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Friday 13 March 2015
Featured Feminism Opinion

school’s out: how our education is failing the feminist movement

Anne Johnston
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I always used to groan about how pointless high school seemed. I spent countless hours analysing what the red room meant in Jane Eyre and learning maths that I still haven’t used in everyday life. But there was something we didn’t learn, that I’d only heard briefly used and out of context until university, that…
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Tuesday 3 March 2015
Featured Opinion

the naked truth: why do we have to be nude to be heard?

Brianna Doolan
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What do former Neighbours star Caitlin Stasey, a sex worker, and a breast cancer sufferer all have in common? They are all posing nude and baring their bodies for feminist website, herself.com (NSFW). Herself.com, which was launched by Stasey in January, invites women from across the globe to share their views and individual experiences on…
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Tuesday 3 March 2015
Opinion

on #meninism and why we still need the stella prize

Melissa Archer
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I recently read a feature on the #meninism social media “movement”, which has been described as everything from satire gone wrong to a mockery of first world feminism. The piece was written by Jesse Fink, well known to leagues of Aussie sports fans for his columns and commentary across all spectrums of media. It wasn’t…
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Monday 16 February 2015
Arts Books Opinion

Can ‘to kill a mockingbird’ have a sequel?

Jacqueline Lademann
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The announcement that Harper Lee’s second novel, Go Set a Watchman, will be published in July is the biggest literature news in years. Not since the release of the last Harry Potter novel has the mainstream media spent so much time talking about a book. The revelation that Lee has had another novel hidden away…
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Wednesday 28 January 2015
Film Opinion

the academy awards have a serious diversity problem

Jade Bate
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The nominations for the 87th Academy Awards came out last week. Amongst the deserving successes for films like Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Boyhood, there is a certain noticeable pattern emerging from the nominees in the major categories. For the first time in almost 20 years every single person nominated in the acting categories…
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Thursday 22 January 2015
Music Opinion

prototype: a new pop video playing on old disability stereotypes

Ellen Read
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  Last month, UK broadcaster Channel 4 released a music video starring Viktoria Modesta, dubbed “the first bionic pop artist”, performing Prototype. The launch is part of Channel 4’s Born Risky brand campaign, with Modesta featured as a “new kind of artist” set apart from the “painfully dull and manufactured” pop stars. What sets her…
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Thursday 22 January 2015
Featured Opinion

rethinking (celebrity) allyship

Shannon Clarke
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As last year wrapped up, Emma Watson was named Feminist Celebrity of 2014 by Ms. Foundation For Women, in partnership with Cosmopolitan.com. With her UN speech last fall, she added her name to a growing list of celebrities who have either declared themselves feminists, had some kind of feminist epiphany, or have said something tangentially…
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Friday 19 December 2014
Arts Books Opinion

nanowrimo 2014: a novel experience

Brianna Doolan
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Starting at midnight, November 1 and ending at 11.59pm on November 30, hundreds of thousands of people across the world started writing their novels in honour of National Novel Writing Month. I was one of them. For those that don’t know, National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is an annual international challenge where participants sign…
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Tuesday 9 December 2014
Featured Opinion

why i support a no gender december

Jennifer Worthing
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Australian organisation Play Unlimited’s new “No Gender December” campaign sparked a storm of controversy and vitriol last week. The clear message of the initiative centres upon a rejection of gender-based marketing and advertising of children’s toys. No Gender December advocates that children should choose the toys with which they engage, without being limited by gendered…
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Monday 8 December 2014
Opinion

frankly, my dear: why terms of endearment are not ok

Cheyne Anderson
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Why does referring to someone as ‘love’, ‘sweetheart’ or ‘darling’ cause offence? There is no set of conditions that outlines when terms of endearment are appropriate. We have all used them, or been called them, at some point in our lives. In a recent article by the all-around awesome Annabel Crabb, she ponders this issue…
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Monday 8 December 2014
Arts Books Opinion

lip lit: yes please

Lauren Strickland
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Amy Poehler’s newly-released Yes Please is part memoir, part self-help book, part opportunity to peer into the Poehler family scrapbook. Dotted with photos, youthful creative writing attempts, and full-colour scans of personal mementoes ranging from college playbills to handwritten acrostic odes to Tina Fey, Yes Please is a bright and cheerful tour through Poehler’s life…
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Friday 5 December 2014
Opinion

You’d be so much hotter

Kath Pollock
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without those glasses Don’t you want us blokes to make passes? And while you’re at it, give us a smile You look like you haven’t been laid in a while And speaking of which, your friend’s a right slut If I was drunk, I’d fuck her, but Sorry sweetheart, did I touch a nerve? All…
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Wednesday 3 December 2014
Featured Life Opinion

i tried to go makeup-free for a month (and it made me feel like utter crap)

Kaylia Payne
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A few months ago I decided to go sans makeup for a month in order to write an article about the experience. I had the entire piece written in my head, even before that first day of heading to work with my au naturel face on display for the world to see. In this article,…
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Monday 1 December 2014
Arts Books Culture Opinion

Lip lit: dishonour

Lou Heinrich
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Detective-Inspector Debra Hawkins is a steely, no-nonsense cop in Gabrielle Lord’s sixteenth crime novel. Debra is the head of new taskforce, RED-V, which targets domestic violence in middle-eastern communities. ‘Over the last few years,’ she informs her team, ‘We’ve discovered around one thousand incidents of forced marriages and attempted forced marriages here in Australia.’ As well…
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