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Thursday 21 August 2014
Film

film review: life after beth

Jade Bate
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In 2003, director Edgar Wright and actor Simon Pegg presented us their new take on the classic zombie genre with their film Shaun of the Dead. Their ingenious combination of a traditional Zombie apocalypse film with the conventions of a romantic comedy was a fresh and thrilling concept, and hence, the Rom-Zom-Com was born. Unfortunately,…
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Thursday 21 August 2014
Get Involved

get involved: support HERO condoms to help get ZERO new HIV infections in botswana by 2016

lip magazine
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HIV rates and the rate of STIs have increased in Australia over the past few years – and we are currently sitting at a 20-year high due to increasing unprotected sex between casual male partners. The need for preventative measures, such as condoms and regular testing, has become more and more apparent here in Oz,…
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Wednesday 20 August 2014
News

government reform threatens women’s-only services

Shaza Barbar
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Specialist homelessness services (SHS) in NSW are undergoing major reform for the first time in 30 years under the government’s Going Home Staying Home (GHSH) program. According to the GHSH factsheet, the program seeks to make specialist homelessness services more accessible and to ensure that clients’ needs are met on an individual basis. The program…
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Wednesday 20 August 2014
Opinion

the case of baby gammy: why australia’s surrogacy laws aren’t working

Kaylia Payne
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Unless you have avoided all forms of media over the last few weeks, then you have most likely heard about Baby Gammy. But on the off chance that you don’t have a clue what I’m talking about, a Western Australia couple paid for a surrogate in Thailand and she gave birth to twins, one of…
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Wednesday 20 August 2014
TV

tv review: please like me

Michael Wu
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  Josh (Josh Thomas) is a gangly, light-haired young man who describes himself as looking like a ‘fifty-year-old baby,’ and he has just ordered a massive sundae. He’s talking about not being able to properly enjoy things, and complaining about his ‘rubbish face.’ Across from him, his girlfriend Claire (Caitlin Stasey) waits for him to…
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Tuesday 19 August 2014
Sexuality

back to ba(sex): is phallocentrism the reason straight women prefer penetration?

Sarah Iuliano
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Over the past few weeks, I feel like I’ve been writing about penises and phallocentrism a lot for you here at Lip. The irony is, of course, that my writing has become phallocentric. Badum, tish! Nonetheless, if you are a woman who has sex with men, this may be the case throughout your life. Unlike…
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Tuesday 19 August 2014
Arts Books

lip lit: mothers who murder

Margot McGovern
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      There are few crimes worse than killing your own child – it appears to be an action which goes directly against our nature. And yet, on average, twenty-seven children are killed by their parents in Australia each year—with around half of them murdered by their mother. The question of what would drive…
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Tuesday 19 August 2014
Featured

the problem with privilege and “reverse racism”

Naomi Snell
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This week I had a striking encounter with a guy who was up in arms about the media outpouring over Robin William’s death. His feelings were made apparent in the context of a lack of media coverage over unarmed members of the African American community being killed by police in the U.S, which has received…
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Monday 18 August 2014
Opinion

feminist of the week: david allen hippchen

Junene Taylor
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Name: David Allen Hippchen Age: 25 Occupation: Student Hometown: Homer City, PA, United States Describe yourself in one word: Human What is your definition of feminism? A movement started by women that was once for establishing equal rights between men and women. What is your feminist philosophy? Women deserve equal rights to men, pure and…
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Saturday 16 August 2014
News

feminist news round-up 16.08.14

Bridget Conway
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Catch up on all the feminist news from all around the world this week on Lip! Why Lauren Bacall was one of Hollywood’s greatest feminist icons Artificial womb will change feminism forever Joseph Gordon-Levitt is apparently a feminist. Awesome. Turkish women campaign against sexism on Twitter Jessica Valenti suggested that tampons get sold for nothing…
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Friday 15 August 2014
Music

new artist q&a: sophie debattista

Marissa Paine
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Hailing from Malta and calling London home, 19-year-old Sophie Debattista has spent the past few years making a name for herself across the Europe, with prolific support gigs and events giving her considerable experience captivating an audience. Now, she plans to take it to the rest of the world, working with top producers and crafting…
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Friday 15 August 2014
Arts Books Column Opinion

the bookshelf diaries: lisa dempster

Lou Heinrich
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The Bookshelf Diaries takes a peek into the reading life of writers, readers and book lovers. The Melbourne Writers Festival kicks off next week, and to celebrate, Festival Director Lisa Dempster revealed her literary loves.  What are you reading right now? I’m just finishing Indonesia Etc by Elizabeth Pisani. It’s a portrait of Indonesia but it’s part travelogue…
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Friday 15 August 2014
Featured

remembering robin williams: the man who challenged our perceptions of feminism, fatherhood and gay rights

Bridget Conway
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As you are most likely aware by now, this week the world lost Robin Williams, the great comedian and activist, to apparent suicide. Williams was 63 years old and was found dead by his personal assistant in his California home on Monday. News of his death has launched a stream of tweets, posts, and story…
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Thursday 14 August 2014
TV

tv news: kim cattrall and sensitive skin

Serena Walton
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After an eight-year hiatus, Kim Cattrall is finally returning to the small screen to play the headlining role in HBO Canada’s Sensitive Skin. Based on the 2005 British series of the same name that starred Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous), Sensitive Skin is a black comedy about a married woman coming to terms with the inevitable effects…
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