Your Reluctant Diplomat


Jessica Harby talks to England about Donald Trump as part of our HOME / AWAY series.

Photo by Sayed Hasan.

Photo by Sayed Hasan.

I wasn’t fully American until I left America. Until then, my “Americanness” never really occurred to me. If I had any geographical identity, it was always smaller scale, more specific. I was working-class Midwestern. I was from the poorer neighbourhood of apartments in our high school district. I was a Chicagoan.

Interview: Cora Bissett


Natasha Rapkin speaks to director Cora Bissett, mid way through the run of her new show Rites. Rites is a piece of verbatim theatre that explores and comments upon the difficult, emotionally-loaded topic of female genital mutilation. 

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Paida Utonomo enters the stage during a crescendo of music and recorded newsreader voices layered on top of one another. Her first words are “I am real”, immediately clarifying that the dialogue we are about to hear and the characters we are about to meet are based on real people alive today. The lights go down and she then plucks us from the auditorium into her character’s story with vibrant music and dance – the suggestion of a family celebration – but there is a sinister undertone as she is blindfolded by the two women dancing with her.

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The Bishop and The Pawns


An opinion piece by Kate Bailey on feminism in Australian politics. We’re looking at you, Julie Bishop.

We’re going to discuss Australia here, but the events there are merely a catalyst for seeing our governments across the globe, repeating the same mistakes and perpetually delaying the plight of equality. Here’s the thing: when applying for government jobs in Australia, ‘women’ are listed in the selection criteria of ‘diversity groups’. Names are required on application. Because names are usually gender indicative, any lady hater or dude hater can immediately allow their prejudice to make a decision, subconsciously or otherwise. But now, women are a diversity group? How do we diversify from being a human being?

Regardless of the ‘real’ reason it’s there, one does infer a sense of inequality and in the very least, an expectation of differentiated treatment. If either were not the case, then why is it relevant at all? Any possible relevance points towards the discrimination we’re told doesn’t exist.

Knowledge Is Change


Kate Bailey writes about the social media response to a recent viral video involving Sarah Silverman and the promotion of equal pay.

Sarah Silverman recently released a video to promote a crowd funding campaign for the National Women’s Law Association (US) so they can fund a legislative fight to finally bridge the gender pay gap that has been plaguing women, since forever.

As I always do, I sat ready and excited with the fancy headphones, and watched the video through. After which, I entered the dark hell mouth that is the comments section. Personally, I was elated by the video. Funny, satirical and trivialising the ridiculousness of the mindset that a gender pay gap is acceptable. I expected to read a barrage of support. Considering where I was, how could I even be surprised by what I found?

Demanding A Better Standard


Kate Bailey talks Australian politics, with a little help from a handful of gifs.

Australia, not unlike most nations, is suffering at the hands of a sexist-by-policy government led by the personification of everyone’s creepy uncle, Tony Abbott.

Across the world we must understand the lessons of this oppression, in order to change the path of the future. Time has passed, but we could all do with a reminder of the day sexism in politics was made a worldwide social media trending topic, and what we can learn from it. In 2012, then-Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard served now-PM Tony Abbott a 15-minute response to his myriad of clumsy misogynistic slip-ups.

Abbott had accused a member of Parliament of sexism, after some text messages from a civil lawsuit had been revealed. Oh, the lives of the bold and the beautiful!

Anyway, Gillard used these remarks as a catalyst to review some of Tony’s previous sexist statements and personal attacks. As a young, Australian feminist watching Gillard make poignants statements not only about women’s rights but about double standards and accountability as well, I saw the glimmering beacon of real change. It was the first time I had seen an Australian woman stand up for herself so publicly, so articulately and only with a basis of rationality.

Review: Scottish Independence – A Feminist Reponse


Rachel Cunningham reviews a new book by Cat Boyd and Jenny Morrison which aims to assess whether a Yes vote would be a good thing for Scottish women.

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Scottish Independence – A Feminist Response offers a short account of a debate that has been around longer than the case for an Independent Scotland, giving a brief assessment of history, war, nation states, gender in culture, violence against women and power and equality in the UK. The authors explore these topics with this aim in mind:

“The question we want to answer is not whether Scotland should be an independent country, but how a Yes vote can change the lives of Scottish women. This is a case for radical change, which seeks to expose the current system and explain what ‘better’ would look like. We don’t want to see a post-Yes Scottish society that’s simply more of the same.”

Cards Against Harassment: The New Tool To Combat Cat-Calling​

Cathryn Hanley writes about Cards Against Hasassment, a new kind of anti-street-harassment activism.

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It all began with a letter posted last September on the Missed Connections section of Craigslist.  It was written by a 28-year old Minneapolis resident and addressed to her cat-caller – and ended up going viral.


Feminist Initiative and the Swedish Democrats Enter The European Parliament


In the wake of the recent media coverage of right wing parties in the European Parliament elections, TYCI was reassured to learn that more left leaning politicians were also being represented. David Simpson has translated this article which originally appeared on DN.se.

Feminist Initiative (FI) and the Swedish Democrats (SD) each received seven percent in SVT’s first exit polls. If borne out in the vote, this would mean that both parties will enter the European Parliament. The celebrations of the Feminist Initiative electoral party knew no bounds when the survey results were presented.


LadySAY- Your Answers To: Sochi 2014


Here are your submissions to this past month’s LadySAY and its discussion surrounding Sochi 2014. To follow the conversation, you can watch the original question video HERE. This month’s LadySAY theme will be unveiled this week.

She was a Sk8er Grrrl


Nicky Carder writes about skateboarding and the recent documentaries on the rise of female skateboarders across the globe.


As someone who has become known as ‘the lady who skateboards to work’, I can barely contain my excitement when I hear that skateboarding and longboarding has been used as a tool to promote gender equality. It is no secret that women have been defining social spaces, stereotypically hoarded by men, for some years now. However, the daily taunts and applauds received by female boarders on our streets still suggests that skateboarding is something that continues to be considered unusual by society. Furthermore, female prominence in western skating sub-cultures is one thing, but recent female targeted skateboarding campaigns such as Skateistan in Cambodia, Longboard Istanbul events and the Longboard Girls Crew documentaries, have proven to be incredibly liberating for women from all walks of life, with many using it to break, if only momentarily, from a life shrouded by oppression.