Ruby Hamad

What's the best way to intervene during a racist rant?

Ruby Hamad "The contents of Stacey Eden's video and the way it's been received have much to tell us about the depressing state of how we address racism in this country," writes Ruby Hamad.

Ruby Hamad

The bigoted agendas hiding behind seemingly legitimate causes

Rally against racism  protesters clash with Reclaim Australia protestors at Federation Square.

Ruby Hamad Exploiting real travesties is disingenuous and ensures the continuation of these injustices.

Men who want to lead the fight for women's rights

James Ritchie

Ruby Hamad Like many men, James Ritchie may well be sympathetic to women’s issues. But sympathy is not enough.

Rolling Stone

How the Rolling Stone debacle exposes our biases about rape


Ruby Hamad “'Real' rape is regarded as only the bloodiest, the most heinous, the most physical," writes Ruby Hamad.

Ruby Hamad

Feminism is happening where you least expect it

#MyMothersNameIs social media campaign in Egypt.

Ruby Hamad When Australians think of Palestine, feminist hip-hop is probably not the first thing that springs to mind.

Ruby Hamad

Why are Australian ads so white?

Coca-Cola's Blue Flick Commercial.

Ruby Hamad When we're told our whitewashing makes America look progressive, you know we have a problem.

The American evangelicals attacking gay rights abroad

Anti-gay protesters from the Religious Right in America.

Ruby Hamad The last few years have seen a significant tidal change in favour of LGBTI rights throughout the West.

UN Women

12 things Australia can learn from the UN Women convention

Ruby Hamad Powerful speeches from some of the world's most influential women.

Ruby Hamad

What a forty-year-old feminist looks like


Ruby Hamad "I am afraid that my opinions may soon be considered unimportant. And for someone who makes her living out of publicly expressing her opinions, that is a terrifying prospect," writes Ruby Hamad.

Only a group of white men would call themselves Black Pussy

The band Black Pussy.

Ruby Hamad Here's an interview with the band translated from privileged white-man speak into plain old English.

Ruby Hamad

Abolishing these seven laws will make the world better for women

saudi arabi

Ruby Hamad Twenty years ago, 189 countries pledged to repeal all laws that discriminate against women. Needless to say, we are not there yet.

The irrational fear that drives underage marriage

Mustafa Abdel Ghany at Bankstown Local Court on February 26, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.

Ruby Hamad Until women are regarded as more valuable than their virginity, cases like Mustafa Abdel-Ghany's will continue.


Why do famous people of colour get 'blackballed'?


Ruby Hamad "The blacklisting, the name-calling, the jokes - they all show the pretense of an 'inclusive' Hollywood to be just that.

Is foreign travel just another form of exploitation?


Ruby Hamad It certainly seems like it on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques, writes Ruby Hamad.

Ruby Hamad

Rebecca Hannibal should not be charged for Georgina Bartter's ecstasy death

Fatal reaction: Georgina Bartter.

Ruby Hamad Going after a teen girl because she and her best friend popped pills at a music festival is going to achieve very little.

Male entitlement

Male sexual entitlement is killing women

Ben Moynihan was found guilty of stabbing three women.

Ruby Hamad Far too many men grow up thinking they are owed sex.

Ruby Hamad

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran are the consequences of a hopelessly skewed society

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Ruby Hamad We glamourise a certain way of life, but punitively punishing those who go to extreme lengths to attain it.

What this ad tells us about the state of racism today

The one and a half minute Jeep commercial that premiered during Sunday's Super Bowl features the usual sweeping shots of diverse landscapes, and equally diverse people.

Ruby Hamad Hint: it’s good news.

Real reformers?

Why it's dangerous to separate powerful men from the oppressive regimes they lead

Pope Francis.

Ruby Hamad Ruby Hamad on the myth of Pope Francis and King Abdullah as advocates for women.

Michelle Obama's headscarf-free Saudi Arabia appearance is no 'political statement'

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama stand with new Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz at Riyadh airport.

Ruby Hamad Foreign dignitaries have done the same in the past. So why the big deal about Michelle Obama?