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Wednesday 9 April 2014
Feminism News

in brief: the guardian turns everyday sexism back on men

Matilda Mornane
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Based on public encounters reported to them, The Guardian recently used scenarios from real women from the @EverydaySexism Twitter feed to turn the tables on sexist discourse. Video Producer, Leah Green went undercover for the four minute video, in which she depicts the real-life situations, instead cat-calling or asking unsavoury questions of the men she bumps…
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Tuesday 1 April 2014
Featured News

surfer girl: challenging sexism in surf culture

Ally Van Schilt
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Olive Bowers has a very impressive family tree – her mother is Alice Garner, actor, writer and academic, and her grandmother is Helen Garner, one of Australia’s best known and most celebrated writers. Now, thirteen year old Bowers is making her own mark as an impressive role model for girls her age by writing an…
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Thursday 6 March 2014
News

in brief: men’s aggression isn’t influenced by their own intoxication

Sarah Iuliano
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A recent study has shown men’s aggressive behaviour is not influenced by their own drunkenness. The joint research by University of Toronto and University of Washington trained and hired 140 young people to document incidents of aggression in Toronto bars. The study, published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, found that while alcohol was no…
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Sunday 2 March 2014
News

in brief: are google doodles sexist/racist?

Yalei Wang
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One of the creative innovations Google has created is the ‘Google Doodle.’ These ‘doodles’ are pictorial spin offs of the Google logo in accordance to a historical day, event, or period in the world at any given time. Ever remember Googling something on Christmas and seeing maybe a wreath around the Google logo? It’s something to…
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Wednesday 19 February 2014
Art News World

in brief: german artist, georg baselitz claims women can’t be great artists

Matilda Mornane
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German artist Georg Baselitz has sparked backlash, recently telling a newspaper that women cannot paint well. Baselitz has dismissed female painters – even the most iconic like Frida Kahlo – saying that they ‘simply don’t pass the market test, the value test.’ Despite making up the majority of art students, Baselitz claims that women lack…
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Wednesday 12 February 2014
News World

Sheryl Sandberg wants to change the way women are represented in stock photography

Bridget Conway
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Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg started a nonprofit organisation, LeanIn.org, to educate, inspire and support women who feel pressured by the media to be skinnier, sexier and prettier. On 9 February, she announced that the organisation would be partnering with Getty Images to create a ‘collection of images that it says represent women and families in…
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Wednesday 12 February 2014
Feminism News

in brief: new short film reverses gender roles and opens eyes to every day sexism

Matilda Mornane
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French filmmaker, Éléonore Pourriat, has everyone talking about her latest short film, Majorité Oprimée (Oppressed Majority), an interesting take on the reversal of gender roles. Oppressed Majority finds a man taking his son to daycare and going to work, encountering everything from condescending conversation to public catcalls, and even sexual assault, along the way. The…
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Thursday 6 February 2014
News World

in brief: Russia markets female athletes as sex objects for Sochi

Sarah Iuliano
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With the world gearing up for the Sochi Winter Olympic Games, Russian media are showcasing their nation’s female athletes with their gear off. Russian website AdMe.Ru has posted a series of photographs, believing ‘Russian sportswomen are the best campaigners for [their] team in Sochi*’, albeit for the wrong reasons. The photographs depict the medal-winning Russian…
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Sunday 26 January 2014
News Opinion

harmless fun? stripper pole joke leads to online rape threats for critics

Danielle Scoins
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In a move labelled controversial by many commentators, earlier this week popular breakfast television host David Koch gave his co-host Samantha Armytage a stripper pole. The gift was a joke in reference to Armytage’s comment she made earlier in the show about her new shoes. Armytage reportedly made an off hand remark about her shoes…
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Friday 24 January 2014
Opinion

“because she’s the pretty girl”: serving up sexism at the australian open

Ally Van Schilt
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Like many others, when the Australian Open Tennis Championships roll around again in the summertime, I find myself at first flicking across channels to track players’ progress, then watching the tournament over lunch breaks, and finally, admitting defeat, and watching the broadcast pretty much from start to finish each day until the finals, which usually…
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Thursday 23 January 2014
News

in brief: historic win for eugenie bouchard results in sexist post-match interview

Sarah Iuliano
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Eugenie Bouchard has become the first Canadian woman to go through to the Australian Open semi-finals, but more pressing to the media is her love life. Following her victory over former world number one player Ana Ivanovic, Bouchard was interviewed by former player Samantha Smith (apparently, on behalf of her male fan base). ‘…They want…
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Wednesday 22 January 2014
Featured Opinion

sexism gets a rebrand: when did female objectification become progressive?

Mel Di Giacomo
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For those who missed it, obscure Bondi burger restaurant “Goodtime Burger” skyrocketed to infamy last month after publishing an ad featuring a woman’s outer labia as the meat in a hamburger bun. The caption read: ‘The freshest fun between the buns’, and sparked outrage from the public, with voices criticising the ad as “sexist,” “unappetising,”…
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Thursday 16 January 2014
Culture Featured Feminism

no place for a lady: contemplating online sexism and misogyny

Ally Van Schilt
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A recent social experiment which took place on subreddit TwoXChromosomes, a forum related to gender and intended for women’s perspectives, saw a man set up a female profile in order to prove his preconceived notion that women ‘have it easy’ on dating sites. Unsurprisingly, the results of this social experiment caused the man to have…
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Wednesday 18 December 2013
Featured Opinion

descending bangability: welcome to the new low

Hila Shachar
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I’ve been writing for many years and blogging since 2005. After a certain point, it feels like I’ve become used to encountering all types of abuse and sexism online as a woman writer. That is, I assume that I’ve gotten numb to it. But then I read something that seems to take things to whole…
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