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Tuesday 3 March 2015
Featured Life

one year, one month and ten days

Kelsey Paske
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**TW: rape, violence** It’s been one year, one month and ten days. One year, one month and ten days later and I am not afraid of going to sleep anymore. Like a child, I was afraid of the dark. It’s fair to say that I haven’t really known myself in this time. I have been…
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Tuesday 3 March 2015
Featured Opinion

the naked truth: why do we have to be nude to be heard?

Brianna Doolan
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What do former Neighbours star Caitlin Stasey, a sex worker, and a breast cancer sufferer all have in common? They are all posing nude and baring their bodies for feminist website, herself.com (NSFW). Herself.com, which was launched by Stasey in January, invites women from across the globe to share their views and individual experiences on…
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Tuesday 3 March 2015
Opinion

on #meninism and why we still need the stella prize

Melissa Archer
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I recently read a feature on the #meninism social media “movement”, which has been described as everything from satire gone wrong to a mockery of first world feminism. The piece was written by Jesse Fink, well known to leagues of Aussie sports fans for his columns and commentary across all spectrums of media. It wasn’t…
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Monday 2 March 2015
Arts Books

lip lit: hausfrau

Jess Miller
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Jill Alexander Essbaum’s debut novel Hausfrau opens with the line, ‘Anna was a good wife, mostly.’ This ‘mostly’, read like an afterthought, hints at the entire novel’s focus—the good wife as a platform for exploring patriarchy, free will and the psychology of adultery. Anna Benz is the trademark oppressed woman more commonly found in Flaubert…
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Saturday 28 February 2015
Film

film review: into the woods

Jade Bate
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Be careful what you wish for? Don’t wander from the path? Follow your dreams? Moral lessons are always at the punch line of classic fairy tales, and if Into the Woods is anything to go by, there sure is a hell of a lot of lessons being learnt in fairytale land. Based on Stephen Sondheim…
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Thursday 26 February 2015
Arts Music

album review: another eternity, purity ring

Tessa Ryan
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Few artists who compose synth-pop can make it as relevant today as it was in the 80s, but Purity Ring caught that wave at the right time. They have managed to gain fans who will come to their shows in droves despite having only one album available prior to the release of ‘Another Eternity’. They…
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Thursday 26 February 2015
Arts Books

Judge Q&A: Melissa Lucashenko

Lou Heinrich
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Unlike ABC’s Q&A, the panel for the Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction is chockers with excellent women. Over the next few weeks, Lip will be getting to know our judges, so you can meet the writers who will be reading your work.  This week we are featuring Melissa Lucashenko, author of Mullimbimby. What have you got planned for…
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Wednesday 25 February 2015
Film

byron bay international film festival: love marriage in kabul

Giuliana Cincotta
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Numerous arrests and a slap in the face from border security guards could not contain Amin Palangi’s Love Marriage in Kabul from finding its audience. The documentary is set to screen in March at the Byron Bay Film Festival. After the drowning of her six year old son, Mahboba Rawi made a promise to save…
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Wednesday 25 February 2015
Film

film review: wild

Emma Robinson
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Reese Witherspoon produces and stars in Wild, the story of a young woman whose life falls to pieces and her journey to put herself back together, based on the bestselling memoir by Cheryl Strayed. The film opens with Cheryl alone in the American wilderness, clearly at the end of her tether. A series of flashbacks…
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Tuesday 24 February 2015
Featured News Politics

reflections on the Human Rights Commission report into children in immigration detention

Jennifer Worthing
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The Australian Human Rights Commission (HRC) report, entitled The Forgotten Children: National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention (2014), was tabled in Parliament on Wednesday 11 February. The report investigates the mental, emotional, and physical ramifications of mandatory detention, particularly on children. Reading this report, I was nothing short of horrified. The HRC’s investigation provides…
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Tuesday 24 February 2015
Featured Sexuality

doing “it”: definitions of sex in the twenty-first century

Rachael Nielsen
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Sex often inspires differing opinions about what actually constitutes “It.”  If a lady pal says she had sex with a younger guy from Batemans Bay, it’s often standard for it to be assumed that penetration was involved. I was in a way directly asked about definitions of sex by a friend who assumed I was…
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Monday 23 February 2015
Film

film review: fifty shades of grey

Emma Robinson
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‘I’m super sexy but messed up. I like spanking and sex,’ Christian Grey said sexily. The above quote isn’t spoken dialogue in the film Fifty Shades of Grey. But it could be. Before I get into analysing this film I would like to point out how patronising and aggravating all the think pieces on Fifty…
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Monday 23 February 2015
Arts Books

lip lit: the house in smyrna

Donna Lu
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According to Martin Amis, that sharp satirist and white male English literary giant, there are two things that literature can’t do. The first is sex. Amis agrees with his father, Kingsley (that bigoted white male English literary giant), who believed that sex has the effect of de-universalising the reading experience. Good sex, Amis junior opines,…
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Friday 20 February 2015
Arts Books

lip lit: still alice

Jess Miller
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‘I’m losing my yesterdays…so what I have to say today is timely.’ – Alice Howland   It is a brave thing to write a book about Alzheimer’s disease. The topic is heartbreaking enough in itself, as the disease has no known cure. It is also a dangerous representation to get wrong, as with all representations…
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