#ThankaFeminist Australia 2015


*BRISSC celebrated 40 years of ongoing work and support for victims of domestic violence, sexual violence and incest along with Women’s House in Brisbane in 2015, with their work extending into the community. We would also like to thank BRISSC for:

*Caroline Norma, lecturer in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University. Many thanks for:

*Celeste Liddle, “Arrernte, feminist, hard left, trade unionist, with a taste for protopunk”, a big thank you for:

*Collective Shout, grassroots campaigns movement mobilising and equipping individuals and groups to target corporations, advertisers, marketers and media which objectify women and sexualise girls to sell products and services. Many thanks for:

*Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence celebrated 25 years of service in 2015, a big thank you also this year for:

*Janet Fraser, National Convenor of the Australian Homebirth Network, Joyous Birth, committed to community birth education, birth activism, supporting women and families in healing from birth trauma, blogger and feminist activist, big thanks for inspiring #ThankaFeminist 2015 and many blessings for:

  • Her social media campaigning, writing and feminist analysis
  • Her home birthing advocacy and Anti-obstetrics violence campaigning, including being a speaker at the Mother of all Mothers of Rallies in Canberra in June 2015
  • Speaker and attendee of grassroots protests for women’s liberation, including the Sydney leg of the global women-led protests against AI’s ‘sex work’ policy, October 2015.
  • Her continued support of other feminist actions to end MVAW, and liberate women, including being feminist queen of the sharpie pen.

*Laura McNally, a psychologist, researcher, author and PhD candidate, chair of the Australian branch of Endangered Bodies and provides social commentary on issues related to gender inequality, many thanks for:

*Liz Waterhouse, founder of listeningtolesbians, member and contributor of Women Shout Out Australia and Reclaim The Night Perth. A big thank you for:

*Mairi Voice, writing and sharing articles and interesting news with radical feminist analysis, a big thank you for:

  • Writing and advocacy for the Nordic model of prostitution, including: Why the Nordic Model is Safest for Women, addressing a number of issues raised in the ‘prostitution debate’.
  • Critiquing the downfalls of liberal feminism in Australia: Liberal Feminism and the Prostitution Debate, drawing from the reading of ‘Freedom Fallacy: The Limits of Liberal Feminism edited by Miranda Kiraly and Meagan Tyler (2015).
  • A supportive, informative Social media community and continued support of other feminist actions to end MVAW, and liberate women.

*Meagan Tyler, Research Fellow, RMIT University. Member of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women Australia (CATWA). Many thanks for:

*Paula Orbea, founder of Questions for Us and the Wicked Campers campaign, educator, blogger, feminist activist and co-founder of Boycott Wicked Campers , A big thank you for:

*Radfem Groundhog Day, “Rather than re-invent the wheel, this passage by Mary Daly (from a talk at UCLA in 1987), pretty much says it all…” Many thanks for:

*Reclaim the Night Perth, For a world without male-pattern violence and control over women and children, a big thank you for:

*Simone Watson, director of NORmac; survivor led advocates for the Nordic model Australia, and feminist activist, many thanks for:

*Wicked Pickets, A community action to extend anti vilification law to include ‘sex’ as a ground for complaint. Race religion sexuality gender identity are already covered. Many thanks for:



You can’t frequent strip clubs And claim you support gender equality

Pip Douglas

Opposing sexism, not sex: how does a feminist mother explain a lap-dancing club? By Glosswitch

Related: A woman’s worth – to be rapable

When murder doesn’t matter

More so, where murder doesn’t matter when you are a woman murdered by a man.

In a so called free, first world, first rate country, is this really good enough?

22 women have been murdered by known or suspected male violence in the first 2 and a 1/2 months of 2015 in Australia. There is no more time for outdated views, justifications and pedestrian attitudes.

This is Australia where the very environment and culture in which these murders “happen” to women, is not only excused or ignored, but participated in by the sex class of our murderers. By men who are the dominant sex class, men who are running our governments, running our businesses and our religions. Men who also own our freedom of speech, one of the many perks of being the lawmakers in this monopolisation of our media, wealth and property.

Women in Australia live in a world with this ruling sex class – our murderers, our rapists, our abusers and our exploiters. We live in a world where everyday and influential men participate in, benefit from, and perpetuate a culture that subordinates, objectifies and degrades women on a daily basis, calling it “normal” or saying “it’s just the way things are” (it certainly works out well for men). Continue reading

I will not stop talking and posting about feminism until:

#mylistofdemands - Pip Douglas

#mylistofdemands – Pip Douglas

#mylistofdemands – Pip Douglas

The normalcy of strip clubs in modern Australian culture

strip club man

And the implications for all women

Let’s talk about sex, biological sex, what it means to be born a girl and grow into a woman, in a prostitution and sex object culture.  Where living amid the  commercial sexual exploitation of our biological sex, our class, is just par for the course, and strip clubs now pop up like McDonald’s and Starbucks, claiming unsuspecting street corners from our coastlines to the back of Bourke.

In this ‘women are objects/property’ culture, an uprising is occurring, where community and council members are joining with the long held stance of women’s rights organisations, that the trade of exploiting, degrading and profiting from women’s flesh is unacceptable in an egalitarian and progressive society. Continue reading