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1. Girls’ School campaigns against sexist lipstick campaign.

An advertisement for Klara Cosmetics depicts a woman with the caption “Just kiss me, don’t ask” — and students in Victoria are calling for its removal.

Members of a Fintona Girls’ School in Melbourne have created a petition asking the company to remove the ads, on the basis that they ‘promote rape’.

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The Klara Cosmetics campaign. Image:

“The ads essentially tell impressionable young girls (10-12y.o.) that you’re only attractive if someone cant help but launch at you and kiss you without consent,” Alexandria Mourelatos writes on

“We therefore request that Klara Cosmetics remove all advertisements with indirect support of sexual assault towards women.”

But Klara Cosmetics marketing director Daniel Jacob told the Daily Mail the ad was nine months old and added that the company did not aim to target teenage girls with its marketing.

“Our target audience ranges from 21 to 45 year old women who are independent, bold and want to make something of themselves,” he said.

“Our intention was more towards the fact of women being so independent, they can stand up and say ‘This is what I expect’.

“‘Kiss me don’t ask’ means she takes what she wants, she’s in control and she knows her product really well. She knows a good product and when she needs to use it.”

At the time of publishing, the petition had more than 13,000 signatures.

2. Supreme Court backs Muslim woman denied job by Abercrombie & Fitch.

A Muslim woman who was rejected from a retail job at American clothing store Abercrombie & Fitch has won a supreme court bid to recognise the dismissal as racist.


The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission took Samantha Elauf’s case to the Supreme Court in the United States after Ms Elauf claimed the clothing store discriminated against her because of her headscarf.

Samantha Elauf. Image: Facebook.

In an 8-1 vote, the Supreme Court supported Ms Elauf’s claims.

The store has a strict dress code — including not wearing caps, and never wearing black — but does not mention headscarves.

According to News Limited, Ms Elauf’s lawyers argued their client was discriminated against on the basis of her religion, in violation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Abercrombie & Fitch are reportedly appealing the decision.

2. Channel 7 hosts targeted by Sydney siege gunman.

A security guard at Channel 7 has told the inquest into the Sydney siege that gunman Man Haron Monis was frequently aggressive to staff at the network.

ABC News reports that on more than one occasion, security guard Scott McIlveena was required to call police and tell the TV hosts not to venture outside due to Monis’ presence.

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The Lindt cafe is opposite the Channel 7 Sunrise studios. Image: Getty.

He said that once in 2008 Monis, who often handed out pamphlets in the area, ran up the Martin Place steps and started screaming at the hosts as they were signing autographs.

Last year, Mr Monis held up the Martin Place Lindt Cafe — opposite the Channel 7 studios — eventually taking the lives of two people, Katrina Dawson, 38, and Tori Johnson, 34.

4. More than 450 people were traveling on boat that sank in Yangtze river.

Hundreds are missing after a boat carrying 458 people capiszed on China’s Yangtze river.

The Eastern Star ship had been carrying 406 Chinese passengers, five travel agency staff and 47 crew when it sank, ABC News reports.


It did not send out a distress signal.

So far, 12 people have been rescued, and authorities believe more may be trapped inside the four-tier vessel.

5. Family is still in detention despite being granted asylum.

A family has been held in detention for more than four years, even though its asylum claim was approved a year ago.

A report by the Commonwealth Immigration Ombudsman says a 33-year-old woman and her three children between 10 and 17 years of age arrived in Australia by boat in July 2010.

After their application for protection was approved in June last year, the family are still residing in detention, awaiting the mother’s security check.

“The Ombudsman notes with concern the Government’s duty of care to detainees and the serious risk to mental and physical health prolonged detention may pose to children and their families,” the report said, according to ABC News.

“Without an assessment of the claims of these children and their families to determine if they are found to engage Australia’s protection obligations, it appears likely that they will remain in detention for an indefinite period.”

6. Christopher Cullen found guilty of murdering his wife.

Trigger warning: This post deals with domestic violence.

A Sydney man who stabbed and cut the throat of his estranged wife has been found guilty of her murder.

Christopher Cullen, 51, was arrested as he emerged from Mangroves in Taren Point, while the body of Victoria Comrie Cullen, 39, was found face down on the ground near Mr Cullen’s vehicle.

ABC News reports, Mr Cullen originally plead guilty to inflicting Ms Cullen’s wounds, but sought to have his charge reduced to manslaughter.

The courts rejected this plea and found him guilty of murder.

Prior to her death, Ms Cullen had filed an apprehended violence order against her husband.

Mr Cullen will be sentenced at a later date.

7. Girl removed from high school yearbook because she was wearing a tuxedo.

A photo of a teenage girl from California was removed from her yearbook because she was pictured wearing a tuxedo.

Crystal Cumplido posed for her senior photos at Lincoln High School in a tuxedo. However, when she received her yearbook, she found no trace of her photo.

Crystal Cumplido in her senior photos. Image: Facebook.

“[The assistant vice principal] told me that I wasn’t following policy, that girls are supposed to wear the black, little shirt over whatever,” Cumplido told Fox News.

Fortunately, the school principal has agreed to republish the yearbook, calling the removal of Cumplido’s image “an inexcusable error.”

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