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Monday 1 June 2015
Column Sexuality

back to ba(sex): learning about pleasure in sex ed would be a pleasure

Sarah Iuliano
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When I was 13, I had a very awkward conversation about the clitoris and masturbation with my mother. It was one of those parental chats where you’re inclined to scream ‘I know!’ at a certain point of their lecture so they’ll remove themselves from where they’re seated (usually beside you on your childhood bed) and…
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Sunday 31 May 2015
Film

film review: ex machina

Bridget Conway
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Will a self-conscious AI ever exist? Will we one day be surpassed by machines that are much smarter than us, machines that we made ourselves, machines that look in a mirror and recognise who they are? These are the never-ending questions that sci-fi keeps trying to answer, with novel adaptations like Blade Runner and I,…
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Saturday 30 May 2015
Featured Opinion

female-friendly fosters: beer, women and a misleading headline

Sidney Shaw
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Alan Clark, owner of SABMiller – a company responsible for Grolsch and Peroni, bought Australian beer brand, Fosters in 2011. Clark would rather women be consumers of the product nowadays than co-star scantily clad in television commercials and has blamed the common advertisements that frequented television sets throughout the 1980s for their lack of women…
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Friday 29 May 2015
News Politics Uncategorised World

news roundup: may 29, 2015

Kaylia Payne
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Tampon tax protest outside Parliament House On Thursday, approximately 50 people (including five dressed as tampons) gathered on the lawns outside Parliament House to lobby against the tampon tax. National debate about the tampon tax was reignited last Monday after campaigner Subeta Vimalarajah confronted Joe Hockey on Q&A, resulting in Mr Hockey pledging to push…
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Friday 29 May 2015
Film

film review: clouds of sils maria

Emma Robinson
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Clouds of Sils Maria displays the best of what French cinema can offer – the ability to tell a multi-layered story through the leanest of means.  This is not a fast paced film; it is a thoughtful, complex story that shows rather than tells its takeaway messages. This film tells the story of a love…
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Thursday 28 May 2015
Culture Featured Food

‘Nushe Jun’: cultural connections through food

Sanam Goodman
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Food has been a major part of my life for as long as I can remember. As a child growing up in a Middle Eastern home, not a day went by where delicious, comforting, and nourishing food was not enjoyed and celebrated. I have fond memories of waking up to the smell of warm cooked…
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Wednesday 27 May 2015
Arts Books

lip lit: girls will be girls

Jess Miller
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  Many people will recall the appearance of Emer O’Toole on This Morning in 2012, where she participated in a friendly debate over the importance of shaving body hair. For those who haven’t seen it, you can watch it here.  This video went viral, and O’Toole’s surprise at her fame led to the writing of…
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Wednesday 27 May 2015
Health

quick health tips: managing stress

Jade Manly
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According to the Stress and Wellbeing in Australia Survey 2014 conducted by the Australian Psychological Society, women reported significantly higher stress levels than men, with the top stressors including money, family and personal health. Whilst daily hassles are a normal part of life, extreme stress levels can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and other…
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Tuesday 26 May 2015
Art Arts

emerge in the west: review

Theertha Muralidhar
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Enter the bedazzling land of the West! On May 16th, Footscray’s Nicholson Street came alive with the rich cultures of Africa at Emerge in the West Festival.  Waves of vibrant traditions washed over me as I strolled through the avenue. A potpourri of emerging top artists hailing from Ethiopia, Sudan, South Africa, Papua New Guinea…
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Tuesday 26 May 2015
Arts Theatre

anna gardiner: interview

Alison Maher
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Shellshock is a Riverside Theatre production, running from the 30th July to the 8Th August. It’s directed by Justin Fleming and has a completely new script. The play follows the story of an Australian teenage boy and a tortoise named Herman, who just so happens to be the oldest Gallipoli survivor. I was lucky enough…
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Monday 25 May 2015
Art Arts

cosmic cuties: characters for change

Bridget Conway
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  Are you sick and tired of the constant imagery of skinny models with perfect skin plastered all over media? Well, we have all been sick of it for a while. But artist Mikhaila Nodel has decided to make images and put them into a zine, and these images inspire confidence for all girls and…
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Monday 25 May 2015
Arts Featured Feminism Sexuality

becoming cliterate: a celebration of female sexuality

Clara Borg
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Earlier this month, Huffington Post released CLITERACY, an interactive webpage dedicated purely to educating readers on the clitoris. The project aims to raise awareness of society’s alarming tendency to erase and undermine the intricacies of female sexuality. More specifically, it constitutes an examination of the clitoris on both a personal and societal level by providing…
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Sunday 24 May 2015
Arts Featured Health Sexuality

outing disability: dispelling myths about the sexuality of people with a disability

Natalie Rose Corrigan
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A few years ago I went rummaging on Amazon to find something that doesn’t cross most peoples’ minds. I purchased a book called The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability. I bought this book so I could flip through the pages and hopefully recognise a little bit of myself in them. Growing up with a…
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Saturday 23 May 2015
Film

film review: unfriended

Emma Robinson
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An exciting new take on the found footage trope (which, incidentally did not have its origins with The Blair Witch Project – Cannibal Holocaust capitalised on this style in 1980) has hit the cinemas. Unfriended blends perfect pacing with some Lord of the Flies style kill-or-be-killed mentalities. Unfriended takes place entirely through Skype chat and…
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