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Rebecca Solnit writes on Hope for eflux:  "The hope I am interested in is about broad perspectives with specific possibilities, ones that invite or demand that we act. It is also not a sunny everything-is-getting-better narrative, though it may be a counter to the everything-is-getting-worse one. You could call it an account of complexities and uncertainties, with openings."

Rebecca Solnit writes on Hope for eflux:  "The hope I am interested in is about broad perspectives with specific possibilities, ones that invite or demand that we act. It is also not a sunny everything-is-getting-better narrative, though it may be a counter to the everything-is-getting-worse one. You could call it an account of complexities and uncertainties, with openings."

What do Julia Gillard and a 19th century painting depicting an army on the cusp of battle have in common? Listen to Malcolm Gladwell's new podcast Revisionist History to find out.

Sick new podcast by Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams

Sick new podcast by Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams

Nicky Minus's brand new series, Shame Self Portrait is live. Read it and weep. 

Nicky Minus's brand new series, Shame Self Portrait is live. Read it and weep. 

Maria Yudina was a prodigious Soviet concert pianist whose life remains sheathed in mystery. It's thought that Stalin listened to a record of her music on his deathbed, even after Yudina refused to be financially supported by him years earlier, a rejection that would have guarenteed exile or certain death for most people at the time.  Karla Murthy produced a radio piece in tribute to her life. Click here to listen to it. 

Maria Yudina was a prodigious Soviet concert pianist whose life remains sheathed in mystery. It's thought that Stalin listened to a record of her music on his deathbed, even after Yudina refused to be financially supported by him years earlier, a rejection that would have guarenteed exile or certain death for most people at the time.  Karla Murthy produced a radio piece in tribute to her life. Click here to listen to it. 

Tampopo is an indelible 1985 Japanese classic about a woman (Tampopo) who trains like Rocky to make the best Ramen in town. It's sexy, strong and silly. Click this thumbnail to watch it.  

Tampopo is an indelible 1985 Japanese classic about a woman (Tampopo) who trains like Rocky to make the best Ramen in town. It's sexy, strong and silly. Click this thumbnail to watch it.  

Magic from Sac Magique.

Magic from Sac Magique.

Part memoir, part criticism, part beautifully blunt prose; The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson is really worth your time. She's also written Bluets and Jane: A Murder which are completely different but just as good.

Part memoir, part criticism, part beautifully blunt prose; The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson is really worth your time. She's also written Bluets and Jane: A Murder which are completely different but just as good.

Gravity and Grace, the experimental film by Chis Kraus, author of the 'I love Dick' is screening at Golden Age Cinema in Sydney on the 29th of July. Get on it. 

Gravity and Grace, the experimental film by Chis Kraus, author of the 'I love Dick' is screening at Golden Age Cinema in Sydney on the 29th of July. Get on it. 

Elinor Burkett on the problematic and ironic implications of reinforcing female stereotypes as the trans conversation becomes more popularised. 

Elinor Burkett on the problematic and ironic implications of reinforcing female stereotypes as the trans conversation becomes more popularised. 

The Heart is a podcast about intimacy and humanity. Addictive listening. 

The Heart is a podcast about intimacy and humanity. Addictive listening. 

Nicky Minus is a cartnoonist and illustrator based in Sydney, Australia. Her work is sick in the best way possible. 

Nicky Minus is a cartnoonist and illustrator based in Sydney, Australia. Her work is sick in the best way possible. 

  FBI Radio's All the Best produced an excellent investigative piece called 'A Walk in the Park' in response to a recent spike in unprovoked attacks on women walking home in Australia. 

 

FBI Radio's All the Best produced an excellent investigative piece called 'A Walk in the Park' in response to a recent spike in unprovoked attacks on women walking home in Australia. 

Pervert Power: Women, Feminism and Porn! Fabulous stuff by Sarah & Eroyan (via the Nib)

Pervert Power: Women, Feminism and Porn! Fabulous stuff by Sarah & Eroyan (via the Nib)

Spanish artist/illustrator Laia Arqueros kills it with her emotive and philosophical work around womanhood.

Spanish artist/illustrator Laia Arqueros kills it with her emotive and philosophical work around womanhood.

  We love the fantastic Eleanor Davis and her unafraid Domestixxx Series. 

 

We love the fantastic Eleanor Davis and her unafraid Domestixxx Series. 

French illustrator Marion Fayolle's latest series 'Naughty' is nice

French illustrator Marion Fayolle's latest series 'Naughty' is nice

 
  Foreign correspondent, Alexis Okeowo is interviewed on the Longform podcast. 

 

Foreign correspondent, Alexis Okeowo is interviewed on the Longform podcast. 

  Photographer Koji Makino's series Ficus finds human form in nature and asks questions about objectification of our bodies.

 

Photographer Koji Makino's series Ficus finds human form in nature and asks questions about objectification of our bodies.

Authored by Eliza Sarlos, Amazing Babes is a picture book for young and old that celebrates inspirational women from around the world and across generations. Ace illustrations by Grace Lee.

Authored by Eliza Sarlos, Amazing Babes is a picture book for young and old that celebrates inspirational women from around the world and across generations. Ace illustrations by Grace Lee.

  Nirvan, the Third Gender of India is a photo series by Jill Peters.  

 

Nirvan, the Third Gender of India
is a photo series by Jill Peters.

 

 
  For her project Sworn Virgins of Albania, photographer Jill Peters visited to the mountain villages of northern Albania to capture portraits of “burneshas,” or females who have lived their lives as men for reasons related to their culture and society.

 

For her project Sworn Virgins of Albania, photographer Jill Peters visited to the mountain villages of northern Albania to capture portraits of “burneshas,” or females who have lived their lives as men for reasons related to their culture and society.

A Lost Possibility: Women on Miscarriage via The Nib. Touching and informative narratives drawn by Ryan Alexander-Tanner.

A Lost Possibility: Women on Miscarriage via The Nib. Touching and informative narratives drawn by Ryan Alexander-Tanner.

  Portraits of Protesters by Seren Morgan Jones.  

 

Portraits of Protesters by Seren Morgan Jones.

 

 
'Why did I start making these kind of art pieces? It’s because I had never seen the vagina of others and I was too self-conscious of mine. I did not know what a vagina should look like at the same time, so I thought mine was abnormal. Manko and vagina, have been such a taboo in Japanese society. Penis, on the other hand, has been used in illustrations and has become a part of pop culture. But vagina has never been so cute. Vagina has been thought to be obscene because its been overly hidden; although it is just a part of a woman’s body.' — Megumi Igarashi


'Why did I start making these kind of art pieces? It’s because I had never seen the vagina of others and I was too self-conscious of mine. I did not know what a vagina should look like at the same time, so I thought mine was abnormal. Manko and vagina, have been such a taboo in Japanese society. Penis, on the other hand, has been used in illustrations and has become a part of pop culture. But vagina has never been so cute. Vagina has been thought to be obscene because its been overly hidden; although it is just a part of a woman’s body.' — Megumi Igarashi

'I set up open calls for women and female-identifying individuals to have their photographs taken holding whatever made them feel most safe walking home alone. Meeting new people and conversing with the models gave me opportunities to hear heartbreaking stories and to discuss the movement.' — Taylor Yocom


'I set up open calls for women and female-identifying individuals to have their photographs taken holding whatever made them feel most safe walking home alone. Meeting new people and conversing with the models gave me opportunities to hear heartbreaking stories and to discuss the movement.' — Taylor Yocom

 
Transmongolian, a photo series by Alvaro Luiz.


Transmongolian, a photo series by Alvaro Luiz.

'Works in Progress' — a very small sampling of the female artists now in their 80s and 90s we should have known about decades ago. Great article by the NY Times! The above painting by Joan Semmel, 'Erotic Yellow', 1973.  


'Works in Progress' — a very small sampling of the female artists now in their 80s and 90s we should have known about decades ago. Great article by the NY Times! The above painting by Joan Semmel, 'Erotic Yellow', 1973.