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Wednesday 19 November 2014
Featured Opinion

misogyny and male apathy: a wake up call

Ash Imani
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When I first saw the ‘catcall’ video, showing the harassment experienced by Shoshana Roberts as she walked through New York City, I was disturbed. I wasn’t disturbed by incessant and often aggressive intrusions into her day, however.  My knee-jerk reaction was to be offended for myself. I had, at various points in my life, engaged…
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Monday 10 November 2014
Featured Film

my big fat gypsy wedding: the sad truth about gender stereotypes that still exist in britain today

Sarah McGhee
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If you live in England, you would undoubtedly have heard of the Channel 4 documentary My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, which explores the lives of gypsy travellers all over Great Britain. The series follows various teenage girls in the weeks and months leading up to a big event in their young lives, whether it’s their…
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Thursday 6 November 2014
Featured

women and madness: a speculative take on the life and death of sylvia plath

Yasmin Mobayad
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Plath is widely known as the deeply disturbed, articulate and psychotic poet. Attempted suicide, successful suicide, a stint in a sanitarium and a famous poet husband (Ted Hughes) whose sociopathic mind games contributed to Plath’s destructive daddy issues: these were enough to fuel her prolific poetic career. The fascinating thing about Plath’s life is that…
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Friday 31 October 2014
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the beautiful resistance of the women in palestine

Jordi Brown
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In stark contrast to the stern Che Guevara, the symbol of Palestinian resistance is of a young woman knowingly smiling as she confidently grasps her semi-automatic. Leila Khaled was the world’s first female hijacker, and whether or not you believe that all is fair in love and war, her presence is artistically graffitied on the…
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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
Featured Sexuality

back to ba(sex): tantric sex

Sarah Iuliano
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  There, he said it: Sting admits he doesn’t last seven hours in bed. Since 1990, The Police singer has been captivating the imagination of sexual beings throughout the West with his revelation of taking wife Trudie Styler to pleasure town for an extended period with tantric sex. It’s not quite like that, Sting says…
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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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Monday 27 October 2014
Featured

reaction to renee zellweger highlights sexism in the media

Katelyn Cameron
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Last Monday night in California, Renee Zellweger attended Elle’s Women in Hollywood Awards. Everyone was quick to pick up on the fact that the actress looked quite different to the way she had ten years ago, when she starred as the lovable, granny pant wearing Bridget in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. By Tuesday…
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Monday 27 October 2014
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born a girl in the wrong place: khadija gbla and female genital mutilation

Kaylia Payne
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*Trigger warning: descriptions of female genital mutilation* On Saturday 11 October I went to TEDx Canberra, a conference, like all TED conferences, dedicated to the sharing of ideas. I was particularly impressed that just over half of the presenters at TEDx Canberra this year were women. What I found most impressive about it was the…
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Tuesday 21 October 2014
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silent witnesses: perpetuating a culture of silent suffering surrounding domestic violence

Laura Wynne
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**Trigger warning: Discussion of violence and domestic violence** Dropping into a tackle in a game of social football a few weeks ago, I caught an accidental elbow to the eye. It was an unfortunate little accident that left me with a killer black eye and a fractured cheekbone. After about 10 days, the bruising faded…
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Friday 17 October 2014
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keep calm and befriend a muslim

Raidah Shah Idil
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Seriously? Again? Bronywn Bishop already had her go with her ‘ban the hijab in schools’ mantra in 2005. Now it’s time to up the ante with the ‘ban the burqa’ mantra. It boggles my mind when political figures like Jacquie Lambie draw links between the burqa and terrorism. What’s the connection? This ‘ban the burqa’…
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Thursday 16 October 2014
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reclaiming the night: a chat with activist natalie pestana

Jacqueline Lademann
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Thousands of women will take to the streets of Melbourne this Saturday 18 October to protest harassment and violence against women. Natalie Pestana is usually photographing live bands at pubs and clubs around Melbourne, but three years ago she took her anger about the press reporting around the rape and murder of Jill Meagher and…
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Tuesday 14 October 2014
Featured Health

control your brain: the stigma around panic attacks

Kaylia Payne
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It can difficult to explain panic attacks to people that have never experienced them before. Yes, I could rattle off the symptoms that are such a big part of them, like trembling, a sense of unreality, stomach pains, dizziness, a tight chest, difficulty swallowing, heart palpitations and numbness; but this doesn’t give anyone a real…
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Tuesday 14 October 2014
Featured Health

mental health state of mind

Brianna Doolan
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Yep, I’m in a mental health state of mind. Last week was National Mental Health Week. Upon learning this (mostly through the amazing coverage by the ABC during the week) my thoughts have been consumed by the complexity of this topic. Illness, stigma, disease, access, reaching out, not reaching out, lack of support; my mind…
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