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Sexism in gaming

Death threats force feminist game critic to flee her home

Anita Sarkeesian produces the popular critical video series 'Tropes vs women in games'.

James 'DexX' Dominguez Anita Sarkeesian, a prevalent feminist video game critic, was forced to flee her home this week after explicit death threats.

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Feminist classics

Why you should be watching Pre-Code films

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Emma Alsop Back in the 30s, stars like Harlow, Stanwyck and Mae West ruled cinema with strong characters, brave performances and tons of class.

Vagina art

What can we learn from the 'Gay Men Draw Vaginas' project?

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JEN VUK What began as a weird goof-off between friends has become something much more positive.

Beyonce & TSwift

Pop music is having a feminist awakening (again)

All hail Queen Bey at the VMAs.

CLEM BASTOW All the women who independent, throw your hands up at me.

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GoT nudity

Cersei Lannister’s naked GoT walk ’banned by church’

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Nudity may be normal in King’s Landing, but one Game of Thrones actress has reportedly been banned from baring her breasts while filming on location.

Beyonce's VMA performance in a series of amazing GIFs

All hail Queen Bey at the VMAs.

It's the ultimate highlights reel.

Girl talk

Do you talk like a girl?

The cast of Girls


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Jemima Kirke, Allison Williams, Lena Dunham and Zosia Mamet.

NATALIE REILLY It's called linguistic appropriation and it happens more than you think.

Overdue respect

Six accomplished women in maths and science who deserve more respect

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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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Why aren't more people watching Please Like Me?

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Debi Enker What’s the matter with you people? Why aren’t you watching one of the best comedies on TV?

Female gaze

Why Guardians Of The Galaxy is so popular with women and what that means for Marvel

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CLEM BASTOW Given the enthusiastic female response to Pratt’s amped up body, it’s tempting to speculate as to whether or not Marvel have slowly been cottoning on to the power of the female gaze.

Rom-com relatability

Is 'The Lunchbox' the perfect indie love story?

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NEHA KALE A new film from India is challenging the way Western audiences watch romantic movies.

Melissa George

Melissa George: enjoying the good life

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ED GIBBS Croissants, a babe in arms and a new film ... this Aussie actor has much to be happy about.

Uncomfortable truths

Nine times we think we're being logical (but we're really not)

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Dr Ben Ambridge We might like to think that our decisions are generally based on careful consideration of evidence and facts, but science tells us we're fools. Poor, poor fools.

Books

Roald Dahl 'creepy' cover redesign: 'Why not just get Rolf Harris to design the next one?'

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Anita Singh A publisher's attempt to cash in on the trend for adults reading children's books backfired when it was accused of sexualising the cover to Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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Literary crush

Everything you've always wanted to ask Jeanette Winterson

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ALECIA SIMMONDS Love, relationships, mothers, madness... and Tony Abbott.

Defensive tweeting

A beginner's guide to defensive tweeting

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ANDREW P STREET Key learnings from disasterous Twitter comebacks.

Hollywood

A female superhero won't solve Hollywood's gender problem

Fans, bloggers and filmmakers are fed up with the way women and minorities are underrepresented.

Ukraine Is Not A Brothel

The most controversial thing about FEMEN is no longer their nudity

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CLEM BASTOW Melbourne film maker Kitty Green documents her experiences in the Ukraine, caught up in the group’s ascent.

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Bro country culture

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

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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

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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

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

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A love letter to local bookshops

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DOM KNIGHT Don't let the magic disappear.

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Erotic censorship

Painting pulled from exhibition because of “disgusting” pubic hair

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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

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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

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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'

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

So bad it's good

Why bad TV is so good for you

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ROB MORAN Backed up by scientific research.

Art of recaps

Do TV recaps make us feel less alone?

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NATALIE REILLY The psychology behind your TV recapping habit.

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You need to watch 'The World Before Her'

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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"

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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

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

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Basic bitches

The evolution of the basic bitch

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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

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

Ultimate 90s flashback

Important life lessons from Jason Priestley's memoir

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

Filmic boyfriends

Introducing the Manic Pixie Dream Dude

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

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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.

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First person art

Artist Lee Price explores the hidden world of binge eating

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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

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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

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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

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

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The Illusionists

The Illusionists: 'Happy people make bad consumers'

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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’

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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BENJAMIN LAW Ben Law on butchering Mandarin on holiday.

Mad Men university

I teach a university course on Mad Men

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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

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

Apps

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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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.