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Sunday 3 March 2013
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feminist news round-up 03.03.13

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The Oscars, Seth and all in between The Oscars happened, and so did Family Guy creator Seth Macfarlane, as Lip has covered here and here. Macfarlane took to the stage to host the three hour show on Monday, managing to offend Jews, women and family audiences with humour that included barbed insults aimed at a…
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Sunday 17 February 2013
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feminist news round-up 17.02.13

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50 years of Friedan Betty Friedan’s seminal text The Feminine Mystique turns 50 this coming week. The text was credited with fueling much of the 60s American feminist movement (not to mention appearing as a cultural reference in every snappy teen film since – 10 Things I hate About You?) The anniversary prompted reflections on…
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Sunday 3 February 2013
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feminist news round-up 03.02.13

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Leigh Sales farewells Hillary Clinton The outgoing US Secretary of State has chatted with ABC journalist Leigh Sales about ending gender discrimination during a final interview in Washington DC. Sales was invited to moderate the ‘townterview’ event after leading a similar forum with Clinton in Melbourne. The event saw questions asked from participants around the…
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Monday 28 January 2013
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carefree discusses vaginal discharge on the telly (again)

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2012 was a bit of a feminist themed vocab lesson. From misogyny to discharge, Australians were schooled in words you just don’t say on telly. You may remember this Carefree campaign that Lip gave the thumbs up to last year for daring to discuss vaginal discharge and the normalcy of it in a TV commercial….
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Sunday 20 January 2013
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feminist news round-up 20.01.13

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Anti-Discrimination laws support churches The Federal Government’s draft Human Rights and Anti Discrimination Bill sees Australian religious institutions retain the right to discriminate against those they deem out of line with their values. This may include the right to refuse employment to gay and lesbians, single mothers, and those living out of wedlock. The bill…
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Sunday 6 January 2013
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feminist news round-up 06.01.13

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Fifty shades most loved book of 2012 The Fifty Shades trilogy has claimed the top three spots on the list of bestsellers in Australia for 2012. The first in the series, Fifty Shades of Grey, sold a reported 1.3 million copies on our shores in the last year, a definitive success for the series despite…
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Monday 26 November 2012
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when a pretty face isn’t the story

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Every morning, I get up at 4am to host a breakfast radio show. When I say I volunteer for such a thing, people recoil and repeat: ‘4am? The morningversion of four?’ on loop. But for all the early bedtimes, what I get in return is pretty swell: the chance to work with a group of…
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Monday 22 October 2012
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feminist news round-up 22.10.12

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australia has a new favourite word  Julia Gillard’s headline-grabbing speech this month has led to bickering over the definition of misogyny. Susan Butler, editor of the Australian Macquarie Dictionary, last week explained a decision to widen the official meaning of misogyny from ‘a hatred of women’ to include ‘an entrenched prejudice against women’. In the Federal…
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Thursday 18 October 2012
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in brief: modern families not all that big

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Families are shrinking and only children seem to be the new go-to for working women. Researchers at the Australian Workplace Innovation and Social Research Centre, out of the University of Adelaide, have reflected on the knowledge that the number of single children families have increased in the last two decades. In 1986, a reported 9%…
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Tuesday 9 October 2012
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in brief: gillard slams abbott over misogyny, hypocrisy

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Parliament sittings may be Australia’s least favourite afternoon programming, but Julia Gillard’s words in Federal Parliament today have made many search for the footage. This afternoon, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott moved a motion to have Peter Slipper removed as Speaker. The motion was brought by the Opposition Leader after developments in a sexual harassment case…
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Friday 5 October 2012
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kayaks, feminism and the “real tony”: mrs abbott

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Lip readers can relax – Tony Abbott watches Downton Abbey. Maybe you haven’t been kept awake at night worried about Opposition Leader Abbott’s commercial TV preferences or indeed his policies? Even so, it might be worth catching up on the defences that Abbott’s wife, Margie, has put up on his behalf in the last 12…
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Friday 5 October 2012
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in brief: feminists hold key to influencing government policy

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A study in the latest issue of American Political Science Review has found that feminist movements have more influence on a nation’s responses to violence against women than any other factor. Feminist groups accounted for more change in public policy initiatives and attitudes than a country’s wealth, the number of women politicians or the influences…
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Friday 21 September 2012
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in brief: todd akin has dessert with women of missouri

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US Senator Todd Akin, who last month enlightened US citizens with his definitions of illegitimate rape, has been trying to recapture the affection of female voters in the state of Missouri. Akin has remained in the race for Missouri Senator despite the global fall out from his assertion that women raped ‘legitimately’ have a biological response…
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Friday 21 September 2012
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in brief: vogue hommes cover sees model choked

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The latest cover of Vogue Hommes International is under fire after its lead image depicted actress and model Stephanie Seymour being choked from behind by a man. The photo, shot by controversial fashion photographer Terry Richardson, is another example of glamorous BDSM-inspired imagery to creep into the pages of ‘high fashion’ magazines. In the image,…
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