So, it is International Women’s Day and I feel it would be remiss of me to not make note of that here. The thing is, we are in the middle of a record-breaking heatwave in Melbourne and whilst I have a pretty spectacular fan, I also have been very very hot and not sleeping well for quite some time now. Basically, I have limited brain capacity for anything more than complaining loudly to anyone who gets within earshot of me about how hot it is. So I will be making note of IWD, but letting other women (who presumably have access to better air conditioning and insulation than I do, or who perhaps just aren’t the whining, heatstroking princess that I am) do the important bits..
The official International Women’s Day website is your go-to for listings of events and activities taking place all over the world.
You can check out Shakira Hussein’s piece on Crikey, where she gets us thinking about feminism post-Gillard.
Anne Summers uses IWD to issue a timely reminder about the epidemic of violence against women.
Clem Ford takes the media to task on the lack of voice given to women. Also, uses the phrase ‘virtual cock forest’ and I love her all the more for it.
The Feminist Porn Awards announces the nominees for 2013. I weep that I can not be there, vow to get there for 2014, and feel super pleased for some of my favourite pornographers who have been nominated (including a nice whack of Australian content: Gala Vanting @ Sensate Films, Zahra Stardust and Ms Naughty.
There are about a billion more articles and things happening that could be mentioned here, but I need to go and lie down and suck on ice cubes and think about the amazing women who have come before me, as well as those who will come after me, and their bravery and determination to make this world a safer and more equitable place for women.
..and I’m gonna listen to feminist icon and total babe Joan Jett while I do it!