This is my first time hosting a carnival and I’m so mightily happy it’s this fabulous one. I <3 the DUFC! This month I have been stunned by the quantity and quality of feminist writing in this corner of the world, and also by the generosity of Bec, who made so many submissions that I feel like she’s my co-host. Thank you to all who wrote and submitted; thank you also to the regular readers and commenters on these featured blogs, you’re part of it all too.
On family, children and maternity
Feminethicist kicks things off with an exploration of the pitfalls of gender stereotyping before a child is even born in Pink or Blue? But it’s not all bad news on the kids-and-gender front, as this hopeful post at More Than Sides illustrates.
From blue milk, we have a review which explores the notion that the way we were treated by our father is the way we expect the world to treat us (and some work-life balance talk besides). Also at blue milk, a guest post from Joan Garvan: Insights from a humanities perspective on maternal health.
In Non-punitive child-raising, a review, Pharoah Katt considers the importance of accepting the personhood of children as well as the personhood of women.
This post at A Bee of a Certain Age explains why childcare and work hours are not simple equations for mothers and families and, on the topic of work/life balance, blue milk asks whether shared parenting leads to more arguments.
ABC television’s Life series provided great blog fodder; here Mary at Hoyden About Town has tackled the series’ take on disability and family life (reviews of other episodes also available at HAT). Autism and Oughtisms explores how “parenting an autistic child is not like parenting a neurotypical one” in Refined, Better or Different Parenting.
And, because some families are one person (anyone else want to throw up every time they hear another politician erase single people with the phrase ‘working families!’?) ana australiana considers Gender Urban Inequality.
The beginning of the month saw a bit of a fatsplosion online, as author and blogger John Birmingham attacked fat acceptance and lauded The Biggest Loser. I responded. Natalie Perkins at Definatalie decided a superheroic response was in order, and conceived of Dastardly Donut!
The relationship between weight and health can be a fraught issue, even for those involved in size acceptance, as evidenced by The conversations we had to have (apparently) by Bluebec and Who are we to tell them? at Fat Lot of Good.
Also at Fat Lot Of Good, Bri shares the raw effects of fat hatred. Elsewhere, blue milk laments that the hatred of women’s bodies is amplified when one dares to be both fat and pregnant and Bluebec takes on some fat myths in I’m Fat And I’m Going to Die (eventually).
Fat on the Air: The TripleJ current affairs radio show, Hack, ran a series of pieces about weight this month. The show featured Down Under bloggers Frances from Corpulent (see also Is Frances Ok?), Kath from Fat Heffalump (who reminds us this month of the importance of Respecting Realities) and Samantha from Discourse (who also wrote Weight, an Emotional Issue in response to the Birmingham debacle.)
If I had more time to blog this month, it would’ve been on the issue tackled here by HAT in Working mum it’s all your fault too (file it under mother-blaming as well as fat hatred for the two for one deal).
On violence and rape culture
When One Article Becomes a Microcosm at Octavia’s Spitfire Emporium presents a “handy guide for (Possibly) Having Your Assault Taken Seriously (by the press, but also in general)” and Because Sexual Assault is More Common Than You Think gives some sobering facts at Geek Feminism Blog.
Finally, this quick hit at HAT illustrates how sorely these discussions are needed.
On current affairs and the media
Let’s begin with some good news: Australian racists are a minority group. But the always enlightening News with Nipples reminds us that we have a long way to go in Journalists must do better when reporting on multiculturalism.
With debate about religion in Australian schools very topical right now, this piece at Hoyden About Town about atheists in US schools resonates.
The bullshit media tactic of making it all about teh menz is taken to task by feminethicist and another bullshit media tactic of making it look like it’s the fault of women that it’s all about teh menz is explored by BeeFaerie in Pick Me. Even when the media makes it all about women, they don’t get it right, shows News With Nipples in We’re doin’ it wrong.
But wait, there’s more bullshit media! Boganette takes on the insidious slut-shaming, adultism and sexism inherent in coverage of sex education as an issue in Innocence Lost.
In stuff labelled ‘WTF I don’t even’ The NZ Prime Minister went on radio with a known domestic abuser to joke about which women he’d like to fuck. Luddite takes this, and other media misogyny, apart.
And, because the fierce feminist bloggers of NZ do so much work tackling the rampant misogyny in the commercial media, here’s a whole category devoted to Win A Wife (huge thanks to Stef from A Touch of the Crazy for submitting the following link round-up).
On Win a Wife
On health and bodily autonomy
The Anti Choice Position is Not Respect for Life expands on that great title with clarity, and BeeFaerie’s Don’t worry their pretty little heads about it also highlights the frightening paternalism behind religious anti-choice rhetoric.
Bluebec shares a distressing tale which illuminates flaws in the treatment of people with mental illness and the use of excessive force by police in Mental Health Review.
And, not really from February but nevertheless squeezing into this month, Definatalie highlights why self-care is a feminist act in Taking Care of Business.
Growing up in a misogynistic world isn’t going to be easy, as we see in About a Girl at A Touch of the Crazy.
QoT has a go at schooling progressive men on the challenge of incorporating feminism into the left wing political movement in Why the left needs feminism.
Some (at times heated) discussion on the nature of modern feminism, and more, was sparked by Maia’s post at The Hand Mirror, Is this what feminists look like? Ideologically Impure answered with This is what this feminist looks like, In the Gateaux responded by debating third wave feminism and A Bee of a Certain Age mused on everyday feminism and knitting.
It was interesting to hear some thoughts on feminism from Year 10 students at Sydney Boys’ High School and their teachers: HAT linked to their Gender Equality Project.
And because it’s not all about the right now, a blog I’m so happy to have found, Penguin Unearthed, gives us a history lesson on Melisende: Queen of Jerusalem.
Finally, Hoyden About Town have your next work function/family gathering/spot of commercial-TV watching covered with Sexist Joke Bingo, and if you ever do find yourself wondering what is so terrifying about feminists, we may have the answer at last.
Hope you enjoyed this month’s round-up. Please let me know of any link glitches, attribution errors etc.!
The 35th Carnival is scheduled to be hosted by Helen at Blogger on a Cast Iron Balcony. You can start making submissions through the submissions page or by email to hsmart [at] iprimus [dot] com [dot] au