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Thursday 17 April 2014
Feminism News

in brief: women who eat on tubes fight back

Shannon O'Keefe
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Facebook is well known for it’s many bizarre and inappropriate pages, but a new page, developed by a man in the UK, has sparked controversy and even protests. The page in question is titled ‘Women Who Eat on Tubes,’ encouraging members to post pictures of women eating whilst on the tube and then writing derogative…
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Thursday 17 April 2014
News Sexuality World

in brief: india recognises trans* as third gender

Shannon O'Keefe
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India’s high court has ruled that its transgender community will be recognised as a third gender. India is home to a significantly large trans* community who have campaigned for their equal treatment and the end of discrimination. Because trans* people are not legally recognised in India, many have to resort to prostitution or beg for…
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Wednesday 16 April 2014
News World

In brief: women of morocco protest for gender equality

Matilda Mornane
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Hundreds of women hit the streets of Rabat, the capital of Morocco, over the weekend, to demand that their country implement a constitutional guarantee of gender equality. Article 19 of the constitutions states that ‘men and women have equal civil, political, economic, social, cultural and environmental rights and freedoms’ and ‘the state shall work towards…
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Wednesday 16 April 2014
News

In brief: new study finds girls view sexual violence as normal

Matilda Mornane
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A new study titled ‘Normalising Sexual Violence: Young Women Account for Harrassment and Abuse’, published in Gender & Society, has found that girls and young women will rarely report incidents of sexual violence because they view them as ‘normal.’ The study analysed interviews conducted by the Children’s Advocacy Center with 100 young women between the…
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Monday 14 April 2014
News

in brief: beyonce photoshops thigh-gap?

Sarah Iuliano
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Beyoncé has attracted criticisms for her supposedly Photoshopped thigh gap on Instagram. The singer took several snaps while golfing on holiday, with this one accused of being doctored to make her legs distinctly thinner with the clone stamp tool. Social media was set alight with complaints and censure of the star. ‘Really, Beyoncé? We all…
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Monday 14 April 2014
News Politics

in brief: penny wong encourages more politicians to identify with feminism

Bridget Conway
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Acting Labor leader Penny Wong has spoken up and urged women in politics to not be afraid to call themselves feminists. She argued that the term is not “extreme” and is not exclusive to women who are more left-inclined. Wong is ‘set to take issue with Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women Michaelia Cash’s refusal…
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Friday 11 April 2014
Fashion News

in brief: fashion editors want us to stop talking about the models and talk about the clothes

Kezia Lubanszky
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Some of the most influential people of Australian Fashion Week think we should stop talking about the models, and talk about the clothes. While we’ve all been shocked at Alex Perry’s choice to book dangerously underweight model, Cassi Van Den Dungen, it seems we should be talking about how fabulous Australian clothing is instead. Unfortunately,…
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Friday 11 April 2014
News

in brief: missouri lawmaker likens abortion to buying a car or recarpeting a house

Kezia Lubanszky
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The US state of Missouri legislature is currently considering a bill that would triple the wait time for women waiting to get an abortion. The waiting period would be increased to 72 hours, and, has been backed by sponsor Chuck Gatschenberger, a man who knows what it’s like. The sponsor recently recalled a similar story…
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Friday 11 April 2014
Opinion Politics

fostering a culture of silence: australian public servants sanctioned for anti-government comments

Alice Ridge
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According to recent comments made in Parliament by Attorney General, George Brandis, people have a right to be bigots. But code of conduct documents leaked from the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet last week indicate that this doesn’t give you the right to say bigoted things about your boss if your boss also happens to be…
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Thursday 10 April 2014
Fashion News

in brief: australian fashion week criticised for ‘too thin’ models

Shannon O'Keefe
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The fashion industry has been long criticised over the use of unrealistically thin models and this year’s Australian Fashion Week has sparked debate once again on this issue. Dubbed ‘the Hunger Games’ because of its incredibly slender models, audience members worried about the health of the young ladies in front of them. Carla Zampatti’s show…
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Thursday 10 April 2014
News

in brief: teen ‘sexting ring’ busted

Shannon O'Keefe
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In the US state of Virginia, over 100 middle school and high school teenagers have been caught in what has been described as a ‘sexting ring’. This has spanned over six US states and the police have uncovered over 1000 naked or revealing photos of under-aged teenagers. The images were discovered on an Instagram account…
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Thursday 10 April 2014
News World

in brief: philippines high court wins the fight against church in birth control laws

April Glover
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The Philippines High Court has passed a controversial bill that allows birth control, after years of the Catholic Church pressuring the government to maintain a ban on the contraception. Philippine President, Benigno Aquino passed the bill which will allow sexual freedom for Philippine women, and require health institutions to provide free condoms and contraceptive pills….
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Thursday 10 April 2014
News

in brief: veet’s new advertisement implies that having body hair literally makes you a man

April Glover
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Veet’s newest ad campaign has caused a stir in a commercial that seems to imply that women will basically turn into men if they don’t wax their legs and rid themselves of body hair. Each of the commercials show a woman who has transformed into a hairy man, even though her legs were only deemed…
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Wednesday 9 April 2014
Feminism News

in brief: the guardian turns everyday sexism back on men

Matilda Mornane
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Based on public encounters reported to them, The Guardian recently used scenarios from real women from the @EverydaySexism Twitter feed to turn the tables on sexist discourse. Video Producer, Leah Green went undercover for the four minute video, in which she depicts the real-life situations, instead cat-calling or asking unsavoury questions of the men she bumps…
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