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Friday 5 February 2016
Featured Feminism Opinion

waleed aly and the daryush valizadeh saga: why i won’t ‘click something else’

Jill Thomsen
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As I’m sure you’ve seen by now, pro-rape Men’s Rights Activist group Return of Kings have decided to hold face-to-face meetings across Australia. ‘Tribal Meetings’ (Yes, that’s what they call them) are planned in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth. Their international leader Daryush Valizadeh (AKA Roosh V) has also decided to come specifically to Canberra…
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Friday 5 February 2016
Featured Life

a lament: the movement magician of second year

Carissa Lee
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I am an awkward-as-fuck baby giraffe of a human being. It’s not that I’m uncomfortable in my body, I like to think that I’m so insanely comfortable, that I forget about my surroundings, leaving me susceptible to bumping into things and tripping on uneven ground. I like to drag my feet because I love indulging in…
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Thursday 4 February 2016
Opinion

that’s just the way it is: the gendered traditions that are holding us back

Yalda Keshavarzi
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Feminism is a word I run into daily, whether it’s on Facebook, an Instagram post or care of a trending topic brought to light by a celebrity. Thanks to modern feminism and its promotion of basic women’s rights and gender equality, and the questioning of daily cultural biases, I have found myself reconsidering everyday behaviours…
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Tuesday 2 February 2016
Sport

inaugural women’s big bash league a success for women’s sport in australia

Danielle Croci
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  The inaugural Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) has drawn to a close for the summer, and has been hailed as a success for women’s sport and health in Australia. The Sydney Thunder took out the title at the MCG in front of more than 5,000 fans, and more via its live broadcast on television….
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Monday 1 February 2016
Featured

short shorts and long burqas

Annie Hariharan
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There are two reasons why it was easy for me to travel and explore new cities. First, I lived in Kuala Lumpur for most of my life until I moved to Melbourne. Kuala Lumpur is a 2 hour flight to most South East Asian cities, food havens and tropical islands. Second, budget airlines expanded in…
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Friday 29 January 2016
Arts Books

lip lit: i call myself a feminist

Jess Miller
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I called myself a feminist out loud for the first time only last year. Mostly I felt proud, but lurking underneath this pride was an undeniable layer of guilt. I Call Myself a Feminist—an anthology compiled by Victoria Pepe, Rachel Holmes, Amy Annette, Alice Stride and Martha Mosse—helped me answer two questions at the heart…
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Thursday 28 January 2016
News

feminist news round-up 28.01.16

Danielle Croci
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Backlash after women strip naked at sombre Invasion Day event Nakkiah Lui, indigenous writer and actor for ABC’s Black Comedy, has slammed a pair of reportedly non-indigenous women for their nude “performance art” piece at an Invasion Day march in Sydney. During a speech by journalist John Pilger, the two women, painted as Australian flags,…
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Thursday 28 January 2016
Sport

it’s dude time: the absence of women in sports coverage

Danika Kimball
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Last year, more people watched the women’s FIFA World Cup on TV than ever before, with over one billion viewers tuning in worldwide over the course of the event. The record figures seemed to be indicative of women’s rise towards parity with men in televised sports coverage, but recent studies performed by the University of…
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Wednesday 27 January 2016
Health Life Opinion

beauty and confidence: working in a ‘plus sized’ clothing shop

Findley Pollock
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  ‘Larger women have to try harder to look good,’ a stressed and frazzled mother said to her 12-year-old daughter, Rosie*. Rosie was a confident young girl, who embraced her body. She was, however, challenged by her mother’s harsh words. I feel for Rosie, being told the way you feel is not necessarily how you are…
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Thursday 21 January 2016
News

feminist news round-up 21.01.16

Danielle Croci
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Jada Pinkett-Smith calls for boycott of white-led Oscars With this year’s Oscar nominations consisting of 20 white actors and actresses for the second year in a row, actress Jada Pinkett-Smith has boycotted the awards. In a video shared on Facebook, she stated that ‘begging for acknowledgement… diminishes dignity… We are powerful, and let’s not forget…
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Wednesday 20 January 2016
Books Opinion

the austen industry: canon and caricature

Eden Faithfull
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W.H. Auden once said of Sigmund Freud that he was no longer just a person, but had become a ‘climate of opinion’. These days, it is challenging to think of many others in the public eye that merit this description, even with the effusive presence of reality television stars and the ever-growing relevance of pop…
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Monday 18 January 2016
Arts Books

lip lit: from the heart: women of letters

Kathy Pollock
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Since its first incarnation at Melbourne’s Trades Hall in 2010, Women of Letters has toured the world to sold-out audiences. Curated by Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire, its original purpose was to encourage women to read aloud letters set to a specific theme, directed at a live audience. It has evolved to include a Men of Letters variant and has several accompanying book anthologies, but the underlying principle remains the same: allowing a gathering of people to speak intimately without reservation. In From the Heart, the latest Women of Letters,…
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Monday 4 January 2016
Arts Books

lip lit: the life and death of sophie stark

Sarah Randall
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Sometimes, as a reader you’re lucky enough to chance upon a book that draws you in until you are so fully immersed in its world that it haunts you for days. Anna North’s The Life and Death of Sophie Stark is one such book. Indeed, the word ‘haunt’ is apt, as Sophie herself haunts the…
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Thursday 31 December 2015
Featured News

2015: the year that was in feminist news

Arabella Close
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  TW: sexual assault and harassment, gendered violence, misogyny, racism, queerphobia, transphobia, ableism Here’s a round up of feminist news in 2015. A lot of it was awful – violence against women continuing unchallenged, male privilege going unchecked and feminist initiatives that continue to exclude women of colour, queer women, women with disabilities and trans…
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