Child brides

Nowhere does the Quran condone child brides

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Ruby Hamad There is no evidence to suggest that Mohammad endorsed the marriage of innocent young girls to men.

All lead actors in The Gods of Egypt will be white

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 07:  Actor Gerard Butler attends the Ermenegildo Zegna Boutique grand opening on November 7, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

Ruby Hamad When a film set in Egypt with Egyptian characters is played by an all-white cast.

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Diversity fail

NSW State Library's panel on diversity fails to actually be diverse

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Ruby Hamad Four white people will be on a panel talking about 'Multiculturalism: what are we afraid of?' Apparently we are afraid of letting people of colour discuss race in a public forum.

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Hits and misses

The creepiest "love" songs in white pop history

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Ruby Hamad Most of them are still played on radio and many of them are regarded as classics.

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Anti-PETA protest

Eating caged eggs won’t change PETA

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Ruby Hamad The key to changing the culture of oppression is to not adopt the tactics of the oppressor:

The 'Dangerous Black Kids' hashtag is more heartbreaking than humorous

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Ruby Hamad #DangerousBlackKids is heartbreaking because it demonstrates that black people live with the knowledge that their children could be next.

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Rolezinhos

How the Rolezinhos are fighting inequality in Brazil with flash mobs

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Ruby Hamad The movement that has been irritating the rich and privileged in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

Abortion wars

Decline in abortions no victory for pro-lifers

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Ruby Hamad The next frontier in the abortion wars has arrived.

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Colourism obsession

Why the obsession with lighter skin?

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Ruby Hamad 'Colourism' is oppression within oppression within oppression.

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Eugenie Bouchard

Can we stop talking about sportswomen's appearance?

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Ruby Hamad Has the media groomed fans to focus on female athlete's looks over talent?

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Orphanage tourism

Children are not tourist attractions

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Ruby Hamad Treating kids as curiosities or exhibits in a zoo is something us westerners seem to reserve for countries in which we are tourists. And good intentions are just not enough.

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Rapists aren't victims

Steubenville rape teen Ma’lik Richmond's statement after release is a wake-up call

Trent Mays (L) and Ma'lik Richmond (R) sit in juvenile court in Steubenville, Ohio, March 15, 2013. One of two high school football players in Ohio accused of raping a girl at a party last summer had pictures of the teen on his cell phone from that night, a state forensic analyst testified on Thursday. REUTERS/Keith Srakocic/Pool  (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW EDUCATION SPORT SOCIETY)

Ruby Hamad Ma'lik Richmond served less than a year and is asking for "prayers as he moves forward."

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Rapists aren't victims

Steubenville rape teen Ma’lik Richmond's statement after release is a wake-up call

Ruby Hamad Ma'lik Richmond served less than a year and is asking for "prayers as he moves forward."

Sexist moments

Chauvinist picks: the most sexist moments of 2013

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Ruby Hamad In many ways, 2013 was the year of the great feminist (re)awakening, but it was also a year of brutal sexism and the hits never seemed to stop coming.

The abortion debate

The five biggest moments in reproductive (in)justice in 2013

AUSTIN, TX - JUNE 25: State Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Ft. Worth) holds up two fingers against the anti-abortion bill SB5, which was up for a vote on the last day of the legislative special session June 25, 2013 in Austin, Texas. A combination of Sen. Davis' 13-hour filibuster and protests by reproductive rights advocates helped to ultimately defeat the controversial abortion legislation at midnight. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

Ruby Hamad As a wise women once said our autonomy should be reduced to the “political plaything of men who think they know better.”

Unspoken dangers

When de-racialisation surgery goes wrong

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Ruby Hamad The unspoken dangers of cosmetic surgery that's aimed at "Westernising" non-Caucasian features.

Muslim hipsters

What it means to be a 'Muslim hipster'

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Ruby Hamad Can a veiled Muslim woman also be an American Hipster?

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Witchcraft

If being a witch means forging one's own path, I too am a witch

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott speaks at the No carbon tax rally outside Parliament House Canberra on Wednesday 23 March 2011. Photo by Andrew Meares / Fairfax

Ruby Hamad "When a great fear takes hold of society, that society looks naturally to the stereotype of the enemy in its midst.

Abortion regret

How to talk about abortion regret

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Ruby Hamad Being pro-choice and regretting an abortion is not mutually exclusive.

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Why we keep falling for the same Chinese plastic surgery hoax

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Ruby Hamad Jian Feng, allegedly offended by their “incredibly ugly” daughter, took his “fraudulent” wife to court where he encountered a sympathetic judge who awarded him $120,000 in a settlement.