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Wednesday 30 July 2014
Travel

on the run, on my own: ‘it looks a bit crocodiley down there’

Jo Williams
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One of my favourite things about Australia, and something that I didn’t realise before I came here, was how diverse its landscape is. I knew Australia was vast but my idea of this crazy country was pretty much similar to one of those maps you see on Tumblr or Buzzfeed: People living on the coast,…
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Wednesday 30 July 2014
Column Film

kickass feminists on film: clarice starling

Jade Bate
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Everyone knows that complex and empowering female characters are difficult to find in mainstream films. But there are some who have stood out and become the changing faces of feminism in cinema. In this monthly column, Jade Bates looks at her favourite film heroines who are strong, empowering and kick ass. Editor’s Note: This review…
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Wednesday 30 July 2014
Film News

wonder woman photos revealed at san diego’s comic-con

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At Comic-Con in San Diego over the weekend, Superman: Man of Steel director Zack Snyder revealed a photo of what our feminine superhero Wonder Woman will look like in the upcoming Batman v Superman film set to be released in 2016 – and it’s definitely not the glossy and dolled up Lynda Carter’s red, white,…
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Tuesday 29 July 2014
Music

live music review: tUnE-yArDs , howler, 24 july 2014

Bianca Martin
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It has been two and a half years since tUnE-yArDs last came to Australia, and so much has changed for the band since then. They’ve grown both musically and in number with their latest album ‘Nikki-Nack’ and punters were buzzing around the packed-out venue in anticipation of what would come. One-man band Oliver Hugh Perry,…
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Tuesday 29 July 2014
Life

mountains, moonsets and migrating camels: the moments that led to my self-discovery

Raidah Shah Idil
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  When I look back upon the arc of my life, I realise that my times in nature have led to moments of self-discovery. Through being outdoors, I have stumbled upon a few gems about myself – and this probably wouldn’t have happened within the confines of my home, office, or elsewhere in the built…
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Tuesday 29 July 2014
Art Arts

exhibition review: pat brassington

Harriet McInerney
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    Pat Brassington creates a miasma of unusual images, sometimes carnivalesque or puppet-like and at other times stretched or contorted human forms. There is always a hint of lusciousness, or a just-out-of-reach intimacy in these representations of beings and ideas that are more complex than a single image can hold. The artist’s stretched and…
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Monday 28 July 2014
Arts Books

lip lit: the unknown woman

Margot McGovern
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Lilith Grainger is on the front page of the newspaper. She doesn’t know how she’s going to explain the photograph—how she ended up sitting on a fence on Sydney’s worst street in the middle of the afternoon when she was meant to be at a job interview. What will she say to her husband, her…
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Saturday 26 July 2014
News

feminist news round-up 26.07.14

Bridget Conway
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Here’s what’s been on our feminist news radar this week! New wave feminist anatomical underwear is here: what do you think? Questioning Beyonce’s feminism again Check out Cards Against Harassment if you’re sick of guys harassing you A feminist perspective on Israeli aggression If prostitution were legalized then HIV would not be spread as easily…
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Saturday 26 July 2014
Art Arts

exploring the grotesque with artist mimi leung

Phylisa Wisdom
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Artist (painter, illustrator and printmaker) Mimi Leung has a fascinating ability to make the grotesque adorable. Depending on whether the work is commissioned or Leung’s own, it exists somewhere on a spectrum of cartoony to psychedelic, but is always brightly coloured. When I attended the recent opening of her current “Australian Roadkill” show at Lamington…
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Friday 25 July 2014
Life

love life: should you remain friends with an ex?

Camilla Patini
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I have been thinking about my former attachments – for want of a better word – and relationships, generally, in the past few weeks, which is the logical outcome of writing on the stuff.  Every fortnight, as the black mist of the writer’s deadline approaches, I ponder the relevance, the meaning, the point – whatevs…
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Friday 25 July 2014
Books Column

the bookshelf diaries: maxine beneba clarke

Lou Heinrich
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The Bookshelf Diaries takes a peek into the reading life of writers, readers and book lovers. All writers are rabid readers – and slam poet and short story writer Maxine Beneba Clarke is no different as she dips into what’s happening in Australian writing – right now! What are you reading right now? In the…
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Friday 25 July 2014
Opinion

the lip crew on family

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Family is often born of blood, but it doesn’t depend on blood. * ‘When I think of family, I think of volcanoes. Some lie dormant, while others erupt. All we can do is build a home next to the chaos and dodge the lava. And once we dust off the ash clouds, the soil is…
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Thursday 24 July 2014
Arts Books

when everyone’s super: representation in comics

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It’s a disaster! Thor’s botched a job and can no longer carry his Uru hammer, Mjölnir. Earth’s in danger and there’s no thunderous demi-god to save us mere mortals. Lucky anyone who’s worthy can take up Thor’s mantle. In the upcoming Marvel comic Thor, an unknown woman will take the place our golden locked God…
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Thursday 24 July 2014
Arts

GaymerX 2014: #everyonegames

Sigrid Cross
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GaymerX is a convention for LGBT gamers and allies with the aim of making everyone in the community feel welcome and accepted. Like any other gaming convention, GaymerX is full of panels, parties, devs and publishers showing off their games. How it differs to other cons is in its focus on inclusion; things like gender…
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