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Tuesday 18 September 2012
Featured Opinion

(il)legitimate rape

Sara Berndt
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When US Senator Todd Akin was asked about abortion in cases of rape, he said, ‘From what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something. I think there…
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Monday 6 August 2012

ponytails and perverts: is it wrong to give anti-assault advice?

lip magazine

Young vulnerable women are sometimes told that we shouldn’t have our hair tied back in a ponytail in public. Not for any aesthetic purpose, but for safety reasons. If a man – it’s always the threat of a shadowy man looming over you – wants to assault you, you will make it so much easier…
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Thursday 19 July 2012

bechdel taser (goes live): how do you solve a problem like rape culture in comedy?

Sarina Murray
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I haven’t seen many films lately. Most of my time has been taken up by the University of Melbourne’s Law Revue. I’m one of eight students writing and performing this year, and the time is crunchy. I like making people laugh. I hope my quips in this column have caused at least a titter. I…
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Tuesday 13 March 2012

how women are taught to fear rape

Sonya Krzywoszyja

Trigger Warning: Talk of rape. Yesterday, my father went out to a doctor’s appointment and I was home alone. Like most people when they’re home alone, I locked the door. Just the screen door, I left the back door open. When he arrived home after his appointment, he tried to open the door and found…
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Wednesday 9 November 2011
Culture Featured

a breakthrough in the never-ending fight against rape culture

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So we all know the internet is full of beyond disgusting jokes that are inappropriate and pick on someone that isn’t a white man, and jokes about rape are no exception.  It was only two days ago that a particular article of interest was forwarded to my inbox seeking an urgent piece to be written….
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Wednesday 18 May 2011

Brisbane SlutWalk

Sonya Krzywoszyja

Slut. Just the word, written on the page like that, with no ‘connotations’ still makes me cringe. A word, used to keep women down, put them in their place, denigrate, shame. Slut. Well, no more shame. The Slutwalk is here. The Walk started in Toronto, Canada in January of 2011, because of a shocking statement…
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Wednesday 9 March 2011
Culture Featured Opinion

Hey Brian, that’s called date rape

Rebecca Howden
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I guess he just wanted some bad-boy cred, or maybe he is just kind of stupid. Either way, the lyrics of Brian McFadden’s new song “Just the Way You Are (Drunk at the Bar)” have gotten people’s attention, and not for their artistic genius: “I like you just the way you are, drunk as shit…
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