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Clementine Ford -ted talk on rape culture

Clementine Ford deserves a cheer squad ! so I’m adding her to my list of women I adore.
Quietly I have been stalking her on twitter..
But here I go I have a fembot crush on her because:
She’s Australian, feminist, smart and articulate !
She writes a great deal and I love to read her articles but this ted talk on rape culture with its particular attention Australian culture and media made me want to put her here. Watch it  those are my orders !

classic bites:

  • “shame cave” – enough said!
  • “your vagina is not a vehicle” (and even if it was rape is not stealing a car its  jacking one with the owner still in it..and possibly trashing it while making them watch )

Theres nothing quite as wonderful as a feminist who can  not only speak plain english and not academiac bs (kudus for never using the word hegemony) but can also make one laugh.

I always felt detached from the idea of rape culture , it’s the internet right ? they must be talking about america.  My own personal experience of rape culture revolves around kicking around  places like second life and online games. I forget how much this is also a real wold problem and a cultural phenomenon that extends way beyond the internet and gaming culture.

Reading through the comments makes it clear that the issue needed further clarification. Some mammals are more visual and respond to simple diagrams, so I put together this flow chart – I may have forgotten something but I hope its useful

rape flow chart








Her blog in case that wasn’t enough.. you know it wasn’t


Fiona hall - big game hunting

5 most subversive contemporary women artists of Australia

The guerrilla girls told me that women are poorly represented in art history back in 2001 . Things haven’t changed that much and being the arse end of the universe (strayla mate ) really doesn’t help.  However, I Object to this article because most of its women were not born this century, nor are they australian  have  kind of tripe that passes for art criticism in some news …(should I call them vendors ? ) snail news?  whatever.
*the list is not remotely ordered 

Offending article: Some dude telling me who’s a subversive female artist..right.

  • 1) Fiona Hall  – Its hard to find words but she’s always shifting mediums,  from her early soap carvings to her installations she never fails to delight me. Always contemporary, always questioning .

    Fiona hall - big game hunting

    Fiona hall – big game hunting

  • 2) Tracey Moffatt – brave ,she takes no prisoners from her early works which cause Australian critics to  ask questions about authorship which are still relevant today eg : “If she didn’t press the button is she really the photographer ?
    To these beautiful mashups  like “other” that question identity culture and otherness in ways that make me laugh and cry simultaneously .

    OTHER by Tracey Moffatt from Momentum Worldwide on Vimeo.
  • 3) Emily Kame Kngwarreye – “I did batik at first, and then after doing that I learned more and more and then I changed over to painting for good…Then it was canvas. I gave up on…fabric to avoid all the boiling to get the wax out. I got a bit lazy – I gave it up because it was too much hard work. I finally got sick of it…I didn’t want to continue with the hard work batik required – boiling the fabric over and over, lighting fires, and using up all the soap powder, over and over. That’s why I gave up batik and changed over to canvas – it was easier. My eyesight deteriorated as I got older, and because of that I gave up batik on silk – it was better for me to just paint.” 
  • 4)Patricia Piccinini – It’s hard for me to include her I never saw her as a maker and in that, she challenges the very assumptions of craftsmanship in art. She is  more of an art producer than an artisan. However the recent controversy over the  “sky whale” really won me over. I’m not sure if I can think of a more subversive act than a massive floating whale with pendulous breasts hanging over the nations capital.
  • 5) Linda Dement  –cyberflesh girl monster need I say more?  I had the luck to be present at one of her performances at  Canberra School of the Art where she hung upside down in goggles and a swimming cap and told all the lecturers and senior academics art history is bullshit.  Her middle name is subversive . Not to mention theres no wiki page for her.




Copyriot .. I wanna riot


more about Emily Pankurst > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmeline_Pankhurst
Copyright in Australia :http://www.news.com.au/technology/online/why-creating-memes-is-illegal-in-australia/story-fnjwmwrh-1226758121774

Although I’m all for artists right to make a living I sincerely believe the Australian government is a dinosaur incapable of making laws for this century . Incapable of understanding the nature of the digital world . Scarily ready to give our rights away to the highest bidder. We need to fight this we need a riot.. a copyriot

Unable to do much about it  I thought I’d start my own meme #copyriot  -If you think the laws are prohibitive restrictive and outdated feel free to use the term in your art whether it be writing, song, music or interpretative dance tag it !