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This post really warmed my heart.

Roxanne Shante – a teen rapper in the 1980s – had a contract with Warner Music. It included a clause that the company would pay for Shante’s education for the rest of her life.

She made them pay up. Including for her PhD.

That’s pretty fucking awesome.

h/t PostBourgie (the same link as above); see also the cross-post of the PostBourgie post at Bitch Ph.D. and the NY Daily article they both link to.

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Fire Fly has more detail.

Basically: Indigenous Affairs Minister, Jenny Macklin, has announced that there will be a compulsory acquisition of Alice Springs town camps.

She has wonderful [that’s sarcasm] timing, today being the start of National Reconcilation Week and all.

Fire Fly has a good roundup of information, including the text of a statement put together by the group Stop The Intervention, which is to be presented to Jenny Macklin this Friday 29 May.

Email your support (individual or organisation) by tomorrow (Thursday 28 May).

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Today is Close the Gap day.

What gap? The 17 year gap in average life expectancy between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians.

That’s 17 years.

Amnesty has a petition.

At the time of writing, there were only about 550 signatures. That’s horrendously low. I encourage you to go and add yours.

(I found out about this from hexy.)

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Are you, or have you ever been, a mother academic?

There’s a call for papers out for a collection of both narratives & articles about academic motherhood. (That takes you to a pdf, so if you don’t like those, try the general page here – the “Being a Mother Academic” link takes you to the same pdf link as above).

They are calling for both theory AND the “lived experience” – my reading of that is that papers can be either/or (that is, it seems to me that you are welcome to write a narrative piece about your experience, even if it’s not your theoretical area and you don’t want to include the theory).

They are also calling for people from across a range of disciplines.

Wouldn’t it be nice if they got so much Antipodean material that they decided they needed to put a separate Antipodean collection together?

[Link found at Feminist Law Professors]

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I’m feeling a little bit proud of myself. In the past 24 hours, I’ve made two complaints to supervisors about the marginally (ie socially) acceptable behaviour of young men, and been taken seriously. (Incidentally, both of the supervisors I spoke to were named Rachel. So: kudos to Rachels!)

There are descriptions of the complaints I made at the bottom of this post, but for me, the meat of it is about whingeing as a feminist act.

Whingeing, complaining, bitching (and their close relation, nagging) are all modes of communication that women are said to engage in more than men. Whenever we point out that something is wrong, we are accused of whingeing. Whenever we ask someone to do something, we are nagging. My apologies for the lack of links – I can’t think of any concrete examples. But my guess is that it’s happened to all of us. And it’s such a truism, it’s the subject of many jokes & cartoons (again, no concrete examples spring to mind).

[One exception: the trope that “men whinge when they’re sick”. But although that’s often the subject of jokes, it’s generally considered ok. Because they’re such reasonable manly macho men the rest of the time!]

[Yes, that was sarcasm. In case you were wondering.]

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I don’t usually post GetUp links, because most of them are about current issues and I generally assume that most people who want to hear about them, will.

However, something that is not so much of a current issue is the mandatory detention of asylum seekers.

According to GetUp, the Federal Government has established an inquiry into mandatory immigration detention.

Getup is looking for 10 000 signatures on an urgent petition.

Just thought I’d let you know.

ETA: target is now 20 000 – they are currently over 17 500.

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