What it's like living with 'misophonia'

Clem Bastow "You know those moments in old cartoons, where the dripping tap sounds like a cannon? Welcome to my life," writes Clem Bastow.

There's just one great female character in 'Suicide Squad', and it's not Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn

Clem Bastow "Despite the presence of more female leads than Marvel's last four films combined, it doesn't hit the mark when it comes to its female characters," writes Clem Bastow.

If famous works of romantic fiction were written while dating in 2016

Clem Bastow "I can't shake the feeling that those of us who have the misfortune to be single in 2016 are doomed," writes Clem Bastow.

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Things everyone who gets tattoos is asked

Clem Bastow "As the canvas of my body has become increasingly colourful, so too have the interactions with the general, curious public," writes Clem Bastow.

Pokemon Go

Could Pokemon Go help you find true love?

Clem Bastow "Think about it: you at least already know you've got Pokémon in common, right?", writes Clem Bastow.

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What it's like being a non-drinker in this boozy country

Clem Bastow "While my non-drinking will likely continue indefinitely, the horrified looks and hamfisted reactions show no signs of abating," writes Clem Bastow.

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My Facebook memories might be embarrassing, but they show me how far I've come

Clem Bastow "Every morning, I get to open the Itty Bitty Bin of Facebook history and see, in stark relief, just how bad it got," writes Clem Bastow.

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Why I won't give the AFL my time or money anymore


Clem Bastow "It's been a long time since I've been able to enjoy a footy match without being clouded by thoughts of its toxic climate of entitlement and misogyny," writes Clem Bastow.

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The community radio stations that are giving women and LGBT people a voice

Clem Bastow "The Federal Budget's proposed cuts of $1.4m to community radio is a potential cultural catastrophe," writes Clem Bastow.

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The problem with '#AdultingIsHard' and the internet's self-deprecating trend

Add a self-effacing caption, and this is basically what social media looks like these days.

Clem Bastow "I dream of a world in which the 'most shareable' content isn't the self-deprecating 'lol my whole life is a mess' stuff, but images of greatness or tales of talent," writes Clem Bastow.

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6 other iconic characters it's time to genderswap


Clem Bastow Gillian Anderson officially threw her hat in the ring to take on 007 - Clem Bastow suggests some other characters who are ripe for a re-cast.

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The emails I receive from entitled male readers

Clem Bastow "It's the expectation that you owe these men the time and effort it takes to read their work and help them that stings," writes Clem Bastow.

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Why the internet's whiny male trolls can't wait to see the new 'Ghostbusters' fail

Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon in the upcoming <i>Ghostbusters</i>, out in July.

Clem Bastow "The amount of dislikes the Ghostbusters' trailer is receiving is in no way organic. This is witless misogyny run rampant," writes Clem Bastow.


The onscreen double standard it's time to flip


Clem Bastow "As far as I'm concerned, feminism won't have won until I can tune in to Game Of Thrones and see Podrick making bread while his wang flops about in the wind," writes Clem Bastow.

Delivered meals

The shame of not having the time (or skills) to cook for myself

Clem Bastow Clem Bastow made a decision to stop feeling guilty about not having the time to cook for herself.

Kesha shouldn't have to work with the man who allegedly raped her

Singer Kesha cries as she learns she will not be released from her record label contract in Manhattan Supreme Court on Friday.

Clem Bastow How a judge's focus on what's "commercially reasonable" comes at the expense of a female artist's mental wellbeing.

How well does 'feminist Tinder' work, really?

Clem Bastow 'Bumble' worked for Amy Schumer, but how does it actually stack up in real life?

The five kinds of guys who would buy a 'period tracker for men'

Clem Bastow's list of possible customers for Frederick.

Clem Bastow Yep, we're talking about the app that promised to help your average bro out: "Track her cycle, keep your sanity."

Gender roles

Five products desperately in need of a gender overhaul

Clem Bastow Advertising agencies, please send all intellectual property royalty cheques to Clem Bastow.

Dating 'advice'

Eight places women should forget about going to 'meet men'

Grocery store romances are grossly over-represented in cheesy rom coms.

Clem Bastow Single women who are actively 'looking' are inevitably directed to certain locations to 'find' someone.