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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.


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

Countdown to Bluestockings Week!

1 Aug

Bluestockings Week is almost here! Starting on Monday, there will be events all week celebrating women in higher education, and challenging the obstacles that remain. The calendar for the week is below, and you can download a PDF version here.

It’s not too late to get involved, so if you’d like to come along or volunteer, email womyns@union.unimelb.edu.au

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For our first FFFFILMS! screening (tomorrow!) – and as a lead in to Bluestocking Week – we will be screening Mona Lisa Smile, a fictionalised film about women in higher education and the struggles they face. We’ll post more information about that soon! As usual, our FFFFILMS! screenings will be held in the Student’s Lounge (aka the Member’s Lounge) on the ground floor of Union House from 4:30pm. All welcome!

Spotlight: Owl Eyes – Free gig at uni

2 Apr

Spotlight is a new feature on umsuwomyns.com where we’ll post info on artists/events/organisations/whatever to help promote great work that wom*n are doing around Melbourne and elsewhere.

What better than to start with something happening right on our doorstep: young female artist Owl Eyes performing a free gig at uni tomorrow.

Owl Eyes

1pm-2pm, Tuesday 3 April
North Court, ground floor, Union House

Come along and show your support of women artists!

From the UMSU website: A striking duality reveals itself when listening to Owl Eyes, talented 20-year-old Brooke Addamo. Her songs, on the surface lush and beautiful, evoke images that could only exist in the imagination of such a fertile young mind. Yet, underneath these surreal daydreams, something very real is happening. Addamo’s tales are underpinned by the innermost thoughts of a young woman trying to figure it all out, desperately seeking out human connection.


New Book: Selling Sex Short

1 Nov

Apparently the book cover is the choice of the publisher, and definitely not the preference of the author!

Dr. Meagan Tyler, who some may know through her work as a tutor at Melbourne Uni, has recently had her new book published: ‘Selling Sex Short: The pornographic and sexological construction of sexuality in the West‘. The information below is from the page about the book on the Cambridge Scholars Publishing website, where you can also read a sample PDF and order a copy.

Pornography and the ‘science of sex’ – sexology – are redefining sexuality in the West today, but is the model of sexuality promoted by these two industries selling sex short? In this, the first book to fully investigate the connections between the industries of pornography and sexology, they are found to promote a very similar type of sexual ideal.

Sex therapists now recommend hard-core pornography to patients and porn stars have become sex-advice ‘experts’ offering bestselling self-help books. With reports of the increasing ‘pornification’ of popular culture and an epidemic of ‘Female Sexual Dysfunction,’ it is more important than ever to understand the influence of pornography and sexology on our sexual lives.

Through a feminist critique of current trends in pornography, in sexological research, and in sex self-help books, it is shown that the type of sex being promoted by these industries closely resembles the model of sex found in systems of prostitution. This is a model in which women are bought and sold and yet it is being held up as an ideal for couples to mimic in their everyday heterosexual relationships. Ultimately, this is an unethical model of sexuality that sells sex short.

There was recently a book launch held at Melbourne Uni but unfortunately we did not hear about it in time to post a heads up. But if you attended, let us know how it went!

Meagan Tyler is a Lecturer in Sociology at Victoria University, Australia. She has presented her research on women’s sexuality at conferences around the world and her research has been published in Women’s Studies International Forum and Women and Therapy. She is also a member of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women Australia.

Event: Big Porn, Inc.

5 Sep

book cover: black background with 'big porn inc' in capital red and white text

A new book, Big Porn Inc: Exposing the Harms of the Global Porn Industry, is being launched at the moment, and a talk will take place at:

Faculty Function Room
John Medley Building
Melbourne University
Tuesday, 13th September from 5:30 – 7pm.


Now, this may a bit of a controversial event (and book) as there are many within the UMSU Wom*n’s Dept (and outside it) who have differing perspectives on pornography, the variety of feminist responses to it, and especially some of the writers who have contributed to this book. The event is posted here in the interests of impartiality and exposure for all feminist-related stuff happening on campus.

Hopefully the event/book will be thought-provoking no matter where you stand. If anyone wants to attend, perhaps we could incorporate this into Feminist Discussion Group.

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Academic Survival Tips

2 Sep

As we approch the middle of Semester 2, and many people are starting to have assessments (not to mention election tasks, job dramas, family issues, partner problems, and all the other ‘real life’ stuff) piling up, let’s make sure we don’t get down on ourselves and keep positive about getting through it all.

The Crunk Feminist Collective have posted a list of academic survival tips that couldn’t be more timely, and whether you are undegrad or postgrad, hopefully they will strike a chord for a lot of us. Reposted with permission below:

Painting of a black woman reading, with a considerate expression on her face

  • Be confident in your abilities.
  • If you feel like a fraud, you very likely are suffering from impostor syndrome, a chronic feeling of intellectual or personal inadequacy born of grandiose expectations about what it means to be competent. Women in particular suffer with this issue, but I argue that it is worse for women-of-color (particularly Blacks and Latinas) who labor under stereotypes of both racial and gender incompetence. The academy itself also creates grandiose expectations, given the general perception of academicians as hypercompetent people. Secret: Everybody that’s actin like they know, doesn’t really know. So ask your question. It’s probably not as stupid as you think. Now say this with me: “I’m smart enough, my work is important, and damn it, I’m gonna make it.”

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