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Thursday 24 April 2014
Featured Feminism

the day the laughter stopped: a game about rape

Sigrid Cross
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I want to start this article with a Serious Trigger Warning. If trigger warnings are something you watch out for, then this article is likely not for you. Otherwise, I would encourage you to follow this link. But be warned it will leave you feeling deeply uncomfortable. That’s how I felt afterwards.When you’ve finished with that…
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Thursday 24 April 2014
Featured Feminism Politics

conservative feminism: a complex conviction

Emilie Bertsch
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  A questioner on last Monday’s Q&A on the ABC raised an interesting and important topic for debate amongst the Q&A panellists. Her question, put simply, was: ‘Do feminist women have a place within Australia’s politically conservative domain?’ The idea of feminism and conservatism merging together to create a friendly ideological meeting seems convoluted and…
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Tuesday 22 April 2014
Featured Feminism

Feminism isn’t the only word up for debate

Shannon Clarke
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The short-lived meme, ‘Is this feminist?’ was perfect for two reasons: 1) it proved the feminists can have a sense of humour about themselves, despite what a vocal minority might think and 2) like Community’s Britta Perry, it managed to parody of third-wave, feminism without relying on lazy and misogynist stereotypes. That is, the academic,…
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Tuesday 22 April 2014
Feminism Opinion

is ‘gender flipping’ helping the feminist cause?

Elise Terrell
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I was freed from Plato’s cave of social conditioning, and awakenedfrom the slumber of patriarchy, with the knowledge that women are oppressed. If you do not believe me, simply take the word ‘feminist’ and all its negative connotations as my proof: Jemimah Cooper of The Sydney Morning Herald goes as far as to argue it…
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Tuesday 22 April 2014
Arts Comedy Feminism Uncategorised

comedy review: kirsty mac’s feminazi

Brianna Doolan
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  “We’re all a bit confused about stuff right now. Like who pays for dinner on the first date? Do I walk first through doors so you can check out my arse? Does the treatment of our first female PM indicate a chunk of people in Australia are actually mental? More importantly, does a short…
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Monday 21 April 2014
Opinion

feminist of the week: jade bate

lip magazine
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Name: Jade Bate Age: 19 Occupation: Journalism Student Location/Hometown: Melbourne, VIC, Australia Describe yourself in one word: Headstrong. What is your feminist philosophy? Well, I have this CRAZY idea that women are human beings and should be treated equally to men! WOW! But in all seriousness, I consider myself to have a fairly outspoken and…
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Thursday 17 April 2014
Feminism News

in brief: women who eat on tubes fight back

Shannon O'Keefe
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Facebook is well known for it’s many bizarre and inappropriate pages, but a new page, developed by a man in the UK, has sparked controversy and even protests. The page in question is titled ‘Women Who Eat on Tubes,’ encouraging members to post pictures of women eating whilst on the tube and then writing derogative…
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Thursday 17 April 2014
Culture Featured

from bounty hunter to busty babe: the sexualisation of samus aran

Sigrid Cross
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Super Smash Brothers 4 has elected to add a Zero Suit clad Samus Aran to its line-up. Her new design includes a pair of jet pack high heels. This raised a few questions for me: if the developers felt that Samus needed jet boots to make her stronger, why take her out of her Power…
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Wednesday 16 April 2014
News World

In brief: women of morocco protest for gender equality

Matilda Mornane
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Hundreds of women hit the streets of Rabat, the capital of Morocco, over the weekend, to demand that their country implement a constitutional guarantee of gender equality. Article 19 of the constitutions states that ‘men and women have equal civil, political, economic, social, cultural and environmental rights and freedoms’ and ‘the state shall work towards…
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Wednesday 16 April 2014
News

In brief: new study finds girls view sexual violence as normal

Matilda Mornane
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A new study titled ‘Normalising Sexual Violence: Young Women Account for Harrassment and Abuse’, published in Gender & Society, has found that girls and young women will rarely report incidents of sexual violence because they view them as ‘normal.’ The study analysed interviews conducted by the Children’s Advocacy Center with 100 young women between the…
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Monday 14 April 2014
News Politics

in brief: penny wong encourages more politicians to identify with feminism

Bridget Conway
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Acting Labor leader Penny Wong has spoken up and urged women in politics to not be afraid to call themselves feminists. She argued that the term is not “extreme” and is not exclusive to women who are more left-inclined. Wong is ‘set to take issue with Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women Michaelia Cash’s refusal…
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Thursday 10 April 2014
Featured Opinion

good intentions don’t make sexism ok

Ellen Read
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The latest Snickers ad has sparked widespread public debate. Although it seems feminists widely agree that the underlying message of the ad is sexist, many have turned focus toward intentions. Did Snickers intend to empower women? Or did they intend to feed into the degradation of women? Or was it simply a clumsy attempt to…
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Wednesday 9 April 2014
Feminism News

in brief: the guardian turns everyday sexism back on men

Matilda Mornane
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Based on public encounters reported to them, The Guardian recently used scenarios from real women from the @EverydaySexism Twitter feed to turn the tables on sexist discourse. Video Producer, Leah Green went undercover for the four minute video, in which she depicts the real-life situations, instead cat-calling or asking unsavoury questions of the men she bumps…
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Wednesday 9 April 2014
Featured Feminism Opinion

is mcgill university’s feminist collective right: can anybody be a feminist?

Ruby Wallace
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Can anybody be a feminist? The Feminist Collective at McGill University’s Faculty of Law made it clear that yes, anybody can be a feminist as long as they believe in gender equality. The Feminist Collective campaign sought to reclaim the idea that anyone can be a feminist no matter their gender, religion, sexuality, ethnicity or…
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