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Thursday 27 August 2015
Featured

muscled out: I quit my gym to avoid unwanted male attention

Nicola Bryant
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It is a wintry August evening and I have my window open to let in the crisp city air. I am chilled to the bone, but my room smells the way car tyres do after a burnout and I hate it. It smells this way because I have my own home gym. When I think…
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Wednesday 12 August 2015
Featured Opinion

witches and ‘do nothing bitches’: on nicole arbour and the manipulative female myth

Marie Davis
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‘Consider this a state of the union address for hoes of the internet’ is how Nicole Arbour introduces her now viral video, ‘Dear, Instagram Models’, in which she details how women who post provocative photos for their Instagram feed are a personal affront to her. A self-described comedian, Arbour calls Instagram models ‘do nothing bitches’,…
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Wednesday 12 August 2015
Comedy Film Opinion

amy schumer: offensive or avant-garde?

Kate Voss
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However you feel about Amy Schumer’s comedy, it’s hard to deny that she is controversial. But, her ability to use comedy to bring feminism, as well as other current issues, to the forefront is provoking discussion. And that’s a win — not just for comedy, but for the feminist movement, as well. Women in comedy…
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Monday 20 July 2015
Books Featured

is it ethical to read harper lee’s ‘go set a watchman’?

Lauren Strickland
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There’s a very good chance that Harper Lee never meant for you to read this book. This is an important fact to bear in mind when considering cracking the spine of Go Set A Watchman, the “sequel” to Lee’s classic 55-year-old novel, To Kill A Mockingbird. It is a fact that I didn’t know when…
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Wednesday 15 July 2015
Feminism Opinion

eyes on the prize: choices and feminism

Jay Ong
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The essence of feminism is clear and simple: equal political, economic and social rights among genders. A fight for equal rights across all fields, with a focus on the status of women. A fight against sexism and the objectification of women. Full stop. But alas, as with every issue open to the scrutiny of the…
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Sunday 28 June 2015
News Opinion

belle gibson, disgraced wellness blogger, was allegedly paid $45K by 60 minutes for an exclusive interview

Danielle Croci
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  Disgraced wellness blogger Belle Gibson has promised to tell all in an exclusive interview with Tara Brown on 60 Minutes this Sunday night. Whether you believe that giving air-time to someone who has lied about having terminal cancer is right or wrong, it promises to be a talking point. Gibson admitted in April this…
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Thursday 25 June 2015
Film Opinion TV

tv news: is hannibal too gay for NBC?

Kiah Meadows
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Anybody keeping up on pop culture news has most likely heard that NBC has cancelled Bryan Fuller’s operatic adaptation of Thomas Harris’ Hannibal series. The series’ third season returned to the aforementioned network on June fourth, to 2.57 million viewers, and saw just 1.6 million the next week’s episode, which aired during an NBA final….
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Thursday 4 June 2015
Column Film

kickass feminists on film: jen yu in crouching tiger, hidden dragon

Jade Bate
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Everyone knows that complex and empowering female characters are difficult to find in mainstream films. But there are some who have stood out and become the changing faces of feminism in cinema. In this regular column, Jade Bate looks at her favourite film heroines who are strong, empowering and kickass. Chinese cinema has had a…
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Tuesday 2 June 2015
Featured Opinion

feminist friendly: on diversity on television

Katerina Bryant
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While bingeing on Orange Is the New Black on Netflix I’ve fallen for the show and its “diverse” cast. I’ve relished seeing women of all ages, all sizes, all sexualities, women of colour and, of course, seeing trans advocate Laverne Cox killing it. I didn’t really think about what OINTB wasn’t doing well until I…
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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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