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Friday 22 July 2016
Film TV

tv review: rebellion

Rosie Hunt
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  Rebellion is a historical drama that puts women at the centre of the action. The five-part mini series premiered earlier this year, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland, and is still available on Netflix for subscribers to binge-watch at their leisure. The series begins in 1914, with three…
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Tuesday 5 July 2016
Film TV

orange is the new black, season 4: crime, punishment, and the duty of care

Jennifer Worthing
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This article contains spoilers for Season 4 of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, along with discussions of potentially upsetting content, including rape, torture and violence.  Our favourite Litchfield inmates are back, with June 17 heralding the season four premiere of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black. Season four is arguably the most enthralling, witty, and…
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Tuesday 14 June 2016
Featured

how women became the surprising pioneers of modern advertising

Danika Kimball
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Advertising is an industry that is all too easy to dismiss as anti-woman. For decades now, the industry has grown while presenting women as objects to be consumed, all the while limiting opportunities for women who seek careers in the field. The television series Mad Men reinforced the unfortunate status of women in advertising, from…
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Monday 6 June 2016
Film

what Spirited Away taught me about feminism

Emma Hardy
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  Like many little girls, I grew up idolising Disney princesses. Ariel was my favourite; I never took her voicelessness too literally. When I was six years old I suggested my parents name my newborn brother ‘Prince Charming’. In my young eyes there could be nothing better. They went with ‘Liam’ instead. Once I was…
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Wednesday 18 May 2016
Arts Theatre

q&a with the directors of old wives’ tales

Bridget Conway
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The newly created Tallulah Theatre in Melbourne is putting on its second show, Old Wives’ Tales, from the 18th-21st of May. The show features six pieces, which are directed by six different women who are working towards making a name for themselves in the theatre scene. I caught up with three of the directors, Jean…
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Friday 6 May 2016
Featured

a brief history of women and alcohol

Liz Greene
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Despite societal pressure to break down traditional gender roles, there’s a large chunk of the population that still disapproves of women drinking anything more than a moderate amount of alcohol. Of course, this is a ridiculous double standard, as men are free to drink to their hearts’ content – without fear of judgement. Regardless of…
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Wednesday 4 May 2016
Featured Opinion

it’s money, honey: how we gender financial security

Emma Hardy
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I was seated in a small, sunny room that smelled of dusty carpet. Across the table from me, looking at my upturned palms, was a man with a long beard and thinning hair around his temples. He traced a line along the meaty part of my palm, just below my fingers. ‘You’re not money-minded,’ he…
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Tuesday 3 May 2016
Featured

not superwomen: how government and employers can help close the superannuation gender divide

Helen Machalias
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With a gender superannuation gap of 46.6%, women often receive advice on how to improve our super balances. However, the fact that the average 60-year-old Australian woman would have to work an extra 25 years to retire with the same superannuation balance as her male equivalent suggests that women will have difficulty achieving financial security…
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Wednesday 6 April 2016
Arts Books

lip lit: raif badawi: the voice of freedom—my husband, our story

Donna Lu
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The irony of the West’s close relationship with Saudi Arabia would be laughable, if it weren’t so troubling. When King Abdullah, of the ruling al-Saud family, died in January 2015, tributes gushed forth from world leaders. Prince Charles, David Cameron and Barack Obama, among others, flew to Riyadh to pay their respects to a man…
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Monday 22 February 2016
Film

film review: brooklyn

Jade Bate
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The alienation of the immigrant experience is a common narrative device in cinema. Whether it’s a young Vito Corleone glimpsing the Statue of Liberty for the first time in The Godfather: Part II or the Mexican illegal immigrants at the center of A Better Life, the prospect of finding a future in a far away…
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Saturday 30 January 2016
Film

film review: carol

Jade Bate
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It’s difficult to think of a recent film more exquisite and more perfect than Carol. It may seem too soon to call the film a masterpiece, but I can confidently say that it is truly up there with some of the greatest movies of recent times. More importantly, it takes its place alongside Brokeback Mountain…
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Friday 29 January 2016
Film

film review: the hateful eight

Giuliana Cincotta
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Set sometime after the Civil War, and apparently contained within the same universe as 2012’s Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight introduces us to Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson), a bounty hunter on route to the town of Red Rock to cash in on his deadly efforts. But on this cold day in…
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Friday 29 January 2016
Arts Books

lip lit: i call myself a feminist

Jess Miller
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I called myself a feminist out loud for the first time only last year. Mostly I felt proud, but lurking underneath this pride was an undeniable layer of guilt. I Call Myself a Feminist—an anthology compiled by Victoria Pepe, Rachel Holmes, Amy Annette, Alice Stride and Martha Mosse—helped me answer two questions at the heart…
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Thursday 28 January 2016
Sport

it’s dude time: the absence of women in sports coverage

Danika Kimball
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Last year, more people watched the women’s FIFA World Cup on TV than ever before, with over one billion viewers tuning in worldwide over the course of the event. The record figures seemed to be indicative of women’s rise towards parity with men in televised sports coverage, but recent studies performed by the University of…
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