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Wednesday 6 February 2013
Featured Opinion

you’re single and lonely…you just don’t know it yet

Shannon Clarke
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Take a good hard look at your lives, single twentysomethings. The independence you’re enjoying is a ruse. At least that’s what Margaret Wente thinks. ‘At 36, being me was not so thrilling anymore,’ she writes. ‘Eventually it dawned on me that unless I took drastic action, I faced a future as a cat lady. That’s…
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Monday 21 January 2013
Featured News

in brief: murdered kurdish activists put fresh spotlight on conflict in turkey

Shannon Clarke
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The bodies of three Kurdish women were laid to rest on 17 January in Diyarbakir, Turkey, six days after their brutal murders in Paris. The women were shot multiple times inside PKK (Partiya Karkerên Kurdistan, or the Kurdistan Workers Party) headquarters, reports the Independent. Sakine Cansiz, 52, Fidan Dogan, 32, and Leyla Soylemez, 25   were…
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Tuesday 8 January 2013
Featured News

In brief: Riots in Sweden over ‘slut’ gallery on Instagram

Shannon Clarke
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Given a forum to instantly share thoughts and images, it’s inevitable that someone somewhere is posting something online that they’ll regret later. In Sweden, one teen’s gallery of ‘sluts’ led to riots that turned violent, reports The Local. The unnamed high school student, reportedly from Gothenburg, started an anonymous Instagram account on which she posted…
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Monday 10 December 2012
News

U.S. military women continue the fight for abortion coverage

Shannon Clarke
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Despite service to their country, and enduring years of harassment and discrimination, American military women find themselves in a prolonged fight for abortion rights. Presently, the Defense Department covers abortions for female soldiers only in cases where their lives are at risk. Military woman are now fighting for the right to obtain abortions in cases…
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Tuesday 4 December 2012
News

in brief: marriage ‘expert’ blames feminism for ruining the modern man

Shannon Clarke
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I should’ve trusted my gut and stopped reading at Fox News. The American news outlet and unofficial mouthpiece of extremist right-wing ideology has churned out the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly. The former coined the term ‘feminazi’ which lives to plague us all, and suggested earlier this year that feminism is to blame…
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Wednesday 28 November 2012
News

in brief: saudi arabia places new barriers on women’s mobility

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Saudi Arabia has introduced a new measure to monitor the mobility of women in that country. Men will now receive a text message from airport security alerting them when their wives leave the country, Al Arabiya News reported last week. The news spread when Manal al-Sharif – the woman who began a national campaign last…
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Saturday 10 November 2012
Featured News

american congressional nominee calls aborting rapist’s child ‘more violence’

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It was a sad night for rape apologists and overt misogynists in the United States Tuesday night, as 67 per cent of unmarried American women voted to re-elect President Barack Obama. One of the Republican losers in the Senate was Tea Partyer John Koster who last week called aborting a rapist’s child ‘more violence on…
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Thursday 8 November 2012
Featured News

in brief: school district says ‘carelessness’ behind former student’s sexual assault

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A California woman, Kristen Cunnane, is suing her former school district for the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of two of her teachers from the time she was 12-years-old. The school’s defense: it was her fault. Cunnane was a student at Joaquin Morega Intermediate School in California in the ’90s. The teachers accused are…
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Wednesday 24 October 2012
Culture Featured

on #sorryfeminists and bad feminism

Shannon Clarke
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Lisa LaFlamme, the nighttime news anchor of CTV National News in Canada has a fabulous wardrobe. I notice the wardrobes of many female news anchors and reporters. And sometimes I feel bad about it. I feel worse for noticing enough to comment. This pang of guilt has nothing on the shame I feel when Hedley’s…
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Friday 19 October 2012
Featured News

in brief: “b” of stfu parents has a book…and some new haters

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A few weeks ago, the woman behind STFU Parents appeared on the Ricki Lake Show to promote her book – and, in doing so, eschewed her anonymity. Blair Koenig, hitherto known as “B” has had a busy two weeks since. On 4 October, the New York Post ran this headline: ‘Unmasked: Snark queen who moms…
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Tuesday 16 October 2012
Featured Opinion

what’s the big deal about breasts?

Shannon Clarke
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Christina Hendricks shut down an interview with Sun-Herald journalist Kate Waterhouse after being asked, twice, about her ‘full figure’. Specifically how her body has inspired other women. The Emmy-nominated actress uncomfortably laughed off the question at first, attempted to answer before shaking her head and saying, ‘I don’t know. I’m sorry.’ Waterhouse tried to broach…
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Friday 28 September 2012
Featured

it’s time to start asking better questions about the marriage and fertility “crisis”

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Iran is taking an unconventional approach to stem falling marriage rates. Sports and youth minister, Mohammad Abassi announced that a spouse-finding website may soon be authorised in the Islamic country. Currently, online sites are heavily censored and access to social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter are limited (though a reported 17 million Iranians are…
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Monday 17 September 2012
Featured Opinion

supporting presence, despising politics: on feminism and female politicians

Shannon Clarke
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Shortly after being rushed off stage in the middle of her victory speech, Pauline Marois, premier-elect of the French province of Quebec, Canada took to the podium, and said: ‘This is an example of a woman head of state. Voila.’ She then calmly told everyone to evacuate the building. On 3 September, Marois and the…
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Monday 10 September 2012
Featured Opinion

speaking up is hard to do: tips for surviving a verbal showdown

Shannon Clarke
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A lot goes into the decision to raise my hand and speak in lecture. Have I thought through what I want to say? How much will have I have to project to be heard (since I prefer not to sit where people can see me, or where I’ll be in the way)?  Is what I’m…
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