Friday Feminist Link Love - 04 November
Update from Simone de Beaver - Friday, 04 November 2011 @ 7:00am
There are calls to overhaul Victorian rape laws which allow men to plead not guilty to rape charges if their victim was unconscious at the time. I. Have. No. Words.
Melbourne City Council is happy to move quickly to disperse Occupy Melbourne protesters from a city square but seems content for anti-choice picketers to target and intimidate women using a suburban abortion clinic? Huh?
Andrew Bolt can now add a Golden Ernie to his plethora of awards for amazing and unbiased reporting (/sarcasm) after the announcement of the 2011 Ernie Awards. I'm sure he'll be thrilled and duly honoured.
Ten points to PerthNow for covering the Empowering Women forum with women leaders at all, but minus ten for their opening line: Prime Minister Julia Gillard might not have burnt her bra at last night's empowering women dinner, but there was certainly no lack of oestrogen. Groan.
Facebook's appalling approach to material promoting violence against women: pages promoting rape and sexual violence are akin to a rude joke at the pub? No, Facebook. No, no, no. (PS if you're as mad about this as we are you should add your name to this petition. And then tell everyone else about it.)
Another day, another sensationalist piece from the Daily Telegraph, who tore themselves away from Lara-Bingle-watch (the fact people get paid to put together stories like this makes the mind boggle) just long enough to freak out the parents of any teenage girl about the prevalence of group oral sex among teenage girls - using Oprah as a bona fide source. Yep.
Actress Emily Browning: 'It is frustrating when in an interview people say: "Give us your make-up tips" and "How do you stay skinny?" I think: do you ask a guy that?' Go Emily!!
Sick of sexism in advertising? Tumblr to the rescue! The National Organisation of Women's New York City chapter has set up this blog, a surprisingly-satisfying legal alternative to creeping out under the cover of darkness to graffiti sexist billboards.
Remember that old quote, "Feminism: the radical notion that women are people"? Seems it's finally broken through in the United Kingdom, where there are currently murmurings on changing the laws of succession to ensure women can inherit the throne. Apparently they've just realised that possessing a uterus and being able to wear a crown are not, in fact, mutually exclusive.