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Saturday 25 April 2015
Featured Feminism Health Opinion

bearded and bold: meet harnaam kaur

Brianna Doolan
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Meet Harnaam Kaur, a 24 year old British teacher’s aide and anti-bullying activist who happens to have a whopping great beard. The self-proclaimed “Bearded Dame” was diagnosed with a hormonal disorder called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) at age 11. This relatively common disorder – affecting 12-18% of women of reproductive age – is diagnosed based…
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Saturday 25 April 2015
Art Arts

madeleine ryan: interview

Bridget Conway
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We are all aware of Kickstarter and Pozible campaigns: a slew of projects all worth supporting that are vying for our attention and our jingling pockets. Well, sometimes a particular campaign can really make you want to dig deep because it hits a note within you. With Madeleine Ryan’s GINESTHOI, I felt something stir in…
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Saturday 25 April 2015
Arts Comedy

deanne smith get into it: review

Bridget Conway
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As part of the  Sydney Comedy Festival, I was privileged to catch Canadian-American comedy act DeAnne Smith for her one-off Sydney show, Get Into It, on Thursday night. It’s a shame that she’s already come and gone from Sydney, considering she clearly belongs here. DeAnne is a lesbian and let the audience know this from…
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Thursday 23 April 2015
Featured

the year i quit shopping

Sarah Sweeney
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Last January I met with a friend who had just completed a year of No Retail. I’ll give a little backstory before explaining the challenge. Kari spent time volunteering for the Good Will and learnt something surprising: the crap you donate thinking you’re some virtuous Mother Theresa – jettisoning your H&M blouses that never fit…
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Wednesday 22 April 2015
Arts Comedy

luisa omielan: interview

Bridget Conway
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Luisa Omielan, hailing from the UK, has brought her stand-up show, What Would Beyoncé Do? to Australia. Starting at the Adelaide Fringe, then Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and now in Sydney from the 22nd April until the 26th, the show is critically acclaimed. If you’re after an upbeat evening and are looking for the answers to…
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Tuesday 21 April 2015
Books

lip lit: hot little hands

Donna Lu
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  Watching Lena Dunham’s Girls for the first time was an edifying experience. A large part of the show’s appeal for me—and perhaps for countless other teenagers and women in their early twenties—is its flawed and often hapless characters, who are relatable precisely because of their faults.  Here was Hannah Horvath: podgy, solipsistic beyond help,…
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Tuesday 21 April 2015
Featured Politics World

campaign 2016: a different side to hillary clinton

Eliza Graves-Browne
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After Hillary Clinton’s announcement that she will be running in the US Presidential Election next year, the drastic transformation of her image from cold and calculating to feminine and soft has raised many questions regarding her policy stances, sincerity and motives. Clinton is no stranger to media spotlight, coming under scrutiny while acting as First Lady…
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Tuesday 21 April 2015
Featured Opinion

super bowl reflection: consumerism or sexism?

S. Makai Andrews
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As a daughter that was raised on yearly Super Bowl parties, complete with pounds of guacamole and endless mounds of wings, available in every heat level desirable, it’s no surprise that I was a little disappointed when I wasn’t at home to partake in the action this year. Many weeks have past since that weekend…
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Monday 20 April 2015
Featured Health

the truth about electroconvulsive therapy

Yasmin Mobayad
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Electroconvulsive Therapy: kind of conjures up images of sterile hospital rooms with old-world medical machinery attached to a helpless young woman strapped to a gurney. Well, sadly, if you pictured that image, you would have been pretty close to the truth. Electroconvulsive Therapy, otherwise known as ECT, was a form of treatment used primarily in…
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Monday 20 April 2015
Arts Comedy Theatre

rose callaghan and mates 2: review

Jessie Adams
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Rose Callaghan and her mates Kelly Fastuca and Will Sylvince took to the stage at Hugs and Kisses nightclub to deliver some choice anecdotes about dating, fame, living the creative life and ‘rooting.’ Hugs and Kisses is a mysterious venue. Even by Melbourne standards of laneway obscurity, Hugs and Kisses is tricky to find. A…
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Saturday 18 April 2015
Featured Film Opinion

complex, varied, deep: female friendship in seven films

Belinda King
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Friendships are as complex and varied as the people in them. It’s one thing for a film to pass the Bechdel test, but it’s sometimes hard to find in depth explorations of female friendship. These films are some of my favourites, and they all contain very different yet interesting portrayals of girlfriends.   Thelma &…
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Saturday 18 April 2015
Arts Fashion

and i’m feelin’ good: what fashion means to me

Jay Ong
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Some people think fashion is superficial, and something akin to an unnecessary, pointless and expensive hobby. But wait, I know what you’re thinking. How very dare they. Take my parents, for a spiffy example. To them, appearance is a matter of buying clothes to put on your body so that, simply put,  you are not naked. End…
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Friday 17 April 2015
Arts Comedy Theatre

lady sings it better: review

Eliza Graves-Browne
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Lady Sings It Better is an impressive cabaret group of four women, who are performing in Melbourne as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, that deliver a clever mix of musical talent and entertainment, with underlying feminist themes and hard-hitting pop culture critiques. The ladies, Maeve Marsden, Libby Wood, Annaliese Szota, and Fiona Pearson,…
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Thursday 16 April 2015
Featured Feminism Health Opinion

don’t wash your box, love your box

Sarah Iuliano
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On the rear of my car, there is a sticker declaring how much I love my box. I’m not just talking about the hatchback or the boxes of wine it is meant to denote (cheers, university Goonion.) This sticker also connotes the admiration I have for my vagina, my vulva and all the other intricate…
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