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Saturday 20 September 2014
Health

well…what? endometriosis

Cin Peeler
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Last week, endometriosis was on Lip’s radar, as pharmaceutical giant Bayer refuses to supply more than half a million Australian women suffering from the crippling disease with valuable pain medication. Endometriosis affects up to 10% of women worldwide and is defined mostly by intense pelvic pain. Twenty-three-year-old Sylvia Freedman, the woman behind the push for…
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Friday 19 September 2014
Opinion

the lip crew on masturbation

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Touch yourself. * ‘Men standing around in a room, praying for forgiveness from their deity for jacking off and not impregnating their wives with more sheep for the flock: this is the sight that confronted me during the Channel 4 documentary Sex Death and the Meaning of Life. As a sex positive person, it was…
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Wednesday 17 September 2014
Arts Books

lip lit: gap

Bronwyn Lovell
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Rebecca Jessen’s debut verse novel is excellent. I’ve read it twice cover-to-cover, and thoroughly enjoyed it. The first time, I read it too quickly to take notes or consider it critically – the narrative positively races along and pulls the reader with it. I had to read it again to be able to write this…
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Tuesday 16 September 2014
Featured Opinion

see you next tuesday: the etymology of the c-word

Alexia Brehas
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Try to think of the most vulgar word you possibly can. The most torrid and awful swear word that your mother and friends would chastise you for using. The majority of you would probably think of the “c-word”. Indeed, scholar Germaine Greer commented, ‘it is one of the few remaining words in the English language…
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Monday 15 September 2014
Arts Books

lip lit: bad feminist

Lauren Strickland
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Bad Feminist is, like feminism itself, not just about one thing, one experience, or one kind of woman. Roxane Gay’s new collection of essays is difficult to condense into a single sentence. There are essays on the topics you’d expect: she deals swiftly and cuttingly with the ever-pervasive subject of rape culture; she writes lucidly…
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Wednesday 10 September 2014
Travel

on the run, on my own: heads or [kangaroo] tails

Jo Williams
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  At the moment, I’m in a rather enviable position compared to most foreign backpackers in Australia. I have just had the last of my 88 days signed off for my second year Visa and I have only been here for just over four months. Now I have almost eight months up my sleeves to…
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Wednesday 10 September 2014
Arts Theatre

theatre review: sugarland

Bridget Conway
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On a recent dreary and wet weekend, I decided to venture out of the house to see a matinee showing of The Australian Theatre for Young People’s new play, Sugarland. The play, written by Rachael Coopes and Wayne Blair and directed by David Page and atyp’s Artistic Director Fraser Corfield, opened in late August (is…
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Tuesday 9 September 2014
Featured

common rape myths we’re all sick of hearing

Emilie Bertsch
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**Trigger warning** Discussion of rape and sexual assault Rape myths are harmful. Not only can they seep into a society’s collective cultural consciousness but they can seep into law and policy too. Moreover, instead of holding a rapist to account, myths about rape seek to, in some way, hold a victim of rape to account…
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Tuesday 9 September 2014
Art Arts

irrational emotions: on activism and art

Meg Stoios
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  The culmination of Sophia Dacy-Cole’s residency at Friends of the Earth (FoE) first presented itself to me as its title, Irrational Emotions. The itchy two-word phrase struck me like a mosquito bite and my attempt to navigate a way around it only increased the need to scratch. Unless the title is tautological or false,…
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Tuesday 9 September 2014
Get Involved

the brisbane heat joins forces with ovarian cancer australia to raise awareness of the disease

Alexandra Van Schilt
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The Big Bash League and the Brisbane Heat have teamed up with Ovarian Cancer Australia (OCA) to drive a month-long campaign to raise funds and awareness for ovarian cancer, one of the biggest silent killers among women. In 2014, it is estimated that approximately 1470 Australian women will be diagnosed with the cancer, but many…
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Tuesday 9 September 2014
Arts Books

lip lit: the chicken thief

Christina Bulbrook
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Close your eyes. Go on. Do it. Now what can you see? Nothing? Really? Look again. Can you see the computer in front of you? Yes – you can feel it there with your fingertips. Can you see your cup of coffee steaming beside your elbow? Of course – you can smell its bitter aroma…
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Monday 8 September 2014
Feminism Opinion

feminist of the week: phylisa wisdom

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  Name: Phylisa Wisdom Age: 28 Occupation: Academic Researcher and Freelance Blogger, although I’ll be swapping around a little bit over the next few months! #expatlife Location/Hometown: Living in Melbourne currently…via Boston, London and hometown San Diego, CA. Describe yourself in one word: passionate What is your feminist philosophy? It’s pretty basic: everyone, regardless of…
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Monday 8 September 2014
Memoir

memoir: no matter how small

Gena LeBlanc
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(TW: graphic bodily descriptions) I remember that my mother and I were out running errands, but not much else. I can’t tell you the time of day or year, if the leaves crinkled as their rust-coloured corpses tumbled through the sky, or if the scent of summer honeysuckle hung so thick you could almost taste…
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Sunday 7 September 2014
Featured Life

a father’s day reminder to celebrate your dad and make every day count

Holly Lazzari
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In celebration of Father’s Day, Holly Lazzari shares a story about her dad and reminds us to appreciate the people we have in our lives. I’ll admit it; I’m a complete Daddy’s girl. My dad and I find the same things funny, we always have stuff to chat about, we have loads in common, and a…
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