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Thursday 11 February 2021
Health Sexuality

why don’t women feel comfortable talking about masturbation?

Alice Cullinane
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Masturbation is part of many women’s self-care routine to relieve stress, sexual tension and even ease menstrual pain. But many of us don’t feel comfortable talking about it. What is stopping us from casually speaking about self-pleasure? ‘It’s a very awkward topic, because of the reactions of modern society…I would just keep it to myself.’ …
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Friday 22 January 2021
Featured Film

promising young woman: unified by a shared experience

Karin Van Eeden
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Trigger warning: rape, suicide  Yesterday, I left the movies, validated and heard. I had just seen a movie that I never even imagined could be told. Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman, starring the perfectly cast Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham and Alison Brie, immediately felt important. We find Cassandra (Carey Mulligan) on a quest to teach…
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Thursday 31 December 2020
Featured

it’s not a compliment: what we’ve learnt about street harassment in 2020

Cheryl Tan and Mark Yin
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This year, our streets have been unusually empty. We spent most of 2020 in some form or other of lockdown, only leaving the house when necessary. But even with pedestrian traffic dramatically reduced, street harassment hasn’t necessarily stopped or even slowed down. Rather, it has persisted, as harmful and as dehumanising as ever, and affected…
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Monday 23 November 2020
Featured Life

Performing Pregnancy: It’s Time To Debunk The Pregnant Archetype

Frankie van Kan
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‘It’s a surprise,’ I say to my mother, ‘just wait outside with your phone.’ She agrees and takes her phone outside with the camera ready to shoot as I walk into my studio to get ready. When I emerge a few minutes later she struggles to control her  laughter while I navigate the garden path…
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Thursday 22 October 2020
Books

lip lit: the perfect world of miwako sumida by larissa Goenawan

Kaylia Payne
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In a word: Wow. Just…wow. What a beautiful, heartbreaking book. For what is at first glance a small and unassuming tale, it certainly packs a punch. That being said, it’s done in a really gentle way, with the writing used to carve out the story rather than build it. The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida…
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Thursday 3 September 2020
Opinion

COVID kilos: weight worries amidst a global pandemic

Krystal Maynard
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We’re bouncing between baking sourdough bread and practising Yoga with Adrienne. We’ve fiercely committed to comfy pants and rejected jeans. We’re bemoaning our expanding waistlines and the media have responded: just google Covid/quarantine kilos. We’re months into the global Covid-19 pandemic and weight worries still manage to be a concern. We’re lucky that in Melbourne,…
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Wednesday 5 August 2020
Featured Memoir

a four-letter day: a short essay on discovering the most versatile word in the english language

Krystal Maynard
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Do you remember the first time you felt free? The first time that you realised that while external factors, like your parents, teachers, money, the fact that you’re a 10-year-old child and don’t have a license to do, well, anything, doesn’t mean you have no control? I do. I remember distinctly and I relish the…
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Friday 24 July 2020
Featured

COVID-19 is a disaster for mothers’ employment. And no, working from home is not the solution

Leah Ruppanner, Caitlyn Collins, William Scarborough
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When COVID-19 hit, some commentators hailed it as an opportunity to revolutionise gender roles in heterosexual couples. But as public life froze overnight and homes became schools, daycare centres and offices, mothers have been placed under more pressure, not less. Our new study on workers in the United States shows that in the first months…
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Wednesday 22 July 2020
Arts

meet the winners of the 2020 rachel funari prize for fiction: 1st place, “swampy” by emily white

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Emily White’s story, Swampy won the 2020 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction. Here’s a Q&A with Emily, plus their award-winning story! * Congratulations on winning this year’s RFP for Fiction, Emily! Tell us a bit about yourself. Who are you? I am Emily White, advocate for ecofeminism and a high fibre diet, and I am…
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Wednesday 22 July 2020
Arts

meet the winners of the 2020 rachel funari prize for fiction: 2nd place, “baby season” by vicky daddo

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Vicky Daddo’s story, Baby Season, placed second in the 2020 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction. Here’s a Q&A with Vicky, plus her award-winning story! * Congratulations on placing 2nd in this year’s RFP for Fiction, Vicky! Tell us a bit about yourself. Who are you? I’m a writer based in Gippsland, Victoria, originally from the…
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Wednesday 22 July 2020
Arts

meet the winners of the 2020 rachel funari prize for fiction: 3rd place, “touch starve” by maude davey

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Maude Davey’s story, Touch Starve, placed third in the 2020 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction. Here’s a Q&A with Maude, plus her award-winning story! * Congratulations on placing 3rd in this year’s RFP for Fiction, Maude! Tell us a bit about yourself. Who are you? I am one of twins, born in the early sixties…
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Wednesday 24 June 2020
Arts

the 2020 rachel funari prize for fiction: the winners

lip magazine
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We are thrilled to announce that the winner of the 2020 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction is Emily White for their story Swampy. Emily receives a $1000 cash prize, a 12-month membership to Writers Victoria, a 12-month digital membership to Kill Your Darlings, and a collection of books courtesy of our sponsors. The 2020 Rachel…
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Saturday 20 June 2020
Featured Health

is the US bullying the UN to dump sexual and reproductive rights?

Amy Haddad
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In the middle of a pandemic, the US is opposing women’s basic human right to determine what happens to their bodies. The world appears to be marching backwards, not forwards, writes Amy Haddad. Unless you are a multilateral gender nerd like me you may not know that 2020 is the 20th anniversary of UN Security…
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Friday 19 June 2020
Art TV

TV talk: season two of ‘shrill’ wears its heart on its colourful sleeve

Nicola Frassetto
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The supportive best friend. The tragic sad girl. We’ve seen characters from marginalised communities delivered straight from the production line, neatly packaged within these stereotypes for moral convenience. But Annie Easton, heroine of Shrill, proves something different is possible: a character who is equally flawed and inspiring. Watching Annie grow at a rate of fits…
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