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Tuesday 15 April 2014
Featured Opinion TV

little bird: the hidden strength of sansa stark

Chloe King
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  Warning: There will be spoilers. On 7 April, Game of Thrones returned to Australian screens with the eagerly awaited season four – and it was undeniably stunning. Chock full of drama, humour, grief, death, and the dangerously beautiful CGI dragons, the first episode provided everything that GOT fans were promised – and more. Sure,…
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Monday 14 April 2014
Feminism Opinion

feminist of the week: ellen read

lip magazine
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Name: Ellen Read Age: 25 Occupation: Policy worker at a disability advocacy organisation Location/Hometown: Canberra, Australia Describe yourself in one word: Passionate What is the most important feminist cause in your life? I’m not sure that I can pick just one! But maybe that’s just it. In response to Alan Jones’ infamous comment ‘women are…
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Friday 11 April 2014
Opinion Politics

fostering a culture of silence: australian public servants sanctioned for anti-government comments

Alice Ridge
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According to recent comments made in Parliament by Attorney General, George Brandis, people have a right to be bigots. But code of conduct documents leaked from the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet last week indicate that this doesn’t give you the right to say bigoted things about your boss if your boss also happens to be…
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Thursday 10 April 2014
Featured Opinion

good intentions don’t make sexism ok

Ellen Read
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The latest Snickers ad has sparked widespread public debate. Although it seems feminists widely agree that the underlying message of the ad is sexist, many have turned focus toward intentions. Did Snickers intend to empower women? Or did they intend to feed into the degradation of women? Or was it simply a clumsy attempt to…
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Wednesday 9 April 2014
Featured Feminism Opinion

is mcgill university’s feminist collective right: can anybody be a feminist?

Ruby Wallace
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Can anybody be a feminist? The Feminist Collective at McGill University’s Faculty of Law made it clear that yes, anybody can be a feminist as long as they believe in gender equality. The Feminist Collective campaign sought to reclaim the idea that anyone can be a feminist no matter their gender, religion, sexuality, ethnicity or…
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Monday 7 April 2014
Feminism Opinion

feminist of the week: emma wright

Monica Hunasikatti
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Name: Emma Wright Age: 19 Occupation: Disney Intern and VCU Student Hometown: Chesapeake, Virginia, USA Describe yourself in one word: Ambitious What is your feminist philosophy? I believe that if you put positivity into the world, it will come right back. Feminism isn’t any different; if you talk about feminism and actually do something about…
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Sunday 6 April 2014
Featured Opinion Sexuality

the lame australian sex census

Sarah Iuliano
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The Great Australian Sex Census comes but once every two years (clichéd pun intended), but if you’ve taken it, you might find yourself wondering whether it is all that great. Now gathering data for its third report, the census claims it asks all the questions the Bureau of Statistics won’t dare to pose about Australian…
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Monday 31 March 2014
Feminism Opinion

feminist of the week: heidi la paglia

lip magazine
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Name: Heidi La Paglia Age: 21 Occupation: Student / Utas Women’s officer / Babysitter / Lip Writer Location/Hometown: Hobart, Tasmania Describe yourself in one word: Determined, or should I say Stubborn? Hah. What is your feminist philosophy? Every girl deserves the opportunity to follow her dreams and achieve her greatest potential. While girls around the…
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Saturday 29 March 2014
Featured Opinion Sexuality

lesbian chic: I didn’t know my sexuality was a fashion trend

Dom Fox
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‘Lesbians! They’re everywhere!’ – (style.com) Style’s newest article, ‘Is lesbian chic here to stay?‘ manages to throw all logic out the window as they introduce the idea that it is not what you’re wearing that’s in style this season – it’s your sexuality. The concept of lesbian chic has been thrown around on online fashion…
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Saturday 29 March 2014
Featured Health Opinion

anorexia: a child’s disease?

Shannon O'Keefe
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“Body image” is arguably the biggest issue affecting today’s society. Anorexia, bulimia and obesity are all eating disorders and eating disorders do not discriminate. It doesn’t care if you are female or male, thin or fat and, most importantly, what age you are , which is what a young girl in the UK found out….
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Thursday 27 March 2014
Featured Feminism Opinion

gender studies: more than just a feminist niche

April Glover
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The university degree of gender studies has long been associated with the stereotype of man-hating feminists picketing wildly over unequal opportunity and sexist politicians. However, what many people fail to realise is that gender studies is built upon a structured discipline that equips students, both male and female, with an understanding of political science, history,…
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Thursday 27 March 2014
Featured Memoir

barbie: a memoir and social history

Sarah Jansen
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It’s possible that no toy has been subjected so consistently to feminist criticisms as Mattel’s Barbie Doll. As a kid, I heard many of them from my mother. I heard how that ’if Barbies were real women, they would be nine feet tall.’  ‘Look at their feet, they’re not at all like real people’s.’ ‘No one’s…
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Wednesday 26 March 2014
Featured Feminism Opinion

not resorting to pettiness: the problems with feminist in-fighting

Ruby Turner
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Last week, freelance writer, Eleanor Robertson live-tweeted her disgruntled responses to Mia Freedman’s 2009 memoir Mama Mia: a Memoir of Mistakes, Magazines and Motherhood and, naturally, a Twitter shit storm ensued. Freedman’s loyal readers jumped to her defense, shouting (as much as one can shout through Twitter) that Robertson’s criticisms were ‘mean’ and that she…
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Wednesday 26 March 2014
Featured Opinion

why I took part in the no makeup selfie cancer awareness campaign

Ellen Read
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  Earlier this week, News & Features Editor, Ruby Grant shared her views on the trending #nomakeupselfie breast cancer awareness social media campaign. Today, guest writer, Ellen Read provides an alternative perspective. Did you participate in the No Makeup Selfie campaign this week? If not, you’ve probably at least experienced a huge influx of nude-faced…
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