Tony Abbott’s stance on Muslim fashion exposes personal hypocrisy
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Tony Abbott’s stance on Muslim fashion exposes personal hypocrisy

The morality policing of women’s attire is a tiring and endless confrontation that has infested every medium where women are visible; from dress codes to television programming, and even product advertisements. These prescriptions, both religious and otherwise, exist as a way for admonishers to exert control and reinforce discriminatory power dynamics. Still, what we wear has the […]

‘I began to wonder if I’d won because he wanted sex’
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‘I began to wonder if I’d won because he wanted sex’

“I began to wonder if I’d won because he wanted to have sex,” said an author who had won a mentorship competition with an established male author — who then proceeded to hit on her. This is one of many comments collected as part of a survey about sexual harassment in the US children’s book […]

My family is addicted to our screens
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My family is addicted to our screens

My whole family, including myself, are addicted to screens. As working parents with a teenage son, we barely communicate with each other. Any suggestions for breaking this cycle? Screen Queen, your problem affects many families. I make an effort to lose my phone once I’m home with my daughters. Having it out of easy reach […]

Julie Bishop meets her fashion equivalent Kit Willow in London
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Julie Bishop meets her fashion equivalent Kit Willow in London

When life, or Malcolm Turnbull, hands you lemons – head to London Fashion Week. Which is exactly what Foreign Minister Julie Bishop did over the weekend to fete Australian designer Kit Willow at a cocktail function at Australia House. Despite being deputy leader of the Liberal Party and putting her hand up, Ms Bishop wasn’t […]

Have g-strings become a fashion faux pas?
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Have g-strings become a fashion faux pas?

I nearly killed Tom Jones. Yes, I confess it to you. The velvet-voiced crooner almost met his end at my hands. Well, my girlfriend’s hands.   I’d taken a pal to the Savoy in London as a birthday treat. A couple of drinks in, we spotted the legend leaning up against the bar. Thrilled, my […]

Alyssa Miller on modelling in the social media age
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Alyssa Miller on modelling in the social media age

California-born model Alyssa Miller, 28, is the face of Blue Illusion’s new-season campaign. She is engaged to Cameron Avery, of Perth band Tame Impala, and lives in Texas. What did you want to be, growing up? Blue Illusion “Faux Fur” jacket, $230. Photo: Daniela Federici I was a dreamer. I wanted to be a paediatrician, a […]

Why falling short of targets is a necessary step towards success
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Why falling short of targets is a necessary step towards success

Winston Churchill observed that “success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm”. But still failure is feared: failure at work, at relationships, in meeting the expectations of friends, family and society.  “People fear failure for a number of reasons,” says psychologist Deborah Newburn. “This may be due to having grown up […]

There’s more to Liverpool than soccer and the Beatles
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There’s more to Liverpool than soccer and the Beatles

Mention Liverpool and chances are the Beatles, or soccer, will spring to mind. Perhaps both, and that’s fair enough. In this bustling port city in the north-west of England, you’ll see characters in red Liverpool Football Club shirts shuffling past buskers strumming Fab Four tunes like Yesterday and She Loves You. Buses zip past, taking […]

What Trump Still Gets Wrong About How Russia Played Facebook
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What Trump Still Gets Wrong About How Russia Played Facebook

Special Counsel Robert Mueller released a bombshell indictment Friday, implicating 13 Russian nationals and detailing a multi-year, costly, and widespread effort to influence the 2016 presidential election. At the center of that effort were Facebook and its subsidiary Instagram, which the Russian Internet Research Agency (IRA) used to recruit American followers, plan real-life rallies, and […]