Feature from Erin Cook - Thursday, 09 May 2013 @ 1:47pm
In a country whose news cycle is dominated by domestic terrorism, failed gun reform and near constant bickering over health car legislation the sequester hasn't made much of a noise outside of the United States. More of a bored whimper, if anything.
Feature from Jacqui Clark - Wednesday, 01 May 2013 @ 12:57pm
True reproductive freedom is the antithesis of our social reality. The right to have children, to not have children, to be free of shame and stigma in making decisions about reproduction, to have access to a system which ensures that these decisions do not risk our health, the right to our bodily autonomy and integrity, for these rights to be realised on our terms and in our own self-defined best interest, these rights are constantly thwarted and violated in a system that polices the reproduction of people based on social marginalisation and oppression.
Update from admin - Tuesday, 30 April 2013 @ 6:44pm
Well April is over and Thatcher is dead. What more is there to say about the month that was? Catch up on everything that happened and was said this month about feminism, women, gender and such like. Enjoy Petals. xxx
Feature from Jacqui Clark - Friday, 19 April 2013 @ 1:42pm
Louise Pratt is an openly queer woman, a proud unionist and a fighting feminist. She has fought hard for trans* visibility, recognition of same-sex marriage and women's reproductive rights. In other words, she's pretty cool.
Feature from EJ Cook - Monday, 15 April 2013 @ 12:00pm
This year will see the longest ever lead time for a Federal Election. It will either give our first female Prime Minister another term, or end it. It will probably mark the end of one of the few minority governments in Australian history. And if you turn 18 before 14 September, it will be your first chance to have a say in who makes the laws that affect your life.
Update from admin - Tuesday, 09 April 2013 @ 2:52pm
So what did happen in March that got our feminist knickers twisting?! Read on to find out the best of what happened in feminist minds in March.
Feature from EJ Cook - Tuesday, 09 April 2013 @ 2:33pm
A young black woman just got named Global Creative Director at Blackberry, and I'm not all that happy about it.
Feature from EJ Cook - Monday, 08 April 2013 @ 9:36am
The fine city of Canberra is celebrating National Youth Week with free workshops on how to be noisy and disruptive! Yay us!
Feature from EJ Cook - Wednesday, 03 April 2013 @ 10:59am
Get ready for next week's all-woman #qanda panel by learning the rules to The #qanda Drinking Game!
Feature from Jacqui Clark - Monday, 25 March 2013 @ 9:55am
Imposter syndrome can affect anyone but women are particularly susceptible. It is the incapacitating feeling that what you achieve isn't real, or is undeserved or is the result of pure luck. I have quite genuinely held these feelings in my professional pursuits and indeed it wasn't until a few years ago when I first discovered the term "imposter syndrome" in a book, that it all made sense. Despite my stultifying insecurities, somewhere in the back of my mind I had a sneaking suspicion that I wasn't shit.
Feature from EJ Cook - Wednesday, 20 March 2013 @ 7:00am
There is a saying that nobody remembers what you think, and nobody remembers what you did, but they do remember how you made them feel. It's supposed to make us stop and think about how our words and actions impact on others.
Update from admin - Tuesday, 19 March 2013 @ 7:00am
March was: Commission on the Status of Women and SO much was ahappening for those peeps in New York and watching from around the globe. In this 57th year of CSW the theme was Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls. Obviously a theme that we can all get behind.... or was it?
Feature from EJ Cook - Monday, 18 March 2013 @ 12:41pm
Full body scanners started rolling out at airports around Australia in December 2012. They've been in use in the USA for quite a while now, but this is something new to domestic Australian travellers. Is it a step too far in anti-terrorist security?
Feature from EJ Cook - Thursday, 07 March 2013 @ 2:39pm
It seems there's a buzz in the media about what might happen to superannuation in this year's Federal Budget but superannuation reforms can only go so far. We need to demand our fair share, and society needs to harden up and accept us as equals, if we want to avoid a future where older men retire in comfort while older women live in poverty.
Feature from EJ Cook - Thursday, 21 February 2013 @ 9:54pm
Anyone who's had to find their own place to live - from a share house room to buying their first house - can tell you it's not easy. Every city in Australia is experiencing a crisis in the number of properties available for rent at a rate affordable for the majority of people. With median income $1,234 per week (from the 2011 ABS Census), that means rent needs to be under $370 per week. That's 30% of the median income - more than that and most people have to cut back on education, food, or health expenses to pay the rent. And half of all Australians earn less than the median, which means $370 per week is still too expensive.
Update from admin - Wednesday, 13 February 2013 @ 7:50pm
For International Women's Day 2013, Settle Petal is launching a human rights video campaign titled "Women's Rights are Human Rights".
Settle Petal readers are invited to submit videos of themselves explaining why articles in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights apply specifically and particularly to women.
Feature from EJ Cook - Sunday, 10 February 2013 @ 2:07pm
I recently met up with a friend I've not seen in a couple of years, and she said something about my newfound skating obsession that was just jaw-dropping. When I told her I'd started roller derby training, she half-whispered to me: "You're not going to turn lesbian are you?"
Feature from EJ Cook - Tuesday, 22 January 2013 @ 9:27pm
Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced today that she supports Nova Peris in nominating for ALP preselection for the NT Senate. If Peris is preselected, and then elected, she will be the first Indigenous Australian Labor Parliamentarian at federal level. And the first female Indigenous Australian Parliamentarian at federal level.
Feature from Eleanor Rosie - Tuesday, 22 January 2013 @ 8:56pm
It has been suggested to me by associates keen to marry me off that men may find my intellect, sarcasm and humour intimidating, and I might benefit from toning it down a bit - as long as I don't act desperate because men can sense that. To those friends and family members who have leapt to my defence in the face of those comments, you have automatically landed yourselves invites to the Spinster Party I'm throwing soon. It's going to be rad: you can come as you are, celebrate how awesome it is that women have the vote and can work now, and anyone who can't be bothered catching a cab home can crash on the couch in my Spinster-Pad.
Feature from EJ Cook - Monday, 21 January 2013 @ 1:00pm
It's 2013 and that means Federal Election. Here's who I'm putting $10 on for a win, and why they might not win even though they could.