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Sunday 19 February 2017
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feminist news round-up 19.02.17

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Women can avoid rape by staying at home, says Indian politician This just in: your vagina is like a car and to avoid “accidents”, it’s best you keep it parked at home. At least that’s what Indian politician Kodela Shiva Prasad said while speaking at a press conference before the National Women’s Parliament in Amravati. ‘When…
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Tuesday 3 March 2015
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v-day melbourne 2015: the vagina monologues

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Eve Ensler’s still-controversial – and bloody brilliant – The Vagina Monologues has been performed in cities all over the world since its New York City debut in the mid ’90s. It has sparked conversation, debate, and revere, and this weekend, in honour of the grassroots social justice movement it inspired – V-Day – The Vagina…
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Sunday 24 August 2014
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feminist news round-up 23.08.14

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Here’s a round-up of the things that caught our eye this week. From the Interwebs Egyptian cleric says it’s OK for a man to spy on a woman while she showers – so long as he intends to marry her. And in news a bit closer to home, a NSW man who filmed women in…
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Thursday 22 May 2014
news Politics

what a winker: tony abbott strikes again

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Ahhh, Tony Abbott, so you’ve done it again, huh? During an interview on ABC Radio Wednesday morning, the Hon. Tony Abbott MP, leader of the Liberal Party and Prime Minister of this dinky-di land of ours, was busted on camera winking and grinning after a caller to the radio show – who wanted to discuss…
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Monday 17 March 2014
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in brief: anne summers offers “a few words of advice” to feminist wunderkind, tony abbott

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High-profile writer and feminist, Anne Summers has dutifully “congratulated” our PM Tony Abbott on his recent conversion to feminism and his adoption of ‘the principles of equality of the sexes’ – but not before offering him some advice ‘on how to ensure his government and polices are, in fact, feminist.’ In the Sydney Morning Herald,…
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Thursday 22 August 2013
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daily feminist news: 22.08.13

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Sydney University magazine censored for controversial vagina cover The latest edition of Sydney University’s student-run magazine, Honi Soit, has been pulled from campus shelves as its front cover, which features uncensored photos of students’ vaginas, has been deemed a criminal offence. According to a statement on the magazine’s Facebook page, the cover was intended as…
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Thursday 11 July 2013
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in brief: robin thicke defends controversial ‘blurred lines’

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Robin Thicke has defended his much-criticised hit, ‘Blurred Lines’, in an interview with BBC Radio 1 on Wednesday. He claimed, among other things, that the lyrics are anything but misogynistic, and could even be empowering to women. ‘For me, [the lyrics are] about blurring the lines between two things. One, men and women and how…
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Tuesday 18 June 2013
Health News Opinion

DIY pap tests: ladies, would you try this at home?

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The doctor drew the curtains, asked me to remove my pants and underwear and position myself, legs apart, on the exam table. It was my first pap smear, I was 18, and I did as he asked. (But I refused to remove my sunglasses. Smear chic, y’all.) ‘There’s no need to be nervous’, he said….
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Sunday 21 April 2013
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feminist news round-up 21.04.13

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Tunisian Woman Vows to Bare Breasts Again. Tunisian woman Amina Tyler, who sparked controversy last month when she exposed her breasts online in protest and was subsequently committed to a psychiatric facility by her family, fled captivity this week and vowed to continue to use her body as a symbol of protest. In a video…
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Wednesday 3 April 2013
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in brief: new pap smear advice ‘may risk lives’

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Biennial pap smears – it’s just what we do, right? Well a paper prepared by the Medical Services Advisory Committee suggests that not only should women screen for pap tests less often, but we should also delay our first test – advice that’s raised concerns among cervical cancer advocates that women’s lives could be put…
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Sunday 24 March 2013
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feminist news round-up 24.03.13

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Teen rapists convicted in Steubenville, Ohio. If you’ve kept on top of the news this week, then you’ve likely read about the Steubenville rape case and the conviction of teen footballers Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond. The boys, aged 17 and 16 respectively, were convicted of rape, each receiving the minimum sentence for their crimes…
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Tuesday 26 February 2013
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in brief: topless feminists lunge at italian prime minister

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As Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi prepared to vote during the country’s general elections on Sunday, three topless feminist protesters from Ukrainian feminist group Femen lunged at the PM as he arrived at a polling station in Milan. The women tore off their jackets to bare their breasts and the slogan “Basta Berlusconi” (“Enough with…
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Sunday 24 February 2013
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feminist news round-up 24.02.13

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Australian judge rules gay marriage ban is not sex discrimination An Australian judge ruled earlier this week that the ban on gay marriage is not sex discrimination as both sexes are treated equally. ‘A man cannot enter into the state of marriage as defined with another man just as a woman cannot enter into the…
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Sunday 27 January 2013
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Feminist News Round-up 27.01.13

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David Koch versus breastfeeding mothers everywhere It all started during a discussion on Channel 7’s Sunrise about whether a Queensland mother should be allowed to breastfeed at her local pool. Host David Koch attracted the scorn of breastfeeding mothers everywhere when he said that while mothers should be allowed to breastfeed in public, they should…
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