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Monday 8 September 2014
Memoir

memoir: no matter how small

Gena LeBlanc
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(TW: graphic bodily descriptions) I remember that my mother and I were out running errands, but not much else. I can’t tell you the time of day or year, if the leaves crinkled as their rust-coloured corpses tumbled through the sky, or if the scent of summer honeysuckle hung so thick you could almost taste…
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Monday 8 September 2014
Health

giving endometriosis sufferers choice: bayer pushed for drug sale in australia

Sarah Iuliano
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  As feminists, we believe women should have choices. We believe nothing should stand in the way of a woman living life as best she can. For the half a million Australian women diagnosed with the debilitating disease endometriosis, their autonomy is currently being compromised by pharmaceutical company Bayer. Bayer is considering bringing the drug…
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Monday 8 September 2014
Featured

festival of dangerous ideas: surrogacy and the rights of surrogates and children

Shaza Barbar
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At Sydney’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas last weekend, the question was asked: is surrogacy child trafficking? Swedish journalist Kajsa Ekis Ekman thinks so. She argues that surrogacy is a form of female oppression based on sex and reproduction, regardless of whether it’s for commercial or altruistic reasons, as it requires women to renounce their interests…
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Sunday 7 September 2014
Featured Life

a father’s day reminder to celebrate your dad and make every day count

Holly Lazzari
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In celebration of Father’s Day, Holly Lazzari shares a story about her dad and reminds us to appreciate the people we have in our lives. I’ll admit it; I’m a complete Daddy’s girl. My dad and I find the same things funny, we always have stuff to chat about, we have loads in common, and a…
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Saturday 6 September 2014
Film

film review: predestination

Bridget Conway
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Looking for a gender-swapping, time-travelling, visual and narrative roller coaster ride? Then look no further than the Aussie-made flick Predestination, out now in cinemas. Written and directed by Brisbane-based brothers Michael and Peter Spierig, and based on a short story, All You Zombies, by renowned sci-fi author Robert A. Heinlein, Predestination does not disappoint. Staring…
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Friday 5 September 2014
Arts Books Column

the bookshelf diaries: alexandra storey

Lou Heinrich
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The Bookshelf Diaries takes a peek into the reading life of writers, readers and book lovers. Today, Lip writer Alexandra Storey allows us a nose through her favourites.   What are you reading right now? I’m currently reading Fanny Burney’s Camilla. It’s the first of her novels I’ve read, and I’m really enjoying it so far, even though I’m about 100…
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Thursday 4 September 2014
Arts Books Culture

NoViolet Bulawayo and NYWF

Lauren Strickland
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That great storytelling can have huge effect upon a reader – that books can allow us the possibility of transportation, escape, discovery – is why so many people braved the uninviting weather to come to the National Young Writers Festival 2014 launch on a rainy Tuesday night. That, and for the chance to hear Zimbabwean…
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Wednesday 3 September 2014
Health

well…what? polycystic ovarian syndrome

Cin Peeler
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When I was a kid there was a family of four girls who would take turns babysitting us. The eldest sister was about 19 and had coarse hair on her face, was a little bit overweight and, to be honest, I thought she looked strange. It turned out she had polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), and…
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Tuesday 2 September 2014
Featured Politics

let them eat historical inaccuracies: in defence of marie antoinette

Lauren Farquhar
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‘Let them buy petrol’ The line makes little, if any, sense. The corresponding image is, sadly, a bit dumb for Greens party MP Adam Bandt. As shown below, the meme features a famous portrait of a 12 year old Marie Antoinette, which has been crudely photoshopped to have Joe Hockey’s face over it. It parodies…
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Tuesday 2 September 2014
Sexuality

back to ba(sex): asexuality is ace

Sarah Iuliano
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Sex, sex, sex. As a sex positive person, I endeavour to learn about the who, what, when, where, why and how of many sexualities. Living as this sort of person in regional Australia, I have never expected my town to be a haven for alternative lifestyles and ideas. Hoped – yes; expected – no. So…
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Monday 1 September 2014
Feminism Opinion

feminist of the week: sophie verass

lip magazine
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  Name: Sophie Verass Age: 26 Occupation: Radio Presenter and Writer Location/Hometown: Canberra, Australia Describe yourself in one word: #freethenipple What inspires you? My friends. I feel very fortunate to have so many interesting and engaging people in my life. Whether they’re discussing gender in Government or chewing my ear off about DnB music, I…
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Monday 1 September 2014
Featured

universities, sexual assault and the trouble with “bad apples”

Shannon Clarke
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Late last month, police in Thunder Bay, a small city in northwestern Ontario, Canada charged two students from the University of Ottawa hockey team with sexual assault. Both men, David Foucher, 25, and Guillaume Donovan, 24, were in Thunder Bay for an away game against Lakehead University when they allegedly assaulted a 21-year-old woman. The…
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Friday 29 August 2014
Arts Books Opinion

the bookshelf diaries: sam george-allen

Lou Heinrich
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The Bookshelf Diaries takes a peek into the reading life of writers, readers and book lovers. This week, editor at Scum Mag Sam George-Allen exposes her literary loves. What are you reading right now? I’m finally reading a Junot Diaz novel - The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. I’ve read his short fiction before but this is the first chance…
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Thursday 28 August 2014
Arts Theatre

theatre review: highway of lost hearts

Jess Oliver
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Presented by Mary Ann Butler and ARTBACK NT, Highway of Lost Hearts is a one-woman theatre production that explores love, loss and the process of grieving. Written and performed by award winning Darwin based playwright Mary Anne Butler and directed by Lee Lewis, the production is as humorous as it is gut-wrenching and infused with…
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