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Thursday 30 October 2014
Art Arts Fashion

the fashion world of jean paul gaultier

Audrey K Hulm
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  From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, the Jean Paul Gaultier retrospective currently showing at the NGV International is to put it bluntly, pretty damned amazing. On entering the media preview, I watched a very pretty boy, in an elegant floppy black felt hat, denim overalls and studded black boots begin to cry and tell…
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Thursday 30 October 2014
Column Film TV

bisexual tropes: so sexy it hurts

Caitlin Gordon-King
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After revealing that I’m bisexual, I’m often asked three questions: “Do you think it’s a phase?”; “But… who do you prefer?”; and, “Have you and/or will you have a threesome?” (To be fair, this question is usually served with a drink, spilled on my dress.) Regardless of whether they’re asked by drunk strangers or a…
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Wednesday 29 October 2014
Featured TV

once more, with feeling: on TV’s working women

Shannon Clarke
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It’s become something of a cliché to say that television has never been better. Whether that’s just the natural progression of production and arts or a sudden spell of great stories and storytelling (or both) is subjective. I’d argue that what everyone is reacting to are the incremental steps toward diversity, to the voices of…
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Tuesday 28 October 2014
Arts Books

lip lit: the fictional women

Raelke Grimmer
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Tara Moss’ first venture into non-fiction, The Fictional Woman, opens with the day she chose to undergo a polygraph test to prove that she does, in fact, write her own crime novels. The writer has been marred for years by rumours that as a former model she couldn’t possibly write her own books, so when…
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Tuesday 28 October 2014
Art Featured

stationery that inspires: interview with cassidy dewar, founder of inspirationery

Bridget Conway
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If you’re in Melbourne and looking for something to get you over hump day this week, you’re in luck. At Donkey Wheel House at 6:30pm this Wednesday, you can enjoy nibbles, drinks and live Triple j unearthed acts, all while supporting the launch of a local and inspiring project. Cassidy Dewar is the founder of…
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Tuesday 28 October 2014
Film

xconfessions: crowd sourced adult entertainment [nsfw]

Bridget Conway
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Have you ever had a sexual fantasy that you wanted to see portrayed on film? With all the adult entertainment out there, it can be difficult to find something that takes your fancy while still being female-friendly. Erika Lust, founder of XConfessions, sees a growing need for adult entertainment for people outside porn’s usual target…
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Sunday 26 October 2014
Film Opinion

problematic portrayals of female villainy

Vanessa Brinis-Norris
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[WARNING: This article contains spoilers for the film Gone Girl. Read on at your own risk. -Editor] Female villains in film, if well executed, make for interesting, complex and credible characters. As audiences, we do not see enough of them. Recently, a film adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel Gone Girl was released in theatres…
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Friday 24 October 2014
Art Arts

artist profile: caiti stevens

lip magazine
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  Where are you based and what is your medium of choice? ACT, Painting on canvas. Name three interesting facts about yourself: I am a vegetarian and have been for several years- I did try to do it earlier but I didn’t know how to cook back then so it didn’t work so well initially….
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Wednesday 22 October 2014
Art Arts Feminism

art and change: art and feminism

Audrey K. Hulm
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  Conversations surrounding the over-arching and increasingly redactive term Feminism in panel or group style setting, can tend to be focused on picking apart semantic terminology and deciphering the ideology’s dogmatic past. It can be frustrating when one is looking for more tangible answers to proposed prompts, in this case the intersection of binary concepts…
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Monday 20 October 2014
Books

lip lit: lesbian for a year

Brianna Doolan
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An awkward love affair in year seven, an engagement in her early twenties and a surreal liaison on an isolated island are just some of the different relationships Sydney based writer Brooke Hemphill explores in her memoir Lesbian for a Year. The reader jumps on board the sexual orientation train and joins Hemphill as she…
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Monday 20 October 2014
Arts Theatre

theatre review: where i end and you begin

Jess Oliver
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  Where I End and You Begin, the debut full length play by writer Cathy Petocz, had its world premiere last Saturday night at Canberra’s The Street Theatre. Directed by current Street Theatre Artistic Director/CEO, Caroline Stacey, the production is a lively and engaging piece of theatre that explores ideas of identity, love, relationships and the…
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Monday 20 October 2014
Film

film review: pride

Emma Robinson
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Equality is everyone’s business. This is the overriding theme of Pride and it is communicated in the most compelling and uplifting way. If I hadn’t been immediately sold on that (which, of course, I was) I would’ve been sold on absolutely everything else about this film. It’s the summer of 1984. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher…
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Friday 17 October 2014
Arts news Theatre

cathy petocz debuts new play ‘where i end and you begin’

lip magazine
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Writer, actor, musician and general creative extraordinaire, Cathy Petocz, is set to wow Canberra audiences from tomorrow until October 26 with the world first debut of her new play, Where I End and You Begin, showing at The Street Theatre. Directed by Caroline Stacey, the production follows two private detectives in very different universes: Polly…
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Thursday 16 October 2014
Arts Culture

11 things I learnt from annabel crabb

Lou Heinrich
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Political journo and TV presenter Annabel Crabb’s has investigated women, men and domestic expectations in her new book, The Wife Drought. In an Adelaide event earlier this week, Crabb discussed the themes in her book in her characteristically witty manner. Here’s what I learnt. The reason why there aren’t many women in parliament is because…
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