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Friday 24 April 2009
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bikinis

Rachel Funari
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Some of you will be aware of my feelings about bikinis from a previous lip blog. I wanted to share this quote from Susan Brownmiller, from her book on femininity, the chapter about bodies and fashion. Having described the history of the corset and girdle, and making the point that it is only recently that…
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Wednesday 4 March 2009
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And just to prove that women are objectified in ways that men arent….

Rachel Funari
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Check out this: http://www.salon.com/mwt/broadsheet/feature/ 2009/03/02/apatow_nude/index.html I posted to the lip blog when the original Vanity Fair cover came out. You can find a picture of it at http://stereogum.com/img/scarlett_johannson_nude.jpg. This also shows how unoriginal women’s sexuality is these days; would you have known that was Scarlett Johansen?

Friday 27 February 2009
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The pole thing

Rachel Funari
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I would like to open a discussion about pole dancing, in light of the article in the current issue.  Pole dancing may be a cliched, trite and easy imagining with which to simplisticly infuse post and radical feminist dichotomies, but as a feminist leaning towards the radical, and wary of the significance and acceptance of…
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Wednesday 14 January 2009
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Obama is what a feminist looks like

Rachel Funari
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There’s been a bit of feminist furore over Ms. magazine’s new cover (http://www.msmagazine.com/) - Clark Kent-Obama revealing his ‘This is what a feminist looks like’ t-shirt. Some are angry that Ms. put a man as ‘Superman’ on the cover – as if women need rescued. Some think it betrays Hillary.  Some are angered by the patriarchal…
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Wednesday 19 November 2008
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In Dialogue with the New Issue: to Zoya

Rachel Funari
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Hello lip team and congrats on a lively new issue. I’ve been reading my lovely hardcopy on the tram and am tired of talking to myself. Thought I would share some of my responses to a few articles, but one at a time, hey? Zoya: It’s funny how no one wants a gal to have…
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Tuesday 1 April 2008
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abstinence article

Rachel Funari
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Following is a link to a great article on an abstinence club at Harvard. I’m posting this not only because of the subject but because I think it is an example of excellent journalism. Randall, the journalist, makes his own subtle argument throughout the article by the order in which he chooses to relate parts…
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Thursday 20 March 2008
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To work or not to work

Rachel Funari
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‘Teenage unemployment is still at an unacceptable high of 18.5 per cent and above 20 per cent in four out of 10 regions across Australia. In one in three regions over the past year teenage unemployment has actually increased.’ I pulled this out of Labor’s Social Inclusion policy document because it seems to be based…
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Tuesday 29 January 2008
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mailed my absentee ballot today

Rachel Funari
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There may be more important decisions in life that I should devote this level of agonising to, but deciding whether to vote for Hillary or Edwards in the primary race for Democratic presidential candidate occupied my little mind for months. A few New Yorker articles convinced me that Edwards was the Leftiest, Obama too religious…
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Friday 21 December 2007
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image ideas to ensure abortion remains fully accessible in VIC?

Rachel Funari
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Want an opportunity to get your design work seen by women Victoria-wide and help ensure abortion rights? lip is helping out a coalition of VIC and national reproductive rights organisations to ensure the best outcome for abortion law reform in Victoria. Abortion will be taken out of the Crimes Act and what is lawful and…
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Sunday 25 November 2007
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Congratulations to Australia!!!

Rachel Funari
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Yesterday was a great day. It was my first opportunity as a new Australian citizen to vote. I have a thing about voting. I love it. It makes me feel powerful. It is such a concrete way of taking control of the conditions of one’s life. For someone who doesn’t pay as much attention to…
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Wednesday 1 August 2007
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tattoo/piercing?

Rachel Funari
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Can anyone recommend a good tattoo/piercing parlor in Canberra? Rachel

Tuesday 8 May 2007
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Makeover Nation

Rachel Funari
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I went to a great lecture today by a visiting American academic named Brenda R. Weber. The title of the lecture was ‘Makeover Nation: Constructing the Neo-Liberal ‘American’ Citizen’ and was about how makeover shows help foster neoliberal ideology of homogenised, privileged citizenship. Such that if you are willing to change to adapt the look…
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Friday 6 April 2007
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YWCa conference

Rachel Funari
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Hey all, Just a plug for an event run by the YWCA, one of our favourite orgs: 2 Days to Change Your World Changin’ It, Lovin’ It Young Women living LIFE, CAREER, COMMUNITY Changin’ It, Lovin’ It is a two day national forum for young women hosted by YWCAs around Australia – www.ywca.org.au/young_womens_conference.php The conference…
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Wednesday 17 January 2007
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response from andrew o’keefe

Rachel Funari
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Back in August I complained about a photo in the Herald Sun of Andrew O’Keefe peering between a lady’s legs, particularly upset because he is the Chairman of White Ribbon Day. He has responded to the letter I wrote to him and I thought I’d post it. It’s always good to be fair!Here’s the letter:…
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