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Monday 20 June 2016
Featured Feminism

victoria police release sexual offences investigation code

Eden Faithfull
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Content warning: this article contains mention of rape, rape culture and legal proceedings involving the two Jaws drop in living rooms across the city. Commuters, reading newspapers and getting their news on smart phones, shake their heads in disgust: How did he get away with it? What was the jury thinking? Why did the judge…
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Tuesday 14 June 2016
Featured News Opinion

law and patriarchal order: the brock turner case

Emma Robinson
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Content Warning: this article contains mention of rape, rape culture and victim blaming ‘… we should not make the mistake that law can provide the solution to the oppression that it celebrates and sustains’ – Carol Smart in Feminism and the power of law This quote from Carol Smart has been banging around in my…
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Wednesday 8 June 2016
Column Feminism Opinion

kill pill: part fifteen – they shall not pass

Madeleine Ryan
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  Content warning: this article contains discussion of sexual assault and rape culture. There is a man following me. In order to make sense of this, I’ve decided to ornately frame it in the context of killing pill. Because it seems a lot of power comes with having a female form. And reopening the part…
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Friday 6 May 2016
Featured

a brief history of women and alcohol

Liz Greene
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Despite societal pressure to break down traditional gender roles, there’s a large chunk of the population that still disapproves of women drinking anything more than a moderate amount of alcohol. Of course, this is a ridiculous double standard, as men are free to drink to their hearts’ content – without fear of judgement. Regardless of…
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Monday 21 December 2015
Featured Opinion

the problem with spike lee’s solution to america’s campus rape epidemic

Danika Kimball
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Spike Lee has come up with a solution to America’s college rape epidemic – or so he thinks. The film director recently spoke with Stephen Colbert, and argued that ending sexual assault begins with women denying men sex, stating, ‘I think a sex strike could really work on college campuses where there’s an abundance of…
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Tuesday 25 August 2015
Feminism Sexuality

the discourse of entitlement in the pickup artist community

Eden Faithfull
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The seduction community, also known as the pick-up artist or PUA community, is a movement of men whose goal is seduction and sexual success with – or access to – women. Members of the community often call themselves pickup artists (PUA). It doesn’t take very much to realise that this kind of “artistry” is not…
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Friday 31 July 2015
Celebrity Featured Feminism Music

the battle and the war: tyler the creator and rape culture in australia

Annabelle Regan
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Trigger Warning: Rape and Violence Against Women On Monday, Los Angeles rapper Tyler, the Creator – real name Tyler Okonma – took to his twitter to tell his 2.48 million followers, ‘T IS NOW BANNED FROM AUSTRALIA, YOU WON @CoralieAlison IM HAPPY FOR YOU <3 [sic]’. Coralie Alison is the Director of Operations at Collective…
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Monday 22 September 2014
Featured Opinion

one in five australians think a woman is “partly responsible” if she is raped while intoxicated

Sophie Verass and Claire Capel-Stanley
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Last week shocking and shameful statistics emerged from a survey conducted by VicHealth. The results showed that one in five Australians believe that if a woman is raped while drunk or under the influence of drugs, she is partly to blame. One in Five. Duck, duck, duck, duck… Goose. Although the majority of those 17,500…
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Monday 1 September 2014
Featured

universities, sexual assault and the trouble with “bad apples”

Shannon Clarke
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Late last month, police in Thunder Bay, a small city in northwestern Ontario, Canada charged two students from the University of Ottawa hockey team with sexual assault. Both men, David Foucher, 25, and Guillaume Donovan, 24, were in Thunder Bay for an away game against Lakehead University when they allegedly assaulted a 21-year-old woman. The…
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Tuesday 22 April 2014
Featured Feminism

Feminism isn’t the only word up for debate

Shannon Clarke
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The short-lived meme, ‘Is this feminist?’ was perfect for two reasons: 1) it proved the feminists can have a sense of humour about themselves, despite what a vocal minority might think and 2) like Community’s Britta Perry, it managed to parody of third-wave, feminism without relying on lazy and misogynist stereotypes. That is, the academic,…
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Tuesday 8 April 2014
News World

sexual assault victim’s letter to Harvard goes viral in time for sexual assault awareness month

Bridget Conway
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**Trigger warning: discussion of  rape and rape culture** This just makes me incredibly angry. In an open, anonymous letter to Harvard, a student has shared her story of sexual abuse by a fellow schoolmate that has, at this stage, been ignored by the school itself. The student, who has been diagnosed with depression and has…
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Friday 22 November 2013
News Opinion

burt’s bees: let the product recall commence

Sarah Iuliano
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‘Let the catcalling commence’ is the latest ploy for sales by moisturiser manufacturer, Güd, a subsidiary of Burt’s Bees. The manufacturers are under scrutiny for the Vanilla Flame body butter’s label assuming that women want to be sexually harassed by strangers. As the manufacturer proclaims: ‘Our products are designed to make women feel good on…
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Wednesday 6 November 2013
News

New Zealand ‘rape club’ targets young girls

Kezia Lubanszky
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It’s the kind of thing nightmares are made of: a group of young men who go around raping women just for fun. They call themselves the ‘Roast Busters.’ They seek out girls as young as 13, fill them with alcohol and take advantage of them. Then, they post their exploits on Facebook for all to…
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Tuesday 29 October 2013
Arts Featured

dear man on the bus: slam poet pages matam speaks up against ignorance

Bridget Conway
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When a poem begins with the line: ‘To the man on the bus I overheard in conversation tell a woman, presumably a friend, “You are too ugly to be raped”’ you cannot simply close your ears and move onto the next thing on your agenda. I was shocked to hear that someone actually said that…
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