OPINION

Miley Cyrus and the trouble with whitesplaining race

Miley Cyrus arrives to the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards

Ruby Hamad 8:15 AM   Nicki Minaj's blistering smackdown of Miley Cyrus at the VMAs is the stuff of legend. Here's why we should pay attention.

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The sheer terror of an email auto-fill error

Auto-fill has cost almost everyone a moment of heart-stopping panic.

Judith Newman 12:15 AM   It has cost almost everyone a moment of heart-stopping panic.

Kasey Edwards

The secret Facebook groups that are safe spaces for women on the internet

Women-only Facebook groups like 'Help A Sister Out' are spaces for women to vent, dissent, seek advice and help each other out.

Kasey Edwards 12:15 AM   Meet the women who are reclaiming parts of the internet from cyber-bullies and online misogynists.

The four words all sexual assault survivors dread hearing

Chrissie Hynde: "If I'm walking around in my underwear and I'm drunk ... who else's fault can it be?"

Clementine Ford   There are too many rape survivors who hold guilt, shame and a misguided sense of responsibility in their hearts. Chrissie Hynde is one of them.

Tolerance no longer enough for LGBTQI community, we demand acceptance

"I won't accept your 'tolerance' for us. That word implies putting up with."

Rebecca Shaw   Politicians' views on school's screening of film about same-sex families bring out author's Lurking Hulk.

Whitewashing

Benjamin Law's advice to advertisers: non-white people buy things too

Benjamin Law.

Benjamin Law   If you grew up in a non-white Aussie family, you probably played the same game we did: Spot the [Yellow/Black/Brown] Person on TV.

Tech etiquette

Do you use your phone as a shield to avoid people?

The vast majority of us own mobile phones and are rarely parted from them

Caitlin Dewey   A conclusive guide to it is and isn't OK to be on your smartphone.

Old people problems

I want a nightclub for old people

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Dom Knight   "What we need is a nightclub suitable for people a few years either side of 40, where we can all gyrate badly together and pretend that 'Sing It Back' by Moloko is still the height of dancefloor cool," writes Dom Knight.

The lawyers working to protect Aboriginal women from violence

Antoinette Braybrook, from the National Family Violence Prevention Legal Service

Jenna Price   "Aboriginal women matter, and all women matter. We just need government funding to help them.".

Kate Ellis: We need to send LGBTI students a message of unwavering support

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Kate Ellis, Shadow Minister for Education   The importance of eliminating homophobia and transphobia in our schools should not be underestimated.

Political rap

The women of colour fighting oppression with rap

Ana Tijoux performs onstage during The Grammy Awards premiere ceremony earlier this year.

Ruby Hamad   What they choose to rap about may surprise some in The West.

Controversial?

Is 'vagina art' really that progressive?

Japanese artist Rokudenashiko has been arrested twice for distributing "obscene" materials.

Clem Bastow   The reaction is always the same: feigned shock and muttering about political correctness or sex obsession gone mad.

Born worriers

Do we inherit our parents' psychological trauma?

New research has been hailed as proof that psychological burdens of parents might affect their children on the molecular level.

Jenna Price   "By the time I was old enough to recognise my place in my family, I had the idea that life was filled with terror, with unpredictability," writes Jenna Price.

Feminist in exile

The Iranian-Australian filmmaker who refuses to be silenced

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Saba Vasefi   How Saba Vasefi fled persecution and misogyny in her home country.

Why are we shamed for sending aid to Syrian war victims?

Julie Bishop

Ruby Hamad   Julie Bishops' 'terrorists' picnic' comment suggests there's no such thing as an innocent Arab.

Annabel Crabb: Why men will sleep easier if there's a 50/50 quota

Brendan O'Neill: has the ability to get on your nerves.

Annabel Crabb   Can you imagine how dreadful it must be for men to suspect their success was favoured at birth not only with superior merit, but also with certain crucial dangly bit?

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Paid parental leave isn't just a ‘first world problem'

Scott Morrison.

Judith Ireland   The lack of outrage is a fascinating insight into the fact that when you're up in politics, you're really up.

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This is a First-World country, Mr Morrison

Scott Morrison.

Judith Ireland   The lack of outrage is a fascinating insight into the fact that when you're up in politics, you're really up.

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Ashley Madison

Forget infidelity, the Ashley Madison hack is just wrong

Kasumovic's research shows the men most likely to harass women online are also most likely to have their own problems.

Josephine Tovey   Exposing the hypocrisy of a public figure shouldn't distract from the fact the hack itself is a deeply troubling and reprehensible act.

Humans of New York

There is a right way to give a voice to the impoverished

Syeda Ghulam Fatima, who has spent her life fighting against the use of bonded labor.

Ruby Hamad   Why Ruby Hamad has changed her mind on Humans of New York.

Separation anxiety

Jo Stanley.

Jo Stanley   Jo Stanley gazes out over the battleground of modern marriage.

Gender equality

Australia, how did we become so backwards?

Challenged the privilege claim over several documents: Greens MP Mehreen Faruqi.

Mehreen Faruqi   I left Pakistan to live in a society that was supposedly free from bias and discrimination. What happened?

Violence against women

When a women-only community is the answer to male violence

Women from the Samburu region of Kenya where the Umoja community is located.

Clementine Ford   A separatist community like Umoja is not desirable to everyone - but it would be distinctly attractive to some.

The 'Hot Mess'

When successful women call themselves a 'hot mess'

LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 207 -- Pictured: Actress Anna Kendrick during an interview on May 14, 2015 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Natalie Reilly   Is it an attempt to be relatable? Or is a defensive measure against judgment?

Trump could be Clinton's best asset

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Anne Summers   ​Donald Trump is sexist and misogynistic, they said. Talk about hypocrisy.

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Marriage debate

Are gay marriage objections a snow job?

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Annabel Crabb   The gay marriage issue is causing some confusion within the Abbott government. Perhaps we should ask the fashion designers for their thoughts.

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The most reliable predictor on whether your complaint about sexism will be heard

Charlie Pickering answers the question everyone is struggling with over the Goodes booing saga: is it racial?

Clementine Ford   Time and again, one thing proves to completely change the way a message on sexism is received.

Old habits die hard for some doctors

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Judy Lumby   The discrimination issues female surgeons face is a legacy of the deeply gendered nature of our health care system.

Scientific sexism

When evolutionary science is used to justify sexism

Looking to the unimaginably distant past to explain very modern problems.

Ruby Hamad   Looking to the unimaginably distant past to explain very modern problems.

Tony Abbott: A man out of his times, but is he also man out of time?

Warning: Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Peter Hartcher   Tony Abbott privately told supporters two weeks ago that he would not allow parliament a free vote on gay marriage, and was prepared to use "tricky processes" to get his way.

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Why women don't need to sound 'more confident'

"I think what the world needs right now is less brashness and more genuine doubt. We need more honest admissions of uncertainty."

Alecia Simmonds   "I think what the world needs right now is less brashness and more genuine doubt. We need more honest admissions of uncertainty."

Kasey Edwards

No, single people aren't lonelier than couples

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux: the couple reportedly got married last weekend.

Kasey Edwards   Now that Jen's gone and got hitched, who will we turn to for stories about miserable spinsterhood?

Shelter shock

The new bill that will strip NSW's most vulnerable of their housing rights

The name of this bill implies it will protect public housing tenants from antisocial behaviour. In reality, it will hurt those very people.

Jenna Price   The name of this bill implies it will protect public housing tenants from antisocial behaviour. In reality, it will hurt those very people.

Clem Bastow

Why are wives and girlfriends being blamed for Australia's Ashes collapse?

Cricketer Michael Clarke and wife Kyly following Australia's Ashes collapse.

Clem Bastow   Australia's recent Ashes collapse? Clearly the fault of their girlfriends and wives, according to commentators both professional and armchair.

Emotional bodyguard

Is rom com's new 'fantasy man' that progressive?

Chris O'dowd

Natalie Reilly   Supposedly, there's a new type of leading man in Hollywood.

Why do smart, young actresses continue to work with Woody Allen?

Kristen Stewart is set to appear in Woody Allen's new film, alongside Blake Lively, Parker Posey and Jesse Eisenberg

Clementine Ford   If only performers and creatives would start listening to themselves on matters of social justice.

Dear Lena and Meryl, here's why criminalising sex work won't help

Lena Dunham

Eurydice Aroney   Last week, a number of celebrities rallied against Amnesty International's proposal to decriminalise the sex trade. Here's why it's a mistake.

Ruby Hamad

How students from racial minorities are disciplined differently to white students

"Raney's results build on decades of research that has already revealed that non-white students are punished far more harshly than their white counterparts - and not just in the United States."

Ruby Hamad   A new study highlights the discrepancies, showing us how the criminalisation of people of colour begins long before they ever commit an offence, writes Ruby Hamad.

Life matters

Wendy Squires.

Wendy Squires   There are only so many nights of clubbing an introvert can take.

Miss Plus America

Are plus-size beauty pageants actually empowering?

MIss Plus America

Kasey Edwards   A beauty pageant with a difference was held on the weekend. Or so the organisers would like you to believe, writes Kasey Edwards.

How Mark Zuckerberg can make Facebook a better place for his daughter

Mark Zuckerberg, founder and chief executive officer of Facebook.

Clementine Ford   Dear Mr Zuckerberg, the business you created is not a safe place for women. But here's how things can change.

Expressing anger

Does venting make you angrier?

"These 24/7 work cultures lock gender inequality in place because the work-family balance problem is recognized as primarily a woman's problem."

Natalie Reilly   Why getting things off your chest doesn't always help.

Footy culture

Why do we care more about racism when it's at the footy?

Goodes shows that the equality we imagine defines football and Australia, in reality rests on exclusion.

Alecia Simmonds   Football matters to us, Alecia Simmonds argues, because we see it as representative of what we are as Australians.

Annabel Crabb: Demands for apologies usually loud, but sometimes unjust

Australian of the Year Adam Goodes is being told to apologise by some groups.

Annabel Crabb   Some people under scrutiny should admit their misdeeds and move on while others have done nothing wrong.

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Racist logic

Eight things racists say to try and convince people they're not being racist

Adam Goodes and Alan Jones

Jenny Noyes   Some racists think it's more offensive when people call them 'racist' than when they call someone a racist slur. Go figure.

America has ranked how beautiful its politicians are

The Hill's 50 Most Beautiful list.

Sarah Oakes   Done publicly or behind-the-scenes, discussing how politicians look is a noxious endeavour.

Can an app confirm whether it's okay to have sex with someone?

Sexual consent isn't a one-off contract, which is why consent apps won't work.

Clementine Ford   Sexual consent isn't a one-off contract, which is why consent apps won't work.

Saying sorry

What makes a good apology?

After three weeks of sustained pressure, Bronwyn Bishop finally apologised.

Danielle Binks   And should you say sorry if you don't really mean it?

Five times black pride was shut down in Australian sport

Adam Goodes has had enough of taunts and jeers from the crowds.

Marcus Strom   It seems to get under some people's skin: when black people have pride in theirs.

Sounding gay

Is there such thing as a 'gay voice'?

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Ana Swanson   A new documentary explores whether gay men really do talk differently and, if so, why.

Sharman Stone: The Liberal MP who's backing a quota for women

Victorian MP Sharman Stone says current citizenship requirements are "slack".

Jenna Price   Sharman Stone: "Power is a zero sum game...If women are to be advanced some men will lose their position."

Violent celebrities

Seven high profile men the public arena could do without

Cosby accusers profiled in the latest issue of New York Magazine

Sarah Oakes   If we treat these men the way we are treating Bill Cosby then it will show we truly are listening to the victims and their stories.

Epic biopics

Eight incredible women who deserve their own biopic

Big Mama Thornton

Clem Bastow   Hollywood managed to make 30 films about King Arthur and none about these women.

The power of seeing Cosby's accusers standing together

Beverly Johnson, 62, one of the women profiled in New York Magazine's Bill Cosby feature.

Clementine Ford   New York Magazine said publicly to these women what so many have refused to: We believe you.

Turn Back

This ALP member cried after the vote to support turning back asylum seeker boats

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Jenny Noyes   Summing up a lot of the despair being felt by Australians hoping for a more humane approach.

Gender Game

How one researcher put sexist gamers in their place

Kasumovic's research shows the men most likely to harass women online are also most likely to have their own problems.

Jenna Price   Michael Kasumovic couldn't quite believe his Twitter feed when the story broke.

It's time to reclaim the flag

<i>Illustration: Michael Mucci</i>

Judith Ireland   Have you noticed the spurt of reclaiming that has been going on recently?

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When parents overshare their children's disability

"I want to see less of parents showing their child's disability on social media until their child can give permission."

Carly Findlay   I want to see less of parents showing their child's disability on social media until their child can give permission.

Reverse classism

Being teased because you're rich is not real discrimination

Is being from an affluent background really a curse?

Maxine Tuyau   When the privileged cry reverse classism.