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Understanding Patriarchy August 21, 2016

http://www.filmsforaction.org/articles/understanding-patriarchy/

“Patriarchy as a system has denied males access to full emotional well-being, which is not the same as feeling rewarded, successful, or powerful because of one’s capacity to assert control over others. To truly address male pain and male crisis we must as a nation be willing to expose the harsh reality that patriarchy has damaged men in the past and continues to damage them in the present. If patriarchy were truly rewarding to men, the violence and addiction in family life that is so all-pervasive would not exist.”

 

“Femernism” March 10, 2016

Hello my long time wordypress friends (and fiends hehe)…..are you still out there? How are you all going?

Forgive me, it’s been a while eh?

A fellow activist, teacher and general great font of knowledge and friendship just shared this on Facebook (yes I have Facebook, do you?) and it says EVERYTHING just perfectly! Geez why bother writing anything myself when someone else can sum it up all so perfectly! Ah well one day I’ll get my writing finger on.

“Because remember that patriarchy’s bumming you as hard as it’s bumming us. We’re bulimic, objectified and under-promoted. You, meanwhile, are unable to talk about your feelings lest you get punched in the nuts by “a lad” telling you not to be “a bender”. You are unlikely to get custody of your kids, and are three times more likely to commit suicide. Feminism’s about sorting all this stuff out. Because it’s about equality. Not burning the penises. I can’t emphasise enough how much it’s not about burning penises. No burnt penises here.”

Check this out, you’ll be glad you did 🙂

http://www.esquire.co.uk/culture/advice/a9641/things-men-dont-know-about-women-caitlin-moran/

 

From Chiapas to Rojava: Seas Divide Us, Autonomy Binds Us February 18, 2015

A way forward for us all – From Chiapas to Rojava: Seas Divide Us, Autonomy Binds Us.

 

March Australia Coffs Harbour September 1, 2014

Yesterday we held another March Australia Rally down at the Foreshores in Coffs Harbour.

The research I do for this blog has led me to getting involved with March in March as it was called back then.

I messaged ‘March in March to ask if there was going to be a march in Coffs Harbour and ended up starting the Facebook page for Coffs Harbour, asking for and finding an organising  committee. Be careful what you ask sometimes!

Luckily I ended up with a great committee!

This is a person who has avoided committees like the plague most of her life, so it’s kind of funny really.

Something that strikes me as odd, as although the first committee had men on board who were very helpful at first, have all fallen away now and we are a completely female crew.

I’m talking about people who actually attend meetings.

On the big day a couple of  men lurkers (I created a secret underground page to keep members informed) did come and physically help, bless ’em. Two muso’s and a fellow armchair activist and page commenter. Thanks guys!

 

‘March in March’ was renamed ‘March Australia’, when we realised this wasn’t going to be a one off bit of activism.

I was a bit an armchair activist, getting tired of clicking on petitions.

Though they do have their value I felt that actually going out into the world to protest bodily would have more of an impact.

It’s amazing what a terrible government can do for ones motivation and so I have come to the conclusion that our Mr Abbott and his Coalition (or ‘Coal-ition’)  has to be thanked for providing the impetus for many many people in Australia to get politically motivated once more.

It is a phenomenon that I’ve noticed in my lifetime though. Whenever ever they got into power, there are always demonstrations. Once upon a time when the word ‘Union’ wasn’t so uncool (oh how people have been brainwashed), we’d be seeing people go on strike and protesting in the streets.

Not anymore, we only protest now, strikes are rare.

A bona fide means of workplace bargaining destroyed by greedy profit mongers, who will never be happy no matter how much they roll in mountains of cash like a bunch of demented Scrooge McDucks.

That was the whole reasoning behind the brainwashing as I see it and it saddens me to say it’s worked. People don’t know their arse from their elbows anymore, there’s SO much misinformation around.

Now they are attempting to legislate against protesting, it’s begun already in Victoria. It’s only a matter of time for the rest of the country if that succeeds.

One by one they – the governments, that we elect – are taking our hard won rights away from us.

They do this without any sense of remorse or empathy, in the interests of big business and not us – the people who vote them in.

None of it makes sense.

Our world is not making sense.

The storyteller or viewer in me gets suspicious.

If this was a movie plot or a storyline, the reason would be that something terribly wrong was going on behind the scenes.

I am beginning to fall into despair that things are going to get worse.

I despair at this Patriarchal, Imperialist, Capitalist world we find ourselves entrenched in and need release from.

The Feminine principle has been deliberately crushed to make all of this possible and I do realise that males are also suffering.

Sometimes things have to get bad before they get better, I hold onto this.

Check out the photos taken by a professional photographer by the name of Drew Hopper on the day by following the link below;

https://plus.google.com/photos/102374282983730641806/albums/6053695792434565041

*update more photos from our local newspaper;

http://www.coffscoastadvocate.com.au/photos/march-australia/27851/#/0

Thanks for reading my blog.

 

March In March Australia 2014: A national protest as a vote of no confidence in the Abbott Government’s policies January 21, 2014

Leesa Little has done my work for me.
This is the protest march I have gotten involved for my home town recently via Facebook.
Thank you Leesa!
This gives me time to write my take on March in March.
This is what we’re all about folks.

That Owl

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No matter how it happened or who is to blame, the sad reality is that we as a nation have been inflicted with a self-serving excuse for a government. The country has completely unravelled under the Abbott Government and until now, we’ve felt utterly powerless against his will.

Based on their belief in unchallengeable power, Abbott led his campaign with lies and scare-tactics. Now that they hold the reins, they have broken promises and systematically torn apart long-standing and successful policies as quickly as they possibly could. This frenzied attack on our own country has done nothing to benefit anyone other than the rich – those who need assistance least of all.

Standing against human rights, they’ve instructed our Naval forces to turn back the desperate and down-trodden with force, they’ve denied marriage equality and they’ve cut the already minimal benefits to the needy in every possible sector.

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My Vagina is Eight Miles Wide December 11, 2013

The things you find in other peoples posts.

Here’s a funny song for you 🙂

 

UK: No more Page 3 thanks to Essex student union. “We need to value father’s family role,” Jon Cruddas. AU’s Female frontbenchers. November 12, 2013

This is serendipitous!

Yesterday I just began an essay about women being pressured into the work-force as a capitalist plot. Today I have a new follower who’s touching on those very same issues;

“Labour’s new childcare policies are nothing but ridiculous fairy tales Telegraph.co.uk Lucy Powell MP has been appointed shadow minister for childcare and children. The fact that it is called ‘childcare and children’ and not families and children is no accident. Labour believes children should spend more time in external, institutionalised childcare than with their families as encouraging more women into work will be “a big boost for their family budgets and a major gain for the exchequer.” No mention of children then, they are obstacles to work.

Labour announced two childcare policies at its conference. The first is increasing the universal provision of 15 hours early years learning to 25 hours childcare – the extra 10 hours are for working, namely dual-earning, families only. Ms Powell repeatedly refers to ‘working families’ as dual-earning families. Single-earning families simply do not feature on the radar, probably because we are ‘last century’. We do not seem to be regarded as ‘working families’ at any rate.”

UK PSA Women & Politics Specialist Group

No more Page 3 thanks to University of Essex student union Essex Enquirer Students at the University of Essex are no longer be able to buy a copy of The Sun or The Star following a decision made by the Union Council after students said they felt uncomfortable with the representation of women in the papers.

The Students’ Union said: “The Students’ Union does not believe that the largest representation of women in any newspaper should be an image of her naked body. We will not continue to sell these newspapers until they rethink how they see women.”

Chantel Le Carpentier Vice President for Welfare and Community at the Students’ Union said: “The images of women published in these newspapers not only encourage readers to judge women on their bodies and appearance, but also misrepresent the role of women in society as just objects for men to look at…”

Labour’s new…

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