Friday Feminartsy Finds

Good Morning Feminartsy Community,

Gilmore Girls’ Lane and Rory. Our founding editor, Zoya Patel, writes about Gilmore Girls in her exploration of pop culture, ethnicity, and identity of Sydney Writers’ Festival 2019.

Well, it’s been almost a week since the election. And since innumerable pages of analysis, discussion, and opinion have already been devoted to that topic, let’s dive in to the week’s news in politics in a broader sense.

The interrelation of ethnicity, representation, and identity remains an important open-ended question. And one which our own founding editor, Zoya Patel, spoke about in relation to pop culture and tokenism for Sydney Writers’ Festival 2019.

And it’s not only popular culture where representation matters. The materiality of our worlds can act as daily barriers to equality. The ways we design our cities, and our homes have important tangible impacts on who can enter space – and who can feel comfortable and welcome once they have entered.

And this is important, because violence against cis and trans women and girls continues to be a daily reality – one further impacted and inflected by class and ethnicity. Being a woman in public still comes with a host of dangers. Women runners – unlike their men counterparts – have to plan times, routes, and equipment to avoid harassment. Girls are more likely than women to be killed as a result of intimate partner violence. Trans women – like all women – are taken less seriously for their medical complaints. And consent remains fundamentally misunderstood.

In fact, women’s bodies, health concerns, and experiences, continue to be woefully misunderstood at best and deemed irrelevant at worst. As Natalie Kon-yu explores in her Overland piece on the Alabama abortion ban.

In happier news, the Man Booker Prize has been won by Jokha Alharthi, the first woman Omani novelist to be translated into English. Alharthi shares the prize money with her translator, Marilyn Booth.

If you’re feeling riled up about climate change, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney is hosting a Conversation Starters 2019: Temperatures Rising next weekend.

In other fiery news, the ANU Gender Institute is hosting a pyrotechnic performance of the story of Ada Lovelace.

And for your weekend reading, we have the chequered history of that most favourite of US villains: the Welfare Queen. Interviews with Franny Choi and Rihanna. And a history of black women in art.

Happy Weekend and Happy Reading,


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