Culture

Late Show

A farewell to David Letterman and late night sexism

Lena Dunham and David Letterman

Eleanor Robertson   For 30 years he sat next to young female stars, making dirty jokes at their expense and objectifying them to get a clap from the audience.

Sexualising disability

People with disability can express their sexuality

Madeline

Carly Findlay   The concern police reacted uncomfortably when modelling pics of Madeline Stuart went viral this week. But people with disabilities should be seen as entire humans - not devoid of sexuality or sexual desire, writes Carly Findlay.

Female Filmmakers

Five signs the tide is turning for female filmmakers

For 'Pitch Perfect 2' director Elizabeth Banks, the $70.3m opening gives her the second biggest opening ever for a female director.

Clem Bastow   Clem Bastow is finally daring to hope that women making films might not be toiling in the gloom forever.

Celebrity advice

Why do we listen to celebrity parenting advice?

Parenting

Kasey Edwards   Our willingness to overlook our own parenting judgement and experiences in favour of celebrity sound bites can be downright dangerous, writes Kasey Edwards.

The scene that led viewers to 'quit' Game of Thrones

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Josephine Tovey   It's become known for graphic depictions of violence and sexual assault, but has the latest episode gone too far?

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Mad Men farewell

Five things we'll never forget about Mad Men

Last night's final episode suffered a long, difficult labour before its birth.

Natalie Reilly   In this age of re-heated sit-coms and reality stars, Mad Men gave us something we never knew we needed.

Black Hawk Down

Black Hawk Down: US prisoner of war Mike Durant reunites with the aid worker who saved him

Black Hawk Down

As told to Sarah Oakes   Suzanne Hofstetter was the only person allowed contact with Durant during his time as a POW. This is her story, retold over 20 years later.

Mad Max

Apparently Men's Rights activists are upset about Mad Max

Newcomer: Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa.

Eleanor Robertson   A woman? Telling a man what to do? Why don't you just throw civilisation into the sea, you mad harpies?

Dumb dads

Why this is the end of the dumb dad era

Dad

Chad Prevost   For generations, we've been fed the stereotype of the bumbling dad. But advertisers and TV writers are now catching up to changing demographic trends.

Student calls out SBS's 'elitism and disconnected privilege' on Q&A

Mount Druit school student Johanna Larkin slammed SBS program <i>Struggle Street</i>, saying the broadcaster has shown its 'elitism and  disconnected privilege' before asking a good question: 'When [do] our personal stories become the ownership of the media?'

Neil McMahon   Johanna Larkin on Struggle Streets: 'When do our personal stories become the ownership of the media?'

Bulimia Comedy

Why I made a comedy about bulimia

"The Skinny is all about what happens when all your self awareness can't save you." - Jessie Kahnweiler.

Nicole Elphick   Jessie Kahnweiler wants the world to know eating disorders aren't just for ballerinas.

WOW festival

Q&A with Women of the World festival founder Jude Kelly

Women of the World festival founder Jude Kelly.

Rachel Eddie   "So many women had been encouraged to feel that equality had arrived, and so they couldn't understand why they didn't feel that that was the case."

Girl Power

These superhero capes are perfect for girls who play hard

A super awesome Flying Super Hero Set.

Kathleen Lee Joe   There may not be many female superheroes for girls to emulate, but these capes let them be their own.

Hillary 2016

Why are we talking about the link between menopause and politics?

Hillary

Sarah Oakes   All of a sudden, ovaries in the Oval Office are a big topic of discussion.

Household chores

Study: Men do less housework

Housework

Christopher Ingraham   There's some good news and some bad news on the domestic gender equality front.

Gender neutral 'Mx' may be added to Oxford English Dictionary

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Michael Shmith with a copy of the Oxford Dictionary.

Simone Ziaziaris   The Oxford English Dictionary will consider including the gender neutral title "Mx" in the next edition, to represent transgender people and those who don't identify by gender.

Amy Schumer

Why Amy Schumer is taking over the internet

Amy

Emily Yahr   Three viral skits in a row? Amy Schumer has officially - and deservedly - cracked the code to making the internet go crazy for her work.

Gender flip

Do we need more female-led film remakes?

21 Jump Street

Soraya Nadia McDonald   Sony is making a female version of "21 Jump Street" -- but there are downsides to genderflipping a bro classic.

Gendered language

Why we shouldn't succumb to work jargon

Peggy Olson

Neha Kale   Can the language we use at work help us break the glass ceiling?, asks Neha Kale.

Reporters banned

Floyd Mayweather reportedly bans female reporters from big fight for detailing his domestic violence history

Floyd Mayweather.

JOHN BRANCH   Two prominent female journalists, each of whom has detailed the domestic violence history of Floyd Mayweather Jr tweeted they had been denied credentials to the Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao fight.

Four wishes for the inaugural season of The Bachelorette

Sam Frost, Australia's first Bachelorette.

Eleanor Robertson   Eleanor Robertson has high hopes. Don't let her down, Sam Frost.

Sexting

The sexting scandal no one sees

"A new form of intimate partner violence": One in five sexters are actually coerced into sending sexual texts by threats

Caitlin Dewey   One in five sexters are actually coerced into sending sexual texts by threats or manipulation from their partner, finds new research.

Women in Film

I want more women to make films I loathe

Director Kathryn Bigelow on the set of The Hurt Locker.

Clem Bastow   Just as I want to celebrate films that are truly great. After all, that's how it is for the guys.

Shriver Report

Men want their daughters to be independent and strong

Daughter

Kasey Edwards   But their wives? Not so much, according to a new report.

Too Hard To Keep

What to do with photographs that are too hard to keep

"Viewed as a whole, the shots are imbued with a kind of melancholia... inviting the viewer to consider their own interpretations of the possible stories behind the snapshots."

Nicole Elphick   Chicago-based artist Jason Lazarus is transforming our unwanted mementos of pain and heartache into high art.

In the Flesh

Exhibitionists: A naked art tour of <i>James Turrell: a Retrospective</i> at the National Gallery of Australia.

Benjamin Law   Sometimes the best art is stripped back and raw. Well, that's one way to look at this gallery tour.

Killing Kittens

Inside Killing Kittens, a sex club for women

In the swing of things: Killing Kittens founder Emma Sayle (at right).

Laura Jackel   Elite orgies and the pursuit of female pleasure are big business for entrepreneur Emma Sayle.

Lifelong friends

Our lifelong friendship began in a concentration camp

Guta Goldstein (at left) and Janina Greenwood.

Helen Greenwood   Seventy years on, friends Guta, 85, and Janina, 87, mark their survival of the Lodz Ghetto, Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, and a remarkable chance encounter in Melbourne.

Meme census

The hidden biases of Internet memes

To wit: Of memes that show people, versus dinosaurs or cartoons or cats, men appear twice as often.

Caitlin Dewey   Turns out memes, like real life, are over-represented by young white bros.

Mad Men

What I hope happens to all the Mad Men characters

Joan Harris (Christina Hendricks) and Peggy Olson (Elizabeth Moss) in <i>Severance</i>, the first episode of the final season of <i>Mad Men</i>.

Clem Bastow   Clem Bastow imagines what the rest of the 20th century holds for her favourite (and least favourite) characters.

Ruby Hamad

Feminism is happening where you least expect it

#MyMothersNameIs social media campaign in Egypt.

Ruby Hamad   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

Reading

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

magazine with woman removed

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.

Samah Hadid

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

New emojis

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?

Skirts.

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.