I, Chloe Falzon, am a feminist, and I know that people might question why. ‘Sexism is in the past, we don’t need feminism anymore!’. ‘Feminists are still a thing? But women are equal now!’. To these people, I have a few questions.
Trigger warning: Abuse, Sexual Assault
Feminism. It’s a big word in the media at the moment, a controversial one to say the least. A lot of people are scared by the word. They get defensive, they claim that feminists are just overreacting “man haters”. That feminism is not actually needed anymore, we got what we wanted, why are we still fighting? Well, we are still fighting because gender inequality is still a prominent problem in 2021, even if it’s not always seen. The problem is systematic and acts as the building blocks for the patriarchy our world is built upon. There is not the time or space for my personal stories with sexism and gender inequality, so instead I’m going to focus on the stories that have been in the news as of late.
Danielle Farah and the GPAN Youth Action Group
Dear Cr Joseph Haweil and team,
My name is Danielle Farah and I am writing on behalf of the Good People Act Now (GPAN) Project from Banksia Gardens Community Services (BGCS), to bring your awareness towards the lack of female representation and diversity within Hume City Council’s leadership team. The GPAN Project’s key focus is preventing violence against women in Hume by addressing its major driver, gender inequality. The following proposal comes from the perspective of a lifelong Hume local and young female, with my own experiences with gender inequality whilst living, working and studying in the community and also from the young people of the GPAN project who are striving for a more equitable community.
I was 17 and I was pregnant, which is never ideal. There was no celebration, no baby shower, no gender reveal party. Just harsh whispers, nasty comments, and two families at war.
Aria Nanai & AJ Brennan
What does the Eurydice Dixon Gender Equality Champion Award mean to you both?
My name is Chris. I’m a 26-year-old male, primary school teacher from Geelong, Victoria. I would consider myself a fairly stereotypical middle-class man and because of this, I am conscious of my privilege. I joined GPAN at the beginning of 2020 after attending the previous two GPAN Trivia nights in 2018 and 2019.
The GPAN team asked me to answer some questions from the male perspective and hopefully I can share some of my thoughts and experiences.
Like most of us at this point, I feel oversaturated with ‘covid-dating content’, and would quite happily go the rest of my life never hearing the word ‘unprecedented’ ever again. However, the concepts I am grappling with extend beyond walking coffee dates or updating Hinge profiles. My concerns lie with the delicate balance of upholding my own feminist values of independence and autonomy, whilst also allowing myself to be vulnerable and ‘need’ my partner for support and stability at a time where the rest of my life is unpredictable and I feel I cannot control my own trajectory.
A caste is a division of society that is perceived as socially distinct, primarily identified by differences in privilege, wealth, profession, or race. However, there is also a caste in society created by a division of the sexes, characterised by the different societal expectations projected onto women based solely on their female status. Society’s division of men and women as unequal categories creates a fundamental male supremacy and the formation of the patriarchy. These social structures form the basis of one of the most pervasive ideologies of modern culture.
Vanessa Di Grazia
Over the weekend, Courtney Herron’s brutalised body was found in Royal Park. As the third body discovered on Melbourne’s streets this year, it’s becoming a bit of a pattern.
My name is Louise. I am a member of the Good People Act Now (GPAN) Project. I have been a member of GPAN since February 2017.
I started coming to GPAN to learn more about family violence and violence against women. I am now able to share and give information to help inform other people about what it is.