Clementine Ford

Five reasons Broad City will improve your life


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

Flexible phrasing

When we say exactly(ish) what we mean


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

The Womansplainer

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


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


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

Ben Law at a cafe in Spring Hill Brisbane. Ben has written an essay for AFR about how youg people are disenchanted with the Labor party.
Picture by Paul Harris.
Monday 14 May 2012

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

Feminist YouTube

Six feminist YouTubers everyone should be watching


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


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


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?


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


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


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


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.


The one with the writer

How did they all stay Friends?

Friends (TV Series)...BKB1TW Friends (TV Series)

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

Illustration: Kerrie Leishman

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

Wolf of wall street

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

Young Woman reading book in apartment

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

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 15:  Actress Amy Poehler attends the

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

Huff lessons

What Arianna Huffington can teach us about success and failure

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 07:  Arianna Huffington attends

SARAH MACDONALD The charismatic media mogul has a public conversation with Annabel Crabb in Sydney last night.

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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


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?


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’


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


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


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?

Josh Thomas

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

Chris Pratt in

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?


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

Melissa George

Melissa George: enjoying the good life

ca. 2005 --- Stylist is Janine Israel, hair by Peter Savic and makeup by Troy Jensen. --- Image by ? Yariv Milchan/Corbis Outline

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)


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.


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

Willy Wonka - Gene Wilder.

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.


Literary crush

Everything you've always wanted to ask Jeanette Winterson

Winterson.Sydney.April 15th, 2012.Photo.Sahlan Hayes.Story.Damien Murphy.English author Jeanette Winterson, in Sydney as part of the Sydney Writer's Festival.

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

Defensive tweeting

A beginner's guide to defensive tweeting

Jason Biggs

ANDREW P STREET Key learnings from disasterous Twitter comebacks.


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

Kitty Green

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?

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

the voice

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.