St Mary Of The Cross And Martin Luther King Junior: Their Spirit Lives On In “Women. Life. Freedom.”

Today is both the 181st birthday of Australia’s only Saint, Mary McKillop, and the 94th birthday of America’s cultural hero, Martin Luther King Jr.

3 years ago today I wrote this about them here.

I see echoes of the greatness of both these figures in the “Women. Life. Freedom.” movement which is opposing murderous tyranny now.

Geoff Fox, 15th January, 2023, Down Under

Refinding Sisterhood #1 Iranian Beauties Make My Kartiniist Heart Sing

121 years ago, in the New Year of 1902, the young Javanese noblewoman and iconic women’s rights pioneer R.A. Kartini and her elder sister experienced a sisterhood revelation which was part of the foundation for Kartini’s greatness as an Indonesian national hero. Kartini described it like this:

“WHEN we were in Samarang {sic, the modern spelling is Semarang}, our eldest sister came over to see us, “Sister, sister,” was all that she said, when she
had seen me. The arms that were thrown around me trembled, and her eyes were filled with tears. We were silent; we understood each other. At last we have found our sister.

At last, after years, we have gained her understanding and respect
That gives us new courage, because at first, she was very conservative,
and was opposed violently to every innovation.”

I see the same glorious beauty in Persian women of the “Women. Life. Freedom” movement in Melbourne.

Mona and Mas, Persian friends.

Is this the fourth wave of feminism, which I predict will strive to replace the self-hatred, victimhood and misandry of third wave feminism with love and fairness for all?

Geoff Fox, New Years Day, 2023, Australia

Women’s Knowledge and Life and Freedom #4 The Power Of Love

4 time British Prime Minister William Gladstone was born on this date 213 years ago in 1809.

He was both a strong opponent of slavery and a statesman who tried to get people to see during the American Civil War that the confederacy’s determination to be independent could not be ignored. He opposed restoration of The Union by military force from the North.

60’s guitar hero Jimi Hendrix borrowed Gladstone’s dream of looking “forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace.”

I admire the idealism, which I glimpse from outside their language and culture, of Iranian women and their families and community in Melbourne, who are now opposing evil tyranny by calling it out.

I hope that idealism can succeed.



Geoff Fox, 29th December, 2022, Down Under

Women’s Science and Life and Freedom #1

The slightly clumsy but popular slogan “Woman Life Freedom” comes form the Kurdish slogan “Jin, Jîyan, Azadî”.

Here I, as a poet, offer a different transcreation, “Women’s Science and Life and Freedom”, because it sounds poetically more elegant to my ears.

As someone who was a midwife for approximately 3 decades, my intention here is to ask women what women’s science means to them.

Midwifery taught me that if you want to know what is important to a woman , the best way to find out is to ask her. That is the foundation of my midwifery.

God Bless Truth.

God Bless Freedom.

Or Should I Write “Goddess”?

To begin with, here is how I see the best of what is happening now:

Geoff Fox, 19th December, 2022, Down Under