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The Liberal National Party will host a celebration of International Women’s Day at a men-only club in Brisbane.

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  • “The venue was chosen simply on the basis of availability, price and flexibility in a CBD location.”

    Uh excuse me, you’re the bloody Prime Minister of Australia. Availability and price should not be an issue for you. If anarchists were whining about availability and price in order to justify holding events at a misogyny-associated location (e.g. a pornography studio), I might buy it. Actually I wouldn’t, but it would be more plausible. If Socialist Alternative can hold their next Marxism conference at the Victorian College of the Arts, the Prime Minister of Australia should be able to host an International Women’s Day event at a location that is not explicitly misogynistic. Either they are deliberately playing a joke on feminists or they are exceptionally incompetent (I will accept either explanation).

    • Tony Z

      To quote Abbott
      ” breaking down the last bastion of male chauvinism” by holding the event at this venue.
      I would have thought that this would have been seen as another nail in the coffin for the long outdated mens clubs circa 19th century. Seems the only Australian feminist to have seized on this is Germaine Greer. Or maybe the Left just opposes anything the Right does/says/ breathes.
      If this is not seen as a win then the battle is unwinnable.

      • Based on the understanding of feminism on display in this comment, could this be the Tony who is the current (and self-selected) Australian Federal Minister for Women?

  • Sabine

    “Liberal feminism never talks about who benefits from the system. Male privilege is a just thing men must check – but it is never stated that male privilege is dependent on the subjugation of women. It is never considered that we cannot all be equal to men. There can be no class like the men without the labor and support of an underclass, as currently provided by women.”

    YES!!! A really wonderful article about leaving liberal feminism which absolutely mirrors my feelings of disappointment around the state of “modern” feminism. I don’t think it can be even be recognized as feminism. It should be called “my choicey-choice- me-me-me-individualism”.

    • reading “my choicey-choice- me-me-me-individualism”. made me laugh out loud!

      • Sabine

        It’s laugh or cry!

  • Sabine

    Petition signed. Is anyone noticing that the site has gone a bit wonky? The reply buttons are overlaid with text and the like buttons have disappeared.

    • Meghan Murphy

      Sorry — it is an issue with the host/plugin… We are working on a fix 🙁

      • Sabine

        No worries! 🙂

  • C.K. Egbert

    In other news, Glosswatch is back in business! So glad to see her blog back to being public!

    • Sabine

      Oh God me TOO!!! One in the eye to those bullying assholes!!!

  • Sabine

    The Saudi historian piece is so anger and disbelief inducing I cannot even begin to articulate the rage coursing through my veins.

  • FrustratedRadFem

    I’m not sure if they are really stupid or making fun of women. Either way fuck off abbott I didn’t vote for you.

    The Saudi Arabian man claiming western women don’t mind rape can also fuck off. He laughed at the idea of female drivers for women as if they suggested a monkey for a driver. Westerns are shocked by him but I know plenty of white western men think like him.

  • FrustratedRadFem

    I’m glad glosswitch is back I hope she’s alright after the transgender histrionics.