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.

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When will male characters be used as props on TV?

Debra Messing as Beth, one of Jerry's 66 girlfriends on <i>Seinfeld</i>.

Clem Bastow Remember Jerry's 66 girlfriends on Seinfeld? Yeah, exactly.


Does belonging to more groups make us happier?

Clem Bastow How the answer affects your happiness and self-worth.


Will Rachel McAdams be the flawed female detective we've been waiting for?

Rachel McAdams and Colin Farrell in True Detective season two.

Clem Bastow McAdams is a welcome female addition to the typically very male "troubled cop" canon.

Winter watches

A guide to winter binge-watching

Clem Bastow Clem Bastow on why you should just crash on a couch or lock yourself in a cinema for the next month or so (there's just so much to watch).

Six things you should forget about once you turn 30

Clem Bastow Up to your eyeballs in opinions about what you simply must do by the time you turn 30. Here's an alternative.