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Monday 31 August 2015
Feminism Opinion Sexuality

express yourself: why don’t we discuss female masturbation?

Clara Borg
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  I can’t remember how young I* was when I first discovered masturbation. Too young to know what it was that I was doing, certainly, and even to what end. But old enough – or engrained enough – to know that it was something I should be doing in private, and something I shouldn’t ever…
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Wednesday 26 August 2015
Featured Opinion

poker, stereotypes and the male advantage

Sophie Jackson
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  In an impressive main event run at this year’s WSOP, 28-year old attorney Kelly Minkin finished as Last Woman Standing with $211,821 cashed, making her the latest addition to a modestly numbered yet notable group of female professional poker players. Other group members include the legendary Vanessa Selbst, who recently added $1 million to…
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Tuesday 25 August 2015
Opinion

‘female viagra’ stimulating controversy: is it really a win for women?

Amy Mckenna
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  The US Food and Drug Admission (FDA) has approved its first treatment for ‘sexual desire disorder’ in women, with the new drug being hailed as a ‘Female Viagra’. The drug, praised by the FDA for its effectiveness in treating ‘generalized hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in premenopausal women,’ has caused a stir amongst critics…
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Sunday 23 August 2015
News Opinion Politics

the ‘people’s vote’: abbott’s gay marriage red herring

Cheyne Anderson
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  Pop your champagne bottles and kiss the closest same-sex friend, because according to this breaking news from Yahoo, gay marriage is pretty much legal in Australia! That’s right, same sex marriage in Australia is ‘almost certain to become law’ after sources reported that the ‘people’s vote’ is probably going to be a plebiscite vote…
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Sunday 23 August 2015
Health Opinion

yet another important lesson from humans of new york

Amy Mowle
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I recently wrote this article for Lip to analyse the findings of a study into youth mental health in Australia. The results sent me reeling, though I’m not sure if it was to do with the uncomfortably high numbers or the sickening feeling that came over me when I considered a child as young as…
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Tuesday 18 August 2015
Feminism Health Opinion

a new voice: raising awareness of eating disorders

Eden Faithfull
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Trigger Warning: Discussion of eating disorders While commuters who are usually having a laugh or two listening to Breakfast With Matt & Alex were driving to work, Triple J decided to air a different sort of content recently. Tears of laughter turned into tears of admiration and joy across Australia. This is because on August…
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Thursday 13 August 2015
Film Opinion

gendered biases: how to succeed in hollywood

Annabelle Regan
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A new report released this week has told us what we already know. Hollywood is a boys’ club. The research suggests that being a straight, white male is the perfect recipe for success in tinsel town. The study from the Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative  at USC Annenberg is the most comprehensive analysis of…
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Thursday 13 August 2015
Film Opinion

why is elle fanning playing the lead in about ray?

Cin Peeler
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Trigger warning for the trailer below: misgendering, transphobic low-level violence Next month About Ray will be released in the US, adding to the stories being told about trans folks right now – the key word being about and not by trans folks. About Ray looks like it will not only be a great film, but…
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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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Wednesday 12 August 2015
Featured Opinion

witches and ‘do nothing bitches’: on nicole arbour and the manipulative female myth

Marie Davis
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‘Consider this a state of the union address for hoes of the internet’ is how Nicole Arbour introduces her now viral video, ‘Dear, Instagram Models’, in which she details how women who post provocative photos for their Instagram feed are a personal affront to her. A self-described comedian, Arbour calls Instagram models ‘do nothing bitches’,…
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Wednesday 12 August 2015
Comedy Film Opinion

amy schumer: offensive or avant-garde?

Kate Voss
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However you feel about Amy Schumer’s comedy, it’s hard to deny that she is controversial. But, her ability to use comedy to bring feminism, as well as other current issues, to the forefront is provoking discussion. And that’s a win — not just for comedy, but for the feminist movement, as well. Women in comedy…
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Tuesday 11 August 2015
Celebrity Comedy Feminism Opinion

should amy schumer be feminism’s voice du jour?

Arabella Close
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Amy Schumer has responded to an open letter outlining the link between shootings and gendered violence, asking to Schumer to ‘be a voice for your generation and for women’. The letter follows the shooting at a screening of Schumer’s film Trainwreck in a Louisiana cinema that left two women dead. Schumer responded in a tweet:…
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Tuesday 11 August 2015
Feminism Opinion Travel

shots fired: gendered big game hunting abuse on social media

Emma Robinson
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    I have just had the privilege of spending three days at a game reserve in South Africa. Each day I would rise at 6am, climb into an open-top range rover with a ranger and tracker and drive out to spot creatures of legendary strength and prowess. On our first morning we rounded a…
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Sunday 9 August 2015
Feminism Opinion

boobs aren’t bombs: fighting for topless rights

Jay Ong
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Remember the feeling of the sun on your back, the wind blowing through your hair, the sense of freedom as you journey through life bare-chested and liberated? Free from the constraints of the demon bra cage? No? With the rise of a highly critical and socially progressive young generation, the conventions of Western society are…
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