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Wednesday 10 December 2014
Arts Featured Music

interview: xani kolac, the twoks

Jenn Sutkowski
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Violinist/vocalist Xani Kolac and drummer Mark Leahy of Melbourne’s The Twoks are back with an uplifting EP, “First Light,” which they recorded at Sydney 301 with “sweet vintage amps, toy pianos,” along with producer Tony Buchen. The title track will have you up on the roof with Kolac dancing to the sound of better times…
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Tuesday 9 December 2014
Featured Opinion

why i support a no gender december

Jennifer Worthing
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Australian organisation Play Unlimited’s new “No Gender December” campaign sparked a storm of controversy and vitriol last week. The clear message of the initiative centres upon a rejection of gender-based marketing and advertising of children’s toys. No Gender December advocates that children should choose the toys with which they engage, without being limited by gendered…
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Tuesday 9 December 2014
Featured

you get proud by practising: vale, stella young

Audrey K Hulm
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Yesterday I awoke to the unexpected news that activist, writer and comedian Stella Young had passed away. I then, almost as unexpectedly, spent the morning in tears. I had never realised how much I would mourn were Stella no longer around. I never had to think about it because Stella had more love for life…
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Wednesday 3 December 2014
Featured Life Opinion

i tried to go makeup-free for a month (and it made me feel like utter crap)

Kaylia Payne
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A few months ago I decided to go sans makeup for a month in order to write an article about the experience. I had the entire piece written in my head, even before that first day of heading to work with my au naturel face on display for the world to see. In this article,…
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Thursday 27 November 2014
Culture Featured Feminism News Opinion Politics World

negotiating humanity: why are women being stripped in kenya?

Wawira Njiru
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Women are conditioned to live in fear. All over the world. Don’t walk on those streets, don’t wear those clothes, don’t be too intimidating, complex, complicated, loud, because men don’t like that. We live in patriarchal societies in which we pander to male preference. In Nairobi, men on the streets got to do what every…
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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
Featured

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
Featured

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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