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Monday 20 February 2017
Featured Memoir

memoir: the blister

Emma Brooker
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It was a painful blister, on the arc of my right foot. It was one that had stopped me wearing closed in shoes for a week. It was red raw and puffed up and as big as a 20 cent piece. It had happened as all good blisters do. Having fun. My husband and I…
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Monday 8 September 2014
Featured

festival of dangerous ideas: surrogacy and the rights of surrogates and children

Shaza Barbar
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At Sydney’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas last weekend, the question was asked: is surrogacy child trafficking? Swedish journalist Kajsa Ekis Ekman thinks so. She argues that surrogacy is a form of female oppression based on sex and reproduction, regardless of whether it’s for commercial or altruistic reasons, as it requires women to renounce their interests…
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Friday 18 July 2014
News Opinion

two sides, same coin: should women be charged with assault if they use illegal drugs while pregnant?

Kaylia Payne & Junene Taylor
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“NO” – By Kaylia Payne On July 8, Mallory Loyola was the first person to be charged under a new Tennessee law that classifies drug use during pregnancy as assault to the foetus. The law stipulates that ‘a woman may be prosecuted for assault for the illegal use of a narcotic drug while pregnant, if…
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Wednesday 4 June 2014
Arts Theatre

grounded: an interview with actress kate cole

Sophie Lamond
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  From 11 June- 12 July this year, the Red Stitch Actors Theatre will present the Australian premiere of Grounded, an internationally acclaimed play written by George Brant and directed by Kirsten von Bibra. Grounded is a solo-drama that tells the story of an F16 fighter pilot, played by Kate Cole.  A  rock star of the…
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Monday 20 January 2014
Culture Featured Sexuality

16 and not pregnant: yes, media messages can actually benefit women

Sarah Iuliano
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If you were a teenage girl addicted to television programmes examining teen pregnancy and parenthood would you: a) Go out and get pregnant because it’s so cool and you’ll get on TV! Or, b) reflect on your sexual practices. Well, according to research into the impacts of MTV’s 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom, you’d…
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Thursday 2 January 2014
News

in brief: placenta to be taken home by mothers in oregon, US

Sarah Iuliano
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Mothers in the American state of Oregon now have the right to take home their placenta along with their baby from the hospital. The New Year has seen state laws come into effect to allow a mother to take their afterbirth home for consumption, burial or other rituals. The organ – which provides oxygen and…
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Monday 2 December 2013
Health News World

in brief: woman forcibly sedated and given caesarean

Ruby Grant
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In what is becoming an international legal row, it has become apparent that an Italian woman visiting Britain was forcibly sedated and given an caesarean section after experiencing a mental breakdown. Last year, while visiting the UK on a two-week business trip, a pregnant Italian woman with a preexisting bipolar disorder experienced panic attacks, and…
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Thursday 7 November 2013
News

in brief: pregnancy leading discrimination complaint for Australian workers

Sarah Iuliano
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Workplace discrimination on the basis of pregnancy is now the most common complaint to the Fair Work Ombudsman. Of the 235 complaints to Fair Work over the last financial year, 28% were from pregnant women experiencing issues with their employer, with a further 11% of complaints from employees claiming unfair outcomes at work due to…
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Tuesday 8 October 2013
Featured Opinion

the problem with birth plans

Frances Chapman
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I’m pregnant and while most people around me have responded in a lovely, thoughtful way, it has opened the floodgate for some annoying questions. Chief among these are the ubiquitous, ‘Do you know what you’re having?’ (Yes, a human) and ‘Were you trying?’ which has the rather distasteful connotation, ‘Just how enthusiastically have you been…
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Thursday 5 September 2013
Featured News

the politics of (fake) pregnancy

Sarah Iuliano
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This week, news came from the US of a bizarre product which has become available online. Entrepreneurial pregnant women have been selling their positive pregnancy tests to people online via the Craigslist website – on which you can find just about anything.* Even more interestingly, women have been posting ads wanting to buy tests with…
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Tuesday 6 August 2013
Featured News

the post-baby baby bump

Claire Jansen
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In a blue polka-dot dress Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton stood on the steps of Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital holding baby George. Seems like a straight-forward scene. But this entirely simple act of introducing the newest royal to the world via the media has sparked wild debate about Kate’s post-delivery baby bump. OK…
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Tuesday 28 May 2013
Arts Books

lip lit: Peace, Love and Khaki Socks

Lou Heinrich
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Have you ever considered homebirth? Well, neither have I, but that’s because I deliberately avoid all contemplation of having a baby because it’s terrifying. After reading Peace, Love and Khaki Socks, however, I find myself cheering for the home team. Kim Lock’s novel is about a young woman grappling with a surprise pregnancy. Freelance graphic…
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Thursday 23 May 2013
News World

“pregnant” boys: chicago’s controversial new ad campaign

Toby Newton
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A new public awareness campaign designed to lower teen pregnancy rates has sparked public debate after billboards were recently rolled out across Chicago. The posters, aimed at teenagers and their parents, feature Photoshopped images of topless, heavily pregnant teen boys with the tagline: ‘Unexpected? Most teen pregnancies are’. The billboards and posters have been concentrated…
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Tuesday 7 May 2013
Opinion

pissed off feminist fights back: why I support RU486

Hannah Story
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I’m excited about RU486. I felt like a bit of a fool, jumping up and down on the night of Friday 26 April because the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee advised the Government to add the abortion pill to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. Do you know what that means? Medical abortions for as little as $12….
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