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Friday 25 May 2012
Books

lip lit: laura buzo, holier than though

Jessica Barlow
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Holier Than Thou is a perfect encapsulation of life in the twenties. The indecision, the fleeting desires, the boyfriend, the old friends and the job you’re not sure you like are all mixed up in this wonderfully addictive novel by Laura Buzo. The story centres around Holly, a twenty-four year old social worker who has…
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Wednesday 23 May 2012
Books

Books for budding feminists: Kat Banyard, The Equality Illusion

Jessica Barlow
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The Equality Illusion by Kat Banyard is a great book to read if you haven’t yet read any other feminist non-fiction. I say this because while it was well written, powerful and convincing, overall it didn’t give me anything I hadn’t already read about elsewhere. If I had read this before everything else though, I…
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Wednesday 9 May 2012
Books

lip lit: the spider king’s daughter, chibundu onunzo

Jessica Barlow
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The Spider King’s Daughter is the debut novel from Chibundu Onunzo – a young woman born in Nigeria in 1991. It is a story about a rich girl named Abike living in Laos supported by the wealth of her father. She rides around poverty-stricken suburbs in a big, black jeep protecting her from those with…
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Wednesday 2 May 2012
Books

Books for budding feminists: Caitlin Moran, How to be a woman

Jessica Barlow
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Finding something that makes you laugh hysterically, clutch your chest at a shared painful memory and then reminisce fondly on the way you fumbled through it is really quite difficult. It’s pretty hard to write something that one person, let alone thousands, can relate to like this, but Caitlin Moran has done just that in…
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Monday 23 April 2012
Books

Books for budding feminists: Slut! Growing up female with a bad reputation

Jessica Barlow
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This book by Leora Tanenbaum is all about growing up female with a bad reputation. It is novel about slut bashing, sexual encounters and the horrors of group mentality. Primarily it all comes down to sexual inequality and the problems it is causing. My favourite part about this book is the afterword because it includes…
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Friday 20 April 2012
Culture

Feminist of the week: Melissa Wellham

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Name: Melissa Wellham Age: 22 Occupation: Student / Freelance Writer / Blogger   How would you describe yourself and your life? I’m a movie buff, word nerd, music snob, mag hag, comic book aficionado and political hack – and like to write about all these things, for various publications and on my blog.  I studied…
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Tuesday 10 April 2012
Culture

Feminist of the week: Andre Pant

Jessica Barlow
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Name: Andre Pant Age: 27 Occupation: Engineer/Physicist How would you describe yourself and your life? I like to think I enjoy a pretty well rounded life.  I’m a pretty big science nut, with a background in space engineering and plasma physics.  I also care about the social side of humanity, and have been involved in…
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Tuesday 3 April 2012
Culture Opinion

Feminist of the week: Monica Dux

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Name: Monica Dux Age: 39 Occupation: Writer  How would you describe yourself and your life? I’m a feminist, a writer, a mother of two small kids. I’d like to say a feminist “trouble-maker” but I’m usually too over-tired and busy to muster more than a few grunts and some fist waving at the world’s many…
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Tuesday 27 March 2012
Culture Opinion

Feminist of the week: Wendy McCarthy

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Name: Wendy McCarthy Age: 70 Occupation: Company Director and Mentor   How would you describe yourself and your life? A life well lived and still a work  in progress. In many ways my original skills and passions are being reenergized in the work I do at the moment. I grew up in rural NSW and was…
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Friday 23 March 2012
Books

Books for budding feminists: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Herland

Jessica Barlow
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So far on my journey to become a better feminist through reading I have encountered some real gems. Living dolls, the Vagina Monologues and the Beauty Myth have all opened my eyes to aspects of life that have always been there, but have also always escaped my understanding. However, after happily and hungrily digesting the…
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Monday 19 March 2012
Culture Opinion

Feminist of the week: David Nowell

Jessica Barlow
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Name: David Nowell Age: 64 Occupation: Business Engineering Consultant How would you describe yourself and your life? My life is very full and with many aspects of happiness and enjoyment in all areas.  I have a great mix of work, social and relaxation in essentially a carefree arrangement. I can pick and choose what I…
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Friday 16 March 2012
Books Culture Featured

Books for budding feminists: Phyllis Chesler, Letters to a young feminist

Jessica Barlow
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If you’re anything like me, you would love to have a feminist role model that you can actually talk to and seek advice from. This person would not be commandeering and prescriptive, but would be an approachable person who could comfortably answer your questions with both knowledge and respect. This person would acknowledge that society…
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Monday 12 March 2012
Culture Opinion

Feminist of the week: Sonja Bajic

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Name: Sonja Bajic Age: 40 Occupation: Student   How would you describe yourself and your life? Wordly! Interesting post divorcee raising teenage daughter who loves 80s music. What does Feminism mean to you? Eliminating all forms of violence….stomping out patriarch/misogyny….allowing women and men to have the same choices…women’s oppression, and empowering women to become better…
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Wednesday 7 March 2012
Books

Books for budding feminists: Ursula K. Le Guin, The left hand of darkness

Jessica Barlow
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As part of my journey to become a better, more knowledgeable feminist, I decided to explore some feminist fiction alongside the non-fiction. I decided to do this not only because it was getting a little dry constantly reading non-fiction, but also because fiction tends to reflect the society and culture of the writer. By reading…
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