June Edition

20 / 06 / 2014

G’day and welcome to a special June edition of Sheilas!

Special just because – there’s a lot of substance in this edition, or meat in the sandwich, or frightbats in the forest!

On that note, check out cartoonist Judy Horacek’s ‘Feminist Frightbat’ dedication (and the backgrounder behind it) by clicking HERE. And the archive of Judy’s work for Sheilas can be reached here.

Our two main feature pieces are terrific coming from two terrific contributors – with pieces from Clementine Ford and Tim Dunlop.

Clementine looks at the entrenched cultural attitudes of how men and women respond towards gendered violence – that while ‘not all men’ victimise women, all women have an experience of being victimised by a man.

Tim has a crack at dissent in our democracy – how there are increasingly less avenues to express dissent and why we should care about that.

Clem’s piece can be found here, and Tim’s piece here. Both are great reads.

In Polly Ticks this month, I look at the situation in Victoria with the minority Government and Geoff Shaw. Comparing other independent members of government and how they have approached having the balance of power, it doesn’t bode well for Geoff Shaw and potentially also hinders the Coalition’s chances of a return to government come November.  Check out the piece here.

This month’s Bonza Sheila is the exceptional Stella Young – writer, comedian, presenter and disability advocate. Over at Culture Club, the marvelous Karen Pickering gives us an intriguing rundown of the new Aussie documentary film 52 Tuesdays.

In this month’s First Person we welcome Stephanie Amir to the Sheilas writing stable, with her take on volunteering at Dame Phyllis Frost Women’s Prison Centre.

And to end, we have a beautiful snap from Breeana Dunbar, of a walk and view in Melbourne that many will be familiar with.  Breeana is also doubling as our photographer for the Dugdale Trust for Women & Girls’ new Rosie project. Check out Keeping It Reel for more details.

It’s been a big month – I hope readers enjoy the articles published for this June edition and we’ll be back on deck next month with more!

Keep on Readin’ and Writin’ and Truckin’,


Sarah Capper, Editor.