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Wednesday 8 March 2017
Music

interview: the future of mallrat

Samantha Armatys
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For those who aren’t familiar with Grace Shaw, aka Mallrat, the 18-year-old Brisbanite says her first EP sounds ‘like Lily Allen and All Day mixed together.’ With abundant wistful production and lyrics soaked in suburban drawl, her tracks are equivalent to a lazy QLD summer. Introversion, insecurities and the humdrum in-between moments become the focal…
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Wednesday 8 March 2017
Memoir

memoir: you could be really beautiful if you had some confidence

Sarah Giles
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Loud music, techno-repetitive, rebounded in my head until it stopped making sense. Voices yelling to be heard: Did you hear about that girl? About that guy? Confessions cloaked in the sound of reverb and electronic seizures. I was an intruder, an outsider among my fashionably dressed peers. I made myself small; hiding behind my more…
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Monday 6 March 2017
Film

film review: fifty shades darker

Athena Bellas
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Fifty Shades Darker, the second film in the Fifty Shades trilogy, picks up where the last movie left off. Anastasia (Dakota Johnson) has broken up with Christian (Jamie Dornan) and is pursuing a career in publishing. But it’s not long before Christian shows up in her life again to convince her that he’s a changed…
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Sunday 5 March 2017
Music

lip mix: i touch myself, a celebration of sexuality and self love in pop music

Bridget Thomas
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Yep, you guessed it – this playlist is about female masturbation. In my teen years, Chrissy Amphlett was one of my heroes. I loved her presence and how unapologetic she was in her determination of her own self-worth as an artist and as a woman. Whenever I sang along to Divinyls in my room, giving…
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Friday 3 March 2017
Culture Film

women in film: angourie rice

Sarah Randall
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Angourie Rice is a young Australian actress known for her roles in These Final Hours and The Nice Guys. Lip’s Sarah Randall recently spoke to Angourie about her experiences in the industry and her role in the film adaptation of Jasper Jones. What drew you to Jasper Jones and the character of Eliza, specifically? I…
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Tuesday 28 February 2017
Featured

racism, classism, eugenics: the complicated history of contraception and family planning

Danika Kimball
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Today, women and men have more choices than ever when it comes to their reproductive health. Reproductive technology has advanced to the point families can forego pregnancy altogether, or help families conceive through less traditional means. Though many of us are used to the reproductive advances that have been made available throughout the years, it’s…
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Sunday 26 February 2017
News Politics World

Feminist News Round-Up 26.02.17

Eden Faithfull
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  Brazilian Carnivale Addresses Political Issues The Brazilian festival ‘Carnivale’ has taken a turn for the political this year, with the raucous celebration usually turning a blind eye to current and international events. Organisers of the festival and revelers alike tackled big topics of sexism, homophobia, Donald Trump and the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff. Some…
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Friday 24 February 2017
Film

film review: jackie

Rosie Hunt
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Academy Awards season is well and truly upon us, and now is the time to indulge in as many nominated pictures as physically possible. With nominations for Best Actress, Best Original Music Score, and Best Costume Design, Pablo Larraín’s biopic Jackie should absolutely be on every film goer’s list. From the first minute of the…
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Wednesday 22 February 2017
Film

film review: elle

Samantha Armatys
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Content note: This review includes discussion of rape. Pained gargles ring out over a black screen and before colours fade in, the image of a brutal attack already conjured. So begins Elle, Paul Verhoeven’s multilayered and genre-defying latest offering. Dark rape revenge thriller, black comedy, or cutting social commentary?  Well, that all depends on who…
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Tuesday 21 February 2017
Music

keeping the imagination alive: post-capitalism, feminist sci-fi and optimism with katie stelmanis of austra

Samantha Armatys
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‘Connie got up from her kitchen table and walked slowly to the door…’ So begins Marge Piercy’s feminist sci-fi classic, Woman on the Edge of Time, an allegorical tale of a woman who can communicate with the future and in doing so stirs a yearning for a more egalitarian world.  I am reading it at…
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Monday 20 February 2017
Featured Memoir

memoir: the blister

Emma Brooker
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It was a painful blister, on the arc of my right foot. It was one that had stopped me wearing closed in shoes for a week. It was red raw and puffed up and as big as a 20 cent piece. It had happened as all good blisters do. Having fun. My husband and I…
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Sunday 19 February 2017
News

feminist news round-up 19.02.17

Josephine Mandarano
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Women can avoid rape by staying at home, says Indian politician This just in: your vagina is like a car and to avoid “accidents”, it’s best you keep it parked at home. At least that’s what Indian politician Kodela Shiva Prasad said while speaking at a press conference before the National Women’s Parliament in Amravati. ‘When…
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Friday 17 February 2017
Film

interview: lisa rose, queer screen president

Eden Faithfull
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With the 24th Mardi Gras Film Festival kicking off in Sydney this week, Lip’s Eden Faithfull chatted with Queer Screen President Lisa Rose about this year’s program. The festival runs from 15 February – 2 March and includes screenings in Sydney, Canberra, and regional NSW. Find out more at queerscreen.org.au.   You have created an…
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Friday 17 February 2017
Featured

self-help, beauty privilege, and the truth about confidence

Rosalind Moran
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Confidence is widely considered an excellent quality. It’s associated with communication skills, social suavity, and success. Studies even show that people possessing strong self-confidence earn more money than their less confident counterparts. Is it any surprise, therefore, that capitalist Western culture in particular places such emphasis on self-esteem? Self-help culture has grown from the notion…
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