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Monash Uni Student Theatre presents MUST OLYMPICS by Oscar Balla

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Weeks 4-6 in Semester 2 By Emma Anvari  Are you disappointed about the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games? Well, never fear! The Monash Uni Student Theatre (MUST, MSA) has the ultimate competition and immersive experience for you. You’ve heard of the Ancient Greeks, from their theatrical tragedies to mighty warriors. You’ve heard of Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games. Now, MUST presents to you the perfect collision of both worlds: the inaugural MUST Olympics. “A new online competition for all theatre enthusiasts to learn to push the limits of the stage.” The MUST Olympics
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Book Review: Money for Something by Mia Walsch

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Money for Something: Sex Work. Drugs. Need. Life. By Mia Walsch (Echo Publishing $29.99) Reviewed by Aponi Kailash Content warnings: suicide attempt, self-harm, drug-use (injection and otherwise). Please keep yourself safe. Sex sells. Life… now that is harder to profit from. When reviewing a memoir, commenting on somebody’s narrative in its raw and emotion-filled glory is challenging. Difficulty arises when, as is the case of Mia Walsch’s debut memoir, Money for Something, the author’s experiences are completely unique from your own. It is these personal elements conveyed in memoirs, however, that enable insights into lives and situations one might never experience.
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Documentary Review: Netflix’s American Factory (2019)

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Reviewed by Ong Jie Yee   You have run out of excuses to not watch Netflix’s American Factory; it was produced by Barack and Michelle Obama, it won the Oscar for Best Documentary this year, and now you are stuck at home with all the time in the world.  If you are looking for a documentary about the US-China trade war and President Trump’s endless tirade against China, American Factory is about more than that. The documentary is interested in the cultural side of work ethics.   American Factory follows the entrance of a Chinese automobile glass manufacturing company, Fuyao, into the state of Ohio. Blue-collar Chinese and
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Edition 1 Out Now!

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After months of hard work from our writers, artists, subeditors, editors, designers and administrators, we have finished Edition 1, 2020 of Lot's Wife. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed making it! Read using the box below, and remember to use the full screen function. Also, a friendly reminder that written submissions for Edition 2 are due 23/3, and visual submissions due 27/3!  
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LGBTI Attack Dressed as Religious Freedom

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By Kelly Cvetkova Still nursing their wounds from a humiliating defeat in the marriage equality survey, Christian conservatives have launched a new crusade against the rights of LGBTI people. Pentecostal Prime Minister Scott Morrison has wasted no time after the Coalition’s successful re-election to strengthen the legal discrimination against LGBTI people with his recent announcement of a Religious Discrimination Bill. Compiling policies proposed by the Australian Christian Lobby and Philip Ruddock – a veteran of state-sanctioned homophobia, having introduced the 2004 amendment restricting marriage to a man and a woman, the Coalition’s proposed law seeks only to enshrine a right
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A Dog’s Life

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by Britt Munro   As a serious journalist who investigates the pressing issues of our time (please see my recent piece ‘Dogs vs Cats: The Ultimate Showdown’), when delving into the world of interviewing, I was shocked that so many celebs rudely ignored my calls. Rami Malek, if you’re reading this, I was particularly disappointed in you. After seeing Bohemian Rhapsody eight times over summer (I am NOT crazy!) I have practically funded your retirement. So, in no way a last resort (let’s be honest — it helps she can’t refuse), who better to interview for her take on the
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Honey, we need to talk about the kids.

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By Milly Downing  During at least one point in our lives we’ve all imagined what having kids will be like, with varying degrees of romanticism. It’s the most natural human instinct we’ve got, to bump and grind and reproduce.  But if you’re someone like me, a proud LGBTQ+ member, having kids means imagining going down routes like IVF, sperm donations, egg donations and surrogacy.  Obviously it’s early to be thinking about kids, you don’t have to tell me that. But when it comes to alternative fertility, our largest exposure is Kim and Kanye’s second surrogate baby on the way. It isn’t
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Free the nipple, but not for his pleasure.

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A few weeks ago, I read an opinion piece in The Age that was deeply critical of liberal Western forth-wave feminism. The writer argues that the ‘Free the Nipple’ movement, protesting against things such as the removal of pictures of nipples from Facebook, distracts from ‘real’ issues for women, such as domestic violence, and serious physical and sexual violence. For a few reasons, this article upset me. For one, it misses the point about the ‘Free the Nipple’ movement. Secondly, the author demeans other women’s experiences by arguing that just because the author enjoyed being wolf whistled, that it was
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Review – Law and Order: PTV

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By Jaclyn Holland If there’s one thing I’ve learnt from my time in Melbourne, it’s that everyone has a story to tell from an experience using PTV. Whether the situation was funny, gross or downright frustrating, the story is always guaranteed to be entertaining. That being said, I almost can’t believe no one made this show earlier. Starring an ordinary group of PTO’s with a disconcerting obsession for fining as many unfortunate souls as possible, Spunk Collective’s sketch comedy Law and Order: PTV portrays a hilarious collection of utterly relatable scenes straight from Melbourne’s public transport system. With the help
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The Yellow Vests in France

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Student publications like this are often replete with reflective pieces about life-changing semesters abroad. Often students describe finding themselves through the challenges presented by life in a new cultural context. What I found was politics—real politics. The politics of the street.  On exchange in an obscure university town in southwest Germany, I took a four-hour train ride every weekend for over a month, to join the gilets jaunes in France as they attempted to overthrow their government.  For several months now, thousands of ordinary people across France have been revolting against President Emmanuel Macron, the poster boy for neoliberal reform.
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The extraordinary, harrowing spectacle of You Were Never Really Here 

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With the latest film in her oeuvre You Were Never Really Here, Lynne Ramsay has revealed a royal flush to modern Hollywood. To describe the film as a thriller would be a gross injustice. Ramsay mixes elements of horror, both psychological and visceral, but fundamentally refutes any simplistic labelling of the film's genre. It has similar bones to the excellent 2012 Drive, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, and 1978's seminal Taxi Driver by Martin Scorsese. But that is where the comparisons end. Based on a novel by Jonathan Ames, You Were Never Really Here delivers a somewhat simplistic plot: a
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