All posts tagged: power

Humble as a Lion

I was sitting in my lounge room when I noticed the lions in my front yard. They were padding around on the grass, the sun illuminating velvet ridges of muscle as they half-played, half-prowled before my eyes. With the careless hook of a claw they caught small animals – mice, rabbits and birds – before lazily mincing them through their teeth, sliding the still-warm meat down their gullet. Through my floor-to-ceiling windows I could see that these beasts were males, at their prime, with great woolly manes and energy quivering through their flanks. Still, I felt calm behind the glass, lulled by the awe of their presence. Suddenly one of the lions turned his majestic head and walked up to the house with the gait of one assured of his strength and mission. He slinked through a door I hadn’t noticed was standing ajar and walked straight up to me. He leapt onto the couch beside me, his weight slanting me towards him, and laid his head in my lap. This is the scene that has visited me …

Are You a Vashti Feminist or an Esther Feminist (or neither)?

Friday is International Women’s Day, an occasion to peer back through history and say, “Gosh, we’ve come a long way!” I guess it’s a day to say thanks fellas, for letting us vote, wear trousers and earn a decent wage. You’re so good to us (sorry, I couldn’t resist). But it’s also worth considering what feminism means, now that we’ve got a woman as PM, not to mention Governor General and our own Premier (tick), women can serve in frontline combat roles (tick), and workplaces are being encouraged to provide flexible work arrangements so that mum can carry on with her career (tick). We’ve got it good in Australia – still lots to be done in places like India, the spate of horrific rape-murder cases being the most chilling kind of reminder. But what is feminism? What’s it mean to you? We’re not likely to agree on this one, probably because women’s liberation in Australia is no longer about tangible imperatives like the right to vote and access to a fair pay. Today it’s about …