Feminism | Posted by Sophie R on 12/3/2012

Feminist Stereotypes: Aren’t We Done With These Yet?

There’s been rather a hoo-ha in the press of late both loosely and tightly associated with persistent negative connotations, assumptions and stereotypes of feminism. First of all, the rather impressive speech/tirade by the Australian PM Julia Gillard about sexism in politics. Then, former First Lady of France Carla Bruni told Vogue she doesn’t think feminism is necessary anymore.

Women declaring themselves feminists tend to get a bit of a bad rap, and are usually pigeonholed faster than a sexist can say “dyke”. Some common feminist stereotypes include the image of a “mirthless, hirsute, sex-averse succubus” or as “single, lesbian, non-shaving, bra burning, angry.” In a famous 1992 fundraising letter, television evangelist Pat Robertson described feminism as a movement that “encourages women to leave their husbands, …

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Feminism | Posted by Gina B on 01/2/2012

Here’s to 2012: My Year As A Feminist

I’ve never really been one for New Year’s resolutions. All the promises I’ve made to myself have either been forgotten two or three days into January or are things that I’ve rationalized not doing. For example one year’s resolution was to stop eating so much chocolate (I don’t know why I even thought about attempting that one – like it was even the slightest bit plausible). Another was to walk to/from the train station on the way to/from school or uni more instead of catching the bus (“but my bag’s always too heavy!”; “my lecture’s at 9 so I’d have to wake up really early!”). But there are one or two things that have been bothering me this year that I want to act on in 2012 – a resolution …

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Awareness | Posted by Julie Z on 12/3/2011

Saturday Vids: It’s Time

AllOut.org writes about this video: When our friends at GetUp!, an Australian campaigning organization, launched this "Love Story" video, they hoped Australians would watch and raise their voice for marriage equality. But in just a few days, over almost 2 million people around the world have watched and made it a worldwide phenomenon. Sometimes the simplest images and stories are the ones that drive home the fundamental point that drives our work: that gay couples are no different than straight couples. We at All Out were incredibly moved by this video - and wanted to share it with our global community. Will you take a moment to watch and share it, giving more people a chance to join the conversation? After you watch, sign our letter to Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, asking her to push marriage equality onto the platform at her party's national conference THIS WEEK.

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Awareness, Feminism | Posted by Gina B on 09/27/2010

Bitches Get Stuff Done

Julia Gillard

Julia Gillard

Just do a search on Facebook with the name of Australia’s new Prime Minister Julia Gillard and you’ll get a page full of results that poke fun at her due to her gender. To pick the two most popular pages as examples, we’ve got “How the hell is Julia Gillard meant to run the country from her kitchen?” and “Dear Julia Gillard, if I vote for you, you better make me a sandwich”.

Stay classy, Australia.

Firstly, as I know that the majority of you aren’t up to speed with Australian politics, I’ll explain how it is that Gillard came to power. The circumstances in which Julia Gillard came to power a mere 90 or so days ago were considered controversial by much of …

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Feminism | Posted by Zoe G on 06/29/2010

Julia Gillard and Why We Still Need Feminism

Julia Gillard: Australias first female Prime Minister

Julia Gillard: Australia's first female Prime Minister

As of June 24th, Australia now has a female Prime Minister. I’m not sure how big the news is overseas, but here, there’s been a lot of commotion. Julia Gillard is the 27th Prime Minister of our country – and the first female one.

On the morning of June 24th, she and our former PM, Kevin Rudd, had a contest for leadership of the governing Labour Party. Rumours said that Julia had more votes, but before they could be counted, Kevin stood down, making Julia automatic ruler. While this was happening, I was at school, frantically clicking ‘refresh’ on Google News while I was meant to be doing my Humanities project (oops…). When articles saying she had won began to appear, my best …

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