Tag Archives: Slutwalk

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


Racism and Anti-Racism: Why they matter to SlutWalks

6 Nov

image from Slutwalk Melbourne – http://www.michaelbainbridge.com

You may have been following the conversation around the international SlutWalk phenomena and its lack of effort to ensure anti-racism was an integral part of the ‘movement’, and, as Colorlines notes, what “critics of the nascent movement have described as a crippling lack of racial and cultural diversity, historical knowledge, and sensitivity to structural differences in power and privilege”. BlackWomen’s Blueprint, a Brooklyn-based human rights organization, authored a must read open letter to the SlutWalk movement in September, and even after that there was the hurtful racist signage displayed at the recent SlutWalk NYC. Continue reading

Slutwalk wrap-up

28 Jul

A close shot of some of the crowd at Slutwalk Melbourne.
A photo published along with an article in The Age, taken at Slutwalk Melbourne. Katie, Hannah, Holly, & Belinda: totes famous. Maddee: sorry, you’re behind the sign I think!

Many people from the wom*n’s group and other Melbourne Uni groups took part in the march, or came for the speeches preceding the march itself. Of course many people within these groups, and at the march in general, had many different opinions on the myriad issues associated with Slutwalk, but there was a great sense of solidarity in the crowd on the day, and it was great to see people getting active.

Here are some different takes and views from around the interwebs in the wake of Slutwalk (I advise a trigger warning for almost all these links due to discussions and descriptions of rape/sexual assault):

Tits and Sass: I Think I Just Figured Out SlutWalk

The F Word: We’re Sluts, Not Feminists. Wherein my relationship with Slutwalk gets rocky.

To The Curb: SlutWalk: A Stroll Through White Supremacy

New Matilda: Can Tiny Hotpants Say It All?

Also, many noted that one of the highlights of the day was one of the speeches given prior to the march itself. You can find a transcript of that speech at SlutWalk: A Testimony By A Transgender Man.

** For a fantastic and moving piece on the pervasive rape culture that Slutwalk protested against, please read Rape Culture 101. **

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