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Tuesday 3 May 2016
Arts Books

lip lit: things my mother taught me

Danielle Croci
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What is the role of a mother? And how does the relationship between a mother and her child shape that child’s life and actions? What makes some children grow up to be like their mothers, while others are motivated to turn away and do something completely different? The new book Things My Mother Taught Me…
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Friday 15 May 2015

triggered: reliving the trauma of sexual violence

Kelsey Paske
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*Trigger warning: rape, violence* As I recounted the detail of his expression – cold and determined – I felt the room slip away. ‘Was he looking at you?’ ‘No. It was like he was looking through me, to something else.’ I remembered his eyes for the first time, piercing the bedhead behind me. He was…
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Monday 4 March 2013
Arts Books

lip lit: holy hell

Alexandra Storey
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In late 1978, Patricia Feenan, her husband, and their two young sons moved to a twenty-five acre farm, just a forty-minute drive from Newcastle.  Nestled in the quiet countryside, but close enough to the city that Feenan’s husband could still drive to work, Feenan hoped that the farm would provide an idyllic childhood for her…
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Thursday 8 November 2012
Featured News

in brief: school district says ‘carelessness’ behind former student’s sexual assault

Shannon Clarke
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A California woman, Kristen Cunnane, is suing her former school district for the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of two of her teachers from the time she was 12-years-old. The school’s defense: it was her fault. Cunnane was a student at Joaquin Morega Intermediate School in California in the ’90s. The teachers accused are…
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Wednesday 8 February 2012
Featured Film

bechdel taser: down the trigger-hole of sexual abuse on screen

Sarina Murray

TRIGGER WARNING! The catch-cry of this column is ‘finding the fun in fail’, but there’s one kind of film-fail (and life-fail) which is never fun. Rape. Not funny when people misappropriate the term to say their facebook was ‘fraped’, not funny when it’s the (bizarrely) critically acclaimed American remake of The Girl With the Dragon…
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