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Wednesday 18 March 2015
Featured Politics World

women behind bars: racial bias in Australia and the US

Katerina Bryant
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‘[Prison] relieves us of the responsibility of seriously engaging with the problems of our society, especially those produced by racism and, increasingly, global capitalism.’ ­– Angela Davis In Western Australia last year, 22-year-old Julieka Dhu, who was jailed for an unpaid $1000 parking fine, died. Dhu complained to police about severe pain, vomiting and partial…
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Tuesday 24 February 2015
Featured News Politics

reflections on the Human Rights Commission report into children in immigration detention

Jennifer Worthing
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The Australian Human Rights Commission (HRC) report, entitled The Forgotten Children: National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention (2014), was tabled in Parliament on Wednesday 11 February. The report investigates the mental, emotional, and physical ramifications of mandatory detention, particularly on children. Reading this report, I was nothing short of horrified. The HRC’s investigation provides…
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Thursday 15 January 2015
News World

in brief: world of woes for women in American media

Sarah Iuliano
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The number of women directors in Hollywood has not grown in 17 years. Research bySan Diego State University’s Centre for the Study of Women in Television and Film shows females directing the top 250 grossing motion pictures have decreased 2 per cent since 1998. The rate of female writers, editors and producers is also down,…
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Wednesday 14 January 2015
News Politics

Julia Gillard’s treatment affects women’s political aspirations

Sarah Iuliano
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Australian women who value traditional femininity are less likely to enter politics following the sexism endured by Julia Gillard, a University of Sydney study has found. More than 150 students were asked about their civic participation and aspirations for a career in parliament. Researchers found a correlation between female belief in conventional gender roles and…
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Wednesday 14 January 2015
Arts Featured World

interview: aryana sayeed

Wida Tausif
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She is the sensational Diva of Afghanistan and the only female artist/activist of Afghanistan with over 300,000 fans on Facebook. A multiple award winning artist, Aryana Sayeed is one of the rare singers that only performs live in her concerts. Her outstanding performances, her fight for women’s rights, and her beauty have won millions of…
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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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Thursday 20 November 2014
News

in brief: mother banned from Facebook over water birth photo

Sarah Iuliano
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In yet another episode of Social Media Double Standards, a woman has been temporarily banned from accessing her organisation’s Facebook page after sharing a photo of a water birth. Why? The image posted to the Positive Birth Movement page featured buttocks and was removed because it ‘doesn’t follow the Facebook Community Standards regarding nudity’. Milli…
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Thursday 20 November 2014
News

in brief: almost 1 in 2 trans* young people have attempted suicide

Sarah Iuliano
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November 20 is the 15th annual International Transgender Day of Remembrance, set up to emphasise the impact of prejudiced violence on the global trans community. Australian TDOR vigils will be particularly elegiac following the brutal murder of Indonesian-born trans woman Mayang Prasetyo by her Australian husband in October. But the day has also been used…
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Sunday 16 November 2014
Opinion World

why are women’s issues off the agenda at the 2014 G20 Summit?

Jillian Thomsen
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It’s no surprise that the G20 Summit has a common theme: wealthy, powerful people dictating how we should manage the wealth of poorer, less powerful people. I cringed as I heard my television bark at me that the G20 is a gathering of the ‘most powerful men in the world’. This begs the question: where…
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Tuesday 11 November 2014
News Opinion

“catcalling victims should just carry a gun”: cnn segment causes outrage everywhere

Chloe King
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Last week, CNN aired what was meant to be a straightforward ten minute segment responding to a recently released anti catcalling video produced by Hollaback, which has now gone viral. With stand-up comedian Amanda Seales and ‘The MANual’ author Steven Santagati as guests, the network received much more discussion and attention than they had originally…
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Monday 27 October 2014
Culture News

Girlfriend releases body image policy online

Bridget Conway
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Girlfriend magazine won the government’s Positive Body Image award for Media and Entertainment in 2012 for their efforts in portraying images of young women that are inspirational and truthful. In a world where young women are still constantly receiving an influx of negative images of bodies such as super skinny fashion models and skin perfected…
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Wednesday 22 October 2014
News World

facebook and apple offer women $20,000 to freeze their eggs

Bridget Conway
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Last week, monolith companies Facebook and Apple both announced that they would pay female staffers a whopping $20,000 to freeze their eggs. Egg freezing is fast becoming a popular way to delay child bearing, as it allows women to have a baby later on in life with eggs that are “younger”, therefore lowering the risk…
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Thursday 9 October 2014
Featured News

how the Australian media is failing Mayang Prasetyo and all trans women

Cin Peeler
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  Trigger warning: slurs, abuse, suicide A few mornings ago, I hopped on Twitter to find a big screenshot of Brisbane’s The Courier-Mail, its front page salaciously covered with a woman in a bikini and the headline: “Monster Chef and the She Male”. I know I joke with friends that Queensland’s a little behind in…
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Sunday 28 September 2014
News

feminist news round-up 28.09.14

Bridget Conway
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Catch up on all the feminist news from all around the world this week on Lip! Emma Watson created quite a media buzz with her UN speech promoting the #HeForShe campaign Oxford dining hall turns feminine Legislation to support testing of backlogged rape gets handed into Barack Obama Brody Dalle says pop stars feelthat their…
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