Welcome to A Room of Our Own

A Feminist/ Womanist Network

A Room of Our Own: A Feminist/ Womanist Network  is a trans-inclusive, women-only blogging platform created to share women’s writing, art, experiences and musings. It was created both to combat cultural femicide – the term coined by feminist writer Bidisha to define the erasure of women from politics, art, and culture – and celebrate women’s creativity in a space without men.

Child First: Safe Child Contact Saves Lives

Help us stop avoidable child deaths and make sure children are put first in the family courts.

We are calling on the Government, all family courts professionals, and involved agencies to make the family court process safer for women and children survivors of domestic abuse.

Join our the Child First campaign today and help us to ensure that children are always put at the heart of contact decisions made by the family courts.

Petition

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Halo Lit Mag: Issue 1

HaloCover3Halo: Illuminating Fiction by Women’s first issue is now available.

Founded in 2015, Halo Literary Magazine is dedicated to publishing flash fiction by women writers.

 

WE WILL NOT STAND BY WHEN UN SOLDIERS ABUSE, RAPE AND MURDER

PETITION

TO: UN, BAN KI-MOON

We demand accountability. And we demand it now!

Join us in demanding:

– That the French government withdraw all its troops from the CAR and investigate and prosecute the perpetrators of the horrific abuses of children

– That action to ensure victims receive proper care and support in rebuilding their future and prevent further abuse.

– That the recommendations from the report of Dec 2015 be put into practice

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Latest Post:

The Surprising Thing at Never Trust a Jellyfish

Cross-posted from: Never Trust a Jellyfish
Originally published: 19.07.16

Kids shouldn’t be allowed too much screen time, it’ll rot their brain, everyone knows that. Ok, that makes sense, but have the people who hand out these sage pieces of advice ever met a toddler? Because if they had they would know that turning on any device with a screen within a 1 mile radius of a kid will result in the said kid either wrestling the device from you, demanding you hand it over peacefully or throwing a migraine-inducing tantrum.

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pictured: a wrestling match waiting to happen

Theoretically, the idea is ‘limited screen time for kids’ but practically speaking, all parents eventually realize that limited screen time for kids = limited screen time for parents.

So yes, I end up either not watching tv at all or being subjected to episode after episode of talking ponies and their friendship problems.

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As a parent to a 2 year old, that isn’t exactly too surprising. What’s surprising though is that I’m starting to realize I actively avoid non-toddler friendly programming even when I do have the opportunity to watch it. Grown-up tv may have more depth, variety or entertainment value, but kids tv has something better: a make-believe world where nothing bad can ever happen. With the kinds of things happening in the real world these days, I kinda prefer the primary-colored world of preschooler tv.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t need any more ‘realistic’ and ‘gritty’ in my entertainment when the world is too real as is.