Opinion

Australians have embraced Halloween and I'm OK with that

Lisa Pryor 8:51am "The festival of scary plastic has really taken off."

Benjamin Law has a fantastic new strategy for dealing with bigots

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BENJAMIN LAW 1:00am When I was in year 7 an angry-looking kid enrolled in my class.

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'Basic bitch' jokes

The problem with 'Whatever happened to the sisterhood?'

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CLEM BASTOW "Here’s a little secret: you can dislike another woman without being a misogynist. You can laugh about 'basic bitches' without it being a girl-on-girl crime."

Women in radio

Amanda Keller is worth a million dollars and she's not the only one

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SARAH MACDONALD The only way out of having women stand out so much on air is to make them not stand out. By having more of them. Then paying them well.

Why it's okay to critique other women's choices

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RUBY HAMAD Two articles. Four years apart. Why is one story about sexist traditions praised while the other angered hundreds?

Italian dessert

Traditional berry and mascarpone tart

Lucio Galletto's berry and mascarpone tart.

Lucio Galletto This beautiful summer tart is perfect for large gatherings and picnics.

Renee Zellweger's face is none of our business

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CANDICE CHUNG What's really behind the ridicule of Renee Zellweger.

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Reeva Steenkamp - let's not forget the person we really need to remember today

Oscar Pistorius and his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Claire Cohen Oscar Pistorius sentencing: For seven months, the world has watched the Paralympic athlete. We listened to every detail of his life, including information about his new girlfriend. But why did it take until the last possible moment for the court to hear about his victim, Reeva Steenkamp?

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Gough Whitlam was a Prime Minister for women

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Eva Cox A fine feminist leader for his time says Eva Cox.

Feminists don't need to say 'but I love men'

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CLEMENTINE FORD Why framing men like Eddie McGuire as true champions of feminism won't exactly help the cause.

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Muslim Hate In Australia

What does this viral video really tell us about anti-Muslim hate in Australia?

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RUBY HAMAD Viewed over a million times in the past two weeks, viral YouTube video 'Muslim Hate In Australia' has been praised for showing the 'tolerant and compassionate' side of Australia. But does it really tell us anything about racism in this country, or just allow white Australians to feel good about themselves?

Work and family

Apple's subsidised egg-freezing is cool, but a little creepy

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Todd Wasserman On the whole, this is a positive development, but it does follow a pattern in which hot tech companies are on the vanguard of dissolving longstanding delineations between work and life.

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'How to be Parisian Wherever You Are' is the worst book in the 'French women do it better' genre

 'How to be Parisian Wherever You Are' authors Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, Sophie Mas and Anne Beret.

Anne-Elisabeth Moutet Here comes another book to tell you how and why the French are doing things better than you are.

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Midriff rift

Sorry, but banning crop tops won't make the races 'classy'

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CAROLINE ZIELINSKI Why Victorian Racing Club anti-midriff stance is not only sexist but laughable.

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Kurtley Beale shouldn't get away with his offensive texts to Di Patston

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CLEMENTINE FORD Let’s be clear on this: Patston has absolutely nothing to apologise for

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Four things all men can do during Week Without Violence

CLEMENTINE FORD Starting with avoiding the argument: "Men are victims too".

Why every Australian should visit a Muslim country

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BEN GROUNDWATER Australia - we have a problem. And one way to solve it is to travel.

Fear makes us do irrational things. Especially to women

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ANNABEL CRABB Why do females often become a target for aggression or vitriol even though they are not the people causing a problem?

Dear Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella: equal pay does not come to those who stand and wait

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JENNA PRICE Microsoft CEO suggests women who don't ask for pay rises rack up 'good karma'.

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Tinder doesn't cause rape, rapists do

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Eleanor Robertson Young women on Tinder are being given an updated version of age-old nonsense about what they have to do in order to avoid being blamed for their own rapes.

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Lena Dunham's 'Not That Kind Of Girl' doesn't represent all women... and it shouldn't have to

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CLEMENTINE FORD Clementine Ford on Lena Dunham's "hilarious, brave, candid and self-deprecating" debut book, and why efforts to turn her into The Official Woman miss the point.

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Identity politics

Having a Muslim name is a liability in Australia

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RUBY HAMAD When you come from a part of the world as misunderstood and hated as the Middle East, you quickly realise how difficult it is to change society’s view of you.

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Don't troll a troll

It’s never OK to troll anyone – even a troll

Accused of trolling: Brenda Leyland.

Bryony Gordon Cyberspace is medieval - we no sooner take in an event than put the people at the heart of it in the stocks, be they the McCanns, Brenda Leyland or Sky News.

Verona shames women with feminine hygiene ad campaign

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KASEY EDWARDS A new female hygeine range wants to empower ladies by making over our 'intimate zones'.

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Freedom fighter

How North Korean defector Yeonmi Park uses social media to fight Kim Jong-un's regime

Yeonmi Park, 21, fled North Korea after seeing friends and family killed.

Radhika Sanghani Yeonmi Park, 21, fled North Korea after seeing her family killed. Now she is changing the world one speech at a time.

Mayang Prasetyo's murder and the problem with domestic violence reporting

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CLEMENTINE FORD It's time to stop posting salacious headlines that reduce the dignity of domestic violence victims.

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Ageing gracefully

Wanting to look young is weird: we we need to re-brand the word 'old'

THE GUARDIAN Pictured here is Professor Mary Beard. Beard is a Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of Newnham College. One virtue of studying ancient history, for Beard, is to learn about who we are as much as about what our predecessors were. Her new series, Meet the Romans, a three-part BBC2 TV series started on Tuesday. Throughout the series her focus is not on emperors, politicians or generals, but those whom she calls

Hannah Furness A compelling case for making people proud of their age.

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Maroon 5 emulates Robin Thicke with troubling song that trivialises stalking

Adam Levine and Behati Prinsoo in Maroon 5 film clip for Animals.

Radhika Sanghani New song Animals seems to be directly inspired by Blurred Lines and an episode of Crimewatch.

Work-life balance

Let's start asking men how they 'manage it all'

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ANNABEL CRABB Here's my proposal: Let's not stop asking women how they 'manage to balance work and family life'. But let's start asking men.

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Amal Alamuddin

How Amal Alamuddin got dragged into the bride wars

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JACQUELINE MALEY "The confused media coverage of the Alamuddin wedding shows we still have a long way to travel when it comes to dispelling gender stereotyping of marriage, and the Jane Austen-era concept of women who 'marry up'".

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Do you have a case of 'internal inferno'?

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BENJAMIN LAW "Talking to other couples, it seems there's always one person who's significantly warmer than the other - which is odd, considering the average body temperature is supposed to be the same, at about 37°C."

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The Bachelor

The Bachelor Australia: Sam, whatever the reason is you're no longer with Blake, we salute you

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Eleanor Robertson In praise of Sam, she lost the bachelor, she won at life.

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Non-Muslim women wearing ‘solidarity head coverings’ is not helping anyone

TV host Jessica Rowe: contributed this image to the WISH - Women In Solidarity with Hijabis Facebook page.

Zeynab Gamieldien Posing as a Muslim is well-intentioned but insulting on a number of levels.

Iceland's men-only UN meeting on women

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CLEMENTINE FORD Finally, men can have a voice in women's rights.

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Obstetric violence

We need to talk about obstetric violence

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

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

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

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

Renowned feminist Germaine Greer has criticised the royal family in a recent interview, taking particular aim at the Duchess of Cambridge.

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

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Celebrity Q&A

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

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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'?

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

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Sports journalist Erin Riley trolled after commenting on AFL Grand Final

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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

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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

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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.

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

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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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Opinion

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.

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Arrested development?

Nobody knows how to be a grown-up anymore

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

Instagram

Role-playing with stolen baby photographs

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

Should we encourage perve-shaming?

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

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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?

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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

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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

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

Beyoncé

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

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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

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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

#ViolenceIsViolence downplays the gendered-nature of violence

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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

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

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