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Tuesday 14 June 2016
Featured

how women became the surprising pioneers of modern advertising

Danika Kimball
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Advertising is an industry that is all too easy to dismiss as anti-woman. For decades now, the industry has grown while presenting women as objects to be consumed, all the while limiting opportunities for women who seek careers in the field. The television series Mad Men reinforced the unfortunate status of women in advertising, from…
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Wednesday 23 July 2014
Travel

“work will set you free”: my day at dachau

Michaela Kis
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As I travelled the vast and beautiful land of Europe, many unique destinations left an impression on me: the Venetian canals, the castles in Tuscany, the cosy log cabin between the snow-capped mountains of Norway. But none of these placescompared to the eye-opening experience that was Dachau, and the truly saddening impression it left on…
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Friday 2 May 2014
Featured

the amazon warrior women: were they real or just a myth?

Gillian Clive
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‘We shoot with bows and hurl javelins and ride horses, but the works of women we never learnt…’ This quote comes from Herodotus’ histories, and is purportedly the Amazon’s reply to a man’s request that these wild women live among them as wives and mothers – after, that is, the Scythian men had “tamed” these…
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Friday 8 March 2013
Culture

are you a vashti or an esther feminist?

lip magazine
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Today is International Women’s Day, an occasion to peer back through history and say, ‘Gosh, we’ve come a long way!’ I guess it’s a day to say thanks, fellas, for letting us vote, wear trousers and earn a decent wage. You’re so good to us (sorry, I couldn’t resist). But it’s also worth considering what…
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Tuesday 6 November 2012
Arts Books

lip lit: In Falling Snow

Amy Nicholls-Diver
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In Falling Snow is an intergenerational story of love, family, and the struggle between dreams and reality. Alternating between WWI and the late 1970s, the novel traces the lives of two women as they balance work in the medical profession with societal obligations. Iris has travelled from Australia to war-ravaged France to bring her underage…
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Thursday 18 October 2012
Arts Books

lip lit: soldaten

Raelke Grimmer
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In Year 12, my English teacher set Bernhard Schlink’s The Reader as one of our texts. The Reader is set after World War II and a major part of the novel is a trial of an SS officer who is being tried for war crimes. Schlink is a crafty writer. He neither wanted to condemn…
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Saturday 13 October 2012
Arts Books Featured

lip lit: the harbour

Lou Heinrich
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The Harbour is an emotive historical epic which sees an unconventional Western couple surviving the brutality of Japan’s World War II invasion of Hong Kong. Stevie is a Brooklyn writer who takes pleasure in disarming people with provocative statements. She throws off gender norms impressed by traditional society, and is sensual, determined and proud.  She…
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Sunday 16 September 2012
Arts Books

lip lit: abdication

Lou Heinrich
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Abdication is an imagined experience of the tumultuous thirties. Through the eyes of an overweight spinster Evangeline Nettlefold and young chauffeuse May Thomas, the novel is written from an outsider’s perspective assessing the social climate in England. May grew up an independent and beautiful daughter of Scottish immigrants living in Barbados. The beginning of the…
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Sunday 3 June 2012
Culture

the vintage trend: good vibrations

Clare O'Connor
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If you thought the ‘Rampant Rabbit’ was a modern gal’s pal, then think again! The vibrator has been around since the turn of the century! The electric vibrator was introduced in 1902 and thus began the broad marketing of vibrators to the masses.  Considering how strict cultural codes were for women in the Victorian period,…
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Monday 16 January 2012
Culture Featured

fireworks, midnight and new years resolutions – where did they come from?

Jessica Barlow
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Every year we celebrate the introduction of the New Year without understanding precisely why. Cities all around the world spend millions of dollars on extravagant firework displays and thousands of New Years parties are organized amongst friends. Movies are themed around New Years – the night hailed by all as the biggest night of the…
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Thursday 29 December 2011
Film

film review: the iron lady

Natalie Salvo
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London calling. A British film about a king, dominated the box office over the Christmas holidays last year. This time it seems like that crown will be bestowed upon Britain’s first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, a woman that truly lived up to her nickname, “The Iron Lady”. Meryl Streep stars in this biopic about…
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Tuesday 29 November 2011
Culture

the first modern lesbian

Kimberley Thomson
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Regency era England is often regarded as a world of fluttery Jane Austen-types, high tea and button-down sexuality. However, the fascinating and largely unknown figure of Anne Lister, and her extensively juicy diaries, pry open a very different account of the times. Watching the recent BBC telemovie based on Lister’s life, The Secret Diaries of…
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Wednesday 3 August 2011
Film

film reviews: rise of the planet of the apes and the conspirator

Courtney Dawson
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Courtney Dawson reviews the action blockbuster, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the historical court-room drama, The Conspirator.