Another Thursday round up

Hoyden brings us the first ever ‘Down Under Feminists Carnival’ – it looks brilliant.

The Guardian has been hosting a bit of back-and-forth about the role recently-passed fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent played in the emancipation of women’s wardrobes. Linda Grant lauds his popularisation of the trouser suit:

When wearing it, your legs took longer steps; men looked at your face, not your ankles, and were forced to listen to the words that came out of your mouth.

But Yvonne Roberts argues that fashion follows politics, not politics fashion.

Many US bloggers have been taking part in ‘Blog for LGBT Families Day’. Find comprehensive links to the posts at Mombian.

Sokari at Black Looks links up a great New York Times article on immigration:

The restrictionist message is brutally simple — that illegal immigrants deserve no rights, mercy or hope. It refuses to recognize that illegality is not an identity; it is a status that can be mended by making reparations and resuming a lawful life. Unless the nation contains its enforcement compulsion, illegal immigrants will remain forever Them and never Us, subject to whatever abusive regimes the powers of the moment may devise.

A Turkish court has shut down the offices of an LGBT group, reports Pink News.

Melissa at Shakesville pinpoints another example of the irritating “hott woman as reward” trope, this time used to persuade men to go ‘green’. And also these creepy tracksuit trousers. Yeah, trousers can be creepy, if they have “true love waits” emblazoned on the front, aimed at sexuality-controlling parents:

Instead of say teaching responsible sex education, just dress your daughters in these pants with “TRUE LOVE WAITS” on the ass for all the boys to see. DOUBLE ARGHH!

Milly at Lesbilicious points out some horrifically transphobic “advice” from the Guardian’s Work section – really has to be read to be believed.

And, finally, Dollymix brings us news and photos of Finnish feminist artist Mimosa Pale who protests male-dominance three times a week by riding her bike through Helsinki fitted out with a giant vulva.

Photo by Andy Wilkes, shared under a Creative Commons license