Culture

Feminism is happening where you least expect it

#MyMothersNameIs social media campaign in Egypt.

RUBY HAMAD 8:56pm When Australians think of Palestine, feminist hip-hop is probably not the first thing that springs to mind.

My Family stickers

Why do people put those 'My Family' stickers on their cars?

My Family

ALECIA SIMMONDS Narcissism? Delusion? A simple celebration of familial love? A new study into the phenomenon has an interesting answer.

Family violence

Can new approaches towards tackling domestic violence save women's lives?

Violence

MELISSA FYFE As Victoria's Royal Commission into Family Violence begins, experts are searching the world to find the best answers to a basic question: can the murders of women by their partners or ex-partners – a weekly tragedy in Australia – be prevented?

This celibate life

What is it like to live without sex?

No sex, please: Sara Campbell says her year of celibacy gave her a new perspective on her relationship with men.

CATHERINE RODIE In a society obsessed with sex, Catherine Rodie talks to three women who have taken the opposite path.

OpnLttr

An ode to the most passive-aggressive site on the Internet

The site in question is called OpnLttr.com, and it allows anyone to write a letter to anyone else - and post said letter publicly.

Caitlin Dewey Welcome to the home of repressed feelings.

Same-sex marriage debate coming to the Liberal party room

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JUDITH IRELAND Liberal MPs could decide the party's position on same-sex marriage as early as next Tuesday.

United Nations finds violence against women is 'alarmingly high'

Moroccans call for gender equality on International Women's Day in Rabat.

Somini Sengupta Despite the many gains women have made, violence against women and girls worldwide "persists at alarmingly high levels," a United Nations report says.

The first all-female rhino protection unit is taking on poachers unarmed

Black Mamba anti-poaching unit.

This rhino protection squad is unique in the anti-poaching industry. It is the only unit guarding Africa's nature reserves operated entirely by women.

Women's books

I read only books by women for a year: Here's what happened

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Dallas Taylor I read a lot of great books, is the short answer.

No Ceilings

Women removed from ads in the name of gender equality

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Sydney Ember Rosie the Riveter disappeared from her iconic poster in a bus shelter. Serena Williams faded from a giant Beats billboard in Times Square. Gone was Scarlett Johansson from the March cover of W magazine.

Veteran housemates

When are you too old to have housemates?

The Petersham house with Brooke Hemphill lying on the couch.

Once you get past a certain age, house-sharing ceases to be an option. Or does it? Meet three people who appreciate the benefits of sharing the roof over their heads.

NSW will get a domestic violence minister if Mike Baird is re-elected

Premier Mike Baird and Minister Pru Goward at the International Women's Day Breakfast at Eveleigh on Friday.

JACOB SAULWICK People will be allowed to ask if their partners were previous domestic violence offenders if the state government is re-elected.

Six female human rights defenders you should know

Human rights activist Samah Hadid.

Samah Hadid Who's on your list of most-inspiring?

IWD Quiz

What kind of a difficult woman are you?

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ELEANOR ROBERTSON This quiz should help you determine which perfectly acceptable elements of your lifestyle offend and confront for no good reason.

Gay scene

Why I gave the gay scene another shot

Heaps Gay is a monthly queer party in Sydney.

AMY MCNEILAGE I always thought lesbian bar nights needed more men. Straight girls too for that matter.

Relationship drama

How men use the word 'drama' to win fights against women

Drama

Harris O'Malley Sometimes drama is real. But sometimes, it's a way to shut down discussion.

When your punctuation says it all

I went out with a guy based on his use of dashes once.

Jessica Bennett I went out with a guy based on his use of dashes once.

Vagine Regime

What exactly is the Vagine Regime?

The Vagine Regime.

Genevieve Berrick They call themselves the Vagine Regime and they are united by one cause.

'Abbottsolutely hopeless' poster hits Sydney

A Tony Abbott 'hopeless' poster at a service station on Regent St, Chippendale.

Brittany Ruppert It is inspired by an iconic image of "hope", but represents the exact opposite: the "hopeless" Abbott government.

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Happiness lessons

We need to teach our kids how to be sad

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PAUL CHAI A UK report suggests that "happiness lessons" be added to school curriculums to help combat mental health issues amongst children. But maybe the opposite's what's really necessary, writes Paul Chai.

Twitter rallies against Abbott with #IStandWithGillianTriggs

Gillian Triggs appearing before a Senate Committee in Canberra.

AMY MCNEILAGE The Abbott government may have lost confidence in Gillian Triggs but there are plenty of Australians who have not, and they want to make it known.

You need to know about Tink

Tink.

CLEM BASTOW Five female musicians who should be on your radar right now.

Agony aunt revival

Is the agony aunt revival good news for women?

Agony Aunts.

NEHA KALE A new wave of advice columns are offering openness and vulnerability as an antidote to the simple, often sexist, platitudes of old, writes Neha Kale.

Diverse emoji

Apple's diverse emoji are finally here

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Apples has introduced new, diverse emoji. But what's with the yellow people?

Meet the DUFF

Meet the 'DUFF', the Designated Ugly Fat Friend

The Duff

KASEY EDWARDS It's a new term for an old idea, but the "relatability of the label among girls points to an epidemic of low self-esteem," writes Kasey Edwards.

Miniskirts for Ozgecan

Why are Turkish men protesting in mini skirts?

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ROB MORAN Turkish men join online protest movement, condemning violence against women in the wake of the attempted rape and murder of 20-year-old Özgecan Aslan earlier this month.

Hollywood diversity

Hollywood needs to do more for female directors

Actress Ava DuVernay, director of Selma

Rebecca Keegan The directing nominees are all men in this year's Oscars, will things improve soon?

DC Comics

DC Comics turned this frustrated fan girl into a superhero

Rowan Hansen is the latest superhero from DC Comics.

This girl asked DC Comics where all the female superheroes were? They responded by making her one.

How 25 years of Photoshop changed the way we see reality

 An apparently un-retouched photo of Beyonce during a 2013 L'Oreal shoot that was leaked.

Caitlin Dewey There could be no better commemoration of Photoshop's 25th anniversary than the trove of unretouched Beyonce photos that leaked.

Is foreign travel just another form of exploitation?

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RUBY HAMAD It certainly seems like it on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques, writes Ruby Hamad.

Marriage equality

Is the law closer to embracing marriage equality than society?

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Jennifer Finney Boylan Marriage equality and anti-discrimination laws have achieved remarkable victories. But full acceptance is as elusive as ever.

Cult mag

The best Australian women's magazine you've never heard of

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LAUREN SMELCHER SAMS In the '90s, Australia had a soft-porn mag for women. And it was unabashedly feminist and body-positive.

Qatar airline's shocking rules for female staff

Qatar Airways.

Chico Harlan These women have to ask their boss's permission to get married.

Off to the pens!

The best '70s sci-fi books by misandrists

The girl who was plugged in.

JANE GILMORE These forgotten classics were an outlet for the rage and helplessness feminist writers felt in a time when there were still so many battles left to fight - and many of the ideas will ring true to feminists today.

Is concern for Harper Lee's mental health ageist?

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Danielle Binks How much of the concern for Harper Lee and her agreeing to publish Go Set a Watchman is thinly veiled ageism?

Online comments

What the comments you write online reveal about you

What do the comments we leave say about us - about our beliefs, our biases and how we act when the ordinary rules don't apply?

Anna North When we comment on news stories, most of us hope to say something about the topic at hand... but what do the comments we leave say about us?

Coming out in school could reduce depression and abuse

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people have better self esteem and less depression as young adults if they were open about their sexual orientations as adolescents, a new study suggests.

iMatter app

Rosie Batty to launch a domestic violence app on Valentine's Day

Rosie Batty.

AMY MCNEILAGE A new app designed to help women recognise the warning signs of abusive and controlling behaviour.

Fifty Shades Of Grey is not the howling monstrosity you secretly hoped it might be

 50 Shades of Grey:

CLEM BASTOW Fifty Shades Of Grey is not the howling monstrosity you secretly hoped it might be,

Serial's Adnan Syed is granted appeal by Maryland court

Adnan Syed.

Justin George and Kalani Gordon Scheduled to be heard in June.

Rosa Parks images and journal excerpts released in new US exhibition

A photo and handwritten page from the Rosa Parks archive unveiled at the Library of Congress on February 3.

Michael Ruane "She's 6 years old . . . waiting for grandpa to kill a Ku-Kluxer. This is the real deal. This tells you how she had the strength and determination to do what she did."

Magic Mike XXL

Four things I am expecting to see in the Magic Mike sequel

Magic Mike XXL.

ELEANOR ROBERTSON I have high expectations for Magic Mike XXL, and woe betide Tatum if they're not met.

'Bropropriation'

When the achievements of women get credited to men

Bjork.

RUBY HAMAD In a new interview, Bjork revealed the extent to which her work has been credited to men. 'Bropropriation' - it's a travesty that's gone on throughout history.

Lovable grouch

The curse of the lovable grouch

Bill Murray.

NEHA KALE "The lovable grouch reflects a culture in which men are rewarded for shaking off dysfunctional behaviour rather than being kind and empathetic from the start."

Didion's picks

Here's a handwritten list of Joan Didion's all-time favourite books

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EFFIE MANN A page from the American author’s note book, where the 80-year-old has scrawled a list of her all-time favourite books.

The most anticipated books for women in 2015

Mindy Kaling

NICOLE ELPHICK Here are a few of the upcoming releases that we’re keen to get our ink-stained mitts on.

Michelle Obama's next social media challenge: Sasha and Malia

Malia, Sasha and Michelle Obama, pictured in 2012.

Krissah Thompson Michelle Obama danced with a turnip and knows how to #tbt. Can her savvy help her kids use social media?

Cosmopolitan UK

Powerful Cosmo UK cover pays tribute to victims of honour killings

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Wrapped in plastic, it highlights the death of Shafilea Ahmed, a 17-year-old British Pakistani girl who was suffocated by her parents for refusing an arranged marriage.

Caitlin Stasey

Why ex Neighbours actress Caitlin Stasey launched feminist website Herself.com

Caitlin Stasey in an image from her new feminist website Herself.com.

CLEM BASTOW Clem Bastow speaks with Caitlin Stasey, outspoken champion of women’s liberation, about her new, apologetically feminist website Herself.com.

Golden Globes

Have Hollywood award shows lost their relevance?

Amal Clooney at the Golden Globes.

ELEANOR ROBERTSON What Amal Clooney's presence reminds us about the Golden Globes.

Adrienne Truscott

This is why Adrienne Truscott does her stand-up (half) naked

Comedian Adrienne Truscott

NICOLE ELPHICK What it's like to tell jokes about rape while naked from the waist down.

Sexist ad

Sunday Style magazine forced to apologise over sexist ad for interns

Sunday Style.

Rob Moran Yeah, that was not the best idea.

Miranda July sells 50 random objects that appear in new novel 'The First Bad Man'

Miranda July.

Let's take a sticky beak at what you can actually buy.

Dealing with diphallia

This guy has two penises, one book, and some rare insights on Internet fame

DD.

Caitlin Dewey Since revealing his condition in one of Reddit's most popular AMA's ever, 'DD' has struggled with the freak show of the 21st century: Internet fame.

#WeddingStalking

Hash-stalking other people's weddings

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PIP DOYLE "I would grab my phone, a cup of tea and scroll. And scroll. Until I found exactly the thing that was going to do it for me… wedding hashtags. I thought I was alone. It turns out I am not."

Queen of CrossFit

Is this the fittest woman in the world?

CrossFit.

Jane Mulkerrins She can lift 165kg. She eats five eggs just at breakfast. She spends her days ‘off’ swimming and cycling. Meet Annie Thorisdottir, the poster-girl for the CrossFit craze.

Minister for Women

Women on boards go backwards

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LATIKA BOURKE He's the Minister for Women, but under Tony Abbott's prime ministership female board representation is slipping.

#ThanksTony

The best reactions to Tony Abbott's 'top achievement' as Minister for Women

Carbon tax

Yes, the whole internet is giving this the thorough mocking it deserves.

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