Ruby Hamad

How to take down a woman of colour with one word

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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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.

Rotherham child abuse

Who's to blame for Rotherham?

Ruby Hamad "A cover-up of this magnitude does not happen in a void. It is indicative of a wider culture of silence, intimidation and male entitlement that punishes victims for speaking up."

Wartime inequality

How gender inequality affects women in times of conflict

Ruby Hamad Figures from Gaza, Iraq, Afghanistan and Liberia show just how much the effects of gender inequality are exacerbated during times of war and conflict.

Female judge links low rape conviction rates and women's drinking habits

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Ruby Hamad As long as women follow the rules -stay at home, don’t drink, don’t wear “slutty” clothes- then we will have earned sympathy in the event we are sexual assaulted.

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Overdue respect

Six accomplished women in maths and science who deserve more respect


Ruby Hamad From Maryam Mirzakhani to Rosalind Franklin, let's give some overdue recognition to women who have been smashing it in the sciences for centuries.

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Amal Alamuddin

Amal Alamuddin: how sexism dogs one of the world's most brilliant women

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Ruby Hamad The indignity of being a celebrity's significant other.

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The sisterhood

Five times the Women Against Feminism tumblr proved women really need feminism


Ruby Hamad Don’t worry, young ladies, we’ll smash the patriarchy for you, even though you refuse to see it.

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What needs to happen for us to take rape seriously?

BADAUN, INDIA - JUNE 3: Mothers of one of the victim of Badaun Rape case at Katra Sadatganj village on June 3, 2014 in Badaun, India. Two teenage girls belonging to Dalit community were raped and hanged from the village mango tree in last week by five men when they had gone to relieve themselves in the field. The case raised the many questions about the deteriorating situation of caste and gender violence as well as general lawlessness with each passing day on current Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh. (Photo by Burhaan Kinu/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Ruby Hamad If we, generally speaking, didn’t think that the primary function of a woman’s body is to sexually satisfy (or at the very least appeal to) men, then we would recognise a woman’s right to wear...

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