hex appeal are playing this super excellent artist showcase for the brilliant group exhibition i didn’t want flowers, i wanted you to fuck me. it’s our first time playing in the big smoke alongside fantastic aural & visual female artists & i’m super excited to be part of this. we play on the 18th of october but the exhibition runs from the 13th to the 19th so don’t miss out! check it out;
Women’s mental health is an area much stigmatised though socially ingrained ideas of “female hysteria”. For women artists suffering from mental illness, finding safe spaces free of this prejudice to showcase their work can prove extremely difficult.
This is why Anthea LeBrocq, an activist for women and young people in the arts, has taken it upon herself to put together the inaugural exhibition of ‘I Didn’t Want Flowers, I Wanted You To Fuck Me’. Featuring 15 talented young women, the exhibition provides space for each artist to creatively express their experiences with anxiety, depression, borderline personality disorder, and addiction.
While more women than men are affected by mental illness in Australia, the self-stigmatisation of young women with mental disorders is still highly prevalent. This stems from a culturally internalised reaction to dismiss to women’s mental issues as just “hysteria” or “overreacting”.
'I Didn't Want Flowers, I Wanted You To Fuck Me' aims to create a space free from this stigma - the exhibition will be partnering with Sydney Grrrls Club, an organisation devoted towards placing an honest, respectful and safe environment for young women online and Grrrls To The Front Festival, a celebration of women in the arts.
'I Didn't Want Flowers, I Wanted You To Fuck Me' will run from October 13th to 19th at TAP Gallery, Burton Street Darlinghurst, and features work by Lizzie Nagy, Leah Jean, Ellie Rose, Amelia Rose, Georgia Denton, Ellen Virgona, Alexis Aquino, Anthea LeBrocq, Maddy Carroll, Maddy Young, Susanna Rose Sykes, Arielle Nguyen, Renae Titchmarsh, Naomi Beveridge and Alice Amsel.
Opening night is on the 13th of October and will run from 6-9 PM, with complimentary alcoholic refreshments.
Two weeks ago, reports emerged that the Utopia Homelands, a Northern Territory Indigenous community put in the spotlight by John Pilger’s recent film, was suffering acute water shortages after a bore at Amengernternenh collapsed during council maintenance works. The Urapuntja health service and several communities have had little to no access to water and sanitation for 10 whole weeks. Fifty kids have no drinking water at their school.
To make matters worse, a massive outbreak of scabies has resulted from the water shortage: the health service has no water to wash bedclothes or flush toilets. Scabies, when left untreated, can potentially lead to kidney disease. Both scabies and chronic kidney disease are experienced at inflated rates in Indigenous communities.
How things change: prior to the Northern Territory Intervention, studies revealed the Utopia homelands to be one of the healthiest Indigenous communities in the NT, with a lower prevalence of several chronic illnesses.
According to reports on the Water for Utopia Facebook page, the water situation doesn’t seem to have improved. I’ve contacted the health service and further information is pending. In the meantime, the Barkly Shire response has been so disappointing that fundraising is underway, in the hope that the situation can be privately rectified in a more timely fashion.
It seems that access to water is not quite so important if you happen to be living in an Aboriginal community in the NT. Just days after the situation at Utopia came to light, a video from the Irrkelantye community – an unofficial town camp near Alice Springs also known as Whitegate – started gaining attention on social media. In this video, residents claimed that the NT government had authorised the removal of a pipe that supplied Irrkelantye with water.
The residents claimed that this was a deliberate move by the government to try to force them to move to alternative accommodation after many refused earlier in the year. NT minister Bess Price said that people with a “political agenda” were wrongfully advising Irrkelantye residents and told the ABC that the rudimentary water service – a piece of pipe attached to a tap at a nearby camp, she said – was cut because of health risks.
Irrkelantye has now been without water for more than a month. Again, the government’s response to the situation has been telling: Adam Giles, the NT chief minister, has stated that it is not his government’s responsibility to supply water to Irrkelantye because it’s not an official residential area. Yet Irrkelantye has a number of long-term residents, many of whom say they live in Irrkelantye due to overcrowding and perceived safety concerns at other camps.
Price said the supply of services to Whitegate is the responsibility of the Lhere Artepe Aboriginal Corporation, which has agreed to cover a water supply to Whitegate for the next year. But the decision to cut off the water was made by the NT government, indicating that while they don’t believe service provision is their responsibility, they feel service removal is.
If the water supply was posing health risks, surely the existing supply should have been repaired or upgraded? Clean water should have been delivered to the place where people actually live in the first instance – instead of being cut off in the hope that the residents would move on.
The removal of people from Whitegate has been on the NT government’s agenda since at least last year. In 2013 Alison Anderson, then the minister for housing, signed off on a recommendation to remove the residents and shut down the camp. Ironically, Anderson has emerged as a champion in the fight to save the community and will appear at a community protest planned today.
Access to clean water and adequate sanitation is considered a basic human right and is recognised as such by the United Nations. Many Indigenous communities are impoverished and must make do with limited access to services that the rest of the country simply take for granted.
Why should Aboriginal communities have to wait significantly longer for repair works to restore something as basic as the water supply? Why is it more important for residents to move on to other areas than it is for government to ensure supply? How can kids be expected to attend school when there is nothing for them to drink?
Australia is a wealthy country and the idea of entire communities not having proper access to clean water is unthinkable – even with the droughts we experience. That water is still considered to be a privilege and not a right for some Aboriginal communities speaks volumes about how little this country has progressed when it comes to addressing Indigenous disadvantage.
But I shouldn’t complain, Sydney was great as always. I ate Shenkin, drank too much, and saw Nervous Habit play a second show that didn’t feel like a second show at all - s/o to good friends doing good things!
thanks for being supportive & saying real nice things about us!!! means a lot when good eggs in bands you love like your band! :) :) see you when we play brissy legend!
i get so astounded when you say “no” or “stop” to a sexual encounter and people just go “ok” and don’t try to convince you or ask you to justify why or indicate verbally that they respect your decision but then just stomp and huff around afterwards. it is what i demand but never expect, especially from men. but this happened on the weekend & i’m having a weird time negotiating it.
In the 1890s, when Freud was in the dawn of his career, he was struck by how many of his female patients were revealing childhood [sexual] victimization to him. Freud concluded that child sexual abuse was one of the major causes of emotional disturbances in adult women and wrote a brilliant and humane paper called “The Aetiology of Hysteria.” However, rather than receiving acclaim from his colleagues for his ground-breaking insights, Freud met with scorn. He was ridiculed for believing that men of excellent reputation (most of his patients came from upstanding homes) could be perpetrators of incest.
Within a few years, Freud buckled under this heavy pressure and recanted his conclusions. In their place he proposed the “Oedipus complex,” which became the foundation of modern psychology… Freud used this construct to conclude that the episodes of abuse his clients had revealed to him had never taken place; they were simply fantasies of events the women had wished for… This construct started a hundred-year history in the mental health field of blaming victims for the abuse perpetrated on them and outright discrediting of women’s and children’s reports of mistreatment by men.
i am too sick for band prac today 😫 but at least i have cake! this is “Herman the German friendship cake”, a sourdough chain letter! this Herman is apple & cinnamon & i have two starters to give away! apply within.
as someone with a very very ‘foreign’ and ‘ambigious’ (in the sense that the linguistic origin of my surname can’t be placed by a lot of anglo-australians) this really validates my suspicion that i’m not getting called back for a lot of jobs i am qualified for because of these internalised, maybe conscious, maybe not, ideas we have about migrants.
like, as a kid, i had a lot of shame about my name. the first name everyone knows me by, the spelling & the pronunciation, is anglicised & now as an adult, i also have this shame of like pandering to white-anglo-australia, even tho it was a necessary survival strategy. and also, this ‘shame’ about passing as an ‘aussie’ because i am white and speak with an australian accent. i guess in a way i feel like it erases or renders invisible the specificity of my history. i dunno. i dunno.
If you are a woman or nonbinary person who plays music, your appearance will always be scrutinized and reviewed to the nth degree and torn apart to examine your fuckability or lack thereof (of course if you are a trans woman there are extra layers of bigotry to deal with, and nonbinary people who…