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Sunday 19 July 2015
News Politics World

feminist news roundup 19.7.15

Sarah Iuliano
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On Lip this week Eleanor Danenberg explores consent in the context of male infants’ bodily autonomy and circumcision Read Part Two of Marie Davis’s series on women in shonen anime and manga Or catch up on more news with Wednesday’s Feminist News Roundup   Australian feminist news Royal Commission into family violence hears alcohol and drug-related incidents…
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Wednesday 15 July 2015
News Politics World

feminist news roundup 15.7.15

Sarah Iuliano
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On Lip (so far) this week Eyes on the Prize? Jay Ong looks at choices and feminism Arabella Close analyses government policies amid news almost three in four Australians consider domestic violence to be an equal or more threatening issue than terrorism Bridget Conway interviews White Ribbon Ambassador Laura Lydall about the new 3G Safety…
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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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Friday 10 July 2015
Opinion Politics Sexuality

debate or degradation? when high-brow bigotry hijacks the marriage equality discussion

Meg Rawson
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What a disgusting week of political dribble on marriage equality. Just when you believe nothing more offensive or ridiculous could be done, the people responsible for carrying out governance aim another notch lower to seal the deal that they are woefully out of touch and out-dated. Once again, government ministers flouted all common sense and…
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Thursday 9 July 2015
Featured Politics Sexuality

not the end goal: marriage equality on long list of infringed LGBTQIA rights

Ruth Scott
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Now that same sex marriage has been deemed legal on a constitutional level for all 50 states in America, eyes have turned to the Australian government’s continued refusal to recognise the right of same sex couples to marry. Fighting for marriage equality by the LGBTQIA community has been an ongoing effort here for a number…
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Monday 6 July 2015
Featured Feminism Politics

joan’s law: why we need affirmative action in politics

Arabella Close
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The Labor party will debate raising its affirmative action quota to 50% by 2020 at its annual national conference later this month. The proposal has been referred to as “Joan’s Law”, after Victoria’s first – and only – female Premier, Joan Kirner. The current policy requires women to be preselected for 40% of all seats…
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Sunday 5 July 2015
News Politics

2015 budget: near miss for women divorcing from abusive partners

Arabella Close
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A proposed increase in the fees for a divorce application has become the first measure of the 2015 Federal budget to be knocked back by the Senate. The change to Federal Court fees would have affected the ability of poorer women and women in abusive relationships to obtain a divorce. The Law Council of Australia…
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Tuesday 30 June 2015
Featured Feminism Politics

ditch the what? women and australian politics

Amy Mowle
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It was March 2011. Over 3,000 people had gathered on the lawns of Parliament house. Weeks earlier, Prime Minister Julia Gillard had announced the government planned to introduce a carbon tax, a move seen in the eyes of the demonstrators as a broken promise, an outright scandal. Thousands of vitriolic protesters – placards in hand…
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Sunday 28 June 2015
News Politics World

in brief: donald trump’s racist comments lose him TV contract

Eden Gillespie
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  American politician Donald Trump has lost a TV contact for Miss Universe and Miss USA after posting a series of racist comments on Twitter which targeted Mexicans. Univision, an American-Spanish TV network, has refused to air the pageants which are partly owned by Trump, in response to the presidential candidate’s comments that the Mexican…
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Sunday 28 June 2015
Feminism Politics World

let girls learn: Michelle Obama backs education initiative to pull girls from poverty

Annabelle Regan
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There’s a saying that goes, ‘if you educate a man, you educate one person; if you educate a woman, you educate a nation’. When girls are not educated, their quality of life is lessened and escaping poverty becomes almost impossible. According to a White House report, uneducated girls have diminished economic opportunities and are more…
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Saturday 27 June 2015
News Politics Sexuality World

in brief: us supreme court finds marriage equality is constitutional right

Sarah Iuliano
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The United States Supreme Court has made a landmark decision to find same sex marriage is a constitutional right for all American citizens. The finding from the 5-4 vote in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges covers all 50 American states and the territory of Puerto Rico. The decision effectively overturns laws in the nation’s…
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Tuesday 23 June 2015
Featured Feminism Politics

revenge porn: why amending ip and privacy laws isn’t enough

Arabella Close
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Trigger warning: discussion of violence against women Hundreds of Australian women have had sexual or revealing images of themselves uploaded online without their consent. South Australian police are currently trying to block access to the US website where the photos are published. Many of the photos have been retrieved from private Facebook accounts, or directly uploaded…
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Wednesday 17 June 2015
News Politics

employees with intellectual disabilities paid $0.99 per hour: no compensation, no justice

Eliza Graves-Browne
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The Senate has recently passed legislation which will give underpaid workers with intellectual disabilities 50% of their owed wage, on the condition that they waive their right to take court action or pursue the rest of their back payment. The 10,000 workers have been paid as little as $0.99 per hour under the Business Services…
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Monday 8 June 2015
Feminism News Politics

in brief: senators weigh in on sarah hanson-young’s win against zoo magazine

Sarah Iuliano
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In case you missed it: the New South Wales Supreme Court has found doctored images of Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young’s likeness published by lads’ mag, Zoo Weekly to be defamatory. In July 2012, Zoo published images of the Greens’ immigration spokesperson’s face photoshopped onto a bikini-clad body, stating the publisher would ‘house the next boatload…
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