It was only yesterday that I watched the Gillette ad that's stirred up so much controversy. I've seen a lot of angst around social media about it, both from men and women. But I have to say, mostly from men. When I've seen women talk about it, it's mostly to share in positive terms. It's … Continue reading So Much Fuss About An Ad
I was thinking quite a lot about being a woman today, probably because it's International Women's Day. I've just watched a short video about books, which demonstrates the relative proportions of books that 1) actually feature girls, 2) feature girls who speak and 3) feature girls who aren't princesses, waiting for their prince charming. The … Continue reading Ponderings
I went and saw Hidden Figures this afternoon. I was looking forward to seeing a good movie, but I actually saw a great one. The story was compelling, based on fact, and emotional. Despite knowing about segregation, and the lack of equality between black and white, and between male and female, seeing it depicted drove … Continue reading Do Yourself a Favour – Go and See Hidden Figures
And here I am back after yet another blog hiatus! There are some good reasons - being flat out editing Frontier Defiant (Book 3 in the Frontier Trilogy) is one, and polishing up another novel, tentatively called Amethyst Pledge, is another. Add to that, being part of the cast and crew of our local Sound … Continue reading What is Female Empowerment?
I haven't updated this blog for a while, mainly due to the fact that we're travelling, but courtesy of a slight knee tweak skiing yesterday, I'm having a rest day so that I can ski my socks off on our last day, tomorrow. It snowed last night, and I'm sitting in the lobby of the … Continue reading The Art of Onsen
As regular followers of my blog probably know, I have a bit of a feminist bent. My last post was about heading off to celebrate our daughter's twenty-first birthday in the town where she attends university. Over the last few days we've been chatting and catching up, and one of the subjects that came up … Continue reading When Is Enough Enough? (Or why should young women expect to be groped or harassed every time they go out?)
Barbara Jefferis was an Australian Writer who was the first female president of the Australian Society of Authors. The Australian Society of Authors describes her thus: 'Barbara Jefferis was a feminist, a founding member of the Australian Society of Authors, its first woman President and, in the words of Thomas Keneally, 'a rare being amongst … Continue reading Barbara Jefferis Award Nomination
This week I read a fabulous blog piece by Cori Schumacher, a surfer and writer. You can read it here. It got me thinking again. Thinking about the way women are viewed in different cultures, and how even cultures that believe they are the most liberated, still seem to need to reduce women to the … Continue reading Thoughts on Women in Media (or one of my hobby horses).