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Monday 20 February 2017
Featured Memoir

memoir: the blister

Emma Brooker
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It was a painful blister, on the arc of my right foot. It was one that had stopped me wearing closed in shoes for a week. It was red raw and puffed up and as big as a 20 cent piece. It had happened as all good blisters do. Having fun. My husband and I…
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Friday 17 February 2017
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self-help, beauty privilege, and the truth about confidence

Rosalind Moran
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Confidence is widely considered an excellent quality. It’s associated with communication skills, social suavity, and success. Studies even show that people possessing strong self-confidence earn more money than their less confident counterparts. Is it any surprise, therefore, that capitalist Western culture in particular places such emphasis on self-esteem? Self-help culture has grown from the notion…
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Wednesday 1 February 2017
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an open letter by christine anu to former first lady michelle obama

Christine Anu
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  Dear Michelle Obama, My name is Christine Anu. I come from humble beginnings in the Torres Strait Islands, located off the top of North Queensland, Australia.  Growing up we survived on fish, mango and damper. We had no electricity or money and there was a housing shortage. Domestic violence was rife and there were…
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Thursday 19 January 2017
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the reality of alcoholism and rural mental healthcare for women in the united states

Danika Kimball
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Alcoholism and drug abuse have become a major problem for women in the United States. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), nearly 5.3 million women in the United States consume alcohol to a point where their health and safety is compromised. Of that 5.3 million, over 4 million are dependent…
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Friday 30 December 2016
Featured Health

carrie fisher and the dark side of medicine

Emily Zinkin
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This year we’ve had to say goodbye to an unprecedented number of well-loved icons, and none have upset me more than the loss of Carrie Fisher. Having grown up on a steady diet of Star Wars, Princess Leia was a childhood hero of mine, and as I grew up Carrie became a hero to me…
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Friday 30 December 2016
Featured News World

2016: the year that was in feminist news

Eden Faithfull
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Sitting from where we are now, looking back over the year that was maybe more a study in crippling remorse than anything else, and the news doesn’t appear to be getting brighter for women or other sexual, racial or social minorities. 2016 has seen a rise of female-identifying young people taking to the streets to…
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Monday 19 December 2016
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the radical power of hysteria

Aayushi Talwar
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I’m sitting in my room listening to Girlpool. My bed is warm and Alfie, my cat, is curled up in my arms, making my bed even warmer. I lit a candle earlier but the scent wasn’t as strong as I had hoped – everything just smells burnt. I want to talk about hysteria. It’s a…
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Friday 16 December 2016
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smoking hot: why we find self-destructive women so sexy

Vee Naidoo
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At Paris Fashion Week in 2011, supermodel Kate Moss walked down the Louis Vuitton runway while languorously smoking a cigarette. It was No Smoking Day, and Moss, who rose to fame on the back of the heroin-chic trend, was dressed in dark lace, fur and hot pants. Images of her captured on the day reek…
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Thursday 8 December 2016
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remember this face? : 16 days of activism against gender-based violence

Rachel Lennon
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TW: This article contains graphical depictions of violence that may cause distress. 16 Days of Activism is a campaign designed by the United Nations to raise awareness about issues contributing to gender inequalities and Violence Against Women.  For 16 days, information about the plight of women on a global and local level is distributed across…
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Thursday 17 November 2016
Featured Opinion

dear madame secretary: an open letter to hillary clinton

Jess Coates
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Dear Hillary, It is with a heavy heart I write you. In the days since the election, I’ve grieved with much of the international community. The outcome of this election has left many scared for what the future holds, especially for women and minorities. I cannot tell you how much I wish this were a letter…
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Tuesday 15 November 2016
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the occupational wage gap: a look at the most common “pink-collar” jobs

Danika Kimball
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In 2015, the Census Bureau reported that for the first time, women in the United States were more likely to have a bachelor’s degree than men. According to the reports, 37.5% of women in the 25 to 34 age group have attained advanced degrees, compared to 29.5% of men, making female millennials the most educated…
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Tuesday 8 November 2016
Featured Politics World

an open letter to donald trump

Adrianna Zappavigna
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Dear Mr. Trump, I’d like to start by saying this letter does not come from a strongly political place. These days, I find myself heavily disillusioned with politics in my own country, let alone yours. I have no interest in taking sides and my decision to write this letter was not politically motivated. I felt…
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Friday 4 November 2016
Featured Feminism Opinion World

the wonder of it: why wonder woman shouldn’t be a UN Ambassador

Suzanne Verrall
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When Natasha Stott-Despoja was appointed Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls in December 2013, she said: ‘I continue to be proud of Australia’s efforts to work with and for the world’s women, and I’m honoured to have been given a chance to contribute to this work.’ In October 2016, when the United Nations appointed Wonder…
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Friday 28 October 2016
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JAN: a deliberate life

Anna Samson
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Today I am meant to be continuing my series of essays centred on the contemporary female experience. I have sat down at my computer to engage in the daily battle: woman versus blank page. I can’t tell you how often the blank page wins or how sweet victory tastes when I do. Today seems a…
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