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Tuesday 8 June 2021
Arts

the 2021 rachel funari prize for fiction: the shortlist

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The Lip team is pleased to announce the shortlist of the 2021 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction. Homing Stars – Tiffany Korssen Lady Finger – Keshe Chow The Tooth Seed – Hannah van Didden Nostos – Marina Deller Here I Am – Tanya Vavilova Lohmelle – Charlotte Guest Mansion – Kerrin O’Sullivan Margarita – Emily…
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Tuesday 1 June 2021
Books

lip lit: Q&A with author Emily Sun about her debut collection of poetry ‘Vociferate’

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Vociferate is West Australian writer Emily Sun’s debut poetry collection. In it, Emily meditates upon a range of issues that have shaped her world. Emily was born in British colonial Hong Kong to stateless diasporic-Chinese parents, who are descendants of Chinese sojourners to South-East Asian countries. Emily moved to England at age three before immigrating…
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Tuesday 18 May 2021
Art

art as therapy: painting the trauma of domestic violence

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Emerging Sydney artist, Claire Cassey, lived the first six years of her life as a child of domestic violence, often having to hide from her physically and emotionally abusive father. The imprint from that relationship followed her into adulthood and Claire lived through hell for over three years battling with the trauma inflicted by an…
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Monday 3 May 2021
Books

lip lit: Q&A with author Josephine Taylor about her debut novel Eye of a Rook

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Josephine Taylor’s new work of historical fiction brings into focus a hidden condition called vulvodynia. It’s a chronic pain experienced by too many women, many of whom are under 25. We spoke to Jo about the book, the condition and her research into the history of hysteria, female sexuality, and the treatment of the female…
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Thursday 29 April 2021
Fashion Opinion

conscious consuming: outfit repeating isn’t bad, but fast fashion is

Rachel Gregg
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Fast fashion is the world’s second largest pollutant, behind oil. This fact may surprise some; the outer appearance between oil and fabric pollutants seeming vastly different – and they are. Still, it’s the sheer volume and waste associated with the process of fast fashion that is making it deadlier than it seems. According to Business…
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Sunday 28 March 2021
Health

alcohol abuse is on the rise among women — here’s why it matters

Charlie Fletcher
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A dabble, a tipple, a little dram to take the edge off. For decades, alcohol consumption among women has been viewed with a wink and a nod. Viewed as an amusing little secret that’s actually not fooling anyone. It’s the old image of the harried mum taking nips and sips — and more — of…
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Sunday 21 March 2021
Opinion

is celebrating international women’s day enough?

Erik Bigalk
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International Women’s Day began in 1909 after the women’s suffrage movement protests and since, it has become an internationally recognised occasion for celebrating efforts of the past and planning for the future. For over a century, March 8th has been celebrated as a day we put women on the map. This year, the focus of…
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Monday 15 March 2021
Arts

meet the judges of the 2021 rachel funari prize for fiction: vivian pham

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Over the next few weeks, we’ll introduce you to the incredible people who make up the judging panel of the 2021 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction. Today, meet author Vivian Pham. * The Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction calls for stories by women and non-binary writers. What’s your view on diverse representation in publishing? When…
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Tuesday 9 March 2021
Arts

meet the judges of the 2021 rachel funari prize for fiction: nicola redhouse

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Over the next few weeks, we’ll introduce you to the incredible people who make up the judging panel of the 2021 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction. Today, meet Melbourne writer Nicola Redhouse. * The Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction calls for stories by women and non-binary writers. What’s your view on diverse representation in publishing?…
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Saturday 6 March 2021
Featured Life

ADHD unmasked: a tale of teenage diagnosis

Jules Schulman
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A half-finished crochet blanket lays on the floor, its frayed ends fully submerged in last night’s pasta alfredo. My dead pointe shoes (three months overdue for replacement) are haphazardly strewn against the cheap faux-leather ottoman I bought on Amazon with a gift card from last Christmas. My friend, Alec, surveys the mess and laughs. ‘You…
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Friday 5 March 2021
Feminism

Women are (rightly) angry. Now they need a plan

Michelle Arrow
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Australian women have been most effective, politically, when they have harnessed their collective rage and turned it into action. They need to do it again now. Like many Australians, I was delighted when activist Grace Tame was named the 2021 Australian of the Year. Tame is a powerful advocate for survivors of child sexual abuse,…
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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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