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I’m Not a Murderer: My body, my choice.

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“I can’t remember…” I stated, staring at my boyfriend at the time. Calculating the weeks in my head since my last menstrual cycle, I recalled all my recent bodily changes. My breasts were tender and enlarged, my tummy and hips looked bloated, the toilet was my new best friend, morning nausea visited me daily, my usual lightly grilled scallop sushi lunch repulsed me, and my craving for orange juice could never be satiated.Dread consumed me. All signs pointed to one thing – pregnancy.
Although I already had a strong inclination of what the result would be, I unwrapped the pregnancy test and held my breath, hoping for a different outcome. I waited. Two faint red lines slowly became visible. My eyes widened and pupils dilated. Oh, Fuck. Opening the bathroom door, I waved the stick in his face.
“I’m pregnant” I whispered, low enough so my parents couldn’t hear from th…

The Male Gaze and Social Media

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It has always been the ambition of the media to appeal to the masses and invoke desire, whether through films or advertising. For a long time, and even still today, the masses that mattered were men.
In feminist theory, the concept of the ‘Male Gaze’ explores the way viewers and consumers engage with visual media in a way that sexualises women in order to empower men. It is specifically targeted at heterosexual men and sees the objectification of women as a fulfillment of male desire. The term was coined in the 1970s by British feminist film theorist Laura Mulvey. She used it to analyse the structure, characters, plotline and overall nature of films of the time. Mulvey’s theory challenged previously accepted ideas and social norms and questioned why audiences and viewers of films and other media were positioned to view women only from the perspective of a straight male.
Over the last 40 years, the progression of female representation in films years has increased exponentially. Women ar…

A Reminder: “Underaged Women” are Not Women

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If you've been following the news stories around Jeffrey Epstein’s horrific sex crimes, you might already be familiar with the term, "underage women". It’s frequently used by mainstream media, including MSNBC and CNN, as well as Epstein's legal team to describe his victims, some of whom were as young as 14 years old. The term is problematic in more than one sense. The most obvious problem is that it's completely farcical - no "woman" is underage. An underaged woman is a girl. A girl is, by definition, a child. But the far more insidious nature of the term is that it muddies the waters and minimises the severity of the crimes in question, which are undeniably horrific.
Many news agencies stated they used the term to avoid confusion over whether the victims involved were legally considered children (that is, pre-pubescent, which they were not). But their usage points to a larger and more disturbing cultural trend surrounding female victims: a tendency to e…

STEMinist – HerStory

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“Hidden Figures” made waves in the movie industry for portraying the brilliant, female, collective, computational minds behind one of the greatest scientific and engineering feats in history: putting humans on the moon. This movie showed us that there has been no lack of brilliant women contributing to STEM fields through history. We also know that women’s contributions to science, math, technology and engineering have been systematically written out of our history books.All this complaining about not enough women idols in STEM fields for our future generations and we never stopped to wonder at what point in history we decided women were bad at math and science? 
The history of patriarchy is hard to identify. For so many years, in the majority of societies around the world, patriarchy has been so widely accepted that it wasn’t even identified as a type of operating system until recently. The word “patriarchy” literally means “rule of the father” and did not emerge until humans develope…

Liberals savage cut to legal support services for women

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The Liberal/National party has a reputation for misunderstanding the needs of Australian women. Their attitude towards women is further exemplified by former Liberal prime minister Tony Abbott’s comments about ‘the housewives of Australia doing the ironing’. The LNP doesn’t have a woman-focused policy record either, with continued criticism that they fail Australian women in parliamentary representation, policies, programs, and budget spending. The election of the LNP government in 2019 has been widely viewed as a failure for women, in part because the LNP cutsspending on essential services for women, including The Women’s Family Law Service (WFLSS). Continued cuts to women’s services highlight the LNP governments’ lack of understanding of and disinterest in the wellbeing of Australian women.

The Women’s Family Law Service (WLFLSS) is a joint program run by the Sydney Registry of the Family Court and the NSW Women’s refuge movement. Located in the Sydney registry of the family court, W…

Red Hearts, Razors, and Emotional Labor: Untangling Men’s Issues From Feminism

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I not only believe there is a place in the gender equality minefield for men’s liberation, but that, in such a politically charged society, this movement is sorely needed.
I know this is an odd statement to make in a space that by and large houses Feminist thought and action. But I’m certain that encouraging such a movement is the only way to preserve the integrity of Feminist spaces. I’m absolutely not suggesting we contact our local MRA’s and ask them out to lunch. I’m not of the mind that the bridge trolls that comprise such a movement are capable of any action that would complement, or even run remotely parallel to, the outcomes Feminism works to achieve. What I have in mind is more of a safe space for men seeking to combat the toxic masculinity so pervasive in our culture.
The fact of the matter is, toxic masculinity is not and should not be a Feminist issue. But it impacts women so deeply, man…