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Tuesday 10 June 2014
Arts Books

lip lit: the loud earth

Margot McGovern
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It can be tough for young writers to get a break, even when they are extremely talented. For publishers, they are a risk, and unfortunately many publishers feel they can take only a limited number of risks. Express Media is a rare exception, being entirely devoted to providing young Australian writers with opportunities. Its recent Hologram…
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Tuesday 10 June 2014
Featured Opinion

selling women short: the censorship of female bodies

Alice McShane
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Five-centimetres. Floor. Fingertip length. Another day, another arbitrary distinction between proper and improper attire for women. The ejection of Virginia teen, Clare, 17, from her homecoming prom dance last month clearly demonstrates that somehow the message is just not getting through that women are not to blame for the way men react to their bodies….
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Tuesday 10 June 2014
News

the new toy scientists: Lego releases new range of female minifigures

Karla Gamero Gomez
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Lego has just announced the creation of a set of female scientists ready to be sold in their Series 11 Lego Minifigures. The toys will feature female scientists and their lab tools will be devoid of the colour pink. The idea had been submitted by Stockholm geochemist Dr. Ellen Kooijman and won over many other…
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Sunday 8 June 2014
Memoir

memoir: secondhand fear

Naz Jacobs
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How do I paint this picture, in ink strokes that become words, of how all three of my closest friends were separately raped before any of them turned twenty? Not one of their attackers was ever brought to justice. It serves as little wonder then, why I — as the only one amongst them who…
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Sunday 8 June 2014
Column Film

kickass feminists on film: katniss everdeen of the hunger games

Jade Bate
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Everyone knows that complex and empowering female characters are difficult to find in mainstream films. But there are some who have stood out and become the changing faces of feminism in cinema. In this monthly column, Jade Bate looks at her favourite film heroines who are strong, empowering and kickass. When I first told my…
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Saturday 7 June 2014
Film TV

edie falco on ageing

Serena Walton
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Edie Falco has enjoyed a long career in Hollywood, in an industry that places great emphasis on beauty and youthful appearance. In a recent interview about ageing whether or not it had affected her career, Falco commented on Hollywood’s ageism, and her own experiences in the industry. ‘It continues to get better and more rewarding…
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Friday 6 June 2014
Feminism Politics

where have all the good (feminists) gone? the response to clive palmer’s comments on paid parental leave

Alice Ridge
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  ‘Why should Australian citizens and businesses be taxed, and working women discriminated against, just so that the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff can receive a massive benefit when she gets pregnant?’ This accusatory rhetorical posed by Clive Palmer in a parliamentary debate on Monday has been the talk of the town this week.  As…
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Friday 6 June 2014
Art Arts Comedy Theatre

theatre review: it’s dark outside

Jess Oliver
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Until Sunday June 8, Canberra’s The Street Theatre presents It’s Dark Outside, a new piece of Australian theatre that combines puppetry, animation, mask work and a fabulous score. Commissioned by the Perth Theatre Company and created by WA trio Arielle Gray, Chris Isaacs and Tim Watts, It’s Dark Outside is a beautifully realized story of…
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Thursday 5 June 2014
Fashion Featured Get Involved

ethical, affordable and accessible: the fabric social

Marissa Paine
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  1000 Pound Bend on Lonsdale Street in Melbourne’s CBD is packed when I arrive to chat to Fiona and Sharna of The Fabric Social, a startup born from the feminist peace movement that is currently doing the rounds on crowdfunding site, Pozible. In the backroom of the café, the opening night of the Emerging…
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Wednesday 4 June 2014
Film

film review: maleficent

Caitlin Gordon-King
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Trigger warning for discussions of sexual violence When I was a kid, I was given a Sleeping Beauty doll. She came with pink pouty lips, long lashes, and a switch at the back that made her eyes flutter open and closed – but for all the deluxe features, Disney forgot that women have bendable knee…
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Wednesday 4 June 2014
Travel

on the run, on my own: ‘i take it you’ve climbed from the bottom?’

Jo Williams
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I knew there was a reason I packed my hiking boots. After my three week fling with Sydney, I felt like I needed to get out of the city. Luckily, for a mere $8 you can jump on a two-hour train journey to the Blue Mountains. As soon as I touched down in Sydney I…
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Wednesday 4 June 2014
Arts Theatre

grounded: an interview with actress kate cole

Sophie Lamond
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  From 11 June- 12 July this year, the Red Stitch Actors Theatre will present the Australian premiere of Grounded, an internationally acclaimed play written by George Brant and directed by Kirsten von Bibra. Grounded is a solo-drama that tells the story of an F16 fighter pilot, played by Kate Cole.  A  rock star of the…
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Wednesday 4 June 2014
Arts Books Opinion

books you should have read by now: rebecca

Margot McGovern
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Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca (1938) is one of those books that still excites people years after their first reading. When I posted on Facebook that I was revisiting it, friends responded with digital squees and great laments that they could not relive the experience of reading it for the first time. I too wish I…
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Tuesday 3 June 2014
Column Sport

chicks with balls: the matildas

Ally Van Schilt
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  Join Lip’s Ally Van Schilt for her new fortnightly column for all things women’s sport! Every four years, sporting mad Australians go into a frenzy about the FIFA World Cup, the Australian team’s chances, the green and gold gear comes on in force, and sporting channels tend to be watched in all hours of…
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