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Tuesday 16 September 2014
Featured Opinion

see you next tuesday: the etymology of the c-word

Alexia Brehas
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Try to think of the most vulgar word you possibly can. The most torrid and awful swear word that your mother and friends would chastise you for using. The majority of you would probably think of the “c-word”. Indeed, scholar Germaine Greer commented, ‘it is one of the few remaining words in the English language…
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Friday 12 September 2014
Featured Film

what makes a feminist film?: the first-ever girls on film festival hits melbourne

Lauren Strickland
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What makes a feminist film? If you’re anything like me, this question is one that has plagued you for years. Strong female characters? Well, yeah, but what does that actually mean? Does it pass the Bechdel test? Yes, of course, but is that enough? Thankfully, I got the chance to talk to Karen Pickering, feminist…
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Thursday 11 September 2014
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the adelaide edit: q&a with sandy clark from dignity zambia

Ruby Mahoney
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Here at Lip, we have following closely the ventures of crowdfunding platform Pozible, as they launched their local Edits in Sydney and Brisbane (so far!). This week I cyber-met Sandy Clark, the founder and CEO of new charity Dignity Zambia, who is currently crowdfunding her first book, My Love Affair With Zambia. Here, Sandy discusses her inspiration for the charity and the book,…
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Tuesday 9 September 2014
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common rape myths we’re all sick of hearing

Emilie Bertsch
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**Trigger warning** Discussion of rape and sexual assault Rape myths are harmful. Not only can they seep into a society’s collective cultural consciousness but they can seep into law and policy too. Moreover, instead of holding a rapist to account, myths about rape seek to, in some way, hold a victim of rape to account…
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Monday 8 September 2014
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festival of dangerous ideas: surrogacy and the rights of surrogates and children

Shaza Barbar
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At Sydney’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas last weekend, the question was asked: is surrogacy child trafficking? Swedish journalist Kajsa Ekis Ekman thinks so. She argues that surrogacy is a form of female oppression based on sex and reproduction, regardless of whether it’s for commercial or altruistic reasons, as it requires women to renounce their interests…
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Sunday 7 September 2014
Featured Life

a father’s day reminder to celebrate your dad and make every day count

Holly Lazzari
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In celebration of Father’s Day, Holly Lazzari shares a story about her dad and reminds us to appreciate the people we have in our lives. I’ll admit it; I’m a complete Daddy’s girl. My dad and I find the same things funny, we always have stuff to chat about, we have loads in common, and a…
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Tuesday 2 September 2014
Featured Politics

let them eat historical inaccuracies: in defence of marie antoinette

Lauren Farquhar
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‘Let them buy petrol’ The line makes little, if any, sense. The corresponding image is, sadly, a bit dumb for Greens party MP Adam Bandt. As shown below, the meme features a famous portrait of a 12 year old Marie Antoinette, which has been crudely photoshopped to have Joe Hockey’s face over it. It parodies…
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Monday 1 September 2014
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universities, sexual assault and the trouble with “bad apples”

Shannon Clarke
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Late last month, police in Thunder Bay, a small city in northwestern Ontario, Canada charged two students from the University of Ottawa hockey team with sexual assault. Both men, David Foucher, 25, and Guillaume Donovan, 24, were in Thunder Bay for an away game against Lakehead University when they allegedly assaulted a 21-year-old woman. The…
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Wednesday 27 August 2014
Featured Health

clean, green & ethical beauty (part one): the toxins

Shaza Barbar
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Earlier this year, we found out that on average woman spends 55 minutes in the morning getting ready. But did you know that in the time it takes you to get ready in the morning, you’ve already ingested up to 168 chemicals? And by purchasing some of the beauty brands on the market, you could…
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Tuesday 26 August 2014
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our generation: the leaders of today

Shaza Barbar
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‘Today’s youth are the leaders of tomorrow.’ It’s a phrase often touted by well-meaning experienced leaders to inspire young people. But from the Tiananmen Square Protests to the Arab Spring, young people have always been key instigators of change in the fight for social justice. Growing up with the Internet, our generation has the resources…
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Monday 25 August 2014
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the right to free speech: what you didn’t know about working for the Australian Public Service

Brianna Doolan
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My name is Brianna and I am a former employee of the Australian Public Service. This may sound like a dirty little secret or admitting that I am in some kind of 12-step recovery program for an addiction, but if you are anything like me three years ago, you may not really know what it…
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Tuesday 19 August 2014
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the problem with privilege and “reverse racism”

Naomi Snell
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This week I had a striking encounter with a guy who was up in arms about the media outpouring over Robin William’s death. His feelings were made apparent in the context of a lack of media coverage over unarmed members of the African American community being killed by police in the U.S, which has received…
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Friday 15 August 2014
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remembering robin williams: the man who challenged our perceptions of feminism, fatherhood and gay rights

Bridget Conway
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As you are most likely aware by now, this week the world lost Robin Williams, the great comedian and activist, to apparent suicide. Williams was 63 years old and was found dead by his personal assistant in his California home on Monday. News of his death has launched a stream of tweets, posts, and story…
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Wednesday 13 August 2014
Featured Opinion

how the government’s Newstart allowance policies will affect young and unemployed australians

Ruth Scott
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If you’re anything like me, you’ve been spending the last few months with a strong sense of impending doom with all the new legislation the Abbott government is intending to implement. I’ve spent many a day with my eyes glued to my phone in horror reading article after article about the ways in which my…
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