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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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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