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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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Thursday 4 July 2013
Featured Film Get Involved

fatland: the movie

Siobhan
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‘I started daydreaming about a world with different beauty ideals from our own’, says film maker Tessa Musket about her 2012 film Fatland –  the story of a world where it’s cool to be fat. Fatland follows the life of Phoebe, a 19 year old girl who suffers from a disorder that prevents her from…
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Tuesday 2 July 2013
Arts Featured Get Involved

a beautiful body project: a chat with photographer jade beall

Lexie Bean
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How do we grow into our beautiful bodies when we don’t see real portrayals of them around us? A Beautiful Body Project uses photography and book-making to celebrate women who have bodies and stories and all things that maintain their beauty as they change. This week we spoke to Jade Beall, founder of the A…
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Friday 21 June 2013
Life Memoir

memoir: diagnosis

Theresa Kelly
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 **Trigger warning: Discussion of eating disorders** (middle school) The tiles were cold against my skin. In the pitch-black of the night, in our tiny box of a bathroom, I sprawled out. The scratchy blue rug – the old one my father had been begging my mother to throw away for years – acted as my…
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Thursday 13 June 2013
News

in brief: woman wins compensation for being fired after reporting bullying

Alexandra Storey
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  In September 2010, Abby Holt began working for Westpac as implementation manager.  Within weeks, she was being subjected to bullying by team leader Emily Lowson.  Holt, who weighed about 53 kilograms at the time of her employment, claims that Lowson referred to her as a ‘Breatharian,’ because she rarely ate at work.  Lowson also…
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Thursday 23 May 2013
Health Life Opinion

women’s clothing sizes: why are they designed to make us hate ourselves?

Zoya J. Patel
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For the sake of this article, I’m just going to assume that you’re a feminist. You may not be, and I guess that’s your call, but just put yourself in my shoes for a moment anyway. The other day, I ordered a new pair of jeans from an online store. I was pretty excited, as…
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Wednesday 22 May 2013
Culture Featured Health Life Opinion

‘nobody likes a fat-talker’: are women causing other women’s eating disorders?

Brianna Davidson
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To add a healthy dollop of guilt to our days, women are now being told we’re responsible for other women’s body image issues, maybe even their eating disorders. This week, researchers at the University of Notre Dame’s Body Image and Eating Disorder Lab revealed just how distasteful women are who dare to share their insecurities…
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Sunday 12 May 2013
Film News

in brief: backlash against brave star’s disney princess makeover

Cory Zanoni
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  Disney has announced a new Princess: Merida from Pixar’s Brave. They’ve given her a makeover to celebrate the promotion, and many of her fans believe the company has robbed the character of her very being. Their anger has led to a petition with more than 93,000 signatories. When Pixar and Disney released Brave in…
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Wednesday 8 May 2013
Opinion

self-esteem: it’s not just about looks

Kaylia Payne
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  Very few things get talked about more than ‘self-esteem’, or rather, the lack thereof. And after many news articles and prime-time television special reports, we are all very aware of the fact that when it comes to their looks, the majority of women (and men, I might add) are not feeling all that impressed…
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Monday 6 May 2013
Get Involved Health

ditch the diet and plate up the positives: the butterfly foundation and international no diet day

Ruth George
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  The pursuit of the ‘perfect’ body is not something new; one only needs to look at Classical Greek sculpture to realise that. And the idea that this kind of body exists and is attainable – if only we stick to the right diet – is a dangerous myth. Every week, it seems, a new diet…
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Monday 29 April 2013
Opinion

girl versus body

Emma Jones
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Hey body, It’s time for us to talk about your little renovations. I know you’re 25 now, and you’re thinking about settling down, but I’ve got a bone to pick with you. You’re too big for all of my clothes. I guess we could call this “retaliation”. I put you through a pretty hectic summer….
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Monday 22 April 2013
Health Life Opinion

weighing in on the weight debate

Kaylia Payne
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This is an article that I have been wanting to write for a long time, but have never known how to go about it. It was originally sparked by the fat acceptance movement – a movement designed to encourage acceptance of ALL body shapes. It is, for obvious reasons, a movement that I am strongly…
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Thursday 18 April 2013
Arts Books

lip lit: attention people with body parts

Lou Heinrich
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‘Dear fingernails…I’m sorry it took me so long to realise your cracks and peels were beautiful and alive. I’m still coming to realise that my cracks and imperfections are beautiful, too.’ This is an excerpt from Attention: People with Body Parts, a collection of words offered by various contributors to the project, now published in…
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Thursday 20 December 2012
Featured Opinion

in defence of my bikini body

Coco McGrath
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I don’t know about the rest of Australia but in Brisbane it’s pretty stinking hot. When you step outside the heat whacks you in the face like a hot sticky pillow and for a moment you can’t breathe. If you stand too long in one spot you’ll begin to feel droplets of sweat crawling down…
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