Anonymous: What would you reccommend to someone who's only just beggining to learn about feminism? It seems as though there are so many different definitions for what feminism is depending on who you ask. Are there any books, films, or works that you'd reccomend to get a better understanding of feminism?

Alison Jaggar’s brilliant book ‘Feminist Politics and Human Nature’ contains a terrific evaluation of the three key feminist perspectives: liberal, socialist, and radical feminism. I’d highly recommend it as a starting point.

Anonymous: I'm going to ask this purposely vague but, what are your thoughts on Hilary Clinton?

If she’s nominated I hope she succeeds against her Republican opponent, because Democrats are nominally better than Republicans. But I don’t support her brand of ‘feminism’ that purports to support women’s empowerment but at the same time props up western military initiatives that brutalise women and girls globally.

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Newspaper headlines over the past month, chronicling Israel’s blood-soaked deception.


Newspaper headlines over the past month, chronicling Israel’s blood-soaked deception.

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Chewbacca and Princess Leia..

Chewbacca and Princess Leia..

Just like last year we celebrated our anniversary at a great restaurant on the top floor of the Eureka Tower. The whole day was nice. I had to work, but Jon and I went to a yoga class together at lunch time and exchanged gifts first thing in the morning. Our wedding is less than three months away now and I am just so thrilled to be marrying Jon. I couldn’t have dreamed up a better person.

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Licia Ronzulli, member of the European Parliament, has been taking her daughter Vittoria to the Parliament sessions for two years now.

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Anonymous: I'm coming to visit melbourne! Any advice for shopping and eating places?

For shopping my favourite areas are the Bourke St mall, the Emporium, Chapel St and Bridge Rd. There are so many options though. Melbourne has absolutely phenomenal shopping, easily beats Sydney and is on a par with many major international cities.

My favourite spots to eat are along Southbank, South Wharf, Lygon St, Chinatown, and Fitzroy/Acland streets in St Kilda. My favourite restaurants are Akachochin, Chin Chin, Nobu, and Eureka 89.

I hope you have a nice time here. :)

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July 19 2014 100,000 people in London protesting in support of Palestinians in Gaza.

July 19 2014 100,000 people in London protesting in support of Palestinians in Gaza.

Anonymous: There are so many fertility awareness methods - how did you decide which one/s are best for you? I'm about to take the plunge but it's quite daunting. Thanks for your help!

I use the method outlined by Toni Weschler in her book Taking Charge of Your Fertility. I take my basal body temperature each morning and record the temperatures on a chart provided on the TCOYF website. It’s also important to monitor cervical fluid, and as an option you can check the position of your cervix, but that’s not compulsory. When I was younger I was so naive and thought you could get pregnant every single day of your cycle, haha. Now I realise women aren’t even fertile for most of the month, so as long as you figure out your fertile window, you can both avoid and achieve pregnancy relatively easily. Personally, I’m using the method to eventually achieve pregnancy. It’s really cool being able to see when estrogen or progesterone are taking over my body and the impact this has on how I feel. Last week I had a reallllly sore chest, a few pimples, and was overwhelmingly fatigued, and sure enough… my temperatures were high indicating a rush of progesterone. Once my temperatures started to decline I knew my body was about to feel some relief, and now I have way more energy. That knowledge has been so empowering. I recommend the Fertility Awareness Method to women who want to avoid hormonal birth control and would like to get to know their bodies a bit better.

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Flashback to 2 weekends ago on Wategos Beach. We all adored him.

My family.


Flashback to 2 weekends ago on Wategos Beach. We all adored him.

My family.


the pressure on first generation children of immigrants 

to prove that you are indeed proof that parents’ sacrifice was worth it

is something that many Americans will never understand

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zumurruud: I'm sure you're asked this frequently! What are some books or who are some figures that have shaped your ideas on feminism? Your ideas resound so strongly with me that I'd like to read and learn more about them.

Alllll sorts :) If you scroll down a bit you can see a response I gave a few days ago about my feminist role models (Frances Willard, Dorothy Roberts, bell hooks, Sheila Jeffreys, Adrienne Rich).

Some of the most significant feminist writings for me have been:

Toward a Feminist Theory of the State by Catharine MacKinnon

Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution by Adrienne Rich

Anticlimax: A Feminist Perspective on the Sexual Revolution by Sheila Jeffreys

The Myth of the Vaginal Orgasm by Anne Koedt

Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center by bell hooks

My favourite feminist themes are:

The positive aspects of motherhood; the co-option of feminism by capitalism; wages for caring work; critiques of heteronormativity; critiques of intercourse as the primary sex act; critiques of gender; anti-pornography/men buying sex; critiques of big pharma with respect to birth control.

Morning walk in our hometown Botanic Gardens.

(excuse my roots, I got new highlights a few hours later)

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Saturdays without commitments are the greatest. We spent the morning at Queen Vic Market getting fruit, vegetables, seafood, bread, pasta and flowers for the week. When we got home I made some homemade multi-purpose spray and dishwashing tablets (so easy and economical). Now I’m sitting in bed listening to Fleet Foxes and flipping through some holy books out of curiosity. It sounds like the dullest day, but these are my favourites.

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