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Friday 22 November 2013
Opinion TV

lip top 10: animated female characters

Melissah Comber
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If you think you’re too old for cartoons, think again. A conversation at work a couple of weeks ago about the shows we used to watch as kids (Genie from Down Under!) sent me down a rabbit hole and I came out of it somewhere around Sesame Street. On my journey I passed by a…
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Wednesday 30 October 2013
Opinion

lip top 10: countries where same-sex marriage is legal

Melissah Comber
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Even if it’s short lived, I’m pretty chuffed that the ACT has legalised same-sex marriage. My celebratory mood has inspired this column, and a conversation I was having a couple of days ago, where a friend and I were trying to name all the countries it was legalised in. We couldn’t even come up with…
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Friday 11 October 2013
Featured Opinion

lip top 10: interesting boob facts

Melissah Comber
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It’s October. No, I didn’t think I would just remind you for the sake of it. I have mentioned it because October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s okay; I’m not going to go on about statistics or campaigns or death. Instead I’m going to ramble on about some interesting things about boobs. Think…
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Monday 23 September 2013
Books Opinion

lip top 10: bookstores to visit in newcastle

Melissah Comber
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It’s that time of year again! This is Not Art is just around the corner and I’m getting pretty excited. Last year I took I took you through some things to do in Newcastle, but this year I’m getting a little more specific and am taking you to some bookstores. Why bookstores? Because I spend…
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Monday 9 September 2013
Music Opinion

lip top 10: girl groups

Melissah Comber
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When asked to name a girl group, one of the first names to come to mind is the Spice Girls, or maybe The Supremes, but when asked to name one of more recent times, I have to stop and think. If you do as well, hopefully this list will help you out. 1. Haim Okay,…
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Monday 26 August 2013
Opinion

lip top 10: women-related election gaffes

Melissah Comber
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I was tempted to ignore the Federal Election completely this fortnight. Really I was. The problem is, half of my job at the moment involves candidates, announcements and mud slinging, so a good half of my brain space has been cleared out to stuff the facts in. There’s an inevitable spill over into the rest…
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Tuesday 13 August 2013
Culture

lip top 10: indigenous aussie women

Melissah Comber
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Did you know that Friday 9 August was the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People? Pronounced by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1994, the day aims to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population, so this fortnight, I’m going to have a look out some of our own…
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Friday 26 July 2013
Books Featured

lip top 10: female crime writers

Melissah Comber
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I think I’ve mentioned before that crime fiction is almost a guilty pleasure for me – I read a ton of it in high school, and still pick it up when I don’t want to have to think too hard about the plot or the characterisation. I do realise that the appeal of crime fiction…
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Monday 15 July 2013
Opinion

lip top 10: great women in cricket

Melissah Comber
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How’s everyone enjoying the Ashes? That’s what you do with the Ashes, right? Enjoy them? I don’t know; I’m not really following. What I have been doing instead is getting into the spirit, without actually engaging with any of the reports or the coverage, by compiling a list of great women in cricket! 1. Lily…
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Friday 28 June 2013
Music Opinion

lip top 10: ’90s pop groups

Melissah Comber
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If, like me, you were a girl who grew up in the ’90s, pop groups were where it was at. Not to say that if you were a boy growing up in the ’90s you also weren’t into pop groups, but I don’t really want to speak to something that I have no experience in….
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Tuesday 18 June 2013
Featured

lip top 10: species where women are top dog

Melissah Comber
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You know what would be great? Not needing a feminist movement at all. In a week where we saw our Prime Minister get served up as a quail, it’s nice to be reminded there are some species where women are top dog. Well, not technically dog. Not even mammal in all cases… 1. Spotted Hyena…
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Friday 31 May 2013
Opinion

lip top 10: fictional female villains

Melissah Comber
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In previous columns I’ve looked at awesome female characters in film, television and literature, as well as sweet as detectives, so I’m going to continue along the “fictional specific type of character” line and have a crack at some fictional female villains this fortnight. Any column where I get to watch 101 Dalmatians for research…
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Friday 17 May 2013
Culture Featured

are your tweets sexist?

Melissah Comber
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‘Wow, this user got the equality of retweeting almost down to an art,’ says Twee-Q, a website that analyses your retweets on Twitter based on the gender of the original tweeter. Boy, am I relieved! It definitely ranked high on my list of concerns. In fact, it comes in third, just after the price of…
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Friday 17 May 2013
Featured

lip top 10: ladies who had ladies for lovers

Melissah Comber
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On this day in 1990 the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases. How kind of them. To mark the occasion I thought I would take a look at a few ladies who liked to like other ladies back when homophobia was really taking off. 1. Sarah Jewett Jewett was an…
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