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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Enforced baby boom

What Iran's permanent contraceptives ban will mean for women


Ruby Hamad Why the new measures will come at the expense of women’s freedom.

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Festival of Dangerous Ideas: Cancelling the ‘Honour Killings' talk is not enough


Ruby Hamad The Festival owes an apology to the Muslim community who have once again been tarnished through no fault of their own.

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You need to watch 'The World Before Her'


Ruby Hamad When women are asked to embrace your “true inferior nature” or exploit their sexuality.

'Casual racism'

You're probably more racist than you think

man wrapped in Australian flag towel with blue sky

Ruby Hamad The many ways Australians justify racism.

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PETA controversy

The five worst PETA campaigns of all time

Autism peta

Ruby Hamad There is no marginalised group that Peta is not willing to throw under the bus in the vain hope it will compel the world to stop treating animals like commodities.

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Farzana Iqbal

Farzana Iqbal's death and the psychology of honour killings

Pakistani Mohammad Iqbal   holds up an image of his wife Farzana Parveen, who was allegedly beaten to death with bricks by her father and other family members for marrying a man of her own choice, in Chak 367.

Ruby Hamad Farzana Iqbal's death reveals the psychology behind honour killings.

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Why aren't we more outraged by the missing Nigerian schoolgirls?


Ruby Hamad More importantly, is it already too late?

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Child brides

Nowhere does the Quran condone child brides

Juba, Sudan. Shuffling through shallows, a southern girl who fled to the government garrison town of Juba eats a foraged mango.

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

New South Wales State Library.

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

NETHERLANDS - JANUARY 01:  Photo of George MICHAEL  (Photo by Rob Verhorst/Redferns)

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


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

Portrait of mix girl smiling

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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How the Rolezinhos are fighting inequality in Brazil with flash mobs


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


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

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Colourism obsession

Why the obsession with lighter skin?


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

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Eugenie Bouchard

Can we stop talking about sportswomen's appearance?


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

East African Children in an Orphanage

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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