I now have rainbow hair!
Why hello there! It's been far too long! Months, in fact. I won't make any excuses for my extended absence, but I will let you know what I've been doing instead:
I am still traveling to Sydney for a few days each week for my work. The travel has cut down my free time a bit, but it has also given me a weekly opportunity to feel justified in watching The Vampire Diaries. You win some, you lose some. While working I have written about my rainbow hair and marriage equality (yep, at the same time), how I think both rape and racism are inexcusable (this, kind of surprisingly, didn't go down well), Femen's "topless jihad day", and the sexism that appears to be inherent in O-Week at Australian universities.
I have been volunteering as a media coordinator with a new youth-run, Canberra-based reproductive and women's rights organisation called Vocal Majority. We recently pulled together a conference that included speakers such as Anne Summers, Professor Hilary Charlesworth, Anna Rose, Clementine Ford and Stella Young! You can read about that conference here, here and here. If you want to make it look like I'm really good at my job, you should think about liking Vocal Majority on Facebook, or following the organisation on Twitter.
I'm also volunteering with the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, which will be coming to Canberra at the beginning of June - the program looks rad.
I've written a few other things around the place, too. Mostly reviews, for films such as Danny Boyle's Trance, the astonishingly bad Hyde Park on Hudson, Jack the Giant Slayer with cute kid Nicholas Hoult, the fab Warm Bodies also with cute kid Nicholas Hoult, and Oz the Great and Powerful. I also have an article about feminism, fairytales and film in the latest print issue of Lip magazine (issue 23), which you can buy here.
Oh, and I'm supposed to be doing my Masters degree! But I kind of keep forgetting about that. Oops. JSYK, if I'm ever away from the blog again for so long you can keep up with what I'm writing on twitter, and all the exciting things I do (read: all the cups of coffee I consume) on Intstagram. Oh, and I'm still posting things to Tumblr!
But enough about me! Let's talk links! And, as always, a cappella covers!
This week in the news, retired journalist Geoffrey Barker wrote this piece of sexist crap, where he criticises commercial broadcast news. Or rather, couches his criticism of commercial broadcast news in outrageous sexism and about 400 words arguing that pretty women don't deserve to be on television. Here's a response from Mamamia editor Jamila Rizvi. Here's some more sense, and a little more.
Oh, and hey - today is World Press Freedom Day. In celebration, Lip is looking at some home grown female journalistic talent.
Tiny adorable tattoos! These are so tasteful. Personally, I'm thinking of getting a miniature pineapple. Which is slightly less tasteful perhaps, but yes? Yes!
In defence of Femen. Could not agree with this article by Jamie Freestone more.
The rise of fashion peacocking / the attention economy. "And given the choice because a circus and a flock of interchangeable “crows,” I’ll take a colourful, creative, over-the-top circus any time."
7 fashion rules you should definitely break. Sequins in the daytime! Yes!
Cups (When I'm Gone) - Pitch Perfect A Cappella cover. You must've missed morsels because of the lack of a cappella in your life every week, right?
Hot men and kittens. Pulling similar poses. Lololol.
27 Amazing things we might get in a Gilmore Girls movie. I wish this show had never ended.
Speaking of, the 27 stages of getting addicted to a tv show.
I love these weird animal combinations.
Hopefully it won't be long til I see you next. Anything you'd like to share from your internet travels? x