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BETTINA ARNDT Ignore the scary stories and dive in to online dating, says Bettina Arndt. It's still your best bet for finding love.

Clem Ford

A difficult woman's guide to summer reading

CLEMENTINE FORD Feminists are good at reading, having learned to embrace it in place of all the boys who never asked us out on dates.

Daily Life's top 20 stories of 2014

Daily Life's top 20 stories of 2014.

The stories we cheered, cried, and laughed over this year.

Serial podcast

How to deal with the final episode of Serial

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ELEANOR ROBERTSON Do we really need all the loose ends to be tied up?

Archer magazine

You'll love Archer: the new Australian magazine on gender and sexual diversity

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ANNABEL ROSS "The manifesto is that sex is weird for all of us, so we should just all talk about it together."

Sisters Of Invention

Meet The Sisters Of Invention - just don't call them "inspirational"

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CLEM BASTOW "You're not seeing the real us if you look at us as objects of inspiration," says band member Aimee, one of five members with a disability.

Priya's Shakti

Meet India's new comic superhero: Priya the rape survivor

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Radhika Sanghani New comic book 'Priya's Shakti' features a female rape survivor as a superhero who fights sexual violence alongside the Goddess Parvati.

All About Women 2015

Five speakers you need to see at All About Women

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Rob Moran Our favourite festival’s back, and they're bringing some excellent people.

The Eva

The two women who want to make sure we can all orgasm

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NICOLE ELPHICK In a clear case of if you build it, they will come, a wearable couples’ vibrator over the weekend smashed through its crowdfunding goal of $US50,000 to raise over half a million dollars. Meet its inventors.

Gendered toys

7-year-old girl writes letter, ends company's sexist marketing strategy

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Rob Moran Parker Dains from California - you are awesome.

Grumpy old men

Male lawn bowl players furiously quit tournament after it opens up to female competitors

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Rob Moran Over 200 men have quit the Tasmanian comp since October, and are trying to launch a male-only breakaway tournament.

December 6, 1989

He screamed "I hate feminists!" and killed 14 women

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Danielle Binks On December 6, 1989, Marc Lepine walked into an engineering school in Montreal, shouted "I hate feminists!", and shot and killed 14 women. A new book highlights how, 25 years on, the 'Montreal Massacre' is still fuelling misogyny today.

Sexist advertising

Coca-Cola forced to respond to criticism over sexist new ads

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Rob Moran The company's campaign for its new Fairlife milk products featured naked pin-ups splashing around in milk, ugh.

Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult does not have time for literary world sexism

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Bryony Gordon She is one of America's most successful novelists and she's pretty sick and tired of how "women's fiction" gets treated.

Lil' hero

Awesome 7-year-old girl protests Tesco's sexist marketing

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Rob Moran "Well, that’s wrong! Anybody can like superheroes. They’re being stupid, aren’t they?", said seriously unimpressed Maggie.

Sh*t world leaders say

Turkish president says women not equal to men, should just focus on being mums

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Rob Moran Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes Tony Abbott look progressive.

Serial podcast

10 things you may not know about 'Serial'

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Two keep you going during this torturous two week break.

Gender imbalance in HSC English: 70 per cent of texts authored by men

Imbalance: Camilla Nelson, of the University of Notre Dame, questions why most texts authorised for study in years 11 and 12 were written by men.

LINDA MORRIS Women writers are outnumbered by their male counterparts on the new HSC English reading list.

#TakeDownJulienBlanc

Julien Blanc denied entry into the UK

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Rob Moran Another encouraging win for basic human decency.

Boo, Barbie, boo

Barbie book about computer programming tells girls they need boys to code for them

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Rob Moran "Dear Santa, for Xmas I want 'Marginalisation Of Women In Tech Barbie!'"

Little League star Mo'ne Davis is releasing a memoir

Mo'ne Davis waves to the crowd before throwing out the first pitch at Game 4 of the 2014 World Series.

Meet the girl who catapulted from anonymity to take the world by storm as a 13-year-old Little League star.

#TakeDownJulienBlanc

"A lot of it got pulled out of context": Julien Blanc breaks silence, 'apologises' in CNN interview

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Rob Moran "He's full of sh*t; he's sorry he got caught, not for what he's done," says Jennifer Li, who started the #TakeDownJulienBlanc campaign.

Gendered violence

No, women aren't as likely to commit violence as men

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Jane Gilmore Not only is there no data that supports such a claim - a common cry in online comments sections - but the data that we do have proves the exact opposite.

Eminem

How Eminem uses misogyny to sell records

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Terrence McCoy Though he has rapped of machine-gunning women and murdering his ex-wife, the violent lyrics, rather than derail his career, have in fact burnished it.

#TakeDownJulienBlanc

Boycott against ‘pick-up artist’ Julien Blanc spreads to Canada, Japan and the UK

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Rob Moran #TakeDownJulienBlanc is awesomely going worldwide.

#MeninistTwitter

#MeninistTwitter may be the funniest thing trending on Twitter today

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Rob Moran It started off as a serious thing by men's rights activists, but it's since been hijacked by some excellent people.

Good save?

Victoria's Secret tried to fix its controversial 'Perfect Body' ad

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Rob Moran And pretty much failed dismally.

Serial podcast

Why everyone is addicted to the Serial podcast

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Eleanor Robertson And here's why you'll be next.

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Cate Blanchett made a powerful speech about gender at Gough Whitlam's memorial

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SARAH OAKES "The nation was truly changed by him through the arts and through gender."

#FreeTheNipple

Could this photo help end social media's war on breasts?

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CLEM BASTOW In the same week where Chelsea Handler called out Instagram and Rihanna returned to the site, comedian Aniela McGuinness's #freethenipple offering might be the best yet.

Yes Please

Seven life lessons from Amy Poehler's new book, Yes Please

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Candice Chung As one reviewer calls it, this is the best non self-help self help you'll ever read.

Butt implants

Why young women are dying for the perfect 'belfie'

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Claire Gohen Inspired by Kim Kardashian's butt selfies and the ongoing pop trend for bigger booties, young women are driving a surge in 'bottom implants'... but the results are often dangerous.

A misandrist's guide to 'sexy' Halloween costumes

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CLEMENTINE FORD Dressing up this weekend? Clem Ford has a few ideas for you.

You can write a book in a month

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DOM KNIGHT But Dom Knight wonders, should you?

Reality TV

What we should all take from the demise of Honey Boo Boo

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NATALIE REILLY "The grim truth is this: reality television works because of broken people."

Mills & Boon makeover

Mills & Boon now makes sassy novels for young women

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Radhika Sanghani Mills & Boon has had a revolutionary makeover, embracing social media and feminist ideas.

Wikipedia 'edit-a-thon' writes female artists into history

Web debate: Holly MacDonald (left) and Catherine Hickson at a workshop to amend Wikipedia.

JACQUELINE MALEY Like most students, Ira Ferris relies heavily on the internet for research. But when she turns to Wikipedia, the free, open-source internet encyclopaedia, the 31-year-old art student finds gaps.

Rita Ora says she's a feminist "in Beyoncé mould"

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Sassy singer Rita Ora talks with Charlotte Edwardes about navigating fame at the age of 23, and why she calls the shots.

Abbi & Ilana

Five reasons Broad City will improve your life

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CLEMENTINE FORD Clem Ford on why Abbi and Ilana are the best comedy duo on TV right now.

The speech habit that defines our generation

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Why this casual suffix is perfectly suited to our commitment-phobic age.

The Womansplainer

Introducing 'The Womansplainer', the paid service for sexist guys

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NICOLE ELPHICK For any woman who’s ever had to spend time explaining why catcalling is not a compliment, say a hearty hello to artist Elizabeth Simins' The Womansplainer.

Transgender issues

US high school elects transgender teen as homecoming king

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Rob Moran "I wanted to show that a guy like me can live a normal life and still be visible in the community and be widely accepted," said 17-year-old Mel Gonzales.

Why Benjamin Law thinks it's fine for adults to read YA

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BENJAMIN LAW I've always been drawn to age-inappropriate stuff.

Feminist YouTube

Six feminist YouTubers everyone should be watching

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Naaz Hussain These funny and eloquent women are fighting the patriarchy one upload at a time.

Body positivity

Meet J-pop’s new ‘chubby’ groups

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NICOLE ELPHICK A new wave of 'body-positive' pop acts in Japan are encouraging fans to unashamedly shake their booty – no matter what size it is.

Onscreen diversity

Why the jobs of female characters in movies matter

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CLEM BASTOW A new UN-backed study on gender representation in the on-screen workforce shows its slim pickings for women. Here's why that needs to change.

Clementine Ford

Is Gone Girl's Amy Dunne a misandrist?

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CLEMENTINE FORD And should we even care? [Warning: spoilers ahead]

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Texts from your ex

Texts From Your Ex: The Instagram account we can all relate to

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Radhika Sanghani A new Instagram account asks users to send in real texts from their exes with hilarious results.

James Deen

Is James Deen the 'porn star for women'?

Stud for hire: James Deen, 28, plays to his strengths:

Jane Cadzow Why the 28-year-old is being hailed as the poster boy of female-friendly porn.

YouTube sexism

How young women joined forces against misogynistic YouTuber Sam Pepper

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Reni-Eddo Lodge Since the online star's "ass pinch" video went viral, female fans and YouTubers have sought to expose the misogynistic underbelly of vlogging.

Real life

Growing up, all I wanted was to be white

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Gabrielle Wang Children's author Gabrielle Wang on the importance of diversity in children's literature.

Parents get sequel

Go the F--- to Sleep author's new book tells children they need to f---ing eat

Writer Adam Mansbach has given parents everywhere a laugh and some light relief.

SARAH THOMAS A sequel is coming soon to the 2011 hit book Go the F--- to Sleep.

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The one with the writer

How did they all stay Friends?

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Nick Allen Twenty years on from the first episode, the writer of the original series tells why Friends could have been a flop.

Righting reading habits

More men need to read books written by women

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Aviva Tuffield By the time young boys leave school they are so used to reading male authors their world view becomes narrowed.

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The Godmother?

Five films we'd like to see remade with female leads

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Radhika Sanghani Following rumours Ghostbusters is being remade with an all-female cast here are five other classic movies that would benefit from having women in the starring roles

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Social media

Facebook's 'Share 10 books' has restored my faith in social media

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Daisy Buchanan Social media campaigns enocuraging users to perform ever-more extreme stunts have left Daisy Buchanan cold. But a new meme, encouraging online friends to share their top books has made her fall back in love with Facebook.

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Happy birthday Amy

Four times Amy Poehler is the greatest

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CLEMENTINE FORD Happy birthday, you beautiful, talented, brilliant, powerful musk-ox.

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