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Wednesday 23 April 2014
Featured Opinion

the pressures of instafame: a chat with asher britton

Adriana Barro
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*Trigger alert: Discussion of eating disorders and self-harm* The idea of being an online celebrity has surely crossed the minds of many social media users during those lonely afternoons when a selfie with your dog only attracted one like – from your sister. Although it may seem glamorous to be followed by thousands upon thousands…
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Friday 11 April 2014
Fashion News

in brief: fashion editors want us to stop talking about the models and talk about the clothes

Kezia Lubanszky
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Some of the most influential people of Australian Fashion Week think we should stop talking about the models, and talk about the clothes. While we’ve all been shocked at Alex Perry’s choice to book dangerously underweight model, Cassi Van Den Dungen, it seems we should be talking about how fabulous Australian clothing is instead. Unfortunately,…
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Thursday 27 February 2014
Health News

rising use of methamphetamine among young women tied to desire to lose weight

Eileen McInnes
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The increased use of the methamphetamine, ice, has links to weight loss and body image problems, according to Triple J’s Hack program. ‘A bunch of callers and texters told us that ice isn’t just being used to get high, it is also being used to lose weight,’ said Sarah McVeigh. It isn’t a lie that…
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Monday 17 February 2014
Culture Featured Feminism Get Involved Health Life

lip-readings : the weight-loss resolution

Shalailah Medhora
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At our recent Lip-readings event in Canberra on January 24, SBS Press Gallery Producer/Reporter Shalailah Medhora gave the following speech on the complex issue of weight loss and women. Told with her unique voice, her talk painted a frighteningly realistic picture of the body image issues that plague so many women – and we’re excited…
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Wednesday 12 February 2014
Featured

empress elisabeth of austria: was the 19th century monarchy just as bad as today’s media?

Courtney Iseman
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Any time her weight began to creep past 110 pounds, she enacted a “hunger cure” by fasting. When told she needed the nutrients from meat, she settled on having its juice squeezed into a soup to avoid actually eating it. She exercised obsessively – she had balance beams in her bedroom so she could work…
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Tuesday 21 January 2014
Opinion

the selfie generation: is it really vanity or are we just being judgemental?

Kaylia Payne
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Publisher of Mamamia, Mia Freedman, posed the following question in an article on January 13: Are selfies vain? To which she a responded with an enthusiastic ‘hell yeah they are!’ – with many of the commenters on her article in full agreement with this sentiment. The Oxford Dictionary defines vain as ‘having or showing an…
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Sunday 15 December 2013
Memoir

memoir: wax on, wax off

Dzenana Vucic
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There is a woman applying hot wax to my arsehole. I’m on a massage table, lying on my side facing a stark white wall. And there is a woman applying hot wax to my arsehole. She’s asked me to bring my knees to my chest and ‘pull up’ with a hand on my right buttocks….
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Friday 13 December 2013
News

in brief: special K fights ‘fat talk’

Amy Nicholls-Diver
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Special K has launched a campaign to fight so-called ‘fat talk’ – comments from women harshly critiquing their own bodies. In a new advertisement titled ‘Shhhhut Down Fat Talk,’ the cereal brand filled a clothing store with placards quoting negative tweets and other online commentary. The ad shows women entering the store, reading the signs,…
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Monday 11 November 2013
Featured

hefty lasses don’t need to apologise

Felicity Cull
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I just read Suzanne Rofe’s piece on negotiating life as a “hefty lass”.  I understand everything she had to say. But I am sad that I do. I was once with a friend and we were indulging ourselves by watching the trite rom com about death, Moonlight and Valentino (featuring Jon Bon Jovi). A character…
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Friday 8 November 2013
Opinion

blubbershield: the advantages of navigating the world as a hefty lass

Suzanne Rofe
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I’m a hefty lass, which has some unexpected advantages. Granted, there are some sizable (hehe) negatives as well – very serious ones. We’re all familiar with the various problems that a larger dress size brings. What I never would have thought, as a young and slim 20-year-old, is that being bigger would make me a…
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Tuesday 5 November 2013
Opinion

the lip crew on body image

lip magazine
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“To lose confidence in one’s body is to lose confidence in oneself.” — Simone de Beauvoir * ‘I like my body. There, I said it, *middle finger to everyone who ever called me a plethora of sizeist insults*. It’s not model-grade thin or athletic, and it’s not perfectly curvaceous like Christina Hendricks’, but it’s a…
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Saturday 12 October 2013
Featured News

‘fit’ or ‘soft’: how the new ‘beautiful’ is still damaging to women

Sarah Iuliano
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Behold, Lipsters, a new study pronouncing which body shapes are in and which are out has been published online. The survey conducted by online women’s mag SoFeminine found ‘fit’ and ‘soft’ looks are coming into fashion in the UK, despite fashion itself most often ignoring these bodies. To give you visuals, the Daily Mail describes…
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Friday 6 September 2013
Memoir

memoir: of moose and women

Kaiyuh Rose Cornberg
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This piece is an excerpt from Ambivalent at Best, a longer memoir work. Every summer my family and I spent time in the Alaskan wilderness, living in a cabin my father had built in the 1970s, which we improved and amended over the course of about six summers. The first summer there I was nine…
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Saturday 3 August 2013
Culture

memoir: snowboarding as therapy

Helen Taylor
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  things I learned in a Whistler winter I was twenty-three when I moved to Whistler in British Columbia, Canada. I moved on little more than a whim and a vague sense of the urgency to change what had become dangerously apathetic circumstances. My younger brothers had both spent time in that part of the…
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