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Friday 21 March 2014
News Politics World

in brief: women are apparently ‘too busy’ for equal pay

Kezia Lubanszky
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The fight over equal pay continues to rage in Texas, and the head of a Republican political activist committee, targeting women voters, doesn’t support equal pay because ‘women are too busy.’ During an interview with local news WFAA, Redstate Women Executive Director, Cari Christman said that the GOP doesn’t support laws that address the gender…
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Friday 21 March 2014
Feminism News

in brief: channel seven’s natalie barr thinks we should stop blaming men for our problems

Kezia Lubanszky
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Channel Seven’s Natalie Barr thinks she’s the only woman who doesn’t hate men. In a column for The Daily Telegraph, Barr gives her own perspective of feminism, opening with ‘Hey ladies, men aren’t the enemy. Am I the only woman who’s not angry at men? I’m a woman and I’ve never felt discriminated against.’ She…
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Friday 21 March 2014
Featured Get Involved News

are we doing enough to fix australia’s cyberbullying laws?

Simone Murcutt
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Television personality Charlotte Dawson, whose death by suicide in late-February caused a wave of shock through the Australian public, is not the first person to fall victim to cyberbullying – and she probably won’t be the last. But it was her high-profile battle with online trolls and her subsequent death that brought the issue of…
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Friday 21 March 2014
Featured News

the blade runner: domestic violence and the media circus of the oscar pistorius trial

Ally Van Schilt
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It is now the third week of the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius in Pretoria, South Africa. There is a daily update worldwide on what has happened during the day in the courtroom as the trial progresses, with seemingly new and disturbing information brought with the update. The trial has so far seen reconstructions of…
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Friday 21 March 2014
Film

film review: the monuments men

Emma Robinson
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‘You can wipe out an entire generation, you can burn their homes to the ground, and somehow they’ll still find their way back. But if you destroy their history, you destroy their achievements, then it’s as if they never existed. That’s what Hitler wants, and that’s exactly what we’re fighting for.’ – Lieutenant Frank Stokes…
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Thursday 20 March 2014
Art Arts Culture Theatre

performance review: a simple space

Ruby Turner
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Harking from Adelaide, Gravity and Other Myths is a multi-award winning ensemble of acrobats who are currently partnering with Darebin Art’s Speakeasy to present their performance piece, A Simple Space, at Northcote Town Hall, Melbourne. Gravity and Other Myths are neither big top clowns nor death defying stuntmen, but a wonderfully unified and organic group…
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Thursday 20 March 2014
Featured Politics

papa tony’s choices: on abbott’s paternalistic approach to indigenous women’s welfare

Sarah Iuliano
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If you heard out-and-proud ‘feminist’ Tony Abbott’s speech this International Women’s Day, you would think that – bar room for improvement in parental leave – ladies across the nation should be cheering. ‘Anyone who is an Australian has won the lottery of life and if you look at our country and the deal that it…
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Wednesday 19 March 2014
Feminism News

in brief: mia freedman criticised on twitter

Kezia Lubanszky
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Mia Freedman, founder of Australia’s most popular women’s site Mamamia, has a solid following of both lovers and haters on the web. Since her days at Cosmopolitan, to ‘feminist’ writer for Australian women, Freedman has been at the forefront of heavy controversy. Most recently, she was criticised across the media for not paying her Mamamia…
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Wednesday 19 March 2014
Feminism News

in brief: katy perry is confused about being a feminist

Matilda Mornane
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  You have to give a girl props for trying. Having previously declared, ‘I am not a feminist, but I do believe in the strength of women,’ during her Woman of the Year acceptance speech in 2012, Katy Perry has now decided she is one, minus the actual meaning of the word. Host Karl Stefanovic…
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Wednesday 19 March 2014
News Politics

in brief: bernie finn’s disgusting comments on abortion

Matilda Mornane
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  Bernie Finn, a member of the Victorian parliament’s upper house, made some comments about abortion this week that shocked even his own party. Mr. Finn was speaking to his local newspaper, the Werribee-Hoppers Crossing-Point Cook Star, when he reiterated to the paper, and all of its unfortunate readers, just why he is anti-choice. ‘In…
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Wednesday 19 March 2014
Culture Film TV

screenshot: murder she wrote

Emma Nobel
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What do a wealthy Melbourne aristocrat, the adult child of a career criminal and a sheriff detective dealing in the supernatural have in common? They’re some of the newest protagonists leading the charge in television’s latest wave of hit crime dramas – a posse of plucky women signalling a renaissance in a genre that’s slowly…
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Tuesday 18 March 2014
Music

album review: going to hell, the pretty reckless

Tessa Ryan
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If you know Taylor Momsen from Gossip Girl but aren’t familiar with The Pretty Reckless, you might be surprised to know that it’s her voice you’re hearing when you press play. She is often compared to Courtney Love, perhaps because she’s a blonde with feisty vocals and killer stage presence. The Pretty Reckless made a…
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Tuesday 18 March 2014
Film

film review: wadjda

Caitlin Gordon-King
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Saudi Arabia has long been veiled in mystery. The cultural gulf between the Islamic Kingdom and the West has fuelled speculation and criticism; Australians are at ends to understand a monarchical nation which limits citizens’ equality and individual rights. Saudi Arabia’s unequal treatment of women has become a focus of this criticism; Saudi women are…
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Monday 17 March 2014
news

in brief: anne summers offers “a few words of advice” to feminist wunderkind, tony abbott

Josephine Mandarano
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High-profile writer and feminist, Anne Summers has dutifully “congratulated” our PM Tony Abbott on his recent conversion to feminism and his adoption of ‘the principles of equality of the sexes’ – but not before offering him some advice ‘on how to ensure his government and polices are, in fact, feminist.’ In the Sydney Morning Herald,…
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