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ARE FEMINIST ADS A FAD?

Feminism is trendy again. There’s no better gauge of this fact than the groundswell of ‘feminist’ campaigns emanating from global brands trying to flog products to women. Dove became a worldwide success story with its Campaign for Real Beauty: the aim of the original campaign was to widen the definition of beauty after a study …

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THE BODY AS BATTLEGROUND

For young Australians, this past week has been all about the battle of the body. It began with a report in the Fairfax Media that 25-34-year-olds were gaining weight at an “alarming rate.” A couple of days later The Hoopla reported that more young women than ever before are presenting at the hospital having self-harmed. …

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G IS FOR GOING GREY

This week in her A to Z of Beauty and Style, Mrs. Woog talks grey hair and hormones… and why there’s absolutely no point in worrying about either. G IS FOR GREY One of the more common and obvious signs that we are entering our mature age is the fact that for many of us, …

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THE 20 RULES FOR TURNING 50

Martin Amis’ mid-life memoir is called Experience. Now I know why. Turning 50 recently, I realized that experience is something you acquire, not something you seek. As a woman, 50 is an age you’re supposed to dread. So much so, that I know a few smart confident women in their late 30s who are already scared …

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EWWW, YOUR BABY STINKS!

Fresh from The World Has Gone Completely Bonkers files, is the news that fashion house Dolce and Gabbana is planning to release a fragrance for babies. I will just pick at this hangnail for a moment so you can read that sentence again. Stephano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce think your baby stinks and these two …

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ROOM TO GROOM

I caught up with a girlfriend recently. Because we are both quite time-poor, we tend to coincide our meetings with a maintenance activity. The maintenance activity in question was a pedicure. After the manicurist downgraded my feet by a full size (it had been a while between snips), we perched ourselves up at the drying …

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invisible women

ARE YOU INVISIBLE TOO?

If the media is a mirror on society then, like vampires but (unfortunately) without the milky skin and gothic glamour, middle-aged women lack a true reflection. Psychotherapist Susie Orbach sums it up: “You’d never know that women like me, who still enjoy their lives and haven’t metamorphosed into old grannies, existed from today’s media. We’re …

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