VIDA – here’s a small selection.

At VIDA, the Australian Women’s History Network blog, Laura Rademaker writes Sex in the Pulpit: The feminist preacher for Aussie flappers. A super interesting and thoughtful piece!

Lucy Davies and Kate Laing recently visited Joyce Clague and conducted a series of interviews concerning her life and activism. Their post at VIDA, Indigenous Activism and the 1967 Referendum: Remembering Joyce Clague, is in honour of her work and the 50th anniversary of Australia’s 1967 Referendum.

At VIDA, concerning her new book, Jane Lydon writes Historicising Photography, Empathy and Human Rights.

Go help out

At The Aunties, Jackie writes A birthday gift. Go have a read and learn more about The Aunties’ excellent work coordinating donations for two women’s refuges in Auckland. Here’s a page that tells you how you can help The Aunties.

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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