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Wednesday 23 April 2014
Arts Culture Featured

magdalen laundries for “sluts” in “moral danger”: why I founded ‘Found Festival’

Audrey K Hulm
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I have been quietly and frantically working away on the Found Festival for almost two years now. It is an arts event taking place from 17–25 of May at The Abbotsford Convent featuring 100+ women – artists, performers, producers, speakers, musicians, choir members, meditation experts and everything in between and around those limited definitions. I…
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Thursday 17 April 2014
Culture Featured

from bounty hunter to busty babe: the sexualisation of samus aran

Sigrid Cross
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Super Smash Brothers 4 has elected to add a Zero Suit clad Samus Aran to its line-up. Her new design includes a pair of jet pack high heels. This raised a few questions for me: if the developers felt that Samus needed jet boots to make her stronger, why take her out of her Power…
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Monday 14 April 2014
Culture Featured

in case you missed it: lip-readings and awards night

Lip Magazine
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On Friday night Lip held a very special event in Melbourne. Under the lamps of yesteryear and the gaze of multiple Mona Lisa paintings in Bourke Street’s Society Restaurant, a group of Lip writers, readers and supporters came together to celebrate feminism, independent publishing and women’s stories. To kick off the evening, our incoming Editor-in-chief introduced herself. Jo Mandarano…
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Thursday 20 March 2014
Art Arts Culture Theatre

performance review: a simple space

Ruby Turner
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Harking from Adelaide, Gravity and Other Myths is a multi-award winning ensemble of acrobats who are currently partnering with Darebin Art’s Speakeasy to present their performance piece, A Simple Space, at Northcote Town Hall, Melbourne. Gravity and Other Myths are neither big top clowns nor death defying stuntmen, but a wonderfully unified and organic group…
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Wednesday 19 March 2014
Culture Film TV

screenshot: murder she wrote

Emma Nobel
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What do a wealthy Melbourne aristocrat, the adult child of a career criminal and a sheriff detective dealing in the supernatural have in common? They’re some of the newest protagonists leading the charge in television’s latest wave of hit crime dramas – a posse of plucky women signalling a renaissance in a genre that’s slowly…
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Saturday 15 March 2014
Culture Featured World

the very real consequences of living on stolen land

Shannon Clarke
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For a while, her name and picture were everywhere. In Nova Scotia, literally, on papers covering the province. Loretta Saunders, a 26-year-old criminology student disappeared on 13 February. She was writing her Masters thesis on the hundreds of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. Saunders, originally from Labrador and studying at Saint Mary’s University…
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Friday 14 March 2014
Arts Comedy Culture Theatre

theatre review: cut snake

Jess Oliver
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Cut Snake is an award-winning, Australian theatre production presented in Canberra by Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, Canberra Youth Theatre and You Are Here; and produced by independent theatre company, ARTHUR. Combining cabaret, slapstick, acrobatics and sock puppetry, Cut Snake is a funny, poignant and wonderfully physical story about growing old, dying young and being extraordinary:…
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Monday 10 March 2014
Arts Culture Opinion

adelaide writers week: a review

Lou Heinrich
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On the opening weekend of Adelaide Writers Week, Radelaide is a city of convergence. As well as the Adelaide and Fringe Festivals going live the week before, the Clipsal 500 began two days prior to the first novelist opening her mouth in front of a microphone. It is as if North Terrace is a dividing…
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Sunday 9 March 2014
Culture Opinion

alison bechdel: a review

Ally Van Schilt
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Alison Bechdel is perhaps best known for inadvertently creating a gender bias test for films which has spread rapidly since the Internet has given it leverage. This test, which has been taken up as a classification system in Sweden for ensuring gender equality in films, posits that a film is only successful when it passes…
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Wednesday 19 February 2014
Culture News

in brief: classic hollywood films reimagined with non-caucasian actors

Kezia Lubanszky
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    ONOMOllywood, is a project that challenges our perceptions of race in classic films. Unfortunately, looking back at the well-known classics brings to mind protagonists who are almost exclusively white. But Dakar-based photographers, Omar Victor Diop and Antoine Tempe, are changing the way we think about this. ONOMOllywood consists of a series of 20…
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Wednesday 19 February 2014
Culture Featured Feminism Life Sexuality

queer perspectives : pin-up dreams come true

Alisa P.
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In my previous article ‘The Power of Pin-up’ I wrote of how pin-up girls have inspired me since I was a teenager and my dream of one day becoming a pin-up. That dream came to fruition late last year. While scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed I noticed an advert for a pin-up photo-shoot hosted by…
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Monday 17 February 2014
Culture Featured Feminism Get Involved Health Life

lip-readings : the weight-loss resolution

Shalailah Medhora
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At our recent Lip-readings event in Canberra on January 24, SBS Press Gallery Producer/Reporter Shalailah Medhora gave the following speech on the complex issue of weight loss and women. Told with her unique voice, her talk painted a frighteningly realistic picture of the body image issues that plague so many women – and we’re excited…
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Tuesday 11 February 2014
Culture Feminism Life

lip-readings : the need for resolution on same-sex marriage

Judy Aulich
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At our recent Lip-readings event in Canberra on January 24, Celebrant and writer Judy Aulich gave the following speech. Judy married 11 same-sex couples during the five-days in which it was legal in the ACT. Her talk was moving and powerful, and we’re excited to share it with you here. During New Year I was…
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Saturday 8 February 2014
Culture Opinion

‘let my girls be hermiones’: thoughts on jk rowling’s regrets

Kaylia Payne
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I don’t know if J K Rowling is really insecure about her work even after all of the success, or just bored and missing good old HP in the spotlight, but for some reason she has decided to backtrack on one of the storylines from the Harry Potter series: namely, who the heroine, Hermione, ended…
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