IT’S HARD OUT HERE FOR A BITCH

We needed Lily Allen’s edgy lyrics and sweet voice when she first stole our hearts with her 2006 album, Alright Still. Her songs poked at problems within society and tore apart the particulars of pop culture; she had a knack for voicing the insecurities we felt as young women. Allen’s new single, It’s Hard Out Here (a play on Three 6 Mafia‘s song) takes aim at a bunch of new…
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WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT LILY ALLEN

I so wanted this song to be an anthem to get behind, but it turns out Lily Allen’s It’s Hard Out Here epitomises the biggest problem within the feminist movement: racism. Update: Lily Allen has responded to critics who argue her song is racist, claiming in a short blog post that her motivations were well-intentioned and she did not mean to be racist. However, as Jezebel points out, an…
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BLAME IT ON THE BRAZILIAN

Is Brazilian waxing to blame for the rise in demand among Australian young women for labiaplasty? Melbourne GP Magda Simonis told the ABC last week that the trend for young women in particular to remove all hair from their vulvas was leaving many self-conscious about the appearance of their labia, even when they looked clinically normal. Dr Simonis, who has consulted with patients as young as 17 seeking referrals for…
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THAT’S MY VAGINA ON HONI SOIT (NSFW)

Last week, along with eighteen other young women from Sydney Uni, I had my vagina photographed to make a political statement on the front cover of Honi Soit, Australia’s oldest running weekly student newspaper. We believe that the way the media represents women’s vaginas is neither realistic or fair, and causes women to feel uncomfortable about how they look. It also gives men a distorted idea of what a vagina…
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DIY: MAKE YOUR OWN CIRCLE SKIRT

Making your own clothes is the best. Once you get a hang of it (and I promise you that it’s not hard, I’m an entirely self-taught sewer – thank you, YouTube tutorials!), you get total control over the design and structure of your clothes. You’ll own a completely unique piece of clothing and best yet, if someone compliments you on it, you can say that you made it yourself! Things…
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