OPINION

Clementine Ford

When male entitlement meets rejection

Pharmacist Yan Chi "Anthony" Cheung started making sexual advances towards Pamela Leung when she began working with him.

Clementine Ford   Clementine Ford: "In a world where gender inequality still reigns supreme, the violence of male entitlement is universal."

Trauma memoirs

Can we not shame women for writing about their trauma?

Writing about trauma can be healing for the writer and helpful to her audience, writes Anna Spargo-Ryan.

Anna Spargo-Ryan   Writing about trauma can be healing for the writer and helpful to her audience, writes Anna Spargo-Ryan.

Chasing Asylum

'I want Shorten and Turnbull to see the film': Eva Orner on her doco, 'Chasing Asylum'

"We need to get educated and know the facts" about our government's offshore processing policy, says <i>Chasing ...

Aimee Knight   The Academy Award-winning filmmaker's documentary on the harrowing treatment of asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island is important viewing - especially for our politicians, she says.

Superannuation

How changes to superannuation will hit women hardest

Treasurer Scott Morrison looking very pleased with his May budget.

Jenna Price   Those bright shiny changes to superannuation announced in the Budget in early May, are neither bright nor shiny, writes Jenna Price.

When fundamentalists of different religions are friends

Far from being natural enemies, these groups have been working together behind the scenes to advance a regressive social ...

Ruby Hamad   Far from being natural enemies, these groups have been working together behind the scenes to advance a regressive social agenda at the UN.

Safe Schools

Why LGBT advocates shouldn't play 'acceptability politics'

Cate McGregor speaking at Canberra's Spring Out in 2015.

Margot Fink   Cate McGregor's criticism of Safe Schools just plays into the conservative and anti-LGBT narrative, writes Margot Fink.

Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen

The irony of silencing feminists for speaking out about rape culture

"This is the twisted, inescapable nature of rape culture... It reinforces the need to stay silent in order to preserve ...

Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen   "This is the twisted, inescapable nature of rape culture... It reinforces the need to stay silent in order to preserve yourself," writes Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen.

Dom Knight

I'm disorganised, and I deserve your pity

"Nothing good happens to unpaid parking tickets, or cars that haven't been serviced, or teeth that haven't seen a ...

Dom Knight   "Nothing good happens to unpaid parking tickets, or cars that haven't been serviced, or teeth that haven't seen a dentist," writes Dom Knight.

The paradox of the work-life balance

Illustration: Simon Bosch

Julia Baird   It's time to bin the notion that mothers must suffer, just as children must suffer, and mothers suffer more if they pursue a career.

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Why I'm taking on Abbott, even though I'll lose

"I will never be as motivated to run as I am now."

Clara Williams Roldan   Tony Abbott has held the seat of Warringah since I was three years old, but I'm running against him as a novice campaigner.

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Q&A

Ruby Hamad: When will Q&A stop discussing Muslims without any Muslims present?

Ruby Hamad.

Ruby Hamad   Almost every week, Q&A panellists talk about Muslims. But how often do the people who are the topic of conversation get to speak?

Clem Bastow

The emails I receive from entitled male readers

"It's the expectation that you owe these men the time and effort it takes to read their work and help them that stings," ...

Clem Bastow   "It's the expectation that you owe these men the time and effort it takes to read their work and help them that stings," writes Clem Bastow.

The priest, a churchyard murder and his fight for justice

Father Paul Kelly started a petition to get rid of the "gay panic" defence in South Australia and Queensland.

Karen Skinner   Father Paul Kelly is championing an unlikely if important cause - and that's why he might be destined to succeed.

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Home truths

How a visible disability makes the search for housemates so much harder

Carly Findlay: "Would you really stop someone in the street and pray for them if they look different?"

Carly Findlay   It is often assumed people with disabilities need extra help, or that we'll be burdens, writes Carly Findlay.

Racism

What I've learnt from studying in Australia as an Asian woman

University of Sydney PhD graduate Ly Phan

Ly Phan   Observations from University of Sydney PhD graduate Ly Phan on her three years living in Australia.

MPs need to follow public opinion and decriminalise abortion

Anne Summers is pictured at home in Potts Point, Sydney.
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Anne Summers   Surely the vast majority who want women to have access to legal abortion override a minority of MPs?

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Victim-blaming

The far-reaching damage of victim-blaming in the courtroom

Legal professionals should know better than to blame victims, writes Clementine Ford.

Clementine Ford   Legal professionals should know better than to blame victims, writes Clementine Ford.

Having it all really sucks, actually

Meshel Laurie

Meshel Laurie   This isn't how it was supposed to be for women of my generation.

Sexist politics

Sexism in French politics out of control

A woman with a fake beard attends a Paris protest on Wednesday to demand an end to widespread sexism in French politics.

Angela Charlton   Grabbing breasts, tweaking thong underwear, hitting a female aide in the face - top French politicians stand accused of all this and more.

Peacekeeper or predator?

The devastating irony of calling UN troops 'peacekeepers'

The world can look the other way because of the strength of the good guy narrative, writes Ruby Hamad.

Ruby Hamad   When those literally employed to "keep the peace" are running illegal brothels, raping with impunity, and forcing children to perform sex acts with dogs, the term has lost all legitimate meaning.

Budget 2016

Why the amount of tax Duncan Storrar pays doesn't actually matter

Duncan Storrar on the Q&A panel.

Jenny Noyes   "Gotcha" revelations that the star of Monday night's Q&A pays no net income tax do not invalidate his point.

#not1899

Australians need abortion laws for 2016 not 1899

Larissa Waters is the Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women.

Larissa Waters   "Some of our states are shameful laggards when it comes to trusting and empowering women to make decisions about their own bodies."

Scott no heart, Scott no apology

Treasurer Scott Morrison unveiled a supposedly ''cautious'' budget.

Jenna Price   One of the world's most heartless immigration ministers – now the federal treasurer – refuses to apologise when he's wrong.

Positive women

Lessons from a workshop for HIV-positive women

"Each woman had her own unique experience regarding how they were infected and how they have come to accept and live ...

Heather Mugwagwa    Although in Australia men living with HIV far outnumber women with the condition, women living with HIV face unique issues. These include increased incidence of family violence, stigma and discrimination associated with their HIV status and financial disadvantage.

You don't need all the answers to fight the status quo

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton.

Tom Ballard   There's a familiar response to those speaking up about the poor treatment of asylum seekers: "Well what's YOUR solution then, smarty-pants?"

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The reason NSW Parliament lags other states on abortion law reform

 NSW Christian Democrat MP Fred Nile is heated up about the prayer rules.

Kirsty Needham   Most NSW voters support a woman's right to choose, yet abortion remains in the Crimes Act in NSW. What is the stumbling block?

A classic Rich v Poor campaign

It's probably best that the election campaign starts now.

Annabel Crabb   This election is fought between a former banker who wants to introduce tougher controls on unionists, and a former unionist who wants to introduce tougher controls on bankers.

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Hangover hell

Benjamin Law: 'Hangovers take on a hellish new dimension in your 30s'

For me though, every week is an adventure in self-mortification at how little I know.

Benjamin Law   As a 20-something, I could have spent the evening bathing in whisky, but I'd always bounce back.

The long scream of the Anglo male

Jacqueline Maley

Jacqueline Maley   New ABC boss Michelle Guthrie commenced work this week, and started as she presumably means to go on – by calling for greater diversity in content and staff.

Protecting my daughters from the pressure of growing up too fast

Jessica Rowe.

Jessica Rowe   Girls just want to... grow up too fast, says Jessica Rowe, as she tries to apply the brakes.

Talk will not do it alone: money needed for domestic violence effort

A still from the federal government's new domestic violence advertising campaign – but talking about it is not enough.

Moo Baulch   Australia's domestic and family violence system is stretched to breaking point and the budget fails to replenish its empty coffers.

Taking on gender stereotypes

Rebecca Poulson dinkus

Rebecca Poulson   Being a mum is what you make it, not what a stereotype tells you to be

Wrong PaTH

Why the government's 'internships' plan is the opposite of welfare for the unemployed

"The government will farm out young dole recipients to private business - including supermarkets and cafes - to work in ...

Eleanor Robertson   The government wants to give employers $1000 and the free labour of dole recipients as an "internship" program. Eleanor Robertson isn't buying it.

Disabled women

Don't leave women with disabilities behind in domestic violence fight

Disability activist Sue Salthouse.

Sue Salthouse   For a woman with a disability, discrimination due to their gender and their disability, means disadvantage is compounded.

An ad campaign doesn't make up for cuts to frontline domestic violence services

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Jenna Price   Despite this lip service, the endemic nature of family violence will continue to flourish because the government is refusing to fund the most useful legal protection women have.

Family Court

The Family Court has a serious attitude problem

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Jess Hill   Stepping into the Family Court can be like entering a parallel universe - where time has stood still for the past 15 years, writes Jess Hill.

Why Turnbull needs to dial down the 'mansplaining'

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Jacqueline Maley   The PM was busy in the '90s, running his own investment banking firm. He probably didn't have time to read the bestseller, Men Are From Mars Women Are From Venus.

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Columbia rape

Columbia University rape accused files updated lawsuit claiming 'rapist' is gendered slur

Emma Sulkowicz carries her mattress.

Jenny Noyes   The alleged rapist whose case sparked Columbia's "mattress protest" is suing the university for enabling defamation and harassment.

Abortion rights

The destructive combination of anti-choice and anti-sex ed rhetoric

Australian Christian Lobby managing director Lyle Shelton.

Jenny Noyes   We can't silence the Christian lobby, but here's why we need to stop listening, Jenny Noyes writes.

Manus refugees must be sent to Australia

Madeline Gleeson Dinkus

Madeline Gleeson   Australia now has a choice. An optimistic person might expect freedom for the 900 men on Manus Island, but it's more complicated than that.

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Privacy breach

Why outing senders of unsolicited dick pics is not the same as 'revenge porn'

Men who invade women's privacy with unsolicited dick pics can't expect their own to be respected, writes Penelope Wilson.

Penelope Wilson   Men who invade women's privacy with unsolicited dick pics can't expect their own to be respected, writes Penelope Wilson.

Ugly words

How 'ugly' comments remind women of the beauty tax we owe to be in public

Since the exposure of her affair with President Clinton, Monica Lewinsky has been hounded, harassed, shamed and mocked ...

Clementine Ford   When veteran journalist Paul Bongiorno quipped about Monica Lewinsky being "ugly" last week, the only ugliness on show was sexism.

Election 2016

How to survive Election 2016

Bill Shorten and Malcolm Turnbull will go head-to-head in Friday night's debate.

Dom Knight   Yep, we've got about 70-odd days of this thing. Dom Knight has some suggestions on how to pull through.

Safe schools

Is our approach to sex education really about protecting kids?

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Amy Middleton   Protecting our young people is about listening to their needs, not prescribing a set of morals, writes Amy Middleton.

Female representation

Why Bronwyn Bishop didn't blaze a trail for Liberal women

Bronwyn Bishop.

Eleanor Robertson   With her departure, the number of female Liberal MPs is set to sink to proportions not seen outside of MRA meetings and literal male bathrooms.

Budget wishlist

10 things the government will include in the budget if it really values women

Former Australian of the Year Rosie Batty wants the government to end chronic underfunding of the Family Court, and ...

Jenna Price   Jenna Price asked ten Australian women what they really want the federal government to fix in the 2016 budget.

Surreal estate

Benjamin Law.

Benjamin Law   Lately, I've lost hours to my new hobby: browsing real estate websites for expensive and revolting Sydney homes.

The job I wish I didn't have to do

Australia's new Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins.

Kate Jenkins   I thought we'd be there by now, but it's 2016 and we're still so far from equality.

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Clementine Ford

Choosing unwanted sex over an awkward conversation

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Clementine Ford   Why do women often find ourselves sidelining our own desires to spare men's feelings at the expense of our own?, asks Clem Ford.

Rape culture

If young men are only learning about consent at university, it's too late

Still from the documentary The Hunting Ground

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Jane Gilmore   Moderating discussions at university screenings of 'The Hunting Ground' recently has given Jane Gilmore pause to reflect on how much earlier rape culture is ingrained.

Reproductive freedom

Why the reproductive rights of Indigenous women cannot be ignored

Members of Australia's Stolen Generation react as they listen to Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd deliver his ...

Celeste Liddle   The fight for reproductive freedom doesn't start and end with contraception and abortion: Australia's legacy of eugenics continues to impact Aboriginal women.

Marriage Equality

Is a marriage equality win by plebiscite worth the harm done along the way?

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 15:  People are  seen attending an Australian Marriage Equality rally at the State Library ...

Dr Liz Short and Dr Sharon Dane   When Federal Parliament returns tomorrow, it should abandon the plan for a same-sex marriage plebiscite and replace it with a parliamentary vote.

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Ignorance is still rife about domestic violence

Germaine Greer told Q&A that misogyny was the root cause of domestic violence against women.

Anne Summers   How I wish Rosie Batty had been on the Q&A panel on Monday.

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The 60 Minutes abduction case is compelling, but don't forget the kids

The <i>60 Minutes</i> team in custody in Lebanon: Tara Brown, David "Tangles" Ballment, Stephen Rice and Ben Williamson.

Jacqueline Maley   Two desperate mothers have made the news recently, but our reactions to their cases couldn't be more different.

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60 Minutes

The role of white privilege in the 60 Minutes kidnapping saga

Program in jeopardy: 60 Minutes may be the sacrifice after fallout from the child snatch story by reporter Tara Brown.

Ruby Hamad   What made these journalists think they could do this, and get away with it? Ruby Hamad thinks western entitlement played a part.

Violence against women

Busting the myths about what drives violence against women

Male violence: Let's stop repeating the myths.

Mary Barry   These myths and misconceptions can cause people to excuse men's violent behaviour.

I wrote me a letter

Wendy Squires.

Wendy Squires   An older and wiser Wendy Squires looks back with some life lessons.

Dennis Jensen

Dennis Jensen's terrible 'erotic' war novel is actually a fine example of rape culture

Dumped Liberal MP for Tangney Dennis Jensen.

Jenny Noyes   The writing (which you can purchase for $6.51 on Amazon) is laughable, but what's not funny is how this MP has written rape into what he seems to think is a sex scene.

Internet trolls

The horrifying new harassment tactic ruining careers

Online harassers have learned they can cause far more damage with a more methodical approach.

Caitlin Dewey   Online harassers have learned they can cause far more damage with a more methodical approach.

Sex work

We need a less polarising debate about sex work laws

Sex work has always been a divisive issue, but women are not made safer by putting ideology over nuance, writes Jane ...

Jane Gilmore   Sex work has always been a divisive issue, but women are not made safer by putting ideology over nuance.