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Saturday 5 April 2014
News

in brief: american school district preaches sexually active girls are like ‘dirty chocolate’

Sarah Iuliano
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A school district in the American state of Mississippi has foregone discussion of condoms in sex education to go on a slut shaming lesson using the confection York’s Peppermint Pattie. In possibly the worst metaphor ever, students shared the chocolate by putting it in their mouth and then passing it on to their classmates. This…
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Saturday 5 April 2014
News

in brief: men still dominate american news media

Sarah Iuliano
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  A study by the US Women’s Media Centre (WMC) has found the majority of print, broadcast, internet and wires content is produced by male journalists. The WMC surveyed 27,000 articles, bulletins and the like to find across all platforms 63.4 per cent was man-made. News anchor positions are mainly held by men with the…
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Saturday 5 April 2014
News

feminist news round-up: 05.04.14

Ruby Grant
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  Catch up on all the feminist news from all around the world this week on Lip! 65 per cent of Brazilian survey respondents agreed that women who dressed provocatively ‘deserved’ to be raped. A further 58 per cent claimed that if women ‘knew how to behave’ there would be less rape. A significant portion…
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Wednesday 2 April 2014
Memoir

a separation

Sadaf Zekaria
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This was not the first time my father had expressed an opinion which had bothered me, but for some reason this particular incident has stayed in my mind over the last few months. I was watching the phenomenal 2011 film by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi titled A Separation, which follows the lives of two startlingly…
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Monday 31 March 2014
News Politics World

in brief: paris elects its first female mayor

Ally Van Schilt
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For the first time ever, the race for the Mayor of Paris was all female. And (gasp) a woman won! The two largest political parties in Paris’ candidates were Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, of the centre-right Union pour un Mouuvement Populaire (UMP), and Anne Hidalgo of the Parti Socialiste (PS). Hidalgo triumphed, claiming 54.5 per cent of…
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Wednesday 26 March 2014
News World

in brief: crimea’s new russian attorney-general becomes surprise internet sensation

April Glover
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Russia’s newly appointed prosecutor-general of Crimea, Natalia Poklonskaya, has set the internet’s heart a-flutter after a video of her first press conference went viral on YouTube. Online users have bizarrely disregarded the fact that she holds a controversial position under President Vladimir Putin’s controlling government, instead labelling her ‘cute and hot’ and quickly creating memes…
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Wednesday 26 March 2014
News

in brief: the banning of leggings at school induces protests in teenage girls

Matilda Mornane
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  Middle-school girls at Haven Middle School, Evanston, Illinois, are picketing this week for their right to wear leggings to school. The school informed the young teens this month that leggings are ‘too distracting to boys’ to be fit for the classroom. Thirteen year old, Sophie Hasty, told the Evanston Review that her and 500…
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Wednesday 26 March 2014
News World

in brief: michelle obama urges open internet access in china

Matilda Mornane
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  Speaking at the Stanford Centre at Peking University, Michelle Obama told a Chinese audience that they would be unable to advance its education goals without easing Internet restrictions and allowing greater freedom of expression. The First Lady was careful to preface her comments by stating that the United States ‘must respect the uniqueness’ of…
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Saturday 22 March 2014
News World

in brief: north korean women targeted by sex tourism

Sarah Iuliano
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A Chinese travel company that runs trips to North Korea has set its sights on a new market: Western ‘pickup artists’ (or PUAs). Koryo Tours has explained on its website why this ‘love tourism’ isn’t illegal and why foreigners shouldn’t be dissuaded from taking the journey… or ‘challenge’ is probably how they’d choose to frame…
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Friday 21 March 2014
News Politics World

in brief: women are apparently ‘too busy’ for equal pay

Kezia Lubanszky
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The fight over equal pay continues to rage in Texas, and the head of a Republican political activist committee, targeting women voters, doesn’t support equal pay because ‘women are too busy.’ During an interview with local news WFAA, Redstate Women Executive Director, Cari Christman said that the GOP doesn’t support laws that address the gender…
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Tuesday 18 March 2014
Film

film review: wadjda

Caitlin Gordon-King
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Saudi Arabia has long been veiled in mystery. The cultural gulf between the Islamic Kingdom and the West has fuelled speculation and criticism; Australians are at ends to understand a monarchical nation which limits citizens’ equality and individual rights. Saudi Arabia’s unequal treatment of women has become a focus of this criticism; Saudi women are…
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Friday 14 March 2014
News

in brief: girl barred from school for eating disorder

Sarah Iuliano
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A 16-year-old British girl has been banned from her high school amid fears hear eating disorder could inspire copycat behaviour from peers. Lottie Twiselton spent one year in a clinic after almost succumbing to anorexia nervosa, before being cleared to start studying again. But she was barred from re-enrolling at the school she’d attended since…
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Wednesday 12 March 2014
News World

in brief: massachusetts bans up-skirting

Matilda Mornane
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Massachusetts passed a bill last Thursday that bans ‘up-skirting’, in response to a recent ruling that said a law aimed at criminalising voyeurism did not apply to the snapping of secret photos up a woman’s skirt without her consent. The bill would make photographing or recording video under a person’s clothing illegal, and now goes…
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Wednesday 12 March 2014
News World

in brief: pussy riot members attacked with paint and rubbish

Matilda Mornane
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Two members of the Russian feminist punk protest group, Pussy Riot, were  attacked last week by several men at a McDonald’s restaurant in Nizhny Novgorod. In a video uploaded by the group, several men are seen attacking Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina with rubbish and green paint in syringes. They stand over the two women, emptying…
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