A busy week

January 21, 2009

On Monday night I went to Skeptics in the Pub where I heard a talk by Rebecca Watson (from Skepchick and the Skeptics Guide to the Universe) on Women’s Intuition and Other Fairytales. It was really good.

Last night I had a dinner with work people. At least I got free food!

Tomorrow night I’m going to a talk by Virginie Despentes called Exploding the Myth of Femininity. Virginie Despentes wrote the novel and film Baise-Moi (currently banned in Australia, I believe), a violent, rape-revenge fantasy that contains ‘actual sex’, OMG! I am planning on watching the film tonight so I’ve seen it before seeing her talk. She is actually talking about her new book on feminism called King Kong Theory.

On Saturday there’s a Zinefest at the Women’s Library which sounds quite fun. The Women’s Library currently has the exhibition Between the Covers: Women’s Magazines and their Readers (Until Wednesday 1 April 2009, entrance free), and as part of the Zinefest on Saturday, there is a comics exhibition and stallholders selling zines and comics (and other DIY media, I imagine) and workshops.

The Women’s Library
25 Old Castle Street
(Aldgate and Aldgate East tube stations)
Saturday, 24 January, 2009
12- 4pm

12-1.30pm Self-publishing 101 (seminar room)
12- 2.15pm Screen Your World -Printing Desire (activities room) I believe the screen-printing workshop is booked out now.
1.30-2pm and 2-2.30pm Zine Tour (meet at reception)
2.30-4pm Radical Publishing Panel (seminar room)
12-4pm Comic Exhibition (cafe space)
12-4pm Stalls (mezzanine)

Check them out on myspace and We Make Zines on ning.

I don’t really make zines anymore and hardly read them, so I’m looking forward to picking some up on the weekend. I want to get back into making zines this year, so hopefully this will help kick-start it.

Book Clubs

July 21, 2008

A week ago, Paul and I hosted our second bookclub. This month’s book was Spud by the South African John van der Ruit. It was a funny, very easy-to-read book set in an elite boys boarding school in South Africa in 1990 – the year that Nelson Mandela was let out of jail and that apartheid was ended. It wasn’t very political or deep but it made me laugh a lot and I even cried. Next month we’re reading Y: the Last Man, a comic set on Earth where all the male humans and mammals have died except for one man (and his male pet monkey). I have read the first two volumes and wasn’t that impressed – it was interesting but I got the feeling that the writers thought they were being feminist but I wasn’t all that convinced that they knew what they were doing.
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Luce Irigiray at the ICA in June

May 20, 2008

Paul and I are going to see the French feminist theorist, Luce Irigaray give a talk at the ICA on 24 June. I’m not sure if I’ve read anything by her before but I’m planning to brush up on her thinking before the talk to try and get the most out of it. So if anyone can recommend any of her work to read before I go, I would appreciate it. I have already been recommended An Ethics of Sexual Difference and I Love to You. Irigaray will be speaking about the thinking behind her new book Sharing the World. She will be giving another talk at the ICA later in the year (9 September).

Fawcett Society

August 1, 2007

I have recently joined the Fawcett Society, a feminist organisation in the Uk, named for Millicent Fawcett.

I have received my first newsletter and magazine and I also get a free t-shirt. I chose the one that said: This is what a feminist looks like. It hasn’t arrived yet. The Fawcett Society are running a competition where you customize one of their shirts and you can win some prizes. I’d really like to enter!

Events coming up

March 2, 2007

Tonight I’m going to see the Guerilla Girls on Tour which is described thus: Activist theatre collective whose mission is to create performances and workshops that address sexism and racism across the globe and prove that feminists are funny. This event also forms part of East festival and the Spit Lit Festival.

Am going with Paul and Renee. Should be cool.

Paul has posted about some upcoming events we’re going to see so you can check it out there because I’m too lazy to post it here when you can look at it on his site! But I will say that I’m very excited about seeing Alec Empire in April. He is very sexy and he rocks!

A message from the Prime Minister (of Australia)

December 20, 2003

Collage from Ugly Duckling 7 (also used in an International Women’s Day 2004 zine)

Ugly Duckling 5 cover

March 10, 2003

The cover of Ugly Duckling 5, March 2003.
This issue had an International Women’s Day theme and was handed out at IWD in Brisbane.

Ugly Duckling 5 intro/editorial

March 8, 2003


Welcome to Ugly Duckling Issue 5, the International Women’s Day Edition. I put this together for the zine stall I organized for IWD on March 8 in Brisbane. I’ve got some fabulous articles in here by my friends and I’ve also got some stuff about the position of women and why we have IWD. The State Labor gov’t organized a women’s festival for IWD (typically all about celebrating women but very little about what women have still need to be equal with men). The big problem many women have is the theme is Smart Women on the Move. Does this mean if you are a woman who is not on the move, then you are not smart? I don’t think so!

Unfortunately I only have a copy of the qld govt poster in black and white – it was actually blue.
*The QLD goverment have the theme of Queensland as the Smart Start, so that is where the whole Smart Women came from*

Info and stats for IWD

March 7, 2003

International Women’s Day originated from women’s attempt to secure improved pay and working conditions, an end to child labour and an extension of the vote to women.
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Shakespeare’s sister… why she did not write a word!

November 10, 2002

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf, was first published in 1928 and is based on two lectures she gave that year. It is one of my all-time favourite feminist books. Woolf was invited to speak about women and fiction and the basic premise of her speech was that a woman must have money and room of her own if she is to write fiction. This was at a time when few women worked for the purpose of being totally independent, and even fewer women lived alone or had their own rooms they could go to to write.
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