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Tuesday 1 November 2016
Feminism Opinion

icymi: weight watchers solves problem weight watchers created

Aisling Philippa
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According to Weight Watchers, recent findings have revealed that 63 per cent of Australian women believe a good sex life is important to an individual’s overall wellbeing – not unlike the content we see in some popular women’s magazines. However, about a quarter of these Australian women report having avoided sexual activity on at least…
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Saturday 8 October 2016
Featured Feminism

defying the beauty bias: body-image in claymation and documentary

Suzanne Verrall
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Popular culture is full of images pressuring us to conform to so-called acceptable ways of being. These ideas are so all-pervading they become the norm and we forget that the stories we hear through our favourite characters are a deliberate social construction. Such as when we assert the stereotype that all fat people are lazy….
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Wednesday 13 July 2016
Celebrity Culture Featured Music

what lana del rey teaches us about the “perfect” girl

Iryna Byelyayeva
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With today’s power and abundance of social media, it’s very rare to discover an artist’s music without already having some sort of preconceived idea about what you’ll think of them. Lana Del Rey’s music has always been clouded for me with the pervasive opinion that she’s a fake. Little criticism about Lana Del Rey’s career…
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Wednesday 27 January 2016
Health Life Opinion

beauty and confidence: working in a ‘plus sized’ clothing shop

Findley Pollock
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  ‘Larger women have to try harder to look good,’ a stressed and frazzled mother said to her 12-year-old daughter, Rosie*. Rosie was a confident young girl, who embraced her body. She was, however, challenged by her mother’s harsh words. I feel for Rosie, being told the way you feel is not necessarily how you are…
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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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Friday 8 May 2015
Fashion Feminism Opinion

spanx: how can shapewear be ‘feminist’?

Alison Maher
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  Don’t get me started on Spanx. I hate that the models they use to advertise their shapewear don’t have any reason to be wearing the Spanx in the first place. By reason, I mean that they don’t have any of the bodily attributes that this product is designed to hide. I’ll quickly clarify that…
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Thursday 16 April 2015
Featured Feminism Health Opinion

don’t wash your box, love your box

Sarah Iuliano
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On the rear of my car, there is a sticker declaring how much I love my box. I’m not just talking about the hatchback or the boxes of wine it is meant to denote (cheers, university Goonion.) This sticker also connotes the admiration I have for my vagina, my vulva and all the other intricate…
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Tuesday 2 December 2014
Sexuality

back to ba(sex): body shaming and sex

Sarah Iuliano
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It seems wherever we look in our increasingly media-consuming society, body shaming abounds. From songs that shame one bodily extreme to the other – ‘skinny’ or ‘fat’– and the eternal homage to anaconda-like penises (which, coincidentally, profess to not perform where a big booty is lacking), there’s an endless string of having to fit in…
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Monday 27 October 2014
Culture News

Girlfriend releases body image policy online

Bridget Conway
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Girlfriend magazine won the government’s Positive Body Image award for Media and Entertainment in 2012 for their efforts in portraying images of young women that are inspirational and truthful. In a world where young women are still constantly receiving an influx of negative images of bodies such as super skinny fashion models and skin perfected…
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Tuesday 8 July 2014
Life Opinion

australia’s children: physical dissatisfaction beginning at eight

Chloe King
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  In a recent study conducted by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, dissatisfactions of the physical appearance of the body have been discovered to be evident in children as young as eight years old. These kinds of body image issues, affecting both men and women, are perfect representations of the impact of the media…
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Wednesday 11 June 2014
Health Opinion

when did we all become so obsessed with thigh gaps anyway?

Alexis Gordon
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My mum says that when she was a little girl and she was late to school (as usual), she would have to tear across the cornfield next to her house to make it to the bus. One winter, when the field was slick with ice and snow and she was running to the bus, she…
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Tuesday 10 June 2014
Memoir

high school sweetheart

Augusta Wise
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She’s fourteen – though she is often mistaken for twelve – and a mixture of insecurity and confidence is etched into her movements. A freshman in a tiny Texas town, she tiptoes through the halls of her high school quietly and curiously.  She’s not quite sure how to carry herself – this body of a…
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Tuesday 6 May 2014
Health

is your fixation on #cleaneating and over-exercising actually an eating disorder?

Simone Murcutt
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It seems like everyone is addicted to fitness and healthy eating these days. Once labelled ‘lazy’, our society, with its fixation on health and fitness, sure has come a long way. But when is it too much? Orthorexia is the latest – yet unofficial – term for being overly obsessive with clean eating and exercising….
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Wednesday 30 April 2014
Arts Fashion

fashfest designer profile: the darling sisters

lip magazine
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    Name: Maria Ramsden and Leanne Dempsey Label: The Darling Sisters Web address and/or FB address: www.thedarlingsisters.com   Where are you based?  Gold Creek, Nicholls, ACT How did you get into fashion and what do you love about it compared to other types of design? We are not designers but heritage professionals with a…
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