Bro country culture

Is Maddie & Tae’s Girl In A Country Song a successful gender flip or fail?

Maddie & Tae - Girl In A Country Song

CLEM BASTOW The country music hit claims to turn the tables on bro country culture.

Heigl hate

It's time we all gave Katherine Heigl a break

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 13:  Katherine Heigl arrives at NBCUniversal's 2014 Summer TCA Tour - Day 1 held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 13, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)

CLEM BASTOW Because no body is perfect and being 'difficult' is not a crime.

Creepy plotlines

Your favourite movies from the past were actually pretty offensive

Still from the film Gone With the Wind with Vivien Leigh as Scarlet O'Hara and Clark Gable as Rhett Butler

NATALIE REILLY [Trigger warning: discussion of rape and sexual assault]

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A love letter to local bookshops

Open book

DOM KNIGHT Don't let the magic disappear.

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Erotic censorship

Painting pulled from exhibition because of “disgusting” pubic hair


Luke Malone Artist Leena McCall's semi-nude female portrait was removed from a London gallery to protect "children and vulnerable adults".

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TV Queen

A love letter to Elaine Benes


CLEM BASTOW On the 25th anniversary of Seinfeld Clem Bastow explains why Elaine Benes is her favourite comic creation of all time.

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What would Sarah Ferguson do?

Lunch with Sarah Ferguson.

JACQUELINE MALEY 7.30 host Sarah Ferguson on pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and never backing down from a challenge.

Dominic Knight

In defence of the daggy friend


DOM KNIGHT Daggy Friends are kind and loyal, and Dom Knight thinks they deserve better treatment in Hollywood.

A cultural icon

The invention of the 'supermodel'


Kathleen Horton How the idea of the 'supermodel' came to be.

So bad it's good

Why bad TV is so good for you


ROB MORAN Backed up by scientific research.

Art of recaps

Do TV recaps make us feel less alone?


NATALIE REILLY The psychology behind your TV recapping habit.

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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.

Win her back campaign

The false romance of "winning her back"

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26:  Robin Thicke and Paula Patton arrivals at the 56th GRAMMY Awards on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

CLEM BASTOW Sometimes life just does not need the grand romantic gesture.

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Parenting don'ts

Parenting lessons from Game of Thrones


PAUL CHAI Some dos and don'ts from the parents of the Seven Kingdoms.


Basic bitches

The evolution of the basic bitch

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05:  Emma Stone attends the

NICOLE ELPHICK The problem with being a basic bitch isn't what you first might think.

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Small talk to high drama

I'm the guy who drums up the romance on reality TV


Amanda Hess The art of turning small talk into high drama.

Ultimate 90s flashback

Important life lessons from Jason Priestley's memoir


LAUREN SMELCHER SAMS Let's relive the 90s in 243 pages, shall we?

Filmic boyfriends

Introducing the Manic Pixie Dream Dude

A Fault In Our Stars

Clem Bastow Could the latest genre of filmic boyfriends be a win for women?


Life of a TV recapper

The (unexpected) pleasures and sorrows of writing TV recaps

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ANDREW P STREET Andrew P Street attempts to justify an entire genre of pop-journalism.


First person art

Artist Lee Price explores the hidden world of binge eating


After struggling with her own food challenges, artist Lee Price began painting a deeply personal series of self-portraits.

Indo pop

You should know who Agnez Mo is already

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 21:  Singer Agnez Mo attends the launch party of the Frigo Pop-Up Store on November 21, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)

CLEM BASTOW When it comes to visibility within pop Asian women have served as 'decoration' for far too long.

Environmental rock star

How Jane Goodall changed our view of humanity


SARAH MACDONALD Beloved primatologist Jane Goodall on the gap we need to bridge between the human mind and heart.

RIP Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou and why accessible poetry is so important

American writer and poet Maya Angelou in New York City, April 1994. (Photo by Michael Brennan/Getty Images)

Matt Petronzio Maya Angelou's work gave — and continues to give — young readers and poetry beginners a way in.


The Illusionists

The Illusionists: 'Happy people make bad consumers'


NICOLE ELPHICK A new documentary examines how corporations profit from our anxieties.

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The Fictional Woman

Tara Moss: ‘I kept the story locked up in me for 20 years’

Tara Moss, photographed for Good Weekend by Peter Brew-Bevan.
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Hair & make-up - Sam Powell

SUSAN WYNDHAM Author Tara Moss opens up about her experience of sexual violence, feminism and sexist labels in a brave new memoir.

TV's best bad ass single women


CLEMENTINE FORD Clementine Ford on the best small screen broads to get acquainted with.

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New female voices

Ten female singers you should know about

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 13: Charli XCX performs on stage at Irving Plaza on November 13, 2013 in New York, New York. (Photo by Gaelle Beri/Redferns via Getty Images)

Alexander Anderson There's no shortage of women waiting in the wings take your ears by storm.

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Lorde V paparazzos

Lorde was right to pursue her 'stalker' paparazzo


CLEM BASTOW The new rules of acceptable and unacceptable when it comes to being famous.

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Five facts from Vince Gilligan

Five things we learnt by hanging out with Vince Gilligan


Candice Chung 'My friend said 'That’s what we should do! We should build a meth lab.' And I said, "Yeah!"

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Mean Girls

10 years after Mean Girls, we're still too cool for school

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Megan Angelo Ten years after Mean Girls hit movies screens, the concept of popular types, outcasts and their ecosystem is still hot in Hollywood.

'Sh-t waves? Send the girls out'

Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach finally realises sexism is bad for business

BELLS BEACH, VICTORIA - APRIL 16:  Carissa Moore of Hawaii prepares for her round 1 heat at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach  on April 16, 2014 in Bells Beach, Australia.  (Photo by Kirstin Scholtz/ASP via Getty Images)

Bronwyn Adcock Female competitors in professional surfing have always experienced outlandish discrimination.

Pulitzer prize winner

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch wins Pulitzer prize for fiction

Donna Tartt

The judges describe The Goldfinch as, "A beautifully written coming-of-age novel with exquisitely drawn characters".

Trying, and often failing, to speak another language

Ben Law

BENJAMIN LAW Ben Law on butchering Mandarin on holiday.

Mad Men university

I teach a university course on Mad Men


Anne Helen Petersen The student's final is was to answer one of two questions: “Who is Don Draper?” or “Who is Peggy Olson?”

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Emilia Clarke

Game of Thrones: why the web is obsessed with Emilia Clarke

Daenerys Targaryen

CLEM BASTOW When you play the Mother Of Dragons, it’s only natural that the world’s attention will fall to you.


Concerns over skinny selfie app SkinneePix, which sheds virtual weight in photos

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Natasha Baker SkinneePix users shed virtual weight to look skinnier in selfies, but the app has raised concerns about body-image.

Everyday sexism

This is what happens when you call out sexism


Laura Bates Like many women, Laura Bates had tales of casual harassment, leering and discrimination. She decided to call this out, with astonishing results.

Ben and Michelle Law

The ultimate Asian Mother interpretation guide


Benjamin Law and Michelle Law As brought to you by siblings Benjamin and Michelle Law.

GBH Comp T&C

The Grand Budapest Hotel Competition terms and conditions

Mean Girls 10 year anniversary

Why we still love Mean Girls, ten years on

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NICOLE ELPHICK Next month it will be ten years since Mean Girls was released, Nicole Elphick ponders its legacy. It's so fetch.

How the internet fell in love with Jimmy Fallon


CANDICE CHUNG And why you’re about to be swept off your feet too.

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Elaine from Seinfeld

Meet the real life Elaine from Seinfeld


Amanda Hess The woman who wrote for ’Seinfeld’s’ Elaine has a new book, and some pretty interesting things to say about women in comedy.

Thousands demand action on asylum seekers, environment at March in March protest


Steve Lillebuen March for March protest snakes through Melbourne with tens of thousands demanding action on a mixed bag of issues.

Movie bucket list

1001 movies to see before you die


Laura Vitto At a loss for what to watch tonight? Don't stress.

10 things I definitely don't miss about my 20s

FLORENCE, ITALY - JANUARY 09:  Guest is seen during Pitti Immagine Uomo 85 on January 9, 2014 in Florence, Italy.  (Photo by Jacopo Raule/Getty Images)

DOM KNIGHT If you’re struggling with the aging process, perhaps this list will help you, too?

Gender issues

The images that made us see gender issues differently


10 photos that forced us to examine the ways we see women in our society.

Progress for women

Things that haven't changed for women since the 1960s

UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1950s:  Apron housewife vacuuming den.  (Photo by George Marks/Retrofile/Getty Images)

From Miss Universe to sporting stars and advertising, how much progress have we made?

True Detective

Can you love a show with sexist characters?

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Willa Paskin Ignoring women may be True Detective's blind spot, but it is also one of the show's major themes.

Alison Bechdel Q&A

Meet the cartoonist behind the Bechdel test


CLEMENTINE FORD Before tackling Hollywood sexism, Alison Bechdel already made a name for herself with 'Dykes to Watch Out For'.

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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:

Binge watching

The pleasures of binge watching TV shows at your own pace

Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright in 'House of Cards'. 

Miriam Krule Marathon television watching, the "classy" way to watch mountains of TV should be done on your own schedule.

Animal BFFs

25 animals that spoon better than you


Dennis Green These cuddle buddies will touch even the blackest of hearts.

Sexist press

Female ministers given dressing down by Italian press

Federica Mogherini

Eight women appointed as ministers in Italy's new government have faced criticism over their dress sense, with one stylist urging them to give Giorgio Armani a call.

A bitter sweet farewell to The Sydney Morning Herald broadsheet

Page one of the last Sydney Morning Herald broadsheet edition.

STEPHANIE WOOD The newspaper is writing a new chapter of a distinguished story.

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DOM KNIGHT Dom Knight discovers that coffee preferences draw all sorts of implications.

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The private life of Liz Hayes

Liz Hayes
Photographed for Sunday Life by Hugh Stewart

Liz Hayes is a survivor in the cut-throat world of television current affairs. But despite her high profile, she is rarely seen in public. She reveals the reason why to Erin O'Dwyer.

11 Dolly Parton Quotes to Take Life by the Rhinestones

Dolly Parton

If there's one thing Dolly Parton knows, it's how to make a living.

Love and angst

Nine Young Adult fiction books everyone should read


Young love and young angst - we can't get enough.

Five best films to celebrate Galentine's Day


CLEMENTINE FORD Clem Ford's shares her favourite rom-coms for boner killers.

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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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