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Thursday 24 August 2017
Arts

review of code breakers: women in games

Aisling Philippa
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Did you know that about 50% of gamers are women? This isn’t a new fact, but it is still contested on a regular basis. Considering that gaming culture is comprised of a mix of young and old, guys and gals (and everyone in between), it’s surprisingly not the most welcoming space. Back in 2014, a…
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Sunday 20 August 2017
Arts Theatre

review: the vagina monologues

Lisa Vo
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If your vagina got dressed, what would it wear? If your vagina could talk, what would it say? Stepping into the bar at The Butterfly Club, my vagina, dressed in Melbournian comfort chic, was happily humming in anticipation of the night’s show, ready and waiting to be coaxed with deft works and a welcoming smile….
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Friday 21 July 2017
Film

film review: get out

Eliza Graves-Browne
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Jordan Peele’s Get Out extraordinarily combines the horror genre with poignant social commentary, using satirical observations to show the racial divide within Western society. For his directorial debut, Peele achieved his goal of showing a ‘common humanity’ by dispelling usual movie tropes. The film tells the story of Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), a young black man…
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Thursday 22 June 2017
Art

ballet review: the sleeping beauty

Eliza Graves-Browne
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David McAllister’s production of The Sleeping Beauty first premiered in 2015. Although it has made slight changes to content since then, it is still a lavish and extravagant production. As the most expensive production in the company’s history, no cent was wasted to create a stunning set design and exorbitant costumes. The aesthetics of the…
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Tuesday 2 May 2017
Arts

review: recreation and leisure

Charlie Osborne
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On Saturday, the 22nd of April, I left the house to see my first real comedy show. I took a friend who is a seasoned comedy show watcher along with me, and headed out for a night of unexpected pleasures. PO PO MO CO, shortened from Post Post Modern Comedy, is a queer acting troupe….
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Thursday 13 April 2017
Art Arts Theatre

review: the flappaganza by pink flappy bits

Emily Holding
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The Flappaganza is the latest and boldest evolution of Tara Dowler and Lou Mapleston’s musical comedy act, Pink Flappy Bits. This sex-positive, feminist comedy showcases a plethora of talented performers in a style that is both daring and charmingly self-deprecating. Unlike previous shows by Pink Flappy Bits, The Flappaganza is a collaborative act that features…
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Wednesday 18 January 2017
Arts Feminism Theatre

review: women on the verge

Eliza Graves-Browne
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The play Women on The Verge produced by the Bridge (Teatro Latino) Theatre company demonstrates both subtle and explicit gender inequalities in society. Directed by Jamie Wilson Ramirez, the production is based on four monologues written by Dario Fo and Franca Rame during the 1970s – 1980s. The adaption brings slight changes to the performance,…
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Monday 14 December 2015
Arts Film TV

jessica jones: thanks, marvel; it’s about time

Eliza Graves-Browne
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  Over the last week, I have obsessively binged on Jessica Jones, the superhero that insists she is just trying to ‘make a goddamn living in this goddamn world.’ Jones, played excellently by Krysten Ritter, is a sarcastic, hardboiled alcoholic who resists being labeled as a heroine. After a brief stint as a superhero, she…
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Friday 4 December 2015
Featured Life Politics

proposed tax reforms: how will they affect you?

Eliza Graves-Browne
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  The Turnbull Government has made it clear that ‘all options are on the table’ when it comes to tax reform. With a constant re-assurance that fairness is the most important element, is this really achievable? There has been recent media hype surrounding the proposal by South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill, regarding his proposal to…
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Monday 21 September 2015
Featured Opinion

why we shouldn’t forget that women are capable of abusing women too

Eliza Graves-Browne
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*TW: Discussion of domestic violence* Domestic violence is a horrific epidemic. One in three women experience a form of domestic violence from the age of 15, and almost two Australian women are killed by partner abuse each week. Persistent gender inequalities continue to run rampant in our society. This can be seen in double-fold: the…
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Friday 28 August 2015
Featured

melbourne writers festival 2015: keeping up appearances

Eliza Graves-Browne
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In 2007, Channel Nine made Jessica Rowe redundant while she was on maternity leave. This was following an incident the previous year when the editor-in-chief, Eddie McGuire, was caught saying he wanted to ‘bone’ her. Rowe has made headlines with her recent book Is This My Beautiful Life?, which bravely explores her public scrutiny, sexual…
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Saturday 22 August 2015
News

you are not alone, and you are okay: interview with jenny jaffe

Eliza Graves-Browne
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    With a recent survey revealing that one in thirteen teenagers have contemplated suicide, it is clear that humanising mental illness is more important than ever. This is the goal of Project UROK (you-are-okay), which uses personal testimonials to normalise these struggles and offer support. Public figures, such as Wil Wheaton and Bobby Long,…
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Friday 14 August 2015
News Politics World

the race for taiwanese leadership: a female president in the midst?

Eliza Graves-Browne
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  The 2016 presidential election is looming in Taiwan. With both major parties being led by women, Hung Hsiu-chu and Tsai Ing-wen, the country seemed poised to make history with their first female president. Now, with James Soong joining the race for presidency, this is no longer so certain. A competing factor is the distinct…
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Thursday 23 July 2015
News

perpetrators walk free as more than 70,000 rape kits remain untested

Eliza Graves-Browne
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    *Trigger Warning: Discussion of Rape* New findings show more than 70,000 rape kits remain untested in the US, leaving victims with no justice or resolution. These kits, which collect forensic evidence from sexual assault, are vital for successful persecution and stopping serial rapists from offending again. In 2001, RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest…
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