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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…
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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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Wednesday 11 December 2013
Featured Feminism

screenshot: emily graslie’s response to sexist youtube comments goes viral

Emma Nobel
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Emily Graslie, the creative mind behind popular YouTube science channel The Brain Scoop, has spoken out against the daily barricade of sexist comments she receives in a video in which she asks why there are so few popular female STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) creators on YouTube. In the video, which has done the…
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Wednesday 11 December 2013
Featured Opinion

aussie legends: lingerie football highlights pervasive sexism in women’s sport

Kaylia Payne
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I first became aware of the pervasive sexism when it comes to women’s sports teams in my first year of university. It was around the time that I discovered the Canberra Capitals and turned into an avid women’s basketball fan. Whenever I told anyone about my fondness for the team, they would snigger and say…
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Friday 6 December 2013
Culture Film

business and pleasure: alfred hitchcock

Kiah Meadows
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  In this six-part series, Kiah Meadows takes a look at the relationship between famous directors and their muses throughout Hollywood’s history. As directors go, no one has addressed women the way The Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, has. He worked with some of the greatest actresses of his time, including Ingrid Bergman, Grace Kelly…
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Wednesday 27 November 2013
News Opinion

in brief: is this new renault ad sexist? you bet!

Bridget Conway
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Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse for sexism, here comes Renault rolling in with their new ad for Koleos which features the tagline: ‘Beautiful meets Capable.’ The video has everyone asking; is there sexism at play here? Hell yes there is. The ad is a short snippet into the life of a…
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Wednesday 30 October 2013
News

daily feminist news: 30.10.13

Ruby Grant
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Texas judge rules new abortion restrictions unconstitutional. Despite Wendy Davis’ 11-hour filibuster blocking a super restrictive anti-abortion law in Texas, the law passed in July, banning abortions after 20 weeks and requiring doctors to perform abortions at special facilities. But the good news is that this week a judge ruled that the new regulations are…
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