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Wednesday 4 December 2013
Arts Music

album review: a brief introduction to unnatural light years, oliver wilde

Marissa Paine
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The first sounds we hear on Oliver Wilde’s A Brief Introduction to Unnatural Light Years are pulsating vibrations, closely followed by delicate instrumentals, after which Oliver’s voice fills the spaces these sounds are creating. The lyrics are languid and the track, called ‘Curve (Good Grief)’ is a pretty good indicator of what’s to come. Previously…
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Wednesday 4 December 2013
News

in brief: women predisposed to multitasking, finds study

Matilda Mornane
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Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania have compared hundreds of people’s brains, arriving at the conclusion that the female brain is predisposed to be better at multitasking than the male brain. In contrast, men’s brains have been found to be much better at concentrating on single complex tasks. After scanning the brains of 949 men…
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Wednesday 4 December 2013
News

in brief: abortion law reforms may give more power to doctors

Matilda Mornane
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The Liberal state council of Victoria has called for a change to a section of the Abortion Law Reform Act, in which it is mandatory for doctors with a “conscientious objection” to abortion to refer women to medical practitioners with no objections. The Victorian Liberal Party state council has now passed the motion to overhaul…
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Tuesday 3 December 2013
News

in brief: commonwealth’s challenge to ACT same-sex marriage laws has begun

Matilda Mornane
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In late October, the ACT Legislative Assembly passed a law allowing same-sex couples to get married. The first weddings under the new law are due to take place next Saturday and today, the High Court has heard the Commonwealth’s challenge to the new marriage law. The main question under review is whether or not the…
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Tuesday 3 December 2013
News

in brief: PETA markets vegan lifestyle for women “too fat” for the morning after pill

Matilda Mornane
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PETA has once again conducted a misguided (and, frankly, rather disgusting) attempt at marketing a vegan diet. The animal rights group has taken recent news that a certain brand of the morning after pill doesn’t work for larger women, and used it alongside a new campaign promoting the vegan lifestyle that they firmly stand by….
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Tuesday 3 December 2013
News Politics World

in brief: republican party tweet typo sparks flurry of comments

Bridget Conway
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  Perhaps some Americans had a bit too much turkey and stuffing last week, or maybe the Republican Party just needs to hire an intern to check spelling and grammar mistakes on social media. Nonetheless, Sunday proved to be an interesting day on Twitter with the GOP tweeting a photo of Rosa Parks with the…
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Tuesday 3 December 2013
Politics World

those certain females: democracy and the rule of law – aung san suu kyi in melbourne

Veronica Sullivan
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In a moving ceremony on Saturday 30 November, Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from Monash University. The award serves as recognition of the impact she has made in the global struggle for human rights and democracy. Aung San Suu Kyi is one of the most impressive and significant political…
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Tuesday 3 December 2013
Arts Film Sexuality

film review: adoration

Claire Gaynor
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Australian filmmakers seem to have a penchant for creating either self-deprecating comedies or hard-hitting dramas. Perhaps the intention behind Australian film is to shatter a myth; to uncover the tensions lurking beneath the perfect Australian façade, or to break the illusion of the idyllic seaside. It’s clear that Australian-made erotic drama Adoration—albeit by a French…
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Tuesday 3 December 2013
Art News

street art in response to street harassment

lip magazine
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Most women could say that they have been harassed on the street in one way or another in their lifetime. Whether that be in the form of unwanted verbal slurs, or eyes that tend to linger and follow you. I myself, just a couple of weeks ago, while walking my dog during the day in…
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Monday 2 December 2013
Health News World

in brief: woman forcibly sedated and given caesarean

Ruby Grant
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In what is becoming an international legal row, it has become apparent that an Italian woman visiting Britain was forcibly sedated and given an caesarean section after experiencing a mental breakdown. Last year, while visiting the UK on a two-week business trip, a pregnant Italian woman with a preexisting bipolar disorder experienced panic attacks, and…
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Monday 2 December 2013
Feminism Opinion

feminist of the week: rebecca shaw (AKA brocklesnitch)

Junene Taylor
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Name: Rebecca Shaw AKA Brocklesnitch Age: 31 Occupation: Freelance Writer/Office Pleb/Town moron Hometown: Brisbane Website: brocklesnitch.squarespace.com Describe yourself in one word: Absurd What is your feminist philosophy? I dunno, do misandry a lot I guess? No, my feminist philosophy is something that is constantly evolving as I learn more. A couple of years ago I…
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Sunday 1 December 2013
Health News

in brief: government approves new long-acting contraceptive

Ruby Grant
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In order to address high rates of abortion in Australia, the government has approved a new long-lasting intra-uterine contraceptive. Recent studies have found that approximately 70 000 women undergo abortions in Australia each year, 60 per cent of whom were using a form of contraception at the time. Data from South Australia and Western Australia…
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Saturday 30 November 2013
News World

in brief: UNFPA focus on women’s health and safety in aftermath of typhoon haiyan

Danielle Scoins
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As the Philippines struggles to deal with the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, which ripped through the country two weeks ago, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is focusing on re-establishing women’s health and safety services. The nation’s death toll stands at 5,200 people and is expected to rise. Millions of others have been displaced, resulting…
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Saturday 30 November 2013
Health News

in brief: US supreme court to hear challenge against healthcare plans including birth control

Bridget Conway
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The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge from corporations that believe the recent Affordable Care Act (ACA) shouldn’t provide access to free birth control including the pill and IUDs. Hobby Lobby, a craft store chain, and Conestoga Wood, a cabinet manufacturer, are the two companies that are challenging the Act based upon…
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