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Sunday 28 September 2014
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feminist news round-up 28.09.14

Bridget Conway
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Catch up on all the feminist news from all around the world this week on Lip! Emma Watson created quite a media buzz with her UN speech promoting the #HeForShe campaign Oxford dining hall turns feminine Legislation to support testing of backlogged rape gets handed into Barack Obama Brody Dalle says pop stars feelthat their…
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Saturday 16 August 2014
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feminist news round-up 16.08.14

Bridget Conway
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Catch up on all the feminist news from all around the world this week on Lip! Why Lauren Bacall was one of Hollywood’s greatest feminist icons Artificial womb will change feminism forever Joseph Gordon-Levitt is apparently a feminist. Awesome. Turkish women campaign against sexism on Twitter Jessica Valenti suggested that tampons get sold for nothing…
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Tuesday 12 August 2014
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mental health matters – but not if you’re a young asylum seeker

Shaza Barbar
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Today is International Youth Day. From the UN website, International Youth Day is a chance for ‘youth around the world to organise activities to raise awareness about the situation of youth in their country’. With 20% of youth worldwide experiencing a mental health condition, the theme for this year is ‘Youth and Mental Health’ under…
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Saturday 9 August 2014
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feminist news round-up 09.08.14

Bridget Conway
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Catch up on all the feminist news from all around the world this week on Lip! Melbourne school forms feminist collective Feminists freak out over #FeministsAreUgly Unpack the #WomenAgainstFeminism movement Study says sexual health education should begin as early as age 10 Congress introduces legislation to protect students from sexual assault Uruguay: Latin America’s liberal…
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Wednesday 12 February 2014
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Sheryl Sandberg wants to change the way women are represented in stock photography

Bridget Conway
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Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg started a nonprofit organisation, LeanIn.org, to educate, inspire and support women who feel pressured by the media to be skinnier, sexier and prettier. On 9 February, she announced that the organisation would be partnering with Getty Images to create a ‘collection of images that it says represent women and families in…
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Wednesday 4 December 2013
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in brief: women predisposed to multitasking, finds study

Matilda Mornane
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Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania have compared hundreds of people’s brains, arriving at the conclusion that the female brain is predisposed to be better at multitasking than the male brain. In contrast, men’s brains have been found to be much better at concentrating on single complex tasks. After scanning the brains of 949 men…
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Wednesday 4 December 2013
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in brief: abortion law reforms may give more power to doctors

Matilda Mornane
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The Liberal state council of Victoria has called for a change to a section of the Abortion Law Reform Act, in which it is mandatory for doctors with a “conscientious objection” to abortion to refer women to medical practitioners with no objections. The Victorian Liberal Party state council has now passed the motion to overhaul…
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Tuesday 3 December 2013
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in brief: commonwealth’s challenge to ACT same-sex marriage laws has begun

Matilda Mornane
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In late October, the ACT Legislative Assembly passed a law allowing same-sex couples to get married. The first weddings under the new law are due to take place next Saturday and today, the High Court has heard the Commonwealth’s challenge to the new marriage law. The main question under review is whether or not the…
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Tuesday 3 December 2013
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in brief: PETA markets vegan lifestyle for women “too fat” for the morning after pill

Matilda Mornane
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PETA has once again conducted a misguided (and, frankly, rather disgusting) attempt at marketing a vegan diet. The animal rights group has taken recent news that a certain brand of the morning after pill doesn’t work for larger women, and used it alongside a new campaign promoting the vegan lifestyle that they firmly stand by….
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Wednesday 20 November 2013
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in brief: UK cracks down on rape porn and child porn

Matilda Mornane
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Coming into effect in January 2014, the UK has announced a new law that means anyone in possession of porn that simulates rape can be jailed for up to three years. British Prime Minister David Cameron first spoke of his plans for the new law in July, saying that they were ‘closing the loophole’ and…
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Wednesday 20 November 2013
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in brief: federal MPs unite against domestic violence

Matilda Mornane
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Federal MPs from both sides backed Labor MP Chris Hayes on Monday in his move to raise awareness of Australia’s ‘shameful secret’ of violence against women. The move from Hayes comes just before White Ribbon Day on Monday 25 November, and he recounted some saddening statistics about domestic violence in Australia: – One in three…
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Wednesday 20 November 2013
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in brief: apple’s lousy dictionary defines ‘gay’ as ‘stupid’

Matilda Mornane
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A teenager from Massachusetts recently discovered on her MacBook that Apple had defined the word “gay” as ‘foolish, stupid or unimpressive’. Stating that she was ‘in disbelief’, Becca Gormon immediately sent an email to Apple chief executive Tim Cook, who is openly gay and frequently lobbies for equal work rights for homosexuals. While the entry…
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Wednesday 20 November 2013
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in brief: FEMEN activists disrupt anti-abortion demonstration in Spain

Suzy Yang
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FEMEN activists went topless to protest against the anti-abortion movement in Madrid on Sunday. Abortion is currently a legally authorised practice in Spain. For women who wish for an abortion within 14 weeks of pregnancy, or 22 weeks for those facing health risks, abortion is a legal option. But the new Minister of Justice, Alberto…
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Monday 4 November 2013
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in brief: germany forgoes gender on birth certificates

Sarah Iuliano
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Legislation has come into effect in Germany allowing intersex individuals to not be identified as male or female on their birth certificates. Intersex describes a range of anatomical variations of the reproductive organs and genitals which results in people having both male and female characteristics, with approximately one in 2,000 people born intersex. Germany joins…
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