OPINION

Feminism and footy

Women shouldn't have to accept abuse, football has to change

Eddie McGuire speaks to the media.

Erin Riley   Contrary to the claims of Eddie McGuire's defenders, abuse is not a necessary part of football culture, writes Erin Riley.

Pregnancy as work

When will our society properly recognise the labour of pregnancy?

What would happen if women went on a reproductive strike for a year, and refused to be pregnant?

Erin Riley   Erin Riley imagines what would happen if women across the world went on a reproductive strike.

Clem Bastow

Why I won't give the AFL my time or money anymore

"The disappointment and anger has become so overwhelming that I no longer consider myself either a dedicated footy ...

Clem Bastow   "It's been a long time since I've been able to enjoy a footy match without being clouded by thoughts of its toxic climate of entitlement and misogyny," writes Clem Bastow.

Manus Island

Iranian journalist and Manus Island detainee Behrouz Boochani publishes op ed in wake of Q&A appearance

An Iranian refugee detained on Manus Island for three years asked the PM why he could not come to Australia.

Jenny Noyes   The Prime Minister said he didn't know anything about Boochani's case and refused to answer his question: 'Why am I here?'

Comment

Caro: Eddie's ice pool attack took me back to the bad old days

Collingwood president Eddie McGuire.

Caroline Wilson   When my editor asked me to write this column my first response was discomfort. As a busy football weekend rolls into Monday there always seem to be so many good stories to explore and, believe me, I do not relish being a part of a story like this. Again.

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Clementine Ford

Football is for everyone - so when will the AFL start acting like it?

Eddie McGuire's sexist comments aren't just 'banter', writes Clementine Ford.

Clementine Ford   "There is an underlying hostility towards women's involvement in AFL, and ignorant, pig-headed behaviour from senior leaders like Eddie McGuire only compounds that," writes Clementine Ford.

The things we shouldn't say to little girls

Illustration: Simon Bosch

Julia Baird   Every now and then, the most well meaning comment can make me worry.

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Dom Knight

Why would anybody ever need a gun at home these days?

As the post-Orlando gun debate rages in the US, Dom Knight tries to make sense of the 'right to bear arms'.

Dom Knight   As the post-Orlando gun debate rages in the US, Dom Knight tries to make sense of the 'right to bear arms'.

Amy Middleton

The queer stories we need to share in the wake of the Orlando shooting

Austin Hagge, left, cries on the shoulder of Austin Matthew, during a candlelight vigil downtown for the victims of a ...

Amy Middleton   "The event hits hard because it tears open a wound that we spend our lives trying to seal," writes Archer Mag's Amy Middleton.

Clem Bastow

A tribute to Coco the Kelpie, my beloved family dog

Coco

Clem Bastow   It's a blessing to be there at the end of a life - even when it's the family pet's, writes Clem Bastow.

Orlando shooting

What it means to ignore the LGBT identity of the Orlando shooting victims

Caleb McGrew right, wipes tears as he stands with his partner Yosniel Delgado Giniebra during a vigil in memory of the ...

Amy Coopes   The Orlando shooting is part of a long, bloody and hate-filled continuum of anti-LGBT oppression, writes Amy Coopes.

Single future

When will policymakers stop ignoring the childfree?

Child-free households are becoming the norm.

Wendy Squires   It is a fact and a force that childless and single occupant households are to an extent the future, writes Wendy Squires.

Where are all the lady feminists?

Julie Bishop and Michaelia Cash.

Annabel Crabb   Have you noticed this new brand of feminists running around the place? They're hairy-legged, trouser-wearing, argumentative and pushy. They hardly ever wear bras.

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Clinton's fight starts now and it won't end

Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, speaks during a campaign event at ...

Anne Summers   Making history as the first woman to win the presidential nomination of a major US political party will probably be the easiest part of Hillary Clinton's gruelling trek to the White House.

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Disability rights

What the outrage over 'Me Before You' glosses over

Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin in <i>Me Before You</i>.

Holly Warland   "As a severely disabled person myself, I don't see a problem with the movie's ending or message," writes Holly Warland.

Childcare costs

Why is funding childcare so hard to prioritise?

This mother wants two things: sleep and wine. Make one of them happen.

Jenna Price   "Childcare is an investment in the future, caring and educating tomorrow's taxpayers," Jenna Price writes.

Why we should stop asking politicians if they're feminists

Rather than argue its case, the government crumbled and we'll all be worse off financially as a result.

Josephine Tovey   It's not because feminism isn't important, but because the question demands so little of the person being asked..

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Climbing costs

The ego trip of climbing Everest comes at a terrible price

Maria Strydom, who died on a climb to the summit of Mount Everest, with her husband, Robert Gropal.

Ruby Hamad   It's time to end the farce; Sherpa climb mountains, everyone else just stands on their shoulders.

Feminist politics

What is the point of feminism if discussions about gender disparity are branded 'sexist'?

Lisa Wilkinson goes on the attack.

Jenny Noyes   Branding Bill Shorten's comments about the burden of childcare as 'sexist' is bafflingly ignorant, writes Jenny Noyes.

My sister Nikita was murdered last January

Her partner has pleaded guilty to murdering Nikita Chawla in January, 2015.

Tarang Chawla   My sister Nikita was murdered last January. If she was still alive, she would be 24.

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Challenging gender

Why it's time for parents to re-think declaring their children's gender

Being a true transgender ally means committing to changing the ingrained gender framework, writes Elizabeth Duck-Chong.

Elizabeth Duck-Chong   Being a true transgender ally means committing to challenging the ingrained gender framework, writes Elizabeth Duck-Chong.

Our ugly problem with racism

Illustration: Simon Bosch

Julia Baird   Sometimes, racism erupts like a boil, other times like a rash of ugly pimples.

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Rape culture

Why 'boys will be boys' hurts boys and girls alike

Society should absolutely demand more of boys - but we should also expect more for them, writes Clementine Ford.

Clementine Ford   Society should absolutely demand more of boys - but we should also expect more for them, writes Clementine Ford.

Safe Schools

Why the attacks on Safe Schools founder Roz Ward are attacks on our children

Jo Hirst launches her book with Evie, a 10-year-old trangender girl.

Jo Hirst   Safe Schools is more than just Roz Ward, but the witch-hunt that led to her resignation hurts us all, writes Jo Hirst.

Fighting colourism

Anti-black racism is not just the domain of white societies

The ad for a Chinese laundry detergent that has attracted racism claims.

Ruby Hamad   Anti-blackness is where racial discrimination begins, and must be the first thing to go, writes Ruby Hamad.

Emoji politics

Politicians need to stop trying so hard to be 'cool' if they want young people to listen

Rockpool regular Chris Brown pictured (before the discovery of penicillin) with Annastacia Palaszczuk and Bill Shorten.

Josephine Tovey   Australian politicians can learn a lot from Bernie Sanders, who can't tell a joke and I doubt he could DJ to save his life.

JOMO

Forget FOMO, I prefer the Joy of Missing Out

It should come as a relief to the introverted that there exists FOMO's opposite – JOMO.

Natalie Reilly   As winter descends, more and more of us are content – if not downright delighted – to be propped up on our couches, bingeing on TV and junk food.

Biphobia

When queers forget about the B in LGBTI

Intra-LGBTI discrimination remains a real problem for many bisexual people.

Misty Farquhar   "Intra-LGBTI discrimination remains a real problem for many bisexual people who seek understanding and community," Misty Farquhar writes.

#SorryNotSorry

I'm sorry, but this is how you apologise

Premier Daniel Andrews and the Victorian Parliament's apology to the gay community for criminal convictions was backed ...

Jane Gilmore   "Daniel Andrews' apology to the gay community was more than just words; it was backed by real action," writes Jane Gilmore.

Ally Garrett

No, I won't put my thunder thighs away

Ally Garrett and her glorious Kim Kardashian tattoo.

Ally Garrett   "Human beings don't need to stop being visible when they reach a certain size," Ally Garrett writes.

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.