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Monday 22 September 2014
Featured Opinion

one in five australians think a woman is “partly responsible” if she is raped while intoxicated

Sophie Verass and Claire Capel-Stanley
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Last week shocking and shameful statistics emerged from a survey conducted by VicHealth. The results showed that one in five Australians believe that if a woman is raped while drunk or under the influence of drugs, she is partly to blame. One in Five. Duck, duck, duck, duck… Goose. Although the majority of those 17,500…
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Monday 8 September 2014
Featured

festival of dangerous ideas: surrogacy and the rights of surrogates and children

Shaza Barbar
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At Sydney’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas last weekend, the question was asked: is surrogacy child trafficking? Swedish journalist Kajsa Ekis Ekman thinks so. She argues that surrogacy is a form of female oppression based on sex and reproduction, regardless of whether it’s for commercial or altruistic reasons, as it requires women to renounce their interests…
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Wednesday 20 August 2014
News

government reform threatens women’s-only services

Shaza Barbar
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Specialist homelessness services (SHS) in NSW are undergoing major reform for the first time in 30 years under the government’s Going Home Staying Home (GHSH) program. According to the GHSH factsheet, the program seeks to make specialist homelessness services more accessible and to ensure that clients’ needs are met on an individual basis. The program…
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Thursday 24 July 2014
Arts Books

when everyone’s super: representation in comics

lip magazine
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It’s a disaster! Thor’s botched a job and can no longer carry his Uru hammer, Mjölnir. Earth’s in danger and there’s no thunderous demi-god to save us mere mortals. Lucky anyone who’s worthy can take up Thor’s mantle. In the upcoming Marvel comic Thor, an unknown woman will take the place our golden locked God…
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Friday 18 July 2014
News Opinion

two sides, same coin: should women be charged with assault if they use illegal drugs while pregnant?

Kaylia Payne & Junene Taylor
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“NO” – By Kaylia Payne On July 8, Mallory Loyola was the first person to be charged under a new Tennessee law that classifies drug use during pregnancy as assault to the foetus. The law stipulates that ‘a woman may be prosecuted for assault for the illegal use of a narcotic drug while pregnant, if…
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Tuesday 8 July 2014
Memoir

memoir: the red mark

Karla Gamero Gomez
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There was a red mark on my skirt. My friend had told me as soon as I’d risen from my seat and I had no idea what to do. It was my first year of high school. I’d only been there a few weeks and my first month had been fine, but this was a…
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Saturday 5 July 2014
Opinion TV

the female news

Caitlin Gordon-King
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‘When I started [in journalism], females were a little bit of a novelty,’ said The Morning Show co-host Kylie Gillies, in a 2013 interview with news.com. Some might call this an understatement. In 1986, when Gillies was a 17-year-old cadet, women represented less than one quarter of Australian television news presenters. At the time, Australian reporters…
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Tuesday 1 July 2014
Column Sport

chicks with balls: melbourne vixens ANZ championship

Ally Van Schilt
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Recently the ANZ netball championship took place at Hisense Arena in Melbourne, and was played between the Melbourne Vixens and the Queensland Firebirds. State netball is a sport which is flourishing across the nation, which was demonstrated by the impressive crowd present at the final game of over 9000 fans attending the Sunday afternoon game….
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Friday 20 June 2014
Featured

those certain females: the first woman journalist, nellie bly

Tansy Bradshaw
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From the beginning, Nellie Bly was a woman not to be messed with. When she read an article in The Pittsburgh Dispatch entitled ‘What Girls Are Good For’ – which was, according to the article, making babies and doing the household chores – she was angry enough to write a response to the paper under…
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Thursday 19 June 2014
Arts news Theatre

improvised theatre explores the lives of women on the home front

lip magazine
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The topic of war is not an uncommon theme in Australian theatre and, with the ANZAC centenary approaching in 2015, it seems particularly pertinent. Whilst much of the creative dialogue around the First World War focuses on the men fighting at the front, improvised Canberra production, The Home Front, focuses on the women left behind to…
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Thursday 12 June 2014
Sport

kicking goals: peta searle first woman AFL coach

Ally Van Schilt
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Peta Searle has become the first woman ever to be hired in a full-time capacity in the most male-dominated industry in the sporting world – AFL coaching. Last week, Searle confirmed her appointment as a development coach with the St Kilda Football Club, where her role will be with developing players through the Saints Academy….
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Tuesday 10 June 2014
Memoir

high school sweetheart

Augusta Wise
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She’s fourteen – though she is often mistaken for twelve – and a mixture of insecurity and confidence is etched into her movements. A freshman in a tiny Texas town, she tiptoes through the halls of her high school quietly and curiously.  She’s not quite sure how to carry herself – this body of a…
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Tuesday 10 June 2014
Featured Opinion

selling women short: the censorship of female bodies

Alice McShane
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Five-centimetres. Floor. Fingertip length. Another day, another arbitrary distinction between proper and improper attire for women. The ejection of Virginia teen, Clare, 17, from her homecoming prom dance last month clearly demonstrates that somehow the message is just not getting through that women are not to blame for the way men react to their bodies….
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Sunday 8 June 2014
Memoir

memoir: secondhand fear

Naz Jacobs
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How do I paint this picture, in ink strokes that become words, of how all three of my closest friends were separately raped before any of them turned twenty? Not one of their attackers was ever brought to justice. It serves as little wonder then, why I — as the only one amongst them who…
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