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A woman is a ‘who’, not a ‘what’

Robot-woman-200Women continue to be objectified and viewed in terms of their roles or functions in life. It’s time to challenge this dehumanisation, writes Tessa Barratt.

Violence against women and animal rights: the highly unpopular connection

Slide-200Advocates working to stop violence against women and those in the animal rights movement need each other as neither will reach their goals in isolation. It’s time to get over being offended by these comparisons and work together to end all gendered violence, says Ashley Maier.

What is ‘fake’ and ‘real’ in the sex industry?

Zahra200Porn has hijacked our sexuality, according to anti-porn author Gail Dines. Her sentiment is not unlike that of other ‘raunch culture’ commentators – the sex industry is damaging because it represents ‘fake’ pleasures and ‘fake’ bodies. Both queer and feminist communities have produced porn/magazines/performances aiming to represent desires, bodies and acts that are ‘authentic’, ‘genuine’, ‘documentary’ and ‘real’. But is this line between ‘fake’ and ‘real’ so clear-cut? Zahra Stardust explores the issues.

Forget diversity, we need to learn to expect and embrace ‘heterogeneity’

JuliaSeranao300If we wish to challenge all forms of sexism and marginalization in the straight male-centric mainstream world, as well as the various forms of exclusion that arise within our feminist and queer/LGBTQIA+ movements, then a good place to start would be to reject the stereotypes and assumptions that we project onto other people. In other words, as we move through the world or within a specific setting, we must learn to expect that people will not all be the same. We must expect to encounter people who will be exceptional, and whose behaviors and opinions will surprise us. In short, we have to learn to expect heterogeneity, writes Julia Serano.

Revering the goddess: Striptease legend Elizabeth Burton

Liz1Iconic Australian stripper Elizabeth Burton is still entrancing audiences at the age of 64 with her unique blend of sensuality, elegance – and ‘popping vagina’. Burlesque star Imogen Kelly is on a mission to secure her a place in the Las Vegas Burlesque Hall of Fame. Katrina Fox spoke with Elizabeth about her pioneering career, social conscience and lifelong celebration of the female form.