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Tuesday 10 June 2014
News

the new toy scientists: Lego releases new range of female minifigures

Karla Gamero Gomez
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Lego has just announced the creation of a set of female scientists ready to be sold in their Series 11 Lego Minifigures. The toys will feature female scientists and their lab tools will be devoid of the colour pink. The idea had been submitted by Stockholm geochemist Dr. Ellen Kooijman and won over many other…
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Wednesday 28 May 2014
Feminism

dangers of the male/female gender binary

Grace Dobinson
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  Clear distinctions between the male and female sexes are continually reinforced throughout society, perpetually highlighting differences between the sexes, while any similarities are often disregarded. Due to scientific discourses, which repeatedly exaggerate differences between men and women, many have come to accept that the two genders are subject to biological determinism, and that one’s…
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Tuesday 20 May 2014
Memoir

memoir: girls

Kaiyuh Rose Cornberg
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Martha At the age of twelve, Martha was scarred. A jellyfish had wrapped itself around her thin arm like a swarm of bees, like a lyme burn, like a lemon bite. They had to cut the goo off with a surfer’s sharktooth necklace. Her prince was sun-tanned and too old. She didn’t cry until after…
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Monday 12 May 2014
Culture Opinion

thank god poor old george is finally engaged! oh wait…

Sarah McGhee
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Hearts are breaking all over the world as it was announced a few weeks ago that the charming, suave, internationally adored ladies-man that is George Clooney, got engaged. Since the announcement every magazine seems to be obsessively focused on who the lucky lady is, and how on earth she managed to hook the most eligible,…
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Wednesday 23 April 2014
News

in brief: new survey finds more women are becoming ‘do-it-yourselfers’

Matilda Mornane
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  A new survey conducted by WD Bathrooms, found that more women are embracing DIY around the house, spending the money and the time to fix things without the aid of their male partner. WD Bathrooms questioned 1,244 British women about their DIY habits and, according to the Daily Mail, women are taking a bigger…
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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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Monday 21 April 2014
News Politics World

In brief: Chelsea Clinton announces she’s pregnant and twitter reacts

Bridget Conway
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Last week, at an event in New York, Chelsea Clinton announced that she and husband Marc Mezvinsky ‘have our first child arriving later this year.’ The world immediately reacted, asking ‘But what does it mean for 2016?’ Mainly via Twitter – ‘news of the pregnancy spread rapidly throughout the political twitter-verse.’ Vanity Fair has concocted…
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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 7 April 2014
Sexuality Television TV

tv talk: sex in the broad city

Patricia Tobin
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Cult-comedy Broad City recently wrapped up its first season and judging from the above quote taken from its series finale, with Broad City, almost anything sexual is on the menu. Broad City began as a web series that was known for its ‘sneak attack feminism‘. The TV series has the show’s creators Abbi Jacobson and…
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Saturday 5 April 2014
News

in brief: men still dominate american news media

Sarah Iuliano
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  A study by the US Women’s Media Centre (WMC) has found the majority of print, broadcast, internet and wires content is produced by male journalists. The WMC surveyed 27,000 articles, bulletins and the like to find across all platforms 63.4 per cent was man-made. News anchor positions are mainly held by men with the…
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Wednesday 2 April 2014
Memoir

a separation

Sadaf Zekaria
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This was not the first time my father had expressed an opinion which had bothered me, but for some reason this particular incident has stayed in my mind over the last few months. I was watching the phenomenal 2011 film by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi titled A Separation, which follows the lives of two startlingly…
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Monday 24 March 2014
Featured Feminism Opinion

the abnormality of the plain-faced woman: saying ‘no’ to no make-up selfies

Ruby Grant
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You will have seen them. They’ve been viral over the weekend. In valiant acts of bravery and generosity, women everywhere have been posting (dark, out of focus and grainy) photographs of themselves WITHOUT MAKE UP. But never fear, for these drastic, selfless acts are all for a good cause: raising awareness and (apparently) money for…
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Thursday 13 March 2014
Health News

the second sex: studies show persistent gender gaps in medical research

Ally Van Schilt
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It has been twenty years since legislation was passed which required adequate female representation in medical studies; however, recent studies have shown that a significant gender gap continues to exist in medical research. Researchers at the Connor’s Centre for Women’s Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Jacobs Institute at George…
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Wednesday 12 March 2014
News

in brief: sheryl sandberg and other well known feminists want to ban the word ‘bossy’

Matilda Mornane
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Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg, has recruited some well-known friends and feminists to take aim at the way the word ‘bossy’ is used to describe women. Sandberg’s Ban Bossy campaign features friends like Beyoncé, Condolezza Rice and Jennifer Gargner, urging people not to describe girls and women as ‘bossy’ in a negative light, and instead commend…
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