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Thursday 9 May 2013
News World

what the ohio kidnapping commentary says about the media and society

Amy Nicholls-Diver
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The internet has been flooded with articles and commentary on the Ohio kidnapping rescue story that broke Tuesday AEST. While many articles simply recap the events, other pieces have surfaced that reflect the underlying issues of sexism, racism, and discrimination against the mentally ill that pervade the media. The story itself is captivating, and it…
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Monday 29 April 2013
Featured Opinion

twitter is the world’s panic room – and that’s okay

Shannon Clarke
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Before Twitter was as omnipresent as it is now, the concept was regular fodder for the writing of op-ed columnists. Experts, journalists and technophobes started philosophising about what this latest social networking site meant for privacy, intimacy, and communication. Globe and Mail writer Ian Brown even theorised that Twitter’s appeal had something to do with…
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Monday 22 April 2013
News Opinion

what do reactions about tracy grimshaw’s “nude scandal” say about our media culture?

Amy Nicholls-Diver
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Last week, a story about A Current Affair journalist Tracy Grimshaw was featured online at The Age. It “revealed” that the notoriously private Grimshaw once got so drunk that she accidentally walked naked into the hallway of Melbourne’s Crown Casino. The readers’ comments on the story reflect the misogynist culture of internet trolls, while also…
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Tuesday 26 March 2013
Culture Opinion

editor of sexist magazine says sexist thing – the issue of the ‘male gaze’

Zoya Patel
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In breaking news last week, an editor of a men’s magazine said something sexist about women. In other news, the sky continues to be blue and grass remains green. Speaking on a panel about feminism at the Advertising Week Europe conference, Alex Bilmes, editor of Esquire said that in his magazine, women are purely ‘ornamental’….
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Monday 5 November 2012
Featured Opinion

perfection is no panacea

lip magazine
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Confident women are bad for the economy. Think about it. Imagine a world where women felt perfectly happy with themselves. There would be no anxiety about bad hair days, weight gain, or crow’s feet. This obsession with physical perfection awakens a deep sense of inadequacy which we then try to smother through consumerism. Step outside,…
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Thursday 5 January 2012
Culture

why sunscreen beats spiderman

Emma Koehn
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When life gets me down, I flee to Youtube and drag up Baz Luhrmann’s musical take on Mary Schmich’s 1999 piece Sunscreen. Sure, I like electro-pop beats and I support amateur photo montage makers, but really my motives for this are more selfish. Basically, it’s just soothing to hear the opening lines of advice, which…
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Wednesday 10 November 2010
Culture Featured Opinion

Growing up faster than ever before

Erin Stewart
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We see the words ‘kids are having to grow up faster than ever before’ all the time in magazines, books and on TV. They especially refer to girls in saying this. Apparently, it’s the case that children are forced out of their precious childhood years too early. They should be free to enjoy themselves more…
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Wednesday 3 November 2010
Culture Featured Opinion

We’re not that submissive, Stephen Fry

Rebecca Howden
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Oh, Stephen Fry. Just because everybody loves you, it doesn’t mean you don’t need to think before you speak. In fact, I’d suggest that being so revered by so many people means he should be especially careful. In particular, when he’s suggesting that women don’t actually enjoy sex; they just put up with it “because…
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