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Monday 17 March 2014
Opinion

feminist of the week: arisa koyama

Monica Hunasikatti
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Name: Arisa Koyama Age: 20 Occupation: Student Hometown:  Herndon, Virginia, USA Describe yourself in one word: Understanding What is your feminist philosophy? Treat everyone and everything with respect. For me, feminism isn’t about everyone having an equal outcome (who gets to choose which outcome is best? People have different values and therefore don’t want the…
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Sunday 16 March 2014
News

feminist news round-up: 16.03.14

Amy Nicholls-Diver
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The fetishization of Lupita Nyong’o Buzzfeed staff look at the language surrounding our obsession with Lupita Nyong’o in this thought-provoking article, investigating the line between admiration and objectification. Best quotes: ‘I’d argue that Hollywood — which is really just America with better makeup — doesn’t have a vocabulary for discussing black beauty in a way…
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Saturday 15 March 2014
Culture Featured World

the very real consequences of living on stolen land

Shannon Clarke
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For a while, her name and picture were everywhere. In Nova Scotia, literally, on papers covering the province. Loretta Saunders, a 26-year-old criminology student disappeared on 13 February. She was writing her Masters thesis on the hundreds of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. Saunders, originally from Labrador and studying at Saint Mary’s University…
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Friday 14 March 2014
News

in brief: angelina jolie to have more preventative surgery for cancer

Sarah Iuliano
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Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie is set to undergo more surgery to reduce her risk of cancer. The 38-year-old underwent a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction last year, after being diagnosed with the gene BRCA1 which put her at an 87 per cent risk of developing breast cancer. This risk was much higher than the average…
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Friday 14 March 2014
News

in brief: girl barred from school for eating disorder

Sarah Iuliano
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A 16-year-old British girl has been banned from her high school amid fears hear eating disorder could inspire copycat behaviour from peers. Lottie Twiselton spent one year in a clinic after almost succumbing to anorexia nervosa, before being cleared to start studying again. But she was barred from re-enrolling at the school she’d attended since…
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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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