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February 13, 2018

exploring the importance of loving and looking after ourselves for no one but ourselves

February is known by many as the month of love because of the impending February 14th date, also known as Valentine’s Day. The positive connotations to this cupid’s holiday celebrate love and adoration, bringing couples to the forefront as the quintessential relationship to be fawned over. Familial love follows as a close second, though still does not compete with the main imagery of a head-over-heels couple.


February 11, 2018

Due to her seemingly unwavering confidence when it comes to expressing her opinions, TLW* identifies Yassmin Abdel-Magied as a strong and clear embodiment of a Loud Woman in today’s society. Earlier in 2017, almost 100 bedraggled students squeezed themselves into our small library at school to listen to the infamous (debatable) Yassmin Abdel-Magied. Only a few months after her book launch, for Yassmin’s Story, both dissenters and fans alike crouched under tables and sat three to a chair to liste...

Ansari’s name has been thrown alongside Weinstein and Spacey in a story that has caused an enormous divide within the #metoo movement itself, with women and men growing more and more hesitant to speak on the subject for fear of being accused or their reputation being tarnished. Most importantly, however, this has created monumental shifts in our perception of the dating and sex life of women, at a time when these ideas are at the forefront of Western cultural dialogue.

As I read and reread the An...

January 30, 2018

TRIGGER WARNING This article contains graphic depiction of sexual assault.

We group things together according to their similarities, to the features they all have in common. For example all spiders have eight legs, all fish lack digits, all pandas have patches, all milkshakes are cold, all planes have wings, all countries have a capital, but what do all women have in common?

All women have vaginas? All women like men? All women are weak? All women have periods? All women are good at cooking?...

January 25, 2018

How is it that high end beauty brands are still so ignorant of POC?

Tarte cosmetics shook the beauty world when they announced that they were launching the foundation version of their best selling Shape Tape concealer. So as soon as I opened my inbox and saw an email from Tarte with the subject header: THE WAIT IS OVER!!! (finally) I quickly clicked on the email and followed through to the website to see the foundation.

It was disappointing to say the least.

It’s quite brave to release a highly ant...

January 11, 2018

My name is Eliza Brebner Griffin. I am 26 years old and a member of the Victorian Young Labor Executive. I have been involved in Young Labor for about two years and have been asked to share a little about my experiences as a woman in politics.

Given the age restrictions of Young Labor, when I did become involved I quickly discovered I did not have any time to waste!

I have no doubt that issues of gender are still a barrier to women’s participation in politics. Some of those barriers were what d...

January 11, 2018

As one of the most discussed new entries in the Nike Pro collection hits the market, many young girls, as well as grown up women, are lining up to get their own Nike Pro Hijab.

Despite what certain newspapers have claimed, this product is about to embody a revolution. It is going to open doors, build bridges and portray the idea that outfits do not matter in sport. Opening the Nike website to find first the slogan “Time to show the world what you’ve got” and second a woman wearing a headscarf, sp...

December 30, 2017

2017 started off as a year of horrifying possibilities, and ended as a glimmer of hope for the female political revolution. 2017 was the year of the angry woman, the year of the silence breakers, the year billions of women across the world collectively found their voice.

When Trump was elected at the expense of an exceedingly intelligent and qualified woman who could have been the first female president of the United States, it was difficult for me to feel anything but despair. But I should never...

September 4, 2017

I wore the keffiyeh, an indication of my Palestinian roots, a token of solidarity.

You wore it as a jumpsuit, to make a profit off my history.

I wore my feathered headdress, as leader of my tribe, a token of respect, courage and honour.

You wore it on the runway as a feathery adornment, in a disrespectful manner.

I wore a cross around my neck as a symbol of atonement.

You wore it on your ears, a fashionable ornament.

I wore a bindi between my brows, the seat of ajna, to worship intellect.

You wore it a...

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