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Friday 14 March 2014
Film

i am a girl: gendered experience around the world

Lou Heinrich
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‘I was taken to hospital to prove my virginity, and then to a hotel.’ Cambodian teenager Kimsey sold her virginity at 12 because her family needed money to eat. She lives in slum-like conditions with an abusive boyfriend and a mother who takes care of her daughter while she works. Kimsey is acquainted only with…
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Friday 14 March 2014
Featured Feminism Opinion

on feminism and footy: what role do women have to play in AFL?

Ally Van Schilt
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At the beginning of this month, I attended Cherchez La Femme’s monthly event in Melbourne, due to the fact that the combination of topics which were going to be discussed piqued my interest immediately: feminism and footy. On paper, the two seem like an unlikely match, and I think that that would be a fair…
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Friday 14 March 2014
Arts Comedy Culture Theatre

theatre review: cut snake

Jess Oliver
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Cut Snake is an award-winning, Australian theatre production presented in Canberra by Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, Canberra Youth Theatre and You Are Here; and produced by independent theatre company, ARTHUR. Combining cabaret, slapstick, acrobatics and sock puppetry, Cut Snake is a funny, poignant and wonderfully physical story about growing old, dying young and being extraordinary:…
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Thursday 13 March 2014
Arts

exhibition review: life captured

Rhiannon Tuffield-Skone
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  As human beings, we are able to feel and make sense of the world around us. We know what it is to experience joy and freedom and pain, and, most importantly, sympathy or empathy when we witness suffering. Yet when it comes to animal suffering, many of us are indifferent or can’t properly connect…
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Thursday 13 March 2014
Health News

the second sex: studies show persistent gender gaps in medical research

Ally Van Schilt
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It has been twenty years since legislation was passed which required adequate female representation in medical studies; however, recent studies have shown that a significant gender gap continues to exist in medical research. Researchers at the Connor’s Centre for Women’s Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Jacobs Institute at George…
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Wednesday 12 March 2014
News

in brief: lorde shuts down kyle sandilands’ homophobia

Kezia Lubanszky
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Kyle Sandilands has caused outrage again by making crude comments about Lorde’s relationship with fellow songstress Taylor Swift. In an interview with ‘The Kyle & Jackie O Show’ the 17-year-old was due to talk about her upcoming Australian tour. But the conversation quickly moved to Lorde’s personal life when Sandilands interrogated her about her friendship…
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Wednesday 12 March 2014
News

in brief: fashion line uses women PhDs rather than traditional models

Kezia Lubanszky
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Online clothing store, Betabrand, have wowed the public by advertising their spring collection through women with doctorates, rather than traditional models. To find models, the site sent out a request via social media. Sixty PhDs and doctoral candidates replied. Betabrand founder Chris Lindland said, ‘When you look beyond the ranks of the professionally beautiful, photography…
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Wednesday 12 March 2014
News World

in brief: massachusetts bans up-skirting

Matilda Mornane
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Massachusetts passed a bill last Thursday that bans ‘up-skirting’, in response to a recent ruling that said a law aimed at criminalising voyeurism did not apply to the snapping of secret photos up a woman’s skirt without her consent. The bill would make photographing or recording video under a person’s clothing illegal, and now goes…
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Wednesday 12 March 2014
News World

in brief: pussy riot members attacked with paint and rubbish

Matilda Mornane
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Two members of the Russian feminist punk protest group, Pussy Riot, were  attacked last week by several men at a McDonald’s restaurant in Nizhny Novgorod. In a video uploaded by the group, several men are seen attacking Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina with rubbish and green paint in syringes. They stand over the two women, emptying…
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Wednesday 12 March 2014
News

in brief: sheryl sandberg and other well known feminists want to ban the word ‘bossy’

Matilda Mornane
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Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg, has recruited some well-known friends and feminists to take aim at the way the word ‘bossy’ is used to describe women. Sandberg’s Ban Bossy campaign features friends like Beyoncé, Condolezza Rice and Jennifer Gargner, urging people not to describe girls and women as ‘bossy’ in a negative light, and instead commend…
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Wednesday 12 March 2014
Books

lip lit: tiddas

Lou Heinrich
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Anita Heiss, prolific author and Aboriginal activist, was in 2009 accused by columnist Andrew Bolt of being one of a group of ‘political aborigine[s]‘: white people who claim to be black. Bolt decided that Heiss only identified as a ‘member of the Wiradjuri nation’ to nab top jobs reserved for Indigenous people (disregarding her high…
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Tuesday 11 March 2014
News World

rural abortion providers in texas close, self-induced abortion attempts to rise

Ally Van Schilt
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The last two rural abortion providers in Texas have closed, following the state’s passing of an anti-choice law last summer, known as HB2. This law requires abortion doctors to obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital. The two clinics, both outposts of a network of abortion providers called Whole Women’s Health, stayed open with drastically…
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Monday 10 March 2014
News

in brief: study finds access to birth control does not encourage ‘risky’ sex

Ally Van Schilt
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According to a new study released this week by Obstetrics & Gynaecology journal in the United States, no-cost access to birth control does not encourage women to engage in risky or ‘promiscuous’ sexual behaviour. The study tracked the sexual behaviour of 7,751 women aged between 14 and 45 years, all of whom were given free…
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Monday 10 March 2014
Opinion

feminist of the week: clare welsh

Junene Taylor
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Name: Clare Welsh Age: 22 Occupation: Student and artist Location: Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States Describe yourself in one word: Brimming What is your feminist philosophy? Women’s rights are human rights. We cannot help the sex we are born with any more than we can help the colour of our skin. That some people should be…
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