We need to talk about obstetric violence


Kim Lock 11:59pm Remove the crowning baby, gowns and masks —what would we have? Sexual assault.


As long as women are equated with sex, then we will never be truly free

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 13: Model Alessandra Ambrosio walks the runway at the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 13, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)

Ruby Hamad 11:59pm Ruby Hamad on two seemingly different but utterly related ways that society sexually objectifies women.


Nobody panic, Germaine Greer has not killed feminism with her Kate Middleton comments

The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George, and Prince William. Germaine Greer says it's cruel that the Duchess is expected to have more children.

CLEMENTINE FORD 11:59pm It is becoming far too common to hear how some women are either ‘letting feminism down’ or destroying it altogether.

Celebrity Q&A

'Are you a feminist?' - the question more and more female celebrities are asked

Beyonce Knowles performs onstage during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Jessica Contrera In between Tell us about your new album! and What are the downsides of being a superstar? it comes out, some say, like a double-edged sword.

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Beta male

Is the Beta male the new 'catch'?


KASEY EDWARDS Why high performing women need to rethink the idea that Alpha women should be with with 'Alpha men'.


Sports journalist Erin Riley trolled after commenting on AFL Grand Final


CLEMENTINE FORD What happens when a female sports journalist dares to speak out against the injustice on a sportsfield.

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Online bullies

This is why trolls act the way they do

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NATALIE REILLY According to two studies of over 1200 online users undertaken earlier this month, trolls are narcissists, psychopaths and above all, Machiavellian.

The most common myths about Muslim women and why they’re wrong

Ruby Hamad

RUBY HAMAD As the tension mounts in the wake of Australia’s recent “terror raids” Ruby Hamad, Randa Abdel-Fattah, and Anne Azza-Aly dismantle the inaccuracies that dominate the public discourse.

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The AFL has a racism, sexism and homophobia problem

A long way to go: Adam Goodes (right) was racially abused during the grand final.

Erin Riley In my 11 years as a Swans member, there have been some awful losses: the fourth-quarter capitulation to the Lions in 2003; blowing a 40-point three-quarter-time lead against the Kangaroos; the one-point grand final loss to the West Coast Eagles.

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People forced to continually demonstrate their innocence are victims of terrorism too

Annabel Crabb Dinkus

ANNABEL CRABB If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear. We hear that all the time, but privacy is woven deeply into the DNA of innocence.


Four things we learned from the Senate's gender abortion debate


Clementine Ford It's OK to ‘play the gender card’ if you’re a conservative white male who wants to control women’s bodies.

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Why Emma Watson speech isn't exactly a game-changer

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CLEMENTINE FORD Women don’t need to engage men in the gender debate, they need to wrench from them the power they hold so tightly.


Arrested development?

Nobody knows how to be a grown-up anymore


Alyssa Rosenberg The real reason why today's pop culture heroes are rejecting adulthood.


Role-playing with stolen baby photographs


Kasey Edwards Why this is the most sinister trend to have taken off on Instagram.

Should we encourage perve-shaming?


Radhika Sanghani The fine line between raising awareness and public shaming.


Alicia Keys and the decision to get naked to 'raise awareness'

Alicia Keys goes nude for a cause.

NATALIE REILLY For too long now, women who have achieved greatness have been reduced - sometimes unconsciously, but often publicly – to nothing more than sex objects and mothers and incubators of unborn children.

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Happy wife v happy life

Do women really hold the key to a happy marriage?


NATALIE REILLY While it might seem like the wife 'holds the key', it's the husband who holds the lock.

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The trouble with Jacqui Lambie's anti-burqa campaign


RUBY HAMAD Fundamentalism cannot be eradicated by further restricting the freedom of women.

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All about booty

All-female billboard top five bad for women?

Meghan Trainor's All About That Bass is currently number one on the Billboard charts.

CLEM BASTOW Well, a closer look reveals the songs have more than one thing in common.

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Jane Caro: It's time to stop blaming the vulnerable


JANE CARO Reproaching the vulnerable for their misfortunes is a reaction designed to make us feel more secure about our own lives.


Can we stop obsessing over Beyoncé's 'photoshopped' thigh gap?


CLEMENTINE FORD Why body image issues will never be solved by mocking and pointing fingers at the female celebrities.

UNICEF report

Unless we take action, our goals on child survival will not be met


TARA MOSS A new UNICEF report suggests we won’t meet our Millennium Development Goal to cut under-five mortality until 2026, 11 years behind schedule. That 11-year delay means the loss of millions of children’s lives.


#ViolenceIsViolence downplays the gendered-nature of violence


KASEY EDWARDS Rather than playing the victim card, men need to take responsibility both individually and collectively for male violence towards women.

'I only date hot white girls': Does displaying racial bias in relationships make us racist?

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Radhika Sanghani New data from dating site OKCupid suggests we prefer to date within our own race. But does that make us racist? Radhika Sanghani reports

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Seven inspirational quotes you should always ignore


NATALIE REILLY In the words of Maya Angelou, ‘always be intolerant of ignorance’.

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Violence against women

Ending violence against women is a job for us all

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Anne Summers A new approach to the scourge of family violence will use the lessons from large scale campaigns against drinking and smoking.

Why I'm hopelessly intimidated by Bunnings

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DOM KNIGHT "If we all have our own personal hell, uniquely and fiendishly customised to our own preferences, mine will be a Bunnings."

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Female friendship

The female friendship manifesto every woman should read

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CLEMENTINE FORD The cultural mythology of women’s friendships versus the rewarding reality.

Rotherham child abuse

Who's to blame for Rotherham?


RUBY HAMAD "A cover-up of this magnitude does not happen in a void. It is indicative of a wider culture of silence, intimidation and male entitlement that punishes victims for speaking up."

Reality TV

Seven ways being on a reality TV show will change your life

Sheridan Wright

Sheridan Wright Welcome to D Grade celebrity, population several thousand.

DV in sport

What the AFL can take from the NFL's Ray Rice

BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 28:  Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens warms up prior to playing an NFL game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium on November 28, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

CLEM BASTOW It's not enough to simply talk about a hardline stance on violence against women within a sport.

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Workplace discrimination

Should you ever sue your boss?

Carol Howard has won her discrimination case after two years

KASEY EDWARDS The recent case of British police officer Carol Howard, is a painful illustration of the high price that people can pay for speaking out against discrimination.

Wartime inequality

How gender inequality affects women in times of conflict


RUBY HAMAD Figures from Gaza, Iraq, Afghanistan and Liberia show just how much the effects of gender inequality are exacerbated during times of war and conflict.

What we've learnt about Tony Abbott in his first year in office

Annabel Crabb Dinkus

ANNABEL CRABB Since Tony Abbott was elected Prime Minister we have established many things about him - some are surprising, some are not.

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Joan Rivers broke the glass ceiling for female performers

Confrontational: Joan Rivers in London in 2008.

Humour provided Joan River with a stellar career, and an outlet for grief.

Why are some rape victims treated differently to others?

Clementine Ford (red hair) Clementine Bastow (Dark Hair)

CLEMENTINE FORD [Trigger warning: graphic description of sexual assault]

Jennifer Lawrence photo leak: Let's stop calling this hacking 'The Fappening'

What happened to Jennifer Lawrence isn't about 'iCloud privacy.'

Radhika Sanghani As the leak of private naked photos of 100 female A-listers is becomes known online as 'The Fappening', Radhika Sanghani questions why we're reducing a serious crime to a sexual hashtag

The problem with Bliss N Eso's apology for domestic violence 'joke'

Bliss N Eso

CLEMENTINE FORD Violence against women is a serious cultural problem which results in the dehumanisation, abuse and even death of countless women around the world. It isn’t fodder for cheap wannabe comedians to plumb the depths of because it makes them feel dangerous and interesting to tackle topics that are ‘off-limits’.

Gay marriage

Marriage equality is not just about the right to get married, it's about saving lives


Michael Barnett Remove the barrier against gay marriage and there’ll be one less reason for young people to feel isolated and vulnerable, says Michael Barnett.

Fair Work Amendment

This is what the government is planning to do to women next


JENNA PRICE The Fair Work Amendment Bill - being voted on by Senate today - is a recipe for the exploitation and victimisation of women.

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This is why you shouldn't click on the naked photos of Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence

CLEMENTINE FORD If you deliberately seek out any of these images, you are directly participating in the violation not just of numerous women’s privacy but also of their bodies.

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Keira Knightley's topless shoot powerful and feminist

Keira Knightley poses topless in new photo spread for Interview magazine Photo: Patrick Demarchelier/Interview

Claire Cohen Notoriously private actress Keira Knightley has posed topless for a fashion magazine to widespread surprise. Claire Cohen welcomes her decision and explains why it's a powerful statement for all women with less-than-voluptuous chests.

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Church and state

Should we be spending $244 million on religious instruction in schools?


JACQUELINE MALEY That's what the federal government's earmarked for their school chaplaincy program. But how will it benefit our kids?

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GOFF is the feminist film festival you've been waiting for


CLEMENTINE FORD Melbourne's Girls On Film Festival is looking to right Hollywood's women problem.

D--k jokes

The one way men put each other down that women don't

Former Prime Minister Paul Keating with former Labor Minister Gareth Evans' at the launch of the book,

SARAH MACDONALD Why haven't we outgrown this tired joke?

Female judge links low rape conviction rates and women's drinking habits

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RUBY HAMAD As long as women follow the rules -stay at home, don’t drink, don’t wear “slutty” clothes- then we will have earned sympathy in the event we are sexual assaulted.

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Your guide to understanding ironic misandry

Ironic misandry

CLEMENTINE FORD For all the ladies out there who have ever been accused of hating men.

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Most liveable?

How liveable are our cities if women don't feel safe?

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KASEY EDWARDS Melbourne might be top of the 'Global Liveability Ranking', but don't pop the champagne just yet.

Unnecessary comebacks

A comeback isn't always what the public wants

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Ali Benton A "hello" only months or years after a "goodbye" can be a little undignified.

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Children in detention

Scott Morrison's treatment of Gillian Triggs is endemic of the government's wider problem with women

Potrait of Gillian Triggs, Australian Human Rights Commissioner, photographed at her Sydney Offices. Friday 15th March 2013. Photograph by James Brickwood. SMH SYDNEY MAG 130315 

JENNA PRICE It's yet another symptom of an entire government for whom male privilege and male entitlement are the default.

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The government's only option is to release all children in detention

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Karen Zwi Scott Morrison's decision to release those under 10 years old is a welcome first step but still inadequate.

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Zero stars

Is The Inbetweeners 2 the most misogynistic movie of the year?


CLEM BASTOW "I went to The Inbetweeners 2 and all I got was a sense of crippling ennui." Yep, this film is bad.

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Palo Alto

Why don't cool, young filmmakers create ethnically diverse movies?


NEHA KALE Films like Palo Alto argue that confusion and angst are necessary phases of being young. Why then is the experience so white on screen?

Marriage vouchers

Five reasons why the government's $200 marriage vouchers haven't worked


JEN VUK The 'Stronger Relations Trial' was supposed to tackle marriage breakdowns and save taxpayers millions by cutting divorce costs. But no one's using it.

'Sydney’s Muslim Land': a local's perspective

Zeynab Gamieldien

Zeynab Gamieldien Zeynab Gamieldien breaks down the myths, stereotypes and inaccuracies. Also features everybody's new favourite meme: ‘Crudely Islamified Mannequin Man.'

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Disability discrimination

Getting a job as a wheelchair user

Prue Hawkins on the set of Insight, SBS.

Prue Hawkins 33-year-old Prue Hawkins spent years working as a lawyer. Now unemployed, she's struggling to find a job because of her brittle-bone disease - sometimes she can’t physically get into the building where the jobs are.

The new sexual pressure felt by teenage girls

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CLEMENTINE FORD What sex education is failing to teach to current generation of teenagers.

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The fitness myths celebrities perpetuate

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 06:  Actress Megan Fox attends

NATALIE REILLY The idea that celebrities are working just a smidgen harder than us to look like they do.

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