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READ.LOOK.THINK. | Hila Shachar

Image from Australian Ballet via the blog Hila writes for, Behind Ballet
The last guest poster in the READ.LOOK.THINK. summer series is Perth writer and academic Hila Shachar from the thoughtful and beautiful blog, le projet d’amour. She’s chosen to focus on a topic that is close to her heart: feminism and women’s rights, which she blogs about regularly at On Feminism. These are Hila’s picks.

READ: So, it’s perfectly okay to attack a female politician’s dress sense, body, appearance and family status, right? Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s Top 10 Sexist Insults. | “Bitch, whore, witch. All are gendered and all are designed to demean and silence women in positions of authority.” The ugly precedent. | “As the Michigan incident tells us, those who want to control women’s bodies also want to treat that body as an obscenity. The best answer to people like Mike Callton is simply to say the word: vagina, vagina, vagina.” Right on, Sarah Ditum. | “lo and behold, the plane didn’t fall out of the sky … my cleavage did not interfere with the plane’s ability to function properly”. Southwest Airlines’ classic case of slut-shaming. | The Catholic Church’s archaic and misogynistic stance on rape and abortion. | How to Spot a Misogynist. Best article ever. | Journalists, take heed: Nine Articles ‘for Women’ That Journalists Should Stop Writing. | No Place for a Woman: Female Fiction. | “Funny that when women acknowledge that we haven’t truly achieved gender balance and equality, it is so often dismissed as ‘whingeing’, ‘privileged whining’ or worse as if the problem is not the problem, the problem is noticing the problem.” Tara Moss on why critiquing gender inequality is not ‘whining’.

LOOK: I’ve had enough of the ‘eat a cheeseburger’ gang. | Republicans, Get In My Vagina! | Bad Romance: Women’s Suffrage. | Glamour Magazine deconstructed in words. | A critique of ‘Sex Sells’ in advertising, by artist Yolanda Dominguez. | Derailment Bingo. I’ve heard every single one of these comments. | “So Hollywood writers, let me remind you that women are not here for your inspiration, celebration or to coax you out of your troubles. You might not know this but we’re full and complete human beings with our own troubles, interests and creative endeavors. So how’s about your stop using us as your muse and start writing us as real people.” The Manic Pixie Dream Girl. | The best visual response to slut-shaming ever. | Spot the Illogical Fallacy.

THINK: A man’s explanation of being Pro-Choice. Love him. | It’s 2012 already: why is opinion writing still mostly male? | “I don’t think silence in the face of unfairness leads to greater equality”. Why we can’t ignore sexism in the workplace. | Straight white male privilege explained, by a man. | “The best predictor of a state’s stability is how its women are treated.” What Sex Means for World Peace. | The Girl Effect affects everyone. | “being a sportsMAN in contemporary Australian masculinity requires you to claim women as a commodity.” Emma Pocock explains chauvinist Australian sports culture. | “A woman must be seen to be vigilant as well as be vigilant. If she is deemed insufficiently vigilant, she will be at least partly blamed for any sexual violence that befalls her.” Victim-blaming and rape culture explained. | Why women leave academia and why universities should be worried. | Hey, PETA–Don’t Women Deserve as Much Respect as Animals? | “If it’s so natural, why all the conditioning?” No gender essentialist comments here. | A Thousand Reasons we need feminism. | “She genuinely doesn’t care if she annoys, alienates or threatens men.  Or women.  And in not caring she shows us true liberation.” Why women should be more difficult, and the tyranny of ‘Being Nice’.

29 Comments
  1. How on earth did a blog on feminism get to freshly pressed? Grateful.

    July 9, 2012
    • Wow – I am so happy and surprised too! I hope everyone gets to see Hila’s amazing post.

      July 9, 2012
  2. emmalaw #

    Some great links here, thank you.

    July 9, 2012
  3. Wow Jessica, I’m flattered wordpress put my guest post on their front-page – your wonderful blog deserves all the attention it gets. Thanks again for having me!

    July 9, 2012
  4. This post. A gem. A real gem.

    July 9, 2012
  5. I love, love, love & appreciate everything you shared in your post. It is all so true & more & more women need to break free from the curse of eve. They need to find themselves first & then the world will follow. And the men have to learn to respect women too. Just saw the news on cnn about an Afghanistan woman who was shot 9 times. Women must have voices too.

    July 9, 2012
  6. Interesting bunch of links you’ve posted, it’s been very eye-opening. I completely agree with the ‘man’s explanation of pro-choice article’ – I can’t believe we live in age where we all don’t think in an open and respectful way like that.

    July 9, 2012
  7. Reblogged this on You'll need an umbrella, I think and commented:
    Just…click every link!

    July 9, 2012
  8. Wow, I’m impressed. That’s great blog… Keep up the good work and God Bless!!

    July 10, 2012
  9. I must have missed the like button, maybe you could replace it with a LOVE it button. Great words, even better meaning. I love how in this day and age, vagina has become a four letter word. Who’d a thunk? Brilliant post! :-D

    July 10, 2012
  10. I heard about the killing of the woman shot nine times for adultry. They treat women so horribly in some countries, like animals. I feel sorry for all women caught in those violent unforgiving cultures. Horrible. Connie
    http://7thandvine.wordpress.com/

    July 10, 2012
  11. Thank you immensely for this brilliant, inspiring post. I want to pass it along to everyone I know!

    July 10, 2012
  12. *love*!

    July 10, 2012
  13. Bobby (subboytoy) #

    very interesting, quite informative and pretty good stuff… but i must say that lisa bloom, who is the daughter of famed lawyer gloria alred, well she said on cnn that feminists should not ever keep blaming men and dont become men haters. also since the sandusky sex scandal lisa bloom has written a new book on boys being abused, which happens alot more than most feminists or even most people want to admit or believe, and her mum gloria is the defence lawyer for some of the boys that were raped and abused by that scumbag child rapist sandusky… ii find it strange that most feminists kept pretty quiet on commenting on sanduskys case, uhmm ii wonder if the victims were little girls, if these same feminists would have been more vocal ?.. just wundering… and one more thing, lisa bloom also says(ii love lisa bloom by the way) some other feminists probably wish they were more like lisa bloom cuz she is a real feminist, in my opinion, lisa has got brains, beauty, common sense, a husband, a family, shes a working lawyer, a mother, a daughter, a wife, an author, a great guest on many many television shows and etc. etc. i could go on an on… lets just say she is a great person, with a great personality, not a feminist, she is a human being, that happens to care about all people, boys and girls and men and women, of all backgrounds, religion, race, sex and ethnicity… ii think most feminists can learn alot from lisa bloom and her mum…and in my opinion some feminists arent really feminists at all… they need to remember that we are all human beings and we all cut our finger then we all bleed red… everyone deserves respect and to be treated equal…here in canada, we have a human rights commission, and its very well regarded an respected all around the world in all of the g-7 nations… lets all just remember the golden rule…”do unto others as you would have them do unto you”… see just treat people like you want to be treated and the world will be a better place not just for feminists but for everone, for all people everywhere… Take Care; stay safe ; -)) Bobby

    July 10, 2012
  14. Alyssa #

    Thanks for posting such wonderful resources. I love how you detailed them on this post. Congrats on making this to freshly pressed by the way. :)

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    July 10, 2012
  15. Very strongly written…:D

    July 10, 2012
  16. Exciting reading. A real pick-me-up treat. Thank you so much.

    July 10, 2012
  17. Great post. Thanks! The Michigan House is ridiculous for banning two female representatives for saying “vagina” on the floor. Looking forward to the next post!

    July 11, 2012
  18. This post is more than great, it should be read to everyone and stand alone in the Freshly Pressed section. I’m really impressed and grateful it made it there!

    July 11, 2012
  19. Reblogged this on As Above So Below.

    July 11, 2012
  20. Wow, I love this post so much! I think the word “feminist” carries such a negative connotation for so many people. Maybe they think they’ll be seen as some kind of radical, fighting for women to grow out their leg hairs and dominate “their” men if they jump on board the feminist train. A lot of people think feminists are motivated by jealousy, lashing out at women who may “have it all”. Others believe feminism is bred by some deep-seeded, irrational hatred for men. In reality, that’s not what feminism is about. And really, everyone should be a feminist (or a humanist, rather, if you can’t handle the terminology,) desiring equal rights for all people, despite any physical differences.

    July 11, 2012
  21. I love this photo..

    July 11, 2012
  22. Love!

    July 11, 2012
  23. Wise words for sure.

    July 12, 2012
  24. Reblogged this on Themovieconfessional and commented:
    I just want the whole world to read this blog, I want to print it all off and cover all the walls in the world with it until everyone listens!

    July 13, 2012

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