Ukraine Is Not A Brothel

The most controversial thing about FEMEN is no longer their nudity

Kitty Green

Clem Bastow Melbourne film maker Kitty Green documents her experiences in the Ukraine, caught up in the group’s ascent.

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Nicki Minaj

Why we're all talking about Nicki Minaj's butt


Clem Bastow Let's examine the album cover that launched a thousand memes.

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Bro country culture

Is Maddie & Tae’s Girl In A Country Song a successful gender flip or fail?

Maddie & Tae - Girl In A Country Song

Clem Bastow The country music hit claims to turn the tables on bro country culture.

La Course

Does women's cycling really need podium boys?

ROTH, GERMANY - JULY 10:  Chrissie Wellington of England competes during the Challenge Roth Triathlon on July 10, 2011 in Roth, Germany.  (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images for Challenge Roth)

Clem Bastow Or does it have enough problems already?

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Twitter Q&A

Hillary Clinton's Twitter Q&A: the 10 key take outs

BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 06:  Hillary Rodham Clinton, former United States Secretary of State, U.S. Senator, and First Lady of the United States, arrives for the presentation of the German translation of her book 'Hard Choices' ('Entscheidungen' in German) at the Staatsoper in the Schiller Theater on July 6, 2014 in Berlin, Germany.  (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

Clem Bastow Take it from Robin Thicke: there are few things more dangerous, at least in a PR sense, than agreeing to do a live social media Q&A.

Heigl hate

It's time we all gave Katherine Heigl a break

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 13:  Katherine Heigl arrives at NBCUniversal's 2014 Summer TCA Tour - Day 1 held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 13, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)

Clem Bastow Because no body is perfect and being 'difficult' is not a crime.

Prince Fielder

Prince Fielder: why everyone is talking about this naked male athlete

Prince Fielder

Clem Bastow The many and varied reactions to this cover prove again and again why representation is so important: if you can see it, you can be it.

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TV Queen

A love letter to Elaine Benes


Clem Bastow On the 25th anniversary of Seinfeld Clem Bastow explains why Elaine Benes is her favourite comic creation of all time.

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Exaholism for beginners

Exaholism and other love 'conditions' you probably don't have

Mindy Kaling from the tv show The Mindy Project

Clem Bastow There sure are a lot of afflictions to try and avoid when it comes to love and dating.

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Neighbours star Caitlin Stasey and Bindi Irwin clash on Twitter over 'modesty' dressing

Bindi Irwin (and co-star Toby Wallace) in the kids' film Return To Nim's Island. Supplied

Clem Bastow What we can learn from Caitlin Stasey and Bindi Irwin's "fight".

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Win her back campaign

The false romance of "winning her back"

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26:  Robin Thicke and Paula Patton arrivals at the 56th GRAMMY Awards on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Clem Bastow Sometimes life just does not need the grand romantic gesture.

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Manic Pixie Dream Dudes

Introducing the Manic Pixie Dream Dude

A Fault In Our Stars

Clem Bastow Could the latest genre of filmic boyfriends be a win for women?

Indo pop

You should know who Agnez Mo is already

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 21:  Singer Agnez Mo attends the launch party of the Frigo Pop-Up Store on November 21, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)

Clem Bastow When it comes to visibility within pop Asian women have served as 'decoration' for far too long.

How sexist is the Toohey's 'mouth abuse' ad anyway?

tooheys ad smh

Clem Bastow Here's Clem Bastow's verdict.

Femmo cred

Women's magazines suddenly desperate for feminist cred


Clem Bastow The hottest thing in publishing this spring is to install a feminist blogger as a columnist in your glossy magazine.


Facing up to violence against women with disabilities

View of Girl's Back Leaning Forward

Clem Bastow Violence against women with disabilities is a shockingly large problem in our communities.

The next Tina Fey?

Why we should be excited about the rise of Amy Schumer

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01:   Amy Schumer attends the Ms. Foundation Women Of Vision Gala 2014 on May 1, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Ms. Foundation For Women)

Clem Bastow Amy Schumer's comedy is striking a chord with women. Clem Bastow unpicks why this matters.

Lorde V paparazzos

Lorde was right to pursue her 'stalker' paparazzo


Clem Bastow The new rules of acceptable and unacceptable when it comes to being famous.

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Eddie McGuire

Eddie McGuire's “c-bomb”: what's all the fuss about?

Eddie McGuire studying the form before a race at Victoria Derby Day. Photo by Jesse Marlow. Saturday 3rd November 2012.

Clem Bastow Coverage of McGuire’s slip-up has referred to his gaffe as everything from “the c-bomb” to “the most awful swear word”.


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...