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Wednesday 13 May 2015
Opinion Politics World

why I can’t vote republican: an open letter

Rine Karr
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Dear Dad, I can’t vote for a Republican candidate for president. I know that this fact surprised you at dinner last night and caused a small argument. Your thoughts on how you don’t think that climate change is a problem really frustrated me – I kind of felt like Galileo arguing that the earth revolves…
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Wednesday 13 May 2015
Column Opinion

feminist friendly: the power of femvertising

Katerina Bryant
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Apparently the age-old adage of ‘sex sells’ is no longer quite right. Nowadays, gender sells, with feminism increasingly being used as a marketing tool. The merging of feminism and advertising has been called “femvertising”. Women as a consumer group are a $14 trillion market globally, and this number is expected to rise in the future….
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Wednesday 6 May 2015
Film Opinion

let’s talk about the avengers: women, motherhood, and saving the world

Lauren Strickland
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WARNING: This article contains SPOILERS for Avengers: Age of Ultron. Let’s talk about the Avengers. By now, you’ve probably read a dozen reviews, watched numerous clips, seen snippets of interviews, had the argument about which superpower you’d like to have all over again, and maybe even seen the actual film. Or maybe you’ve stopped paying attention…
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Monday 4 May 2015
Culture Featured Opinion

the problem with being obsessed with ourself[ies]

Gabriella Borter
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‘Here, let me hold it – my arm is longer than yours.’ Three grinning faces crowd together at the bottom of the screen, the angle tilted just enough so that the majestic Eiffel Tower looms above their floating heads in the background. Kccch goes the simulated sound of the shutter opening and closing. Kccch. Kccch….
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Wednesday 29 April 2015
TV

complex, brilliant and flawed: a snapshot of TV’s female characters

Claire Paterson
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The current “golden age of television” has brought us a barrage of addictive series begging for a lengthy binge-watch. These shows are marked by their compelling plots and an increasing number of complex, flawed and brilliant female characters (hooray!). Here’s a snapshot of just a few. Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) – Mad Men Peggy Olson…
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Thursday 16 April 2015
Featured Feminism Health Opinion

don’t wash your box, love your box

Sarah Iuliano
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On the rear of my car, there is a sticker declaring how much I love my box. I’m not just talking about the hatchback or the boxes of wine it is meant to denote (cheers, university Goonion.) This sticker also connotes the admiration I have for my vagina, my vulva and all the other intricate…
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Wednesday 15 April 2015
Celebrity Featured Opinion TV

funny feminists

Belinda King
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  Can feminists be funny? Of course. Feminism is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. That’s the dictionary definition. Here is a list of awesome people who are two of my favourite things: advocates of gender equality and who are fucking funny. Oh, and they’re not afraid to drop…
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Monday 13 April 2015
Film

film review: big eyes

Jade Bate
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In recent years, director Tim Burton has made some truly appalling remakes; films filled with over-the-top CGI and best characterised as nonsensical insanity. His tired muses, Johnny Depp and (now ex-partner) Helena Bonham Carter, recycled zany character after zany character in lacklustre films like Alice in Wonderland (2010) and The Dark Shadows (2012), although the…
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Tuesday 31 March 2015
Featured Sexuality

feminist friendly: is spanking okay?

Katerina Bryant
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Before 50 Shades of Grey inspires you to go paddle shopping, I feel like I should butt in (see what I did there?). It’s actually kind of hard to tell whether spanking is: (a) the mark of a free woman who apologises to no one in search of her own pleasure, or (b) the patriarchy…
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Tuesday 17 March 2015
Sexuality

back to ba(sex): 50 shades of consent

Sarah Iuliano
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  The most painful whipping anyone in the BDSM community has ever handled is the defamation the lifestyle has suffered at the hands of EL James. The 50 Shades of Grey author has crafted a public relations nightmare for a community that does not necessarily have communications professionals to put forward its interests, particularly in…
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Tuesday 3 March 2015
Opinion

on #meninism and why we still need the stella prize

Melissa Archer
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I recently read a feature on the #meninism social media “movement”, which has been described as everything from satire gone wrong to a mockery of first world feminism. The piece was written by Jesse Fink, well known to leagues of Aussie sports fans for his columns and commentary across all spectrums of media. It wasn’t…
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Thursday 22 January 2015
Music Opinion

prototype: a new pop video playing on old disability stereotypes

Ellen Read
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  Last month, UK broadcaster Channel 4 released a music video starring Viktoria Modesta, dubbed “the first bionic pop artist”, performing Prototype. The launch is part of Channel 4’s Born Risky brand campaign, with Modesta featured as a “new kind of artist” set apart from the “painfully dull and manufactured” pop stars. What sets her…
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Wednesday 14 January 2015
Featured

the world we live in: why we should be asking ourselves the tough questions

Kaylia Payne
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It is often said that we ask far fewer questions about the world as we get older; that we settle into complacency and begin to feel less curious about this big, wondrous universe of ours. And in some ways, that’s true. I personally no longer throw a barrage of questions to those around me about…
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Tuesday 9 December 2014
Featured Opinion

why i support a no gender december

Jennifer Worthing
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Australian organisation Play Unlimited’s new “No Gender December” campaign sparked a storm of controversy and vitriol last week. The clear message of the initiative centres upon a rejection of gender-based marketing and advertising of children’s toys. No Gender December advocates that children should choose the toys with which they engage, without being limited by gendered…
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