Agony Of Ecstasy

What are your 'ecstasy years' doing to you today?

Clem Bastow A new ABC2 doco follows a 28-year-old Adelaide uni student as she investigates how her past ecstasy use is affecting her current mental health.

How I got gamed by a pick up artist

No one is immune from a pick up artist, not even our Clem Bastow.

Clem Bastow It’s popular internet consensus to see those who’d attend a PUA course or seminar as the desperate losers of the dating world; we are similarly uncharitable about those women who...

Sam De Brito once praised Julien Blanc's school of picking up women


Clem Bastow It’s not been a banner day for noted male feminist Sam De Brito.

'Drunk Girls of Melbourne Cup' highlights more flaws in the race we love

Drunk at the cup

Clem Bastow Is “a bunch of drunk chicks” really the most offensive thing about the Melbourne Cup?


Could this photo help end social media's war on breasts?


Clem Bastow In the same week where Chelsea Handler called out Instagram and Rihanna returned to the site, comedian Aniela McGuinness's #freethenipple offering might be the best yet.

Australian Museum should rethink its Day Of The Dead party


Clem Bastow It's no longer OK to dress up as "Mexican" for the night.

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'Basic bitch' jokes

The problem with 'Whatever happened to the sisterhood?'


Clem Bastow "Here’s a little secret: you can dislike another woman without being a misogynist. You can laugh about 'basic bitches' without it being a girl-on-girl crime."

Mental health

Why we need to be less harsh to child stars like Amanda Bynes


Clem Bastow "People like Bynes aren’t just 'celebrities' - they’re people, and our treatment of them in their times of crisis can say a lot about our own humanity, or lack thereof."

Onscreen diversity

Why the jobs of female characters in movies matter

Clem Bastow A new UN-backed study on gender representation in the on-screen workforce shows its slim pickings for women. Here's why that needs to change.

FKA twigs

Why everyone is talking about FKA twigs


Clem Bastow If your only introduction to the British singer-songwriter was this week's RPattz-affiliated nonsense, here's what you really need to know about this compelling artist.

True Detective

Five potential female leads for True Detective


Clem Bastow Colin Farrell was just confirmed as the male lead for the second season of True Detective, taking over from Woody and Mac. But what about the women?

All about booty

All-female billboard top five bad for women?

Meghan Trainor's All About That Bass is currently number one on the Billboard charts.

Clem Bastow Well, a closer look reveals the songs have more than one thing in common.

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DV in sport

What the AFL can take from the NFL's Ray Rice

BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 28:  Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens warms up prior to playing an NFL game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium on November 28, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Clem Bastow It's not enough to simply talk about a hardline stance on violence against women within a sport.

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Clem Bastow

There's no 'silver lining' to the Jennifer Lawrence photo leak

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02:  Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Clem Bastow So let's stop acting like there is.

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Beyonce & TSwift

Pop music is having a feminist awakening (again)

All hail Queen Bey at the VMAs.

Clem Bastow All the women who independent, throw your hands up at me.

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Zero stars

Is The Inbetweeners 2 the most misogynistic movie of the year?


Clem Bastow "I went to The Inbetweeners 2 and all I got was a sense of crippling ennui." Yep, this film is bad.

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Female gaze

Why Guardians Of The Galaxy is so popular with women and what that means for Marvel

Chris Pratt in

Clem Bastow Given the enthusiastic female response to Pratt’s amped up body, it’s tempting to speculate as to whether or not Marvel have slowly been cottoning on to the power of the female gaze.

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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