Raise your voice

 

We are living through dark times. There are a lot of moments where I feel like we are going backwards, and that all the struggle is for nothing. That being said, I felt such a sense of solidarity, joy and optimism seeing women come together to make their voices heard over the weekend. It was such a beautiful thing to see the many women’s marches around the world totally eclipse the inauguration – this weekend, love undoubtedly trumped hate.

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Friday Freebie: Free Phone Backgrounds for Bad Ass Babes

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This week was a bit of a drainer, and about half way through I realised that I needed a reminder that I am a strong, powerful, independent woman who gets shit done! No negative people can stop me! No bad friends can rattle me! I am a hurricane of motivation and positive energy, and I will crush everything in my path! With glitter! :) Continue reading

Ten Ways to have a Feminist Wedding

With six months to go until my wedding, I have a bit of wedding fever! And I have been giving a lot of thought to something that concerns me – how to evade some of the unsavoury traditions and customs associated with weddings. As I’m sure many people know, weddings historically operated in the context of women being passed – as property – from their fathers to their new husbands, and a lot of weddings customs reflect this – walking down the aisle, promising to obey, etc.

Now, it is often assumed that feminists and weddings don’t really go together. I consider myself a fairly stalwart feminist, but I am also incredibly excited to join together with my fiancé in marriage and share our lives together (as we already do). Nevertheless, the patriarchal traditions and continuing exclusion of the LGBTIQ community from marriage in Australia mean that there are definitely aspects of this institution that are problematic for those who consider themselves feminists and, well, decent people. Continue reading

On Victim Blaming in the Media

As those of you who live in Melbourne have most likely heard (and those of you in the rest of the world may not have), a 17 year old school girl, Masa Vukotic, was murdered on Tuesday night at around 6.50pm in her local park. It was still light out. Masa was in her final year of high school, and it has been reported that she enjoyed taking walks in the evening to relax.

I get that. I’ve been there. In highschool, I was out in my neighbourhood almost every night, either walking with my mum, or friends, or (fairly often) alone. If I was alone, I wore headphones. Why? Because I was obsessed with music, as many teenagers are, and because it’s fairly boring to walk alone in silence. Plus, it helps you relax.

And you know what? There is nothing wrong with that. Let me repeat: there is nothing wrong with a young woman walking ALONE wearing headphones. Continue reading