Saturday, July 19, 2008

A recruitment drive????

After my rant about the catholic church in my last post, I couldn't resist sharing this!!!!
It was sent to me yesterday and I cracked up... is the catholic church that desperate for numbers??? A coalition with the 'dark lord' of the sith??? archbishop vader maybe??? The second coming???

"The Sith are a group of fictional characters in the Star Wars universe. Characterized by their single-minded lust for power and disdain for sentient life, they are an alliance of warrior priests who use the dark side of the Force and serve as counterparts to the
Jedi Knights."

After that description, it's no wonder the 'dark lord' has attached himself to the catholic church - they have the same attitude towards people!!!!


Thursday, July 17, 2008

No, not the 60s post yet, but.....

I feel compelled to have this rant!!!!

I have a problem with all religions but I have to say that this so-called world youth week is really pissing me off... how about calling it for what it is - catholic schoolies week!!!!

The vatican is virtually a country 'unto itself'... it has enough wealth to eradicate hunger and poverty world-wide - wouldn't it have helped more people if they put the money it cost to get the pope here into welfare programmes? I might be 'naive' but I'm pretty sure there are young people dying every day from starvation and preventable diseases!!!

And then there's the issue of sexual abuse amongst its priests - but what does the catholic church do... denies the evidence, pain and suffering of the victims and aids and abets its 'priests' in raping and psychologically abusing it's 'flock' by just moving them on to other parishes!!!! The "Black collar crime list of names" page on the Broken Rites website makes interesting reading.

When I was really radical in the 70s (out there 'pounding the footpath' as opposed to just verbally pissing people off with my politics now) one of the most crucial 'chants' of the Womyn's Liberation movement was...

well, that's still a mantra of mine - unfortunately we still don't have separation of church and state!!!

I can't believe that I fought so hard for so long and still live in a society where people believe in this patriarchal religious crap!!!!

But then, some people would say I'm fucked in the head!!!

My rant is over... here's Marianne with 'Working Class Hero" by John Lennon...

"Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV,
And you think you're so clever and classless and free,
But you're still fucking peasants as far as I can see."

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Thinkin' about the 60s.....

Okay, okay... I've been thinking about the 1960s - have started drafting my post, but while I'm doing that ('cause it won't be up today!!!!) I thought I'd just give you a taste of the Australian music scene at the time... well, the music I was into anyway... unfortunately there weren't a lot of aussie women 'doing' the music I liked - Wendy Saddington was one of the few women I could think of that really did blues and rock & roll - no doubt Janis Joplin was an influence - and we are talking specifically Australian music here.

There were of course lots of wonderful women singing in this era - Yvonne Barrett, Little Pattie, Pat Carroll & Olivia Newton John (they sang together and solo), Judy Stone, Marcie & the Cookies, Laurel Lee to name a few - I thoroughly enjoyed their music (yeah, I can still sing along with the juke box and boogie to it!!!!) but it wasn't my preferred style of music - and there was a lot of crap music around too!!!

So while I'm working on my next post, I hope you enjoy the music I've put in the playlist....

Monday, July 7, 2008

Did you know.....

it's the Centenary of Women's Suffrage here in Victoria this year???

It was a long time in coming and it was a hard-fought battle, but finally in November 1908 the Victorian Legislative Council passed the "Adult Suffrage Bill". This bill granted female suffrage (aka "right to vote") to women in Victoria for the first time.

According to the Victorian Women's Trust "Victoria was the last Australian state to grant women the vote, after an incredibly lengthy struggle. Despite being granted the vote federally in 1902, it would be another six years before women were able to vote in their own state. Extensive lobbying and activism took place, including:

  • The “Monster Petition” of 1891, which collected an amazing 30,000 signatures, the largest ever presented to the Victorian State Parliament.

  • Eighteen women’s suffrage bills, which were rejected by the Victorian Parliament over a period of almost two decades before the Adult Suffrage Act was finally passed in 1908.


The first event, held in March - Forum One: Rediscovering Women’s Political History commemorated one hundred years of women's activism in Victoria and coincided with International Women's Day celebrations. Historians Professor Patricia Grimshaw, Professor Marilyn Lake and literary historian Jennifer Strauss provided the keynote addresses and you can find their speeches here if you're interested.

The second forum, held in June, provided a unique oral and visual presentation - a journey across the century detailing how Australian women have done politics not only differently, but also very successfully.

But the third forum - Dangerous and Persuasive Women - is still to happen!!!! So if you're interested in the struggle that women had and would like to know more, why not contact the Victorian Women’s Trust on (03) 9642 0422 or email and book yourself in for this event - it's on November 29th at the BMW Edge Theatre, Federation Square and it's free!!! (Maybe I'll see you there!!!)

And just to add a bit more herstory, did you know:

"The Victorian Women’s Suffrage Society, the first women’s suffrage society in Australia, was founded in 1884 largely due to the efforts of

Dugdale, very much a ‘freethinker’, claimed to have been Victoria’s first activist for women’s suffrage—having publicly advocated women’s suffrage since 1868, along with married women’s property rights and the admission of women to the universities. In 1883 she published a utopian novel, A Few Hours in a Far Off Age, which she used as a vehicle for her then radical ideas about education, marriage, Christianity and rational dress for women. The Society’s platform was ‘To obtain the same political privileges for women as now possessed by male voters’. It had both male and female members."

You also might like to keep an eye out for the Australian Local Government Women's Association (ALGWA) "funded through the Department of Planning and Community Development Centenary of Women's Suffrage Grants, to recognise and celebrate this historic milestone with the Taking Up The Challenge in 2008 events program which will recognise the value of women's contribution to civic and political roles in Victoria."

If you get a chance, you may like to sign the Victorian Women Vote 1908-2008 calico banner. The banners will be distributed throughout Victoria during the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Women's right to vote - one of these banners will be at the St. Kilda Library around the 22nd July so keep an eye on the Port Phillip Library website for the actual time and date - and at the end of the year, banners will be sewn together and displayed at the finale of the celebrations at the Parliament House Open Day on the 16th November.

Will you be there????