Was the rape scene in Game of Thrones necessary?


Clem Bastow Spoiler alert: Adapting a book for the screen is always fraught with difficulty. Countless questions present themselves to the writer: Which bits do you leave out? Which characters do you bring to...

Zac Efron stripped

Zac Efron stripped of his shirt at the MTV Movie Awards sparks accusations of reverse sexism


Clem Bastow Imagine if women were treated like that? Honey, we don’t have to imagine it.

Emilia Clarke

Game of Thrones: why the web is obsessed with Emilia Clarke

Daenerys Targaryen

Clem Bastow When you play the Mother Of Dragons, it’s only natural that the world’s attention will fall to you.

OkCupid Vs Mozilla

Why OKCupid came out on top in the Mozilla boycott

Brendan Eich, chief technology officer and senior vice president of engineering for Mozilla Corp., speaks during the 2013 Uplinq Mobile Developers Conference in San Diego, California, U.S., on Thursday, September 5, 2013. The Uplinq conference gathers mobile developers, maunfacturers, network operators, component suppliers and technology providers to learn, connect and lend a view into what's coming next. Photographer: David Maung/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Clem Bastow "Voting with our wallets - or, in this case, our open-source browser choices - might seem an insignificant action, but it sends a message in the language that those at the top speak".

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Natalia Poklonskaya

Prosecutor of Crimea Natalia Poklonskaya is the internet's latest obsession

Natalia Poklonskaya faces the press.

Clem Bastow Memes, fan art, erotic fiction - minds lost because the newly appointed attorney general of Crimea is, like, totally cute.

Elizabeth Raine

Student auctions her virginity for online notoriety

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Clem Bastow Here we go again.

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Walk of Shame kits officially 2014's worst idea

MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 20:  Stylist Elisa Nalin is seen during Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2013/14 on February 20, 2013 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Elena Braghieri/Getty Images)

Clem Bastow For just US$34.99 you can cure your harlot shame... and support breast cancer awareness.


'Banning' the word bossy won't get us anywhere

BEIJING, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 10:  (CHINA OUT) Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook Inc., delivers a lecture during a dialogue co-sponsored by the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) and China CITIC Press to promote her book

Clem Bastow Sheryl Sandberg's #banbossy is a good hash tag, but that doesn't make it a great campaign.

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Chelsea Handler slams NY Times for sexism (and use of parentheses)

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31:  Chelsea Handler attends SiriusXM's

Clem Bastow Chelsea Handler is the boss and no one puts her in parentheses.

Awards fail

The Women’s Empowerment Journalism Awards aren't actually that empowering

Hands typing on a laptop

Clem Bastow When the finalists include a piece telling women they're doing feminism all wrong something has gone awry.


Carrie Bradshaw changed TV for the better


Clem Bastow Ten years after the final episode Clem Bastow ponders what SATC really meant for women.

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Pop singer Googoosh fights for gay rights in Iran


Clem Bastow Iranian pop star Googoosh's new song Behesht (Forever) is groundbreaking in many ways.

Tech-assisted stalking

Digital abuse is the new frontier of domestic violence


Clem Bastow While online trolling and cyberbullying get a lot of attention technology-assisted stalking and controlling by a partner or ex-partner is quietly on the rise.

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Does Bettina Arndt even like women?

Clem Bastow And how valid is her claim that those who stay single in their 20s won't get a "happily ever after".

Male panel ban

Should we ban all-male comedy panels?


Clem Bastow A new way to correct the gender split on TV.

Female cinema-goers

Why "female focused" action films get it wrong

Henry Cavill plays the latest incarnation of Superman

Clem Bastow What movie directors get so wrong about marketing their blockbusters to women.


The document that keeps Hollywood sexist

knocked up

Clem Bastow Casting notices - where male character breakdowns are about personality, and female characters are about looks.

Compliment or insult?

A spotter's guide to backhanded compliments

Cocktail Conversation

Clem Bastow Not sure if you've been complimented or insulted? Let Clem Bastow decode it for you.

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Dear Minister, no one wants 'relationship vouchers'

Wedding walk

Clem Bastow Clem Bastow on why there's no such thing as a $200 golden ticket to relationship bliss.

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