Tag Archives: Feminism

FFFFILMS! Tomorrow: Persepolis

17 Oct

Filmmakers Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi collaborated to co-write and co-direct Persepolis, an adaptation of Satrapi’s bestselling autobiographical graphic novel detailing the trials faced by an outspoken Iranian girl who finds her unique attitude and outlook on life repeatedly challenged during the Islamic revolution.

Tomorrow at 4:30pm! Students/Members Lounge, Ground Floor Union House. All welcome.


Come & practive the flashmob dance moves!

17 Sep

another past melbourne flashmob!

Hey everyone, if you’re interested in the flashmob to help end the stigma surrounding abortion and reproductive choice, tomorrow’s the first practice session! Click here for the facebook event page.

There’ll be another session on Monday the 24th, and here’s the event page for that one!

The final flashmob will be happening on Sat September 30 in Fed Square, with everyone meeting at 10:15.

Get involved!

Wanna be in a feminist flashmob?!

10 Sep

Hey everyone! Here’s an invite from Reproductive Choice Australia to all students at Melbourne Uni to get involved with a flashmob! We’ll be practicing the moves at uni and you can also practice at home to the video they’ve made. Here’s the details:


Reproductive Choice Australia is throwing a Flashmob, and we want YOU to come. Dance in Melbourne’s CBD in support of women and against abortion shame, silence and stigma! The Flashmob will take place on:

  • Sunday September 30, 2012
  • 10:15am arrival, for an 11:00am sharp start

REGISTER NOW to be part of the fun. Dancing is uplifting and fun – the perfect antidote to shame. The Flashmob is a dance everyone can learn – check out our fun instructional video here

The Melbourne Flashmob is open to EVERYONE! Men are warmly invited to attend and every effort will be made to ensure disability-access. Rehearsal parties will be after work at the University of Melbourne on 18 and 24 September, for those who want to attend (more info on the times and rooms to be posted soon). We’ll supply the Flashmob t-shirts, which you are free to keep!


x Belle

Cherchez La Femme: wanna join our posse?

14 May

Hi All,

If you haven’t heard of Cherchez La Femme, it’s a monthly salon/meet up to share information, hold discussions, and more: Melbourne’s monthly digest of current affairs and popular culture from a feminist perspective.

And the next event is happening soon! A group from the department is going so if you’d like to come along, drop us a line at womyns@union.unimelb.edu.au.

From organiser Karen Pickering (who kindly presented at Rad Sex & Consent Week):

I am thrilled to announce the next Cherchez la Femme will be presented in conjunction with Superlinguo – a community for those who like and use language. It’s run by Georgia Webster and Lauren Gawne, two linguaphiles from Melbourne who needed an online clubhouse for their… regular language geek-outs.

So this month, we’ll take a look at how language is gendered, both literally and sneakily, and how we can ask probing questions of this thing we do, every day, and what our verbal communication has to do with our feminism.

To guide us through the discussion I’ll be welcoming some excellent thinkers and speakers to the CLF stage:

Georgia Webster – broadcaster, communicator, linguist, feminist

Lauren Gawne – PhD student, teacher, linguist, feminist

Julien Leyre – polyglot, translator, artist, activist, feminist

The usual excellent food and drink will be available from our charming hosts at The Gasometer Hotel, on the corner of Smith St and Alexandra Pde. Here’s what you need to know:

7pm – 9pm Tuesday 5 June
$10 / $5 (or whatever you’ve got)
The Bandroom at The Gasometer
484 Smith St, Collingwood

Hope to see you there

Feminist Discussion Group: Vegetarianism

2 Apr

[Trigger/content warning for some pictures and links after the jump (if you click ‘Continue reading ->’), which may contain graphic/violent/sexist/racist imagery. There’s no graphic animal cruelty pics though]

It is a common trope to present 'women as meat'

“The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for whites or women for men.– Alice Walker

So, are you interested in animal rights? In women’s rights? In environmentalism? There are many who see the oppression and mistreatment of animals as similar or interlocking with the systemic subjugation of women and degradation of nature. Of course, there are others who don’t!

This week we are having our weekly Wednesday discussion group about if and how all these ideas and struggles are connected. Everyone is welcome, and you definitely don’t need to be an expert or have come to any of our events before. Think of it as a more relaxed and fun tute – but with free (vegan) pizza!

We’ll also talk about some of the pitfalls others have fallen into by not taking into account their privilege on this issue (for example PeTA’s sexist ads, lack of acknowledgement of the luxury of saying no to foods, ignorance of indigenous hunting & knowledge systems, and ignoring how a common oppressive & racist technique is to compare humans to animals).

Phew! Definitely food for thought (har har!). Hope to see you there!

1pm Wednesday, Mary Cooke rooms, Level 2, Union House

Reminder: please only click ‘Continue reading ->’ if you are feeling tough… there’s some graphic images following!

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Link share goodness!

30 Mar

Hi Everyone! Apologies for the lack of updates lately – I’ve been fluey all week, sadface. But anyway, welcome to all our new members/subscribers/hangers-outers/crafty people. It’s great to have so so many new people showing their interest and getting to know people through the department, whether it’s online (here on the website or on our facebook group), or in person in the women’s room or at some of our events!

Anyway, without further ado, here is this week’s Link Share Goodness – a collection of interestingness from around the web. Why do uni readings when you can procrastinate online??

– Bel

Link Share Goodness!

7 Mar

Thanks everyone for a great week! I’m going to try and do a semi-regular Link Share Goodness (which is just a collection of links to awesome/thought-provoking articles, pictures, quotes, videos etc from around the web) post again in 2012. Starting with this one!

Do you have Uni readings to do but want more interesting (and shorter!) stuff to read? Want something to read with a Sunday morning cup of tea – but not the crappy papers? Want to find great sites on the web writing about issues that are important to wom*n’s lives? Then yay link share goodness!

If you come across an interesting link during the week, post it in the comments or email to me.

– Bel


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