Feminism 101

 
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Prompted by our discussions with friends and family, we’ve come to realise that there are many people who don’t want to associate themselves with feminism or call themselves a feminist.

Generally they think it is something that it’s not.

Perhaps they think feminism is a hard-left, super-radical ideology and they hesitate to attach a politically-charged label to their name. Maybe they think feminism is about belittling, demonising, or disparaging men. It could be they think the battle is already over and feminism no longer has a purpose or a place in modern society. 

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1522646_227575270776925_6071086105225355961_oThe growth of the internet and communication about social issues via online services has seen dialogue about feminism enter new spaces.We feel that the core message of Feminism have become bogged down by unproductive dialogue online, in the media, and in the physical world. This perpetuates inaccurate and harmful ideas about feminism. It is imperative that social issues undergo constant discussion to remain relevant, inclusive and accurate in their purposes. We want to see feminist discussion carry on in directions that will ensure this.

With the Feminism 101 campaign, the UQ Women’s Collective wants to reach beyond our network. We want to engage people who might not normally think about feminist ideas or get involved with activism. We want to educate people who who hold misconceptions about feminism that stop them from calling themselves a feminist or causes them to dismiss feminism as something that doesn’t interest or represent them.

10258526_227575230776929_1588514507092164743_o1518518_227574720776980_8425505430271052134_oWe want to get people off Facebook and Tumblr and reddit. Bring people out of the depths of Culture Club and Stalkerspace. We want real world discussions about what feminism is really about, the history of feminism, feminist theory, how feminism affects everyday life. We aim to create a space for people to share personal stories and experiences.

We think real-world interaction is imperative.

1956769_227575114110274_4133358368916425711_o10012091_227574854110300_3016239588890209088_oWe have been and will continue to hold a series of stalls on Wednesdays. We want to talk to you about your perceptions of feminism, and what feminism means to you. There will also be the opportunity to have your photo taken to declare that you are indeed, a feminist. These photos will be shared on our social media sites such as facebook, instagram,
and tumblr.

On April 30th we begin our seminar series with a discussion on Feminism in Australia. We will hear about the history of the movement, as well as the current struggles we face.
Our second seminar, on Intersectional Feminsim, will be on the 7th of May. Women who face different, intersecting oppressions will share their stories to remind us that feminism is a movement for everybody. Finally on the 14th of May we will conclude our seminar series with a panel of cis-male Feminists/allies. They will talk about the ways men can further the cause of Feminism.

We hope we change some minds. We want to recruit people to our cause. Most important though, is that the discussion is being had, face to face, on campus. When none of us
can hide behind our computer screens, we will engage with each other and we will educate each other. This is how change happens.

This is Feminism 101: An Introduction.

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Preview of Upcoming Zine “Injustices and Inequalities”

This piece was submitted for our upcoming release “Injustices and Inequalities”. You still have a chance to submit! Please email any poetry, artwork, writing or other stuff to uqwnews@gmail.com by April 15th!

No Means No

by Sydney Jones

I used to think I was pretty open to going on a date with anyone. Meeting guys was exciting and I liked that there was no obligation to see them again. Fast forward three years and our generation’s darling, the internet, has me questioning everything I ever knew about the dynamic of dating.

There is a taboo still attached to online dating, even though it has taken many forms to suit our ever-evolving hook-up culture. I don’t think there is anything wrong with this hook-up culture, in fact, I think the freedoms it provides all genders is unlike anything society has ever prescribed. Women are no longer the ones to be courted, or have their dinner paid for because men and women are equal, right? I can tell you firsthand that this is 100% wrong, just from how I have been treated by men on online dating.

This phenomena seems to have evolved where there still exists the niceties of old-fashioned dating. “Hey, how are you?” still precludes any sort of sexual conversation in most cases. What I’ve found most unnerving is what happens when I reject a man (yes, a man, never a woman). He will immediately go on the defensive. Let’s say, we’re on Okcupid. I look at his profile, and see we have a 40% match. Immediately this sets off alarm bells in my head because there is an algorithm on this website which allows you to make some questions (which you both answer) more important than others. In my case, these are questions relating to how men view women. For example, “Do you think women have an obligation to shave their legs?” is always at the top of my list. That and some other sexism-related questions.

I don’t even have to make up a hypothetical situation here to explain to you how these conversations play out after I politely message back, telling the man I’m not interested. 8 times out of 10, he will ask something along the lines of “Why not?”. I sincerely feel that I should not have to answer that question. If I’m in a bar and a guy starts to talk to me, I will make it clear if I’m not interested. I’ll tell him I have to go or show him with body language. But online, you have to be more direct. I do have to say “No.”

“No”, is not a word men like to hear. I guess it’s because they take it personally. Well mate, it is personal. I don’t like you, and I don’t want to have sex with you. The internet has removed the social graces of real life, where no means no. No should still mean no. I should not have to defend why I am not interested over the internet. I do not know you, and I do not have to get to know you before I reject you. I strongly believe that these basic interactions are where lines of consent begin to be crossed. It is not okay.

You may have read this and thought to yourself “Well men aren’t all like that”. You are right. They are not all like that. But that does not in any way detract from the fact that there is a serious problem where I feel like I’m doing something wrong by rejecting someone I have never met before.

SUMMARY OF LAST NIGHT’S UQU COUNCIL MEETING

There were a number of regulatory changes put forward last night in the 2nd Ordinary Meeting of the 103rd UQ Union Council that directly concerned the UQ Women’s Collective (formerly known as WRAG).

REGULATORY CHANGES

  • the recommended name change from Women’s Rights Action Group to Women’s Collective was passed (R44, R58.1.a, R33.1.j, R52.1.c, R72.1)
  • the proposed quorum reduction from 10 members down to 5 members was not passed, despite being recommended at the first meeting of the Women’s Rights Action Group for 2014 (R44.4)
  • the Vice President (Gender and Sexuality) was appointed the chair of the Women’s Collective and was given powers to call and give notice of meetings, unless the UQ Women’s Collective resolves otherwise (R44.5, R44.6)


NB: Updated regulations including these changes will become available through the UQ Union Noticeboard shortly.

FUNDING DISCUSSION

  • An increase of funding to the Women’s constituency was proposed, and subsequently did not pass through council


We recommend any interested students come along to the next council meeting (held on a monthly basis) to raise any questions they may have about these or other issues. Information regarding the time and place of this meeting will be posted on this page.

We also recommend interested students who do not identify as a cis-man to come along to our regular meeting on Monday at 1pm in the Women’s Room, where the outcome of the meeting and its relevance to the UQ Women’s Collective will be discussed in detail.

Last Call for Submissions

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We’re calling for submissions for the April edition of Wom*news, the UQ Women’s Collective zine, “Injustices and Inequalities”.

Do you have an opinion piece, essay, poem, short story, list, photo set, comic strip, review, interview, or anything else, about a movie you’ve seen lately? We’re accepting all types of submissions from members and allies of the UQ Women’s Collective from now until March 31st.

Your work will be featured both in the hard copy of our zine, the pdf version and as a post at the wom*news website.

Please:
• Send your submissions, cover art, and any queries to Jessica and I at uqwnews@gmail.com.

• Read our content guidelines carefully; trigger warnings are a must, and any offensive or phobic matter will not be accepted. Keep to the word limit of 1,000 words.

• Reference any sources in our super easy referencing style (found here: http://womynews.wordpress.com/submission-info/referencing-guidelines/)

UQ Wom*news Editorial Committee

(Jess, Nadhia, Laura, Izzy & Molly)

General Update

  • Uni starts next week, and so do our regular meetings. These are currently scheduled for 1 PM on Mondays in the Women’s Room.
  • Market Day went really well, we had a bunch of people sign up, so welcome to all our newbies!
  • We have some International Women’s Day events coming up – Reclaim the Stage on 8th in the Holt Room and a breakfast on the 10th!
  • Check out our new instagram @uqwc to see our pics from the Gender Pay Gap campaign being run over O Week by NUS. 
  • We will be continuing with this, and other campaigns throughout the year so look for our stalls around campus. 

Updated for 2014: Women’s Hotline and Resource List

Women’s Hotline and Resource List
For the Brisbane area, or available online
(Information is up to date as of 17/02/2014)

 

Important Numbers

  • Emergencies on St Lucia campus – Ph: 3365 3333
  • Police, fire fighting and ambulance services in emergencies – Ph: 000
  • TTY/voice calls – Ph: 133 677; dial ‘106’ for emergencies: then dial ‘PPP’ for Police, ‘FFF’ for fire and ‘AAA’ for ambulances.
  • National Relay Service calls – Ph: 1300 555 727 (ask for ‘000’ for emergencies) – http://www.relayservice.com.au

 

 

UQ Contacts

 

 

Mental Health

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Physical Health

 

Sexual Health

  • Family Planning Queenslandhttp://www.fpq.com.au/
  • Children By Choice (Unplanned Pregnancy and Abortion Counselling)http://www.childrenbychoice.org.au/
  • Brisbane Sexual Health and HIV Service – Floor 1/270 Roma Street, Brisbane QLD 4000 
  • Brisbane Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sexual Health Unit – Level 2: 270 Roma Street, Brisbane QLD 4000

 

Abortion Information and Services

  • Children By Choice (Unplanned Pregnancy and Abortion Counselling)http://www.childrenbychoice.org.au/
  • Marie Stopes International Australia Clinic (sexual health info, abortion counseling, abortion services) – 18/8 Catherine Street,
 Woolloongabba QLD 4102, http://www.drmarie.org.au/locations/#QLD
  • Options Clinic (abortion services) - 1st Floor, 383 Wickham Tce, Spring Hill, QLD, Brisbane
  • Greenslopes Day Surgery (abortion services) - 687 Logan Road, Greenslopes, QLD, 4120
  • The RU486 Pill (medical abortion drug on PBS) - http://ru486.org.au/

 

 

Gender and Sexuality

 

Counselling and Support

 

Welfare

 

Compiled by Emma Di Bernardo.  

Call for Submissions: ‘At The Movies!’

We’re calling for submissions for the Market Day edition of Wom*news, the UQ Women’s Collective zine, “At the Movies”.

Do you have an opinion piece, essay, poem, short story, list, photo set, comic strip, review, interview, or anything else, about a movie you’ve seen lately? We’re accepting all types of submissions from members and allies of the UQ Women’s Collective from now until January the 15th.
Your work will be featured both in the hard copy of our zine, the pdf version and as a post at the wom*news website.

Please: 
• Send your submissions, cover art, and any queries to Jessica and I at uqwnews@gmail.com.
• Read our content guidelines carefully; trigger warnings are a must, and any offensive or phobic matter will not be accepted.
• *Reference any sources in our super easy referencing style (found here: http://womynews.wordpress.com/submission-info/referencing-guidelines/)

Thank you,
Nadhia, Jessica, Molly, Isabel and Laura
The Wom*news Team