Culture

Surviving the cull

Why do grown adults subject their Facebook contacts to 'friendship tests'?

For some, the Facebook friendship bar in 2016 has been raised to a whole new level of passive aggression.

Your Facebook friends might not be your 'true' friends... and that's okay, writes Kasey Edwards.

Have indie newsletters become the new zines?

Rachel Maddow illustration by Joan Le May, featured on Lenny Letters.

Katie Rogers 12:15 AM   Meet the small, homemade publications that are create a quieter environment for readers.

#StellaSpark

The woman-penned books that changed me

<i>Photo: Stocksy</i>

To celebrate this year's Stella Prize for women's writing, prominent Australians share their #StellaSpark, their favourite book by an Australian woman.

The books that changed me

<i>Photo: Stocksy</i>

To celebrate this year's Stella Prize for women's writing, prominent Australians share their #StellaSpark, their favourite book by an Australian woman.

The X-Files

How 'The X-Files' changed my life as a teen

The X Files returns ...

Vivian Huynh   "The truth was out there, and it was that I was a full-blown nerd - and that was ok."

It's time to flip the 80/20 gender split in music festivals

Astrix Little

Astrid Zeman   "I'm tired of walking away at the end of the night feeling like I'd just been hanging in a boys club," says Earpound festival founder Astrid Zeman.

Degrassi High

Why 'Degrassi' is still the most honest show about teens

The cast of 'Degrassi: Next Class', which started streaming on Netflix over the weekend.

Bethonie Butler   'Degrassi: Next Class', now on Netflix, upholds the show's legacy of boldly tackling issues affecting teens.

The Danish Girl

I spoke to the director of The Danish Girl about trans representation

A first look at Eddie Redmayne as transgender painter Lili Elbe in <i>The Danish Girl</i>.

Kate Doak   Trans woman Kate Doak sat down to talk with Tom Hooper about trans visibility.

Spoon Theory

Stop appropriating the language that explains my condition

"'Spoon Theory' was intended for the chronically ill and its appropriation erases the concerns of a marginalised group," writes Naomi Chainey.

Naomi Chainey   "'Spoon Theory' was intended for the chronically ill and its appropriation erases the concerns of a marginalised group," writes Naomi Chainey.

Neha Kale

When racism happens in unexpected places

A recent study found Airbnb hosts were less likely to accept guests with 'ethnic-sounding' names.

Neha Kale   It appears the 'sharing economy' isn't as utopian as it likes to think, writes Neha Kale.

Her stories

Where are all the female characters in children's books?

"There is an unspoken understanding in children's books that a boy won't read about a girl," says public library collection development manager Betsy Bird.

Jennie Yabroff   Despite progress in other areas, it seems little has changed when it comes to representing girls in books.

Riot Grrrl

How the '90s Riot Grrrl scene explains today's culture wars

<i>Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl</i>, by Carrie Brownstein.

Alyssa Rosenberg   "It can be either a relief or a point of despair to look back at the past and find that the difficulties of the present aren't actually troubling new developments," writes Alyssa Rosenberg.

Sexism in 2016

Sexism is off to a flying start in 2016

Chris Gayle faces the media following his comments to sports journalist Mel McLaughlin.

Ruby Hamad   "As thoroughly enraging as this week has been, we must recognise it for what it is - part of the backlash against our progress", writes Ruby Hamad.

You can do it!

How to make your New Year's resolutions a bit more realistic

"Rather than managing disappointment, let's manage expectations," writes Clem Bastow.

Clem Bastow   "Rather than managing disappointment, let's manage expectations," writes Clem Bastow.

Women under-represented on Q&A: report

Q&A host Tony Jones

A review into the ABC program Q&A recommends the show be broadcast from more locations across Australia and include more women.

Best femmo pop culture treats to look out for in 2016

Best femmo pop culture treats to look out for in 2016

Clementine Ford   Clem Ford rounds out a wonderful year by looking forward to what lies in wait around the corner.

Web encounters reveal kindness of strangers

What jobs should you pick if you are looking for equal pay?

Julia Baird   Online relationships are not only about abuse, trolls and dickheads; they can put you in touch with the nicest of people.

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Australia's suffragettes

Meet Australia's suffragette heroines

Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter in the upcoming <i>Suffragette</i>.

Let's salute a few of the women who fought valiantly throughout the years for greater equality in our political systems.

Daily Life's top 20 stories of 2015

Stories that made us laugh, cry, and high five our laptop screens.

It's the time of the year to revisit the stories that made us laugh, cry, and high five our laptop screens.

Star Wars

I grew up without pop culture. Then 'Star Wars' changed my life

Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) in <I>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</I>.

Alyssa Rosenberg   "Loving 'Star Wars' and learning to recognise the franchise's flaws and weaknesses were a useful exercise in how much I wanted to be defined by what I loved.".

Solidarity

Children's choir in Canada sings traditional Islamic song as the country welcomes Syrian refugees

They performed a very important ancient Islamic song.

 They performed a song which is said to have been sung to the Prophet when he sought refuge in the city of Madinah.

F-rated films

Please, don't start rating movies on whether they're female-friendly

Jacob Tremblay and Brie Larson in the upcoming 'Room', one of the films to receive an F rating at the Bath Film Festival.

Alyssa Rosenberg   Hollywood's trying to fix its gender problem. But a rating system for 'female friendliness' is a bad idea, writes Alyssa Rosenberg.

Move over guys, it's our turn now

Tilly Dunnage (Kate Winslet) brandishes her Singer sewing machine like a lethal weapon in The Dressmaker. Producer Sue Maslin struggled to get funding for the box office smash without an A-list male

Koraly Dimitriadis   Amid lots of empty talk about diversity, the government funding body is taking action.

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Asher Wolf

Forget coding, we need to teach kids about digital citizenry

"Stupid posts about embarrassing incidents or regrettable comments don't just go away because children grow up," writes Asher Wolf.

Asher Wolf   "Stupid posts about embarrassing incidents or regrettable comments don't just go away because children grow up," writes Asher Wolf.

Andy Warhol's original insta art

Andy Warhol Self-Portrait with Skull 1977, Polaroid Polacolor Type 108 photograph, 10.8 x 8.6 cm.

Jane Rocca   Andy Warhol's celebrity Polaroids, soon to be exhibited at the National Gallery of Victoria, were way ahead of their time.

Performance art

This artist was catcalled for eight hours straight to highlight street harassment

Artist Mirabelle Jones was catcalled for eight hours straight to highlight street harassment.

She wanted to emphasise the violent and exposing nature of street harassment.

Cheryl Strayed on the art of radical advice giving

Author Cheryl Strayed

Candice Chung   "The reason most people don’t give good advice is they can’t separate their own judgement and opinion before telling us what we should do."

A collection of Adele Horin's work

Adele Horin in 2010.

Adele Horin's work often gave a voice to those otherwise unheard.

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TV diversity

On the thrill of seeing first gen immigrant leads on TV

Aziz

Neha Kale   As writer Bim Adewunmi points out, race is not a Very Special Episode issue. It's a fact of life.

Twilight years

The value of spending time with our elders

"It's callous to expect people to work their entire lives, only to be shunted away in old age. But there is another way."

Ruby Hamad   It's callous to expect people to work their entire lives, only to be shunted away in old age. But there is another way.

Clementine Ford

A handy guide to the best feminist teaching tools online

Tea

Clementine Ford   Clementine Ford shares some helpful go-to lessons for those moments when you need to explain gender inequality, consent or how privilege works.

'90s dance

The ten best/worst '90s dance tracks

'90s ravers raving.

Dom Knight   Dom Knight takes us on a trip down objectively-horrible-but-miraculously-wonderful musical memory lane.

Growing up

Things I wish I'd known when I was 15

Clem Bastow offers some wise advice to her younger self.

Clem Bastow   Clem Bastow's advice to her younger self, inspired by a chance listening of Janet Jackson's 1997 classic, The Velvet Rope.

The fear of speaking up in the arts world

Koraly Dimitriadis

Koraly Dimitriadis   "The arts industry is not built for people like me to succeed. It's built for the privileged."

Cup Day

Why you might want to rethink your Melbourne Cup themed Tinder profile photo

What does a person with an "at the races" photo seek to communicate about themselves?

Clem Bastow   Clem Bastow decodes the real message your race day picture sends out to a potential right-swiper.

The radical promise of TV's mentally ill women

 In "UnREAL," Rachel Goldberg's (Shiri Appleby) mother (Mimi Kuzyk) is also her therapist

Alyssa Rosenberg   The anti-hero(ine) revolution in TV is finally turning around for women.

Amanda Keller: I've never had to play the girly role

Amanda Keller: "People think it's easy to put together a breakfast team. It absolutely isn't."

Rosemarie Milsom   How Amanda Keller has made it to the top of the radio game without being anyone's sidekick.

Gloria Steinem: 'We'll win. Because these bodies are ours'

Gloria Steinem, pretty much the epitome of stylish cool.

Kirsten Tranter   At 81, feminist legend Gloria Steinem has a new book, a full schedule, a sense of calm - and only the occasional urge to kill.

Feminism KPIs

Why feminism needs a new barometer for success

"Far from seeking to 'have it all', some of us are content to have none of it, rejecting home ownership, traditional families, and even the long climb up the corporate ladder."

Ruby Hamad   For Ruby Hamad, the freedom to eschew conservative, capitalist markers of 'success' is the true sign of empowerment.

Refugee crisis

I walked with migrants from Greece to Germany

Afghan children in Victoria Square, Athens playing with toys donated by Greeks.

Magdy Samaan   Magdy Samaan encountered kindness and courage amid the many tales of misery.

In praise of feminist newsletters

A number of writers and artists have been turning to the newsletter format as a way of sharing their work without having to share their brain space.

Clementine Ford   Why more women are gravitating towards writing in the newsletter format.

Sexist games

Why is the gaming industry still so accepting of sexual violence in games?

Quiet, a character in the recent <i>Metal Gear Solid: Phantom Pain</i>.

Tegan Jones   "If the crude 'erotic' games of the '80s can inspire such disgust and vehemence, why don't modern games?", asks Tegan Jones.

Ridley Scott: Sexism is real, take it seriously

Ridley Scott:  "It's one of those things, I never really thought about it at the time but when we were doing Alien and it came up - the idea of Ripley being a woman and not a bloke - I thought 'Great, yeah, let's do it.'

Maria Lewis   When you look back at the almost 50-year career of iconic British filmmaker Ridley Scott, it’s not easy to discount his feminist vision.

Anti-femmo clickbait

If things said to female writers were clickbait headlines

"I'm taking these dudes' hurtful, irritating or just plain stupid comments, emails and tweets, and turning them into something beautiful," writes Clem Bastow.

Clem Bastow   Clem Bastow: "I'm taking these dudes' hurtful, irritating or just plain stupid comments, emails and tweets, and turning them into something beautiful."

Deathbed regrets

We need to rewrite the 'deathbed regrets' list for women

"Most women I know have been socially-conditioned to already do these things on a daily basis, to our detriment."

Alice Williams   "Most women I know have been socially-conditioned to already do these things on a daily basis, to our detriment," writes Alice Williams.

#WhyLoiter

Women in India are taking back male-dominated city streets at night with #WhyLoiter

Loiter

Rob Moran   "People will start looking at women not as possessions or property that need to be kept at home and preserved or safeguarded, but as fellow human beings that have equal right to public spaces as men do."

'Yelp for people': The app that lets everyone you know rate you

It's inherently invasive, even when complimentary.

Caitlin Dewey   Needless to say, it's inherently invasive, even when complimentary.

Bad Sex in Fiction Award

Why can't men write about sex?

Morrissey in Rome

Joel Snape   With his widely panned first novel, Morrissey is the latest male author whose efforts to turn us on merely turn us off.

Clem Bastow

The one rom-com trope that's still affecting our love lives

 Bill Hader and Amy Schumer on the set of <i>Trainwreck</i>.

Clem Bastow   The movies tell us if your relationship doesn't start this way, you're probably not going to end up together. And somehow, we believe it.

#MedicatedAndMighty

Mum starts #MedicatedAndMighty selfie movement to help challenge mental health stigma

Following Erin Jones' Facebook post, others have taken to Twitter to share their own #MedicatedAndMighty selfies.

Rob Moran   When Erin Jones shared a pic of herself holding her antidepressant prescriptions, others quickly followed.

Young adults

What our obsession with adult colouring books says about us

"Jump on Instagram hoping for poorly-lit breakfasts, and you'll find a stream of Technicolour mandalas and forests lovingly rendered in Texta."

Neha Kale   "While adult colouring might rekindle blissful childhood memories, it's also more insidious than it appears," writes Neha Kale.

Women writing war

Why more women need to tell war stories

Louise Williams' uncle, John Williams, was the chief carpenter for that fantastic underground tunnel that led 76 prisoners of war out of the supposedly escape-proof Nazi POW camp.

Louise Williams   Why Louise Williams - who's written about the legendary 'Great Escape' of WWII - hopes more women will take on military tales.

Photoshop Fix

Apple, Adobe criticised for digitally altering woman's face to smile more

'Adobe Fix' is demonstrated on the new iPad Pro in parallel with layout software Adobe Comp.

Tim Biggs   Many were left unimpressed after a demonstration of how the iPad Pro can transform into a woman's-face-improvenator device.

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Q&A recap: Laurie Penny makes salient point on casual sex and the hook-up culture

Penny

Andrew P Street   Laurie Penny: "It's not sex that is bad for women, sexism is bad for women."

Cyberhate study

What I've learned from my study into gendered cyberhate

"It's been 17 years since I was first called a 'hore' on the internet and in that time I've watched gendered cyberhate move out of the fringes and into the mainstream."

Dr Emma Jane   Dr Emma Jane was a newspaper columnist in the late '90s when she first encountered misogynistic online harassment. Almost twenty years later, it's an epidemic.

Cultural appropriation

Why we shouldn't stop talking about cultural appropriation

"There are still plenty of cases where asking whether or not something is cultural appropriation might be a useful gut check for personal behaviour," writes Alyssa Rosenberg.

Alyssa Rosenberg   "Identifying cultural exchange and cultural appropriation should be the beginning of our conversations, not our final verdict," writes Alyssa Rosenberg.

Female gaze

Are we entering the golden age of the female gaze?

A self-portrait from cult photographer, Petra Collins.

Neha Kale   Something powerful happens when women become their own subjects, writes Neha Kale.

Celebrating abortion

We need more pop songs about abortion

Jack on Fire badges

Sarah Oakes   Washington DC band 'Jack on Fire' think talking about the issue in a flip, cheery manner is important, so they're using music to normalise the conversation.

Internet amnesia

Can we make the internet forget mistakes we made as teens?

Teenagers these days are getting increasingly creative with how they use social networks

Caitlin Dewey   Lately, more and more Internet-users are catching on to the slippery attraction of an 'eraser button'. But is it the silver bullet we're looking for?

Is TV leading a renaissance in onscreen romance?

Mindy

Alyssa Rosenberg   What happens to a romantic comedy after the main characters get together, decide to stay together and even have a baby? TV shows are exploring the answer.