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Wednesday 1 April 2015
Sexuality

back to ba(sex): a foray into polyamory, part one

Sarah Iuliano
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‘Sex-crazed, emotionless boors’: this is just one insult levelled at people identifying as polyamorous. FYI, polyamory is more than fucking – but a diverse sex life is all part of the fun. Over the next two columns, we look at polyamory, a new paradigm of how to “do” relationships that has been growing in awareness…
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Tuesday 31 March 2015
Travel

on the run, on my own: the long way ’round

Jo Williams
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When I think of backpacking, I think of dragging a battered backpack along the road and changing from buses to trains to coaches to trains to buses. I’m not sure if this next admission will make me lose my Backpacker Cool Points (Ha… like I had any of them) but in the whole time I’ve…
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Tuesday 31 March 2015
Featured Sexuality

feminist friendly: is spanking okay?

Katerina Bryant
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Before 50 Shades of Grey inspires you to go paddle shopping, I feel like I should butt in (see what I did there?). It’s actually kind of hard to tell whether spanking is: (a) the mark of a free woman who apologises to no one in search of her own pleasure, or (b) the patriarchy…
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Monday 30 March 2015
Arts Fashion

double denim: in defense of

Sidney Shaw
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In this article we will be tackling the age-old question: is it acceptable to wrap your legs with denim and subsequently wrap your arms with denim too? I am here today to tell you, abso-fucking-lutely. For those of you who have already tuned out after reviewing my hyphenated proclamation, adieu and best of luck to…
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Friday 27 March 2015
Fashion

a movement in the making: vamff contemporary designers

Ad Hoc
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Recently, The Wheeler Centre hosted Fashion Critique: Fact or Fiction?, a panel proposing that while social media has increased the public’s steady obsession with fashion, via the frenzied one-click sharing that turns a designer from unknown to ‘must-have’ overnight, the online conversation has not increased the serious critique of fashion as a cultural position or…
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Friday 27 March 2015
Art Arts

memories for sale: interview with ad hoc

Sophia Flo Dacy-Cole
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Ad Hoc, a Conceptual New Media artist, is selling her memories in an online auction listing on Ebay, Memories For Sale. Up for grabs are a collection of objects, such as letters, photographs, and one-off items. Every single one represents the good and bad moments of the artist’s life. Lip caught up with Ad Hoc…
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Thursday 26 March 2015
Music

album review: pretend you’re mine, pearls

Tessa Ryan
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Melbourne band Pearls has just released an album that’s sure to leave a lasting impression on listeners. For a debut album to make such a bold statement about a band’s identity is a huge achievement in itself, but Ellice, Cass and Ryan have made the task seem a lot easier than it probably is. Seemingly…
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Thursday 26 March 2015
Arts Books

Lip lit: the first bad man

Margot McGovern
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Miranda July sees the world askew. In her work as a writer, filmmaker and visual artist, she peeks behind exterior lives to look at the secret inner world. Though often unsettling, her work emboldens the meek and celebrates the weird. Preceded by her award-winning short story collection No One Belongs Here More Than You (2007),…
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Friday 20 March 2015
News

in brief: experts reiterate gender equality impossible without sexual and reproductive health and rights

Sarah Iuliano
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An old refrain has rung loud and true this week: sexual and reproductive health and rights are integral to the empowerment of women. A number of organisations congregated in New York on Monday to discuss the role of said health care and rights in women’s lives at an International Planned Parenthood Foundation forum. Western Hemisphere…
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Friday 20 March 2015
Featured

i was assaulted because…

Sidney Shaw
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When I was sixteen years old, I was assaulted. I had attended the Williamstown High School formal. It was past midnight, and my friends and I were walking through a dimly lit street towards home. I was shocked and paralysed with fear as a bottle of Carlton Draught smashed against my bare back from the…
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Wednesday 18 March 2015
Music

album review: sometimes I sit and think and sometimes I just sit, courtney barnett

Eloise Baker
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My interest in Courtney Barnett was first piqued because she reminded me of fellow Melbournians, Lower Plenty. I fell swiftly in love with her music because it is strong, wry and steers clear of the ‘music for the masses, perform and grin routine’. Sometimes I Sit And Think and Sometimes I Just Sit is Courtney’s…
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Wednesday 18 March 2015
Featured Politics World

women behind bars: racial bias in Australia and the US

Katerina Bryant
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‘[Prison] relieves us of the responsibility of seriously engaging with the problems of our society, especially those produced by racism and, increasingly, global capitalism.’ ­– Angela Davis In Western Australia last year, 22-year-old Julieka Dhu, who was jailed for an unpaid $1000 parking fine, died. Dhu complained to police about severe pain, vomiting and partial…
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Tuesday 17 March 2015
Get Involved Health

get involved: supporting women’s leadership in our region

Hannah Gissane
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Meet a woman who is championing the rights of women living with HIV in Papua New Guinea. Sylvia John is a 33 year old women’s rights activist living with HIV in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. A few years ago, Sylvia knew something wasn’t right. She happened to be attending an awareness talk at her…
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Tuesday 17 March 2015
Sexuality

back to ba(sex): 50 shades of consent

Sarah Iuliano
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  The most painful whipping anyone in the BDSM community has ever handled is the defamation the lifestyle has suffered at the hands of EL James. The 50 Shades of Grey author has crafted a public relations nightmare for a community that does not necessarily have communications professionals to put forward its interests, particularly in…
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