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Monday 25 November 2013
Opinion

the lip crew on julia gillard

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As the Twitterarti would say: #CreditJulia * ‘I was in a sociology class in my last year of high school when I heard that Julia Gillard had become our first female Prime Minister. My sassy but strict sociology teacher, who all the boys hated because she was a “ball-breaking-feminist-man-hater”, was beside herself with glee, telling…
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Tuesday 5 November 2013
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the lip crew on body image

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“To lose confidence in one’s body is to lose confidence in oneself.” — Simone de Beauvoir * ‘I like my body. There, I said it, *middle finger to everyone who ever called me a plethora of sizeist insults*. It’s not model-grade thin or athletic, and it’s not perfectly curvaceous like Christina Hendricks’, but it’s a…
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Friday 18 October 2013
Opinion

the lip crew on rape culture

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The writing is on the wall. * ‘There are few things that manifest such a violently ill feeling in me as rape. Unfortunately for my nerves and my stomach, its culture manifests around us as pop culture frequently desecrates women’s sexual agency and victim blaming still resonates as a disgustingly appropriate means to control women’s…
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Friday 27 September 2013
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the lip crew on maiden names

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As Shakespeare once said: ‘What’s in a name? That which we call a Smith or a Jones or a Giandomenico by any other name would smell as sweet.’  Or something like that… * ‘If you’re gonna do it, pick something together that makes your new family more interesting – all the celebrities seem to be…
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Friday 13 September 2013
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the lip crew on (the) beauty (myth)

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‘The Victorian woman became her ovaries, as today’s woman has become her “beauty”.’ Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth * ‘People tend to confuse the notion of aesthetics with that of beauty. The human eye desires to look at plenty that would not be termed “beautiful”, which is, of course, why so many traffic jams are…
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Tuesday 3 September 2013
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the lip crew on paid parental leave

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Fun fact: Since the Australian Labor Government introduced its paid parental leave scheme just over two years ago, 300,000 women – at a rate of about 10,000 a month – have accepted the 18-week minimum-wage payment. Recent data suggests that fewer than 20 fathers a month have taken up the leave. But is anyone surprised?…
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Friday 16 August 2013
Opinion

the lip crew on aggression

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ag·gres·sion  (-grshn) n. 1. The act of initiating hostilities or invasion. 2. The practice or habit of launching attacks. 3. Hostile or destructive behaviour or actions. 4. Probably gendered, but the jury’s out. * ‘Throughout my life, aggression has never been something I have deemed acceptable. As a child I was extremely quiet and timid….
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Saturday 3 August 2013
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the lip crew on cosmetic surgery

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If life gives you lemons, a simple operation can give you melons   * ‘Whether we like it or not it we live in an era in which personal modification of everything, including your person, is a possibility. We live on an overcrowded blue rock hurtling through space and your difference from the other seven…
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Friday 19 July 2013
Opinion

the lip crew on pornography

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Let today’s installment of ‘the lip crew on…’ be the happy ending to your working week. * ‘Pornography is a big topic. Are the women involved oppressed or empowered? And also, is pornography bad for women/people in general? For the former question, it seems like most people would say that if someone isn’t being forced…
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Friday 5 July 2013
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the lip crew on body hair

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Mary, Mary, quite contrary, why don’t you let your garden grow? * ‘Body hair on women isn’t unattractive to me, and I wish I was strong enough to rebel against the “standards of beauty” and leave my hair alone – my sensitive skin would definitely thank me for it! But I am ashamed to say…
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Friday 21 June 2013
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the lip crew on reproductive rights

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A little over a week ago, somebody kind of important said something kind of foreboding/worthy of an eyeroll (depending on which side of the political fence you sit on, really) about abortion and playthings and men in blue ties… Today, Lip’s somebodies have their say. * ‘Reproductive rights’ are vital for a safe and equal…
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Friday 7 June 2013
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the lip crew on virginity

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Well, if Madonna can sing about it, there’s no reason why the Lip Crew can’t write about it, right? *** ‘At my age it’s uncool to admit my virginity except as a comedic punchline, but I’ve not retained it as any political or religious statement – I simply haven’t found someone with whom I choose…
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Friday 24 May 2013
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the lip crew on monogamy

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monogamy noun 1. the practice or condition of having only one spouse at a time. 2. the practice of remaining faithful to a single sexual partner. 3. Zoology the habit of having only one mate. 4. the practice of marrying only once during life. [French monogamie] (The Macquarie Dictionary Online © Macquarie Dictionary Publishers Pty Ltd.) Over to you,…
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