feminism

#wetoo: The Power Of “We” Will Set Us Free

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In response to the scepticism surrounding the #metoo posts blossoming up on our social feeds, let me explain to you why it’s powerful and important, because my head is filling up with a lot of loud pointy red shapes that look something like fury, if fury were a number of very sharp arrows. I don’t know if those arrows will hit their mark but hey, better out than in.

To be clear, I encourage questioning. I understand the scepticism surrounding any social media-based movement bandwagon that everyone hops on, because for the most part they’re hugely ineffectual. They’re a great way to publicly display that you care about a sociopolitical issue, without actually doing anything about it. They can encourage continued complacency in the guise of participation.

This one is different. It isn’t just about effecting change; it’s also about voice, camaraderie, public solidarity, and awareness.

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Homer

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Homer is an online journal which creates conversations about masculinities and alternative male role models. The website was officially launched in September, and we spoke to founder and editor Ashley Thompson about how he’s feeling about things so far, the difficulties with creating a space that invites men to be vulnerable, and where he’d like to see Homer going in the future.

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No Filter Project

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In a society of unrealistic beauty standards, No Filter Project, by photographer Daria Yakina, is a candid exploration of the issues of self-worth and body shaming. Focusing on the female experience, No Filter Project presents the images and lived stories of 27 women from a variety of physicalities, mental states, ethnicities and ages.

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Angry Girl: Gemma Flack

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There’s a sacred magic to a girl’s bedroom, and feminist illustrator/all-round babe Gemma Flack invokes it with ritualistic relish in her solo exhibition, Angry Girls Club. Housed upstairs in Collingwood’s Off The Kerb Gallery, Angry Girls Club is a series of portraits of rad defiant girls and women embodying feminine resilience and identity.

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First Three Rows May Get Topless

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“When I was at uni, me and a few girlfriends came up with the idea to get naked, cover ourselves in glitter and yell about shit. We thought it was hilarious, but we didn’t know if it would fly and we hadn’t had much performing experience.” Five years later, Tony was the last of the group still in Canberra, but felt she now had the experience to make Glitoris happen. “It was right after Julia’s misogyny speech in Parliament,” she says. “It felt like this new wave of feminism was coming through. It was the right time.”

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Tigress Magazine

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“Tigress is a message we need to hear; Tigress is a message we want to hear.”

So declares Ellie Bricknell, a guest speaker at Tigress Magazine’s crowdfunding campaign party last Friday night. She is an ardent feminist, bulldozing her way as an actor, and 15 years old – an inspiring representation of Tigress’s readership and contributors.

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