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Wednesday 12 August 2015
Comedy Health Life Opinion Politics

period pieces: dear tampons

Loani Arman
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Period Pieces is Melbourne Fringe Festival comedian Loani Arman’s hilarious new series on menstruation. Be sure to check Lip every Wednesday for new instalments.   From:         Loani Arman (funny.lady.bits@gmail.com) Sent:           Wed, 12 August 2015 2:57:15 PM To:              Tampons (period.nation@gmail.com)   Dear Tampons, It’s time to break up. I remember the first time we…
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Monday 10 August 2015
Featured Life Travel World

really honest postcards from lyon: part one

April Smallwood
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Be sure to check Lip weekly for new instalments of Really Honest Postcards from Lyon – April Smallwood’s new six part series on life as a young Australian expatriate in France.     Dear Siobhan, No-one will hire me on this visa. I’m absolutely entitled to work but the French aren’t interested in an Australian…
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Tuesday 4 August 2015
Feminism Life Opinion

motherboards and motherhood: a competitive online identity

Eleanor Danenberg
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Social media is a battlefield crawling with landmines: people can post offensive and triggering things while using the defence ‘It’s just my opinion’; posts can go viral in mere minutes; activists who use online platforms are criticised for being ‘social justice warriors’ taking things too seriously; and don’t get me started on 4chan. Social media…
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Thursday 16 July 2015
Health Life Opinion

nobody puts baby in the corner: bodily autonomy and infants

Eleanor Danenberg
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The power that parents have over their children is not always wielded in a benevolent manner; how many of us have looked through old family photos to find that, when we were too young to know better or even protest, we were dressed in the most embarrassing outfits by our parents? For instance, a glimpse…
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Monday 13 July 2015
Featured Feminism Life Politics

family terrorism: government policy vs social issues

Arabella Close
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Trigger Warning: Domestic Violence / Violence Against Women A recent poll has shown that three-quarters of Australians believe that domestic violence poses as much, or more, of a threat than terrorism. Just under half of those polled said domestic violence is a greater threat than terrorism. The Essential Research poll of 1,000 people follows the…
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Tuesday 7 July 2015
Featured Feminism Life

working in motherhood: damned if you don’t

Natalie Rose Corrigan
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There have been countless studies on working mothers: the pros and cons, the implications, the inevitable stress, anxiety and guilt that come with the decision to return to work. After years of exhaustive debate and the tired, boring insistence that women can ‘have it all’, Harvard University has conducted what may be the most comprehensive…
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Friday 26 June 2015
Art Life News

in brief: ‘power of makeup’ trend shows makeup shaming has got to go

Sarah Iuliano
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Thousands of women have banded together to post selfies to debunk the myth women who wear makeup are ashamed of their everyday appearance. Posting images of themselves with half their face made up and the other portion bare, the hashtag ‘PowerOfMakeup’ has demonstrated defiance towards those alleging they are victims chained to the beauty industry….
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Monday 22 June 2015
Culture Featured Life

the white witch of dandenong

Theertha Muralidhar
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A seventh generation White Witch, Sarah Kulkens uses timeless rituals and spells to help people. This eccentric religion which was once thought of as evil and satanic proves to be quite opposite to its stereotypes. Unfortunately, Sarah is still being bombarded with hate mail for practising witchcraft. Hailing from a long line of witches since…
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Tuesday 19 May 2015
Featured Life News

paving the way for human cooperation: gender equality in early societies

Eliza Graves-Browne
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A two-year study of modern day hunter-gatherer societies has dismissed the idea that sexual equality is a new invention, or that it emerged with modernity, instead suggesting that egalitarianism was a norm for early civilisations. The anthropologists leading the discovery have also proposed that these early values are the indirect cause for human cooperation and…
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Monday 18 May 2015
Featured Feminism Health Life Opinion

37 and counting: australia’s dead women

Brianna Doolan
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  Destroy The Joint’s (DTJ) Counting Dead Women campaign was launched on 20 May 2014 to honour women who have lost their lives as a result of violence. Inspired by a model developed by a UK Counting Dead Women Register, the count includes all violent acts, such as murders traditionally attributed as Domestic Violence (‘DV’,…
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Sunday 10 May 2015
Featured Life

why i don’t want to be a mother

Jay Ong
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  The ‘joys’ of motherhood are undoubtedly lost on me. The inverted commas that I have deliberately and strategically placed around ‘joys’ say it all. Mind you, I have never experienced being a mother for myself, so of course I wouldn’t know. But I have my conspiracy theories. I have heard too many horror stories…
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Saturday 9 May 2015
Featured Life

motherless mother’s day

Belinda King
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  I’m not a mother so I’ve never been celebrated on Mother’s Day. I did, however, celebrate 27 Mother’s Days with my mum, until she died in 2006 from breast cancer. I think about my mum every day. Her absence from my life weighs heavily. My relationship to my grief changes over time but I…
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Saturday 2 May 2015
Featured Get Involved Life World

female genital mutilation: it’s closer to home than you think

Natalie Rose Corrigan
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It is a murky practice that is rarely discussed within its own culture, let alone outside it. Khadija Gbla is a nationally recognised spokesperson and survivor of Female Genital Mutilation. ‘I didn’t even know what Female Genital Mutilation was growing up, I never heard of it being spoken of,’ Khadija says. Khadija, aged 27, was…
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Thursday 30 April 2015
Featured Feminism Life Opinion

east vs west vs choice: cultural standards of beauty

Karen Liu
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For most of my childhood I remained blissfully oblivious to any notion of beauty standards. In primary school, I was always the ‘tomboy’ – someone who shunned the school dress for pants and a long sleeved polo and who spent lunchtimes playing rugby and soccer. Yet this wasn’t just a phase that characterised my pre-adolescent…
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