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Wednesday 22 October 2014
News World

facebook and apple offer women $20,000 to freeze their eggs

Bridget Conway
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Last week, monolith companies Facebook and Apple both announced that they would pay female staffers a whopping $20,000 to freeze their eggs. Egg freezing is fast becoming a popular way to delay child bearing, as it allows women to have a baby later on in life with eggs that are “younger”, therefore lowering the risk…
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Wednesday 22 October 2014
Art Arts Feminism

art and change: art and feminism

Audrey K. Hulm
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  Conversations surrounding the over-arching and increasingly redactive term Feminism in panel or group style setting, can tend to be focused on picking apart semantic terminology and deciphering the ideology’s dogmatic past. It can be frustrating when one is looking for more tangible answers to proposed prompts, in this case the intersection of binary concepts…
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Tuesday 21 October 2014
Featured

silent witnesses: perpetuating a culture of silent suffering surrounding domestic violence

Laura Wynne
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**Trigger warning: Discussion of violence and domestic violence** Dropping into a tackle in a game of social football a few weeks ago, I caught an accidental elbow to the eye. It was an unfortunate little accident that left me with a killer black eye and a fractured cheekbone. After about 10 days, the bruising faded…
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Monday 20 October 2014
Books

lip lit: lesbian for a year

Brianna Doolan
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An awkward love affair in year seven, an engagement in her early twenties and a surreal liaison on an isolated island are just some of the different relationships Sydney based writer Brooke Hemphill explores in her memoir Lesbian for a Year. The reader jumps on board the sexual orientation train and joins Hemphill as she…
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Monday 20 October 2014
Arts Theatre

theatre review: where i end and you begin

Jess Oliver
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  Where I End and You Begin, the debut full length play by writer Cathy Petocz, had its world premiere last Saturday night at Canberra’s The Street Theatre. Directed by current Street Theatre Artistic Director/CEO, Caroline Stacey, the production is a lively and engaging piece of theatre that explores ideas of identity, love, relationships and the…
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Monday 20 October 2014
Film

film review: pride

Emma Robinson
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Equality is everyone’s business. This is the overriding theme of Pride and it is communicated in the most compelling and uplifting way. If I hadn’t been immediately sold on that (which, of course, I was) I would’ve been sold on absolutely everything else about this film. It’s the summer of 1984. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher…
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Friday 17 October 2014
Featured

keep calm and befriend a muslim

Raidah Shah Idil
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Seriously? Again? Bronywn Bishop already had her go with her ‘ban the hijab in schools’ mantra in 2005. Now it’s time to up the ante with the ‘ban the burqa’ mantra. It boggles my mind when political figures like Jacquie Lambie draw links between the burqa and terrorism. What’s the connection? This ‘ban the burqa’…
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Friday 17 October 2014
Arts news Theatre

cathy petocz debuts new play ‘where i end and you begin’

lip magazine
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Writer, actor, musician and general creative extraordinaire, Cathy Petocz, is set to wow Canberra audiences from tomorrow until October 26 with the world first debut of her new play, Where I End and You Begin, showing at The Street Theatre. Directed by Caroline Stacey, the production follows two private detectives in very different universes: Polly…
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Thursday 16 October 2014
Featured

reclaiming the night: a chat with activist natalie pestana

Jacqueline Lademann
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Thousands of women will take to the streets of Melbourne this Saturday 18 October to protest harassment and violence against women. Natalie Pestana is usually photographing live bands at pubs and clubs around Melbourne, but three years ago she took her anger about the press reporting around the rape and murder of Jill Meagher and…
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Thursday 16 October 2014
Sexuality

back to ba(sex): technology and consent

Sarah Iuliano
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Consent culture and rape culture: from the Interweb to smart phones, these two foes so often war on the battleground of information communication technologies. Every battle won within the name of consent is a small victory. So when affirmative consent app, Good2Go, was pulled from the market just nine days after its release, it begged…
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Thursday 16 October 2014
Arts Culture

11 things I learnt from annabel crabb

Lou Heinrich
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Political journo and TV presenter Annabel Crabb’s has investigated women, men and domestic expectations in her new book, The Wife Drought. In an Adelaide event earlier this week, Crabb discussed the themes in her book in her characteristically witty manner. Here’s what I learnt. The reason why there aren’t many women in parliament is because…
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Wednesday 15 October 2014
Memoir

memoir: the summer of leaving ghosts

Melanie Pryor
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I lie awake, eyes wide beneath the lacing of moonlight filtering through unfamiliar curtains, listening to the distant wail of trams. The pub up the street is pumping out a bassy whump-whump and bursts of raucous laughter. A coil in the mattress feels like a knuckle in my spine. The thoughts in my mind feel…
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Wednesday 15 October 2014
Film TV

tv review: scott & bailey

Rosie Hunt
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Scott & Bailey is like any other good British crime show. It has gripping and often disturbing storylines, workplace banter and plenty of trips to the pub after work. But in one particular way, the show stands out: its two title characters are women, working under the leadership of a female boss in the Manchester…
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Tuesday 14 October 2014
Featured Health

control your brain: the stigma around panic attacks

Kaylia Payne
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It can difficult to explain panic attacks to people that have never experienced them before. Yes, I could rattle off the symptoms that are such a big part of them, like trembling, a sense of unreality, stomach pains, dizziness, a tight chest, difficulty swallowing, heart palpitations and numbness; but this doesn’t give anyone a real…
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