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Prepare to dig your Lizzie McGuire-era flares out of storage. A 35-year-old Australian woman recently collapsed because her skinny jeans cut off blood supply to her legs.   According to a case report released Monday, hours of manual labor the previous day left the woman’s feet feeling numb, particularly “squatting” to empty cupboards. While walking home, she fell and was unable to stand again, forcing her to crawl for help. Read More
We all know that actors, authors, and, of course, models are Photoshopped relentlessly in the media—but even politicians aren’t safe from alterations. Australian Senator Sarah Hanson-Young won a case for defamation against a satirical magazine called Zoo Weekly this past week for that very reason. In response to her strong views that those seeking asylum should have a place in Australia, Zoo Weekly thought it would be clever to offer that refugees could stay in their magazine office—if she agreed to a bikini photo shoot. Read More
On Monday morning, December 15th, an armed gunman entered a standoff with police while inside a café in Martin Place, located in Sydney, Australia. During the standoff, the gunman, Man Haron Monis, held 17 people hostage inside of the café and displayed an Islamic flag in the café’s window. The hostage situation ended early Tuesday morning when police entered the site after hearing an explosion and yelling. Two hostages, Tori Johnson (34) and Katrina Dawson (38), along with the gunman died during the police rescue. Read More
  The conflicts and intersections of craft and art are marked in large part by gender and cultural stereotypes. For a long time, craft was associated with the female, working within the home: a suit patch, a blanket. Craft was practical, but fine art was the stuff of the male-dominated realms; images produced were for public consumption, philosophical discourse, and political inquiry. It wasn’t until Judy Chicago’s patchwork fabric and ceramic plates changed the way women’s art was perceived forever. Read More
The Parisian skincare line, Ella Baché, is receiving some Australian backlash for their latest advertisement. The advertisement that’s getting lots of buzz is of a few female nude models that have serious expressions on their faces. The picture is accompanied with the phrase, “Skin Solutions As Individual As You Are”. Apparently, the Australian advertising self-regulator agency, Outdoor Media Association, thought that the lack of smiles from the models gave off “sexual overtones". The ad was to be featured on a 6x3m billboard in all major cities. Read More
Want to keep rape fantasies off the radio? Don't tell Tyler, the Creator, unless you're ready to be called a "fucking whore dyke." That's the message he's broadcasting to the world lately. After an Australian woman named Talitha Stone criticized the rapper for rhyming about his hateful, necrophilia-inspired rape fantasies, Tyler and a slew of his fans verbally attacked and threatened her. Tyler then called her out during an (all-ages!) performance saying, “Fucking bitch, I wish she could hear me call her a bitch, too, fucking whore. Yeah, I got a sold-out show right now bitch. Read More
Rape culture has been all over the news lately due the horrific Steubenville rape case and subsequent trial. However, rape culture has far-reaching effects across age demographics and nationalities, as proven by Australian radio host John Laws. Laws, who Salon calls “Australia’s answer to Rush Limbaugh,” has been called out for a radio interview with a victim of sexual abuse this week in which he displayed a penchant for victim blaming and general insensitivity. Read More
Nothing says TGIF like some interspecies canoodling, imported from Australia for your viewing pleasure. And if you just can't get enough, check out Fuck Yeah Interspecies Friendships. Love is blind, y'all. Image Via 1047.com. Read More
This might be the creepiest documentary ever.  An Australian documentary team has auctioned off the virginities of a man and a woman known as Alexander and Catarina. The bidding, which took place on a website called Virgins Wanted, began on September 17 and closed on October 24. Catarina had 15 bids ranging from $1 to the winning $780,000, from a Japanese man called “Natsu.” Alexander had 8 bids ranging from $1,000 to the winning $3,000, from a Brazilian woman called “Nene B. Read More
In a debate earlier this week, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard called out opposition leader Tony Abbott on his sexism and misogyny.  In what could be considered an important moment for Australian women and women all over the world, Gillard excellently declared her feelings about Abbott while standing up for women. The debate was held because of some recent remarks by Speaker of the House Peter Slipper, who sent texts demeaning women.  Interestingly enough, Slipper was appointed under Gillard’s command. Read More
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