Arab Idol

When reality TV is life-changing for the audience

Ruby Hamad A show we in The West regard as mildly embarrassing, can mean something completely different in another part of the world.

Twilight years

Why we should place more value on the company of elders

Ruby Hamad It's callous to expect people to work their entire lives, only to be shunted away in old age. But there is another way.

White privilege

When the only difference between a 'prankster' and a 'criminal' is race

Sarah Finn on a police motorbike.

Ruby Hamad If an Aboriginal woman or a Muslim woman in hijab knocked over a police officer, would the response be so jolly?

How Michelle Payne's Melbourne Cup win highlights the difference between 'liberation' and 'equality'

Michelle Payne riding Prince Of Penzance returns to scale after winning the Emirates Melbourne Cup.

Ruby Hamad A woman may have just beaten her male competitors at their own game, but it is still a game of cruelty and domination.

I'm Muslim But I'm Not...

It's not up to Muslims and other marginalised groups to prove they are human


Ruby Hamad When was the last time you saw young white men imploring "I'm white but I'm not a mass shooter?"

What Hazem El Masri's case tells us about 'good guys' and violence against women

 Hazem El-Masri

Ruby Hamad So-called nice guys, decent guys, and "real" men also hit women. Sometimes the 'hero' and the 'villain' could be one and the same.

Ruby Hamad

Why feminism needs a new barometer for success

Ruby Hamad For Ruby Hamad, the freedom to eschew conservative, capitalist markers of 'success' is the true sign of empowerment.

Why Wall Street's dark past is worth remembering

The George Washington monument at Wall Street.

Ruby Hamad The home of today's stock market has a history that's even more troubling than high finance.

Where is the outcry against anti-abortion activist Troy Newman's Australian speaking tour?

Troy Newman, head of the pro-life organisation

Ruby Hamad No woman should be made subordinate to the foetuses they carry. So why are we hosting an anti-choice leader's talk in Australia?

Ruby Hamad

Why I changed my mind about joining a 'brag thread'

Rule number one of 'brag thread': Brag must be directly about YOU. None of this deflection B.S.

Ruby Hamad Rule number one of 'brag thread': Brag must be directly about you. None of this deflection B.S.

Describing 'whiteness'

'Whiteness' is more than just someone's skin colour

Ruby Hamad Why the terms 'white' and 'people of colour' aren't just descriptive – they are political. And we need to know what they mean.

Australia will forgive Malcolm Turnbull in a way they never forgave Julia Gillard

Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Communications minister Malcolm Turnbull during  question time at Parliament House Canberra on 19 September 2012. Photo: Andrew Meares

Ruby Hamad When a man does it, that's just politics. When a woman does it, sooner or later, she will be punished.

White nostalgia: when 'timeless' fantasies turn out to be incredibly racist

Taylor Swift in Wildest dreams

Ruby Hamad You cannot isolate the "good parts" of colonialism from the brutality, then expect people of colour to simply accept it.

Miley Cyrus and the trouble with whitesplaining race

Miley Cyrus arrives to the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards

Ruby Hamad Nicki Minaj's blistering smackdown of Miley Cyrus at the VMAs is the stuff of legend. Here's why we should pay attention.

Ruby Hamad

Women of colour who are fighting oppression with rap

Ana Tijoux performs onstage during The Grammy Awards premiere ceremony earlier this year.

Ruby Hamad What they choose to rap about may surprise some in The West.

Ruby Hamad

Why are we shamed for sending aid to Syrian war victims?

Julie Bishop

Ruby Hamad Julie Bishops' 'terrorists' picnic' comment suggests there's no such thing as an innocent Arab.

Humans of New York

There is a right way to give a voice to the impoverished

Syeda Ghulam Fatima, who has spent her life fighting against the use of bonded labor.

Ruby Hamad Why Ruby Hamad has changed her mind on Humans of New York.

Scientific sexism

When evolutionary science is used to justify sexism

Looking to the unimaginably distant past to explain very modern problems.

Ruby Hamad Looking to the unimaginably distant past to explain very modern problems.

Pro-gay propaganda

How Israel is taking advantage of its pro-gay image

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - SEPTEMBER 18:  Participants wear rainbow flag take part in the annual Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade 2014 in Israel on September 18, 2014. Over 500 people attended the gay pride parade in Jerusalem and marched to Independence Park from Gan HaPa'amon (Bell Park). (Photo by Salih Zeki Fazlioglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Ruby Hamad When queer friendliness is used to signal a progressive, democratic agenda.

Reclaim Australia

How racists are co-opting multiculturalism

Ruby Hamad Racism can't be measured by skin colour.