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Tuesday 26 April 2016
Feminism Opinion Sexuality

no more excuses: building up lovelorn friends

Millie Sykes
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  I recently spent one whole glorious night and one cruisy Saturday morning in bed with a guy I had met on that universal fuck den, the dance floor. We left the club at 4:00am with the crusty remains of my purple lipstick smeared across the both of our faces and made our way back…
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Wednesday 6 April 2016
Arts Books

lip lit: raif badawi: the voice of freedom—my husband, our story

Donna Lu
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The irony of the West’s close relationship with Saudi Arabia would be laughable, if it weren’t so troubling. When King Abdullah, of the ruling al-Saud family, died in January 2015, tributes gushed forth from world leaders. Prince Charles, David Cameron and Barack Obama, among others, flew to Riyadh to pay their respects to a man…
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Thursday 21 January 2016
Arts Books

lip lit: bold

Cin Peeler
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If you’re looking for BOLD in a bookstore, you’ll definitely know when you’ve found it. Its striking cover is mostly red, splashed with the title across the lower half. On the back, it has some impressive cover quotes from Benjamin Law and former Greens leader Bob Brown. Flipping through the pages, you see the many photos collected by the…
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Wednesday 25 November 2015
Life Sexuality

tinder: old-timey courting ideals needn’t be a part of the app

Arabella Close
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Dating app, Tinder, has recently made adjustments to its profiles and algorithms, to create more ‘meaningful connections’ and lead to a ‘significant increase’ in matches. The profiles will now feature information around the user’s education and employment, while the new algorithm is meant to look at more data points as the user swipes left or…
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Thursday 8 October 2015
Film

‘it could be him’: the new musical London Road and gendered violence

Marie Davis
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There are many aspects of London Road that are just plain weird. This musical-turned-film is based on the true events surrounding the serial murders of five female sex workers in 2006 by Steve Wright, taking interviews about the crimes verbatim and turning them into snazzy show-tunes. But perhaps what is most unique about London Road…
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Thursday 24 September 2015
Featured Opinion

sex-positive feminism: a movement in need of a revolution

Sanam Goodman
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I identify as a sex-neutral feminist. This doesn’t mean I don’t have an opinion on sex. In fact, it very much means the opposite. My first run in with feminism was a fairly negative one, I do admit, and has actually greatly helped me in becoming the feminist I am today. Coming from a fairly…
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Tuesday 15 September 2015
Featured

IQ2 debate: could chastity save the 21st century?

Eden Faithfull
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It’s been said that as human beings, we have a reptilian brain that responds to certain primal urges. Food is one. Sex and reproduction is definitely another. This underlying, pre-programmed disposition to respond to sexual imagery is so strong that it has been used for over 100 years in advertising. And the industry, while abusing…
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Wednesday 6 May 2015
Film

film review: it follows

Emma Robinson
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  After watching a myriad of gore-tastic movies over the past couple of decades, I’d forgotten how utterly terrifying a foe that walks, not runs, toward you can be. Torture porn will no doubt disgust and horrify (and if it doesn’t that is really weird) but the slow walk of the predator in It Follows…
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Tuesday 28 April 2015
Arts Books

lip lit: the dangerous bride

Jasmine Jean Martin
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‘Polyamory is a claim that the heart is capable of loving more than one person deeply and intimately at the same time,’ wrote Anne Hunter in Archer Magazine. ‘Poly relationships are often sexual but may not be, and they may shift in and out of being romantic and sexual.’ In her article, she discusses the…
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Tuesday 21 April 2015
Books

lip lit: hot little hands

Donna Lu
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  Watching Lena Dunham’s Girls for the first time was an edifying experience. A large part of the show’s appeal for me—and perhaps for countless other teenagers and women in their early twenties—is its flawed and often hapless characters, who are relatable precisely because of their faults.  Here was Hannah Horvath: podgy, solipsistic beyond help,…
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Wednesday 1 April 2015
Sexuality

back to ba(sex): a foray into polyamory, part one

Sarah Iuliano
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‘Sex-crazed, emotionless boors’: this is just one insult levelled at people identifying as polyamorous. FYI, polyamory is more than fucking – but a diverse sex life is all part of the fun. Over the next two columns, we look at polyamory, a new paradigm of how to “do” relationships that has been growing in awareness…
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Tuesday 31 March 2015
Featured Sexuality

feminist friendly: is spanking okay?

Katerina Bryant
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Before 50 Shades of Grey inspires you to go paddle shopping, I feel like I should butt in (see what I did there?). It’s actually kind of hard to tell whether spanking is: (a) the mark of a free woman who apologises to no one in search of her own pleasure, or (b) the patriarchy…
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Tuesday 17 March 2015
Sexuality

back to ba(sex): 50 shades of consent

Sarah Iuliano
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  The most painful whipping anyone in the BDSM community has ever handled is the defamation the lifestyle has suffered at the hands of EL James. The 50 Shades of Grey author has crafted a public relations nightmare for a community that does not necessarily have communications professionals to put forward its interests, particularly in…
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Tuesday 24 February 2015
Featured Sexuality

doing “it”: definitions of sex in the twenty-first century

Rachael Nielsen
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Sex often inspires differing opinions about what actually constitutes “It.”  If a lady pal says she had sex with a younger guy from Batemans Bay, it’s often standard for it to be assumed that penetration was involved. I was in a way directly asked about definitions of sex by a friend who assumed I was…
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