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Daily Life's top 20

Published: December 19, 2012 - 6:55AM

We've shown you our top picks, now here are your favourites. From victim-blaming to powerful public parenting, these are our most popular stories of the year. Did you miss any of them?

1.Can we please stop the victim blaming? By Clementine Ford
Following Jill Meagher’s disappearance, Clem Ford challenged the false veneer of concern that speculators often hide behind in order to chastise young women for not understanding that the rules are different for them. When will we stop the victim blaming?

2. GQ's bizarre cover edit, By Amal Awad  
This year, GQ magazine featured four suited up gents and a naked Lana del Rey on their annual Men of Year cover. Why are women still judged on their sexiness while men are celebrated for their successes? 

3.The child and the pop star, by Monica Tan
When 12-year-old child model Akama Miki announced she is officially in a relationship with 24-year-old Chinese pop singer Zhang Muyi, the response on Chinese social media shocked the world.    

4.Like a virgin. But not quite, by Ruby Hamad
Why nothing exemplifies the unholy alliance of capitalism and patriarchy as much as the ad for 18 Again -- the vaginal tightening and rejuvenating cream’ currently being marketed at Indian women.

5.How to spot a misogynist, By Clementine Ford
How often do men try and hide their sexist views under the guise of ‘legitimate arguments’? Clem Ford decodes the top five lies misogynists tell – so you can spot them too.

6. Hair under your arms, By Olivia Hambret
When Irish writer Emer O'Toole showed off her unshaven armpits on morning TV, there was an uproar of mixed sentiment. Why are we still so shocked and repulsed by women who let their bodies do what bodies do?

7.Behold: powerful, public parenting in action, By Kasey Edwards 
When Jada Pinkett-Smith posted a letter on Facebook explaining why she and Will had no problem with Willow cutting her hair, thousands of feminist mums applauded. Kasey Edwards explains why it’s such a powerful parenting message for women and girls. 

8.This woman went topless in the city, By Clem Bastow
Any time the idea of women being topless in a mundane context is raised, the message comes through loud and clear: cover up, love, that’s a bit offensive. 

9.Spring racing: was there ever a greater scam played on women? By Jacqueline Maley
How did companies somehow manage to convince women across Australia that in order to be a ‘‘princess’’ for a day, it’s necessary to buy a twee dress and spend stupid amounts of money on a hat?  

10.Germaine, you broke our hearts, By Julia Baird
The last thing you would expect Germaine Greer to be is predictable. Which is why it broke our hearts when she decided to champion a debate about the size of a female leader’s bottom, or the cut of her clothes. 

11.Performative relationships, by Jean Hannah Edelstein
When Edelstein heard about Facebook's ‘couples’ pages, an old truth came to mind: the joy of being in love is that nothing seems banal. In fact, every detail feels fascinating. But only to you.  

12.How to demean a woman, By Clementine Ford 
In a recent ‘Left or Right’ game on Zoo magazine's Facebook page, fans are ask to choose which half of the bikini-clad women they'd prefer and why. Is this female objectification at its worst?  

13. Why naked men don't sell, By Clementine Ford
Male nudity doesn't sell because unfortunately, everyone in society — men and women alike — has been trained to see only women’s bodies as commodities to be visually judged, enjoyed and dissected. 

14.Fanning the flames of asylum seeker fear, By Amy Corderoy 
Research consistently shows that when it comes to outsiders, we are easily influenced by perceptions of real and symbolic threat. Are newspapers reflecting Australians' fear, or could they be shaping it?

15.Do you have a bitch face? By Nicole Elphick
Afflicted with ‘bitch face’, a non-rare and non-debilitating condition means when your face is in repose, strangers are likely to think you're ‘pissed off’ and ‘unimpressed’. Nicole Elphick shares her story.   

16. Skinny privilege, By Rachel Hills
While thin bodies are glorified and privileged, they are also demonised and railed against; resented for representing an impossible ideal -- how can we get past this destructive view?

17.Hipster sexism, By Candice Chung
We may be getting better at spotting garden variety misogynists, but what happens when the perpetrator is embraced by popular culture? Could it be that we’ve been putting up with ‘ironic’ sexist behaviour to prove that we are above it all?

18. Mossimo, whatever were you thinking? By Alecia Simmonds
When Mossimo launched its  ‘Peep Show’ advertising campaign earlier this year, it's contributing to a culture where women are encouraged to be seen as unconditionally sexually available. Alecia Simmonds explains why. 

19.Society sandwiches, By Stephanie Wood
When did sandwiches divide themselves up into social classes? Did we lose something intrinsically Australian when we discovered baguettes and focaccias, panini and wraps and turned sandwiches into status symbols? 

20. I like a little something to hold on to, By Annie Stevens
Should men who say this expect a huge pat on the back? Annie Stevens doesn't think so.  Not least because when body image is entwined with the male gaze, it becomes a lose-lose situation for everyone. 


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