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Clementine Ford (writer)

Clementine Ford (born 1981) is an Australian feminist writer, broadcaster and public speaker.[1][2][3][4] She has a regular column in Daily Life.[5]

Clementine Ford
Ford at a book signing in Christchurch, New Zealand, Sept 2017
Ford at a book signing in Christchurch, New Zealand, Sept 2017
Born 1981 (age 36–37)
Occupation Writer, feminist
Nationality Australian
Alma mater University of Adelaide
Children 1
Website
Clementine Ford on Twitter

Contents

Life and career

Ford grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, and as a teenager struggled with an eating disorder.[6] She studied at the University of Adelaide, where she took a gender studies course; she describes this as a personal catalyst for her decision to become a women's rights activist.[7] During her time at the university she also worked as an editor and contributor for the student newspaper On Dit.[8][9]

In 2007 Ford began writing a column for Adelaide's Sunday Mail, and she also began writing for the Drum.[1][2] Many of her columns were about personal topics and some readers found these controversial. A 2009 article's byline stated that Ford's two abortions had been a "really, really easy decision without guilt or shame".[10]

In 2014, she wrote of her outrage towards comments made by Cory Bernardi that labelled pro-choice advocates "pro-death" soldiers of the "death industry".[11] Later that year, she wrote an opinion piece against a Victorian bill that would change the state's abortion laws, arguing that if politicians really cared about the lives of women and girls, they would advocate for improved access to birth control, including terminations.[12]

On White Ribbon Day in 2015, Ford made public some of the sexist and abusive messages that she had received online.[13] Meriton Group, the employer of a man who had labeled Ford with a derogatory term, investigated Ford's complaint and the man was dismissed from his job.[14][15][16] Three Adelaide High School boys were suspended from their school for the lewd comments they wrote about Ford.[17]

In March 2016, Ford was banned from Facebook for 30 days for using profanity toward another user who had verbally abused her on her Facebook page. Ford accused Facebook of having a double standard, as the social networking site meanwhile declined to take action against a user who had posted a graphic internet meme making light of domestic violence.[5]

In September 2016, Allen & Unwin published Ford's first book, Fight Like a Girl.[3][18]

Personal life

Ford moved from Adelaide to Melbourne in 2011.[19] Ford announced the birth of her son in August 2016.[20][21]

Bibliography

Novel

  • Ford, Clementine (2016). Fight like a Girl. Crows Nest: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 9781760292362. 

Contributed chapter

"There's nothing funny about misogyny", pp. 189–197, in: Destroying the joint, edited by Jane Caro, Read How You Want (2015, ISBN 9781459687295).

Introduction

Stopes, Marie. Married love: a new contribution to the solution of sex difficulties: a book for married couples, Brunswick: Scribe Publications (2013, ISBN 9781922070234)

References

  1. ^ a b "The year that made me: Clementine Ford, 2007". Radio National. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 15 January 2017. Retrieved 16 January 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Delaney, Brigid (28 September 2016). "Clementine Ford: 'There's something really toxic with the way men bond in Australia'". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 31 December 2016. Retrieved 16 January 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Baird, Julia; Ford, Clementine (27 September 2016). "Clem Ford: Why you should fight like a girl". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 12 December 2016. Retrieved 16 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "Clementine Ford". ABC News. 30 September 2010. Retrieved 27 September 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "This woman is highlighting Facebook's ridiculous double standards". 29 March 2016. Retrieved 27 September 2016. 
  6. ^ Ford, Clementine (20 December 2011), "'The lifetime struggle to accept my body'", Mamamia, archived from the original on 25 December 2016, retrieved 17 January 2017 
  7. ^ Handley, Erin; Ford, Clementine, "Interview with Clementine Ford", Right Now, archived from the original on 16 January 2017, retrieved 16 January 2017 
  8. ^ Capper, Sarah; Ford, Clementine (20 March 2014), "A Bonza Clementine", Sheilas, Victorian Women's Trust, archived from the original on 8 March 2017, retrieved 19 December 2016 
  9. ^ Richardson, Tom (22 January 2015), "On Dit's Young Libs begin anti-leftist crusade", In Daily, archived from the original on 16 January 2017, retrieved 16 January 2017 
  10. ^ Ford, Clementine (15 October 2009). "Clementine Ford reveals her two no guilt, no shame abortions". News.com.au. News Corp. Archived from the original on 29 January 2017. Retrieved 16 January 2017. 
  11. ^ Ford, Clementine (7 January 2014). "'Pro-choice' doesn't equal 'pro-death'". Daily Life. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 8 April 2015. Retrieved 17 January 2017. 
  12. ^ Ford, Clementine (9 May 2014). "Hands off our hard-fought abortion rights". The Drum. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 10 May 2014. 
  13. ^ Caggiano, Anthony (25 June 2015). "Man shamed for trolling Clementine Ford apologises for online attack". Retrieved 27 September 2016. 
  14. ^ Levy, Megan (1 December 2015). "Hotel worker Michael Nolan sacked over Facebook post to Clementine Ford". Archived from the original on 1 December 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2017. 
  15. ^ Kilbride, Jack (8 December 2015). "Why Courageous Clementine Ford Is Not The Answer". New Matilda. Archived from the original on 15 March 2016. Retrieved 27 September 2016. 
  16. ^ Chalmers, Max (30 November 2015). "Man Who Called Feminist Writer Clementine Ford A "Slut" On Facebook Loses Job". New Matilda. Archived from the original on 27 September 2016. Retrieved 27 September 2016. 
  17. ^ Wright, Jessica (26 June 2015). "'Enough is enough': Clementine Ford to lodge police complaint over trolling". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 16 January 2017. 
  18. ^ "Fight Like A Girl - Clementine Ford - 9781760292362 - Allen & Unwin - Australia". www.allenandunwin.com. Retrieved 27 September 2016. 
  19. ^ Ross, Annabel (21 May 2012). "My Melbourne: Clementine Ford". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 16 January 2017. Retrieved 16 January 2017. 
  20. ^ Curtis, Rachel (30 August 2016). "Clementine Ford announces surprise three-week-old baby". Mamamia. Archived from the original on 31 August 2016. Retrieved 16 January 2017. 
  21. ^ Elliot, Ellen-Maree (6 October 2016). "It continues to divide, but the issue of breastfeeding in public is a no-brainer for author Clementine Ford". The Courier Mail. News Corp. Retrieved 16 January 2017. 

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