February 3rd, 2010


This is what a feminist looks like

I read baby_elvis's post yesterday and I want to stand in solidarity next to her and say, look at my user icon. That's me. This is what a feminist looks like.

I don't ascribe to any particular stream of feminist theory. I'm not a fantatical man-hating woman. In fact, hang around with me long enough and you'll find it's quite the opposite. I wax my legs and armpits and I love shoes. I wear skirts most of the time. I love jewellery and body care products. And coffee with my friends. I love to sew and knit and dance. I also love maths and science and reading and politics and art and music and literature and ...

I also believe that I should receive equal pay for equal work - I'm an engineer and I don't (more men in my particular place of work have permanent jobs than women, I have been on rolling contracts for the last 5 years with this employer even though it seems I'm the only person in state public service with this particular skill set).

I believe in freedom for choice and that I should have full freedom and control over the choices that I make for my life and for my body. And that you should have the same freedom of choices to make whatever decisions you feel are right for you.

I don't believe in gender role constructs that have different expectations for different people based on their genitals alone. Don't expect me to do the washing up, get the packages from reception or cook you a meal.

I don't believe men are better than women or that women are better than men. I think that everybody has something important to contribute to the world we live in and that it's vitally important that everyone be able to do so. And I will shout down or point and criticise anyone who thinks otherwise.

I am a woman and a feminist and am proud to be both.

siren beat

Attention Hobart Booklovers!

Tansy Rayner Roberts will be reading at the Republic Bar in North Hobart this Sunday 7 February. The event runs from 3-5pm, with two featured readers and an open mike. She'll be reading from "Siren Beat", and copies of the book Siren Beat/Roadkill will also be available for sale.

It's well worth going just to hear her reading voice!

Or grab a copy of Siren Beat for free in our ecopies for Hugo Reading giveaway till March 13.


Baby spam

To make up for yesterday, I got to cuddle this:

And in other news, I have a huge backlog of emails. I'm trying to get on top of it but ... it's not happening. If you've emailed me are waiting for a response, please bear with me.