2015: looking ahead

What would a dream 2015 look like for Australian women?


Ruby Hamad Some important, concrete steps we can take to lay the groundwork for what will hopefully be a powerful year.

Police brutality

Why it's essential to remember black female victims of police brutality


Ruby Hamad "What recent cases demonstrate is that age, gender, and non-criminality is no safeguard from the danger of being killed or brutalised while black."

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What fuels the fierce media obsession with feminism's failures?

Ruby Hamad Ruby Hamad finds something troubling in the obsession with feminism's supposed "failures."

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Legal rights are (less than) half the battle in the fight for equality


Ruby Hamad The arguably more formidable obstacle to a truly equitable society is entrenched cultural attitudes, says Ruby Hamad.

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Rise Up Australia: how has a racist political party managed to woo people of colour?


Ruby Hamad People of colour are often more likely to be listened to when they are willing to tell white society what it so desperately wants to hear.

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How to apologise for sexism: a scientific study


Ruby Hamad We can all take something from the formal apology over Shirtstorm.

Why is Australian TV still so white?

The TODAY show, Supplied for Sun Herald TV liftout. September 11, 2012.

Ruby Hamad It shouldn't take a Karl Stefanovic for us take the exclusionary racism happening on our TV screens seriously.

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How to take down a woman of colour with one word

Sonia Sotomayor

Ruby Hamad The casual dismissal of the talents of historically marginalised groups crosses geographical and occupational boundaries.

Zoe's Law

Foetal personhood laws have terrible consequences for women, but not necessarily for the reasons you might think

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Ruby Hamad What personhood laws not only endanger women’s lives and liberty, they criminalise women should they, for whatever reason, fail to successfully give birth to a healthy baby.

Going viral

A tale of two breastfeeding pictures

Two photos, two very different reactions.

Ruby Hamad How can two almost identical photos be accompanied by two vastly different headlines?

This is uncanny

Three times The Onion predicted the future of feminism


Ruby Hamad In a world that’s become a parody of itself, it’s becoming harder to distinguish Onion articles from reality.

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Everything that's wrong with wearing a Ku Klux Klan outfit to oppose burqas

Three men cover their faces to protest the wearing of the burqa in public places.

Ruby Hamad Why we can't just laugh off that bizarre KKK protest at the Parliament.

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Why it's okay to critique other women's choices

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Handwriting, pen, script, generic.

Ruby Hamad Two articles. Four years apart. Why is one story about sexist traditions praised while the other angered hundreds?

Muslim Hate In Australia

What does this viral video really tell us about anti-Muslim hate in Australia?


Ruby Hamad Viewed over a million times in the past two weeks, viral YouTube video 'Muslim Hate In Australia' has been praised for showing the 'tolerant and compassionate' side of Australia.

Should we care that Amal Alamuddin has changed her last name to Clooney?

US actor George Clooney ( L) and his Lebanon-born British fiancee Amal Alamuddin take a taxiboat upon their arrival in Venice on September 26, 2014, on the eve of their wedding.    AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO

Ruby Hamad Tabloid fodder or a matter of deeper significance?

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Identity politics

Having a Muslim name is a liability in Australia

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Ruby Hamad When you come from a part of the world as misunderstood and hated as the Middle East, you quickly realise how difficult it is to change society’s view of you.

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As long as women are equated with sex, then we will never be truly free

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 13: Model Alessandra Ambrosio walks the runway at the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 13, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)

Ruby Hamad Ruby Hamad on two seemingly different but utterly related ways that society sexually objectifies women.

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The most common myths about Muslim women and why they’re wrong

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Ruby Hamad As the tension mounts in the wake of Australia’s recent “terror raids” Ruby Hamad, Randa Abdel-Fattah, and Anne Azza-Aly dismantle the inaccuracies that dominate the public discourse.

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The trouble with Jacqui Lambie's anti-burqa campaign

PUP Senator Jacqui Lambie

Ruby Hamad Fundamentalism cannot be eradicated by further restricting the freedom of women.

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Clair Huxtable

Four times Clair Huxtable was a badass feminist


Ruby Hamad Appreciating the Cosby Show matriarch ahead of the show's 30th anniversary.