Beneath our radiant Southern Cross We'll toil with hearts and hands To make this Commonwealth of ours Renowned of all the lands For those who've come across the seas We've boundless plains to share With courage let us all combine To advance Australia fair In joyful strains then let us sing Advance Australia fair
First, some back story: As some of you might be aware, I record a monthly podcast called The Writer and the Critic with my dear friend, Ian Mond. We talk about books and the speculative fiction scene and, occasionally, Other Things. A couple of months ago, inspired by some thought-provoking listener feedback regarding the differences … Continue reading Feminism, My 23-Year-Old Self, and I
On the back of a recent SF Signal Mind Meld which asked a bunch of very smart women what genre books they would recommend to teenage girls, participant Stina Leicht penned some additional thoughts about the types of books that are often seen as "suitable" for girls to be reading as opposed to the types … Continue reading Girls and Consequences
Over the past few months of my blog hiatus, I did a lot of thinking about feminism and gender issues, with particular attention paid to writing, authors and the publishing industry. After all, there has been a lot to provoke such thoughts over the past year: the Australian Women's Writers Challenge, the announcement of the … Continue reading Bad Feminist: An Unexpected Case Study
So I read this article about the "SlutWalk" phenomenon today in the Sydney Morning Herald. I wasn't going to blog about the whole SlutWalk thing, because my thoughts are complicated and the issue deserves some fairly nuanced treatment and I really don't have a day to spare writing a complicated, nuanced blog post right now. … Continue reading Not so much walking, as talking . . .