Festive Season

The 8 people you'll meet at every Christmas party and how to survive them

Clem Bastow The Christmas party season strikes fear into the hearts of mortals.

Coping mechanisms

Seven things to do when the state of the world is getting you down

A young girl lights candles to honour victims of the Paris terror attacks at a vigil in Manila, Philippines.

Clem Bastow It's hard to watch the news coming in from around the world without feeling hopeless. Here's a few ways to cope with that.

Cup Day

Why you might want to rethink your Melbourne Cup themed Tinder profile photo

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Clem Bastow Clem Bastow decodes the real message your race day picture sends out to a potential right-swiper.

Film industry

Imagine if half the people directing films were women

Clem Bastow If the proposed Screen Australia quota was adopted, what would the film industry look like?

Laugh out loud

9 female comedy bits everyone should know

Comedian Aparna Nancherla.

Clem Bastow A small smorgasbord of funny chicks whose work you may or may not have seen.

Textual relations

Are our archived conversations causing us unnecessary heartache?

Those of us prone to replaying conversations in our minds are entirely likely to endlessly rake over a message archive or inbox to see where it all went wrong.

Clem Bastow Clem Bastow is familiar with the awkwardness of revisiting on painful old texts.

Anti-femmo clickbait

If things said to female writers were clickbait headlines

Clem Bastow Clem Bastow: "I'm taking these dudes' hurtful, irritating or just plain stupid comments, emails and tweets, and turning them into something beautiful."

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The one rom-com trope that's still affecting our love lives

Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal in <i>When Harry Met Sally</i>:

Clem Bastow The movies tell us if your relationship doesn't start this way, you're probably not going to end up together. And somehow, we believe it.

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Why do we still care so much about 'meeting the parents'?


Clem Bastow "It's 2015; surely we can judge a relationship's seriousness (or lack thereof) independently of whether our partner has met our parents yet?"

Resting bitchface

Is a 'resting bitchface' an asset?

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Clem Bastow Should you correct your 'resting bitch face' or celebrate it?


Should we fight for women's right to be topless in public?

Clem Bastow Why women should have the same right to nudity as men.


Is 'vagina art' really that progressive?

Japanese artist Rokudenashiko has been arrested twice for distributing

Clem Bastow The reaction is always the same: feigned shock and muttering about political correctness or sex obsession gone mad.

Internet porn

What kind of porn do women like to watch?

Clem Bastow Newsflash: women dig porn, too.

Celeb feuds

Why is pop culture obsessed with celeb 'catfights'?

Clem Bastow And how the 'celeb feud' narrative sidelines important discussions.

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Why are wives and girlfriends being blamed for Australia's Ashes collapse?

Cricketer Michael Clarke and wife Kyly following Australia's Ashes collapse.

Clem Bastow Australia's recent Ashes collapse? Clearly the fault of their girlfriends and wives, according to commentators both professional and armchair.

Status update

Five ways to shut down the question, 'Are you seeing anyone?'

Kristen Wiig in Bridesmaids: Nope, this is not one of the ways.

Clem Bastow For singletons, it's the question that never stops coming. Clem Bastow has some useful responses.

Epic biopics

Eight incredible women who deserve their own biopic

Clem Bastow Hollywood managed to make 30 films about King Arthur and none about these women.

Do you even lift?

A spotter's guide to bothersome gym bros

Clem Bastow Some of Clem Bastow's best friends are bros, but certain types get her hot under the collar in all the wrong ways.

Touchy subject

It's a good thing we're finally showing female masturbation on TV

Broad City's Abbi scheduling some time with her dildo.

Clem Bastow Female masturbation is being treated as ordinary and even a bit boring... and that's revolutionary, writes Clem Bastow.

Peak programming

They don't make tween shows like they used to

Clem Bastow A nostalgic love letter to the pre-adolescent programming of the '80s and '90s.