Self-help truths

The four ingredients in every self-help book

Girl reading old book

ALICE WILLIAMS 6:53am The key to every self-help book success story.

Nicki Minaj

Why we're all talking about Nicki Minaj's butt


CLEM BASTOW 7:02am Let's examine the album cover that launched a thousand memes.

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Addicted to busyness

What people actually mean when they say they're too busy


Kate Murphy Why are we so scared to spend a few quiet moments in our heads?


It's time to stop condemning 'confessional writing'


ANDIE FOX Personal writing, more than anything else, is an exercise in empathy.

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Losing a baby

Miscarriage isn't a dirty secret


Jule Scherer One in five pregnancies end in miscarriage. So why is it so rarely talked about?

Clementine Ford

I was a teenage non-feminist

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CLEMENTINE FORD Clem Ford on the three things every woman must overcome to embrace feminism.

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La Course

Does women's cycling really need podium boys?

ROTH, GERMANY - JULY 10:  Chrissie Wellington of England competes during the Challenge Roth Triathlon on July 10, 2011 in Roth, Germany.  (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images for Challenge Roth)

CLEM BASTOW Or does it have enough problems already?

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Blake Lively and the art of preserving and selling your artisinal celebrity lifestyle

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 02:  Actress Blake Lively attends the 2014 CFDA fashion awards at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on June 2, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

NATALIE REILLY Think, sipping bacon-smoked whiskey from a Mason jar around a campfire somewhere in the starlit Mid West ... of Brooklyn.

The lament of the large breasted woman

Chrsitna Hendricks

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'How do I treat women?'

The questions men need to ask themselves about how they treat women


Andrew O'Keefe White Ribbon ambassador Andrew O'Keefe on why domestic violence education should start at home.

Pepper spray debate

I faced a 14-year jail sentence for carrying pepper spray


Claudia Fleurs No woman should have to go through this in the name of self-defence.

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Wishful thinking

What would no BS ads for women sound like?


NICOLE ELPHICK What if the focus was on being 100 per cent BS free, instead of 100 per cent fat free...

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Art of 'Columbusing'

Foods we've discovered thanks to white people


CANDICE CHUNG A food lover's guide to the fine art of 'Columbusing'.

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Trouble between the spreadsheets

Sex and trouble between the spreadsheets

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Judith Woods A public cri de coeur revealing why your wife is refusing to have sex leaves much to be desired, says Judith Woods.

Sextortion: cyberstalking's new frontier

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Sextortionists ply their trade not only by stealing equipment but also by hacking into computers, social media accounts and emails, and even hijacking web cams. After obtaining the photographs, they use them to demand ransoms in the form of cash or more explicit pictures and videos. "It's really no different than someone being present with a weapon and trying to make you take your clothes off,” a judge said.

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Twitter Q&A

Hillary Clinton's Twitter Q&A: the 10 key take outs

BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 06:  Hillary Rodham Clinton, former United States Secretary of State, U.S. Senator, and First Lady of the United States, arrives for the presentation of the German translation of her book 'Hard Choices' ('Entscheidungen' in German) at the Staatsoper in the Schiller Theater on July 6, 2014 in Berlin, Germany.  (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

CLEM BASTOW Take it from Robin Thicke: there are few things more dangerous, at least in a PR sense, than agreeing to do a live social media Q&A.

The three words young women don't hear enough


CLEMENTINE FORD A group of female writers have a moving message for abuse victims around the world.

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Friendship as performance art


NATALIE REILLY Welcome to the age of Taylor Swift-style lady clans.

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The sisterhood

Five times the Women Against Feminism tumblr proved women really need feminism


RUBY HAMAD Don’t worry, young ladies, we’ll smash the patriarchy for you, even though you refuse to see it.

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Clementine Ford

The things women are told to do to stay safe


CLEMENTINE FORD It’s a warzone out there, ladies.

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Like a girl

How to call someone a ’girl' without seeming like a raging sexist


Mignon Fogarty The word “girl” can be tricky. But there are good reasons to embrace it.

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Just for Laughs

Just for Laughs: the world’s favourite comedy festival has no room for women

Supplied for Just For Laughs, comedian Rhys Darby.  Metro October 5, 2012. Photography by Kate Little

Maeve Marsden Sydney's Opera Houses ‘Just for Laughs’ has just announced an exclusively male line up.

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Malala Yousafzai's call to action

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 07:  Malala Yousafzai attends We Day UK, a charity event to bring young people together at Wembley Arena on March 7, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Malala Yousafzai "The road to education, peace and equality is long, but we will succeed if we walk it together."

What needs to happen for us to take rape seriously?

BADAUN, INDIA - JUNE 3: Mothers of one of the victim of Badaun Rape case at Katra Sadatganj village on June 3, 2014 in Badaun, India. Two teenage girls belonging to Dalit community were raped and hanged from the village mango tree in last week by five men when they had gone to relieve themselves in the field. The case raised the many questions about the deteriorating situation of caste and gender violence as well as general lawlessness with each passing day on current Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh. (Photo by Burhaan Kinu/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

RUBY HAMAD If we, generally speaking, didn’t think that the primary function of a woman’s body is to sexually satisfy (or at the very least appeal to) men, then we would recognise a woman’s right to wear whatever she likes, to party wherever she likes, and to drink whenever she likes.

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The deadly pressure of affairs


ANDIE FOX As the Baden-Clay murder case shows, the facade of a happy marriage can come at a devastating cost.

Message for Abbott

Equal pay needs to be on the G20 agenda

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Greens Senator, Larissa Waters Senator Larissa Waters has a message for Tony Abbott.

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Real life

How to take a woman down with one word


Harris O’Malley The language we use to discredit women.

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Prince Fielder

Prince Fielder: why everyone is talking about this naked male athlete

Prince Fielder bears all on the cover of ESPN magazine.

CLEM BASTOW The many and varied reactions to this cover prove again and again why representation is so important: if you can see it, you can be it.

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Clementine Ford

When a sexual assault case 'goes viral'


CLEMENTINE FORD What 16-year-old Jada's horrific encounter tells us about sex crimes in the social media age.

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So you want to be 'beautiful' instead of 'hot'?


CLEMENTINE FORD Clem Ford breaks down the key differences according to internet bros.

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Clementine Ford

'Groping' is not a harmless prank


CLEMENTINE FORD As Rolf Harris’s victims show, encounters that last only a few minutes can lifelong consequences.

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The new celebrity power

What celebrity power looks like in 2014


NATALIE REILLY How to measure a star's influence by what they will and won't talk about.

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Secret men's business

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JANE CARO By expecting lower standards from men, and making excuses for them, have we given them a licence to behave badly?

The two most complained about TV ads of 2014


CLEMENTINE FORD Neither features sex or nudity. So what makes them so offensive?

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Enforced baby boom

What Iran's permanent contraceptives ban will mean for women


RUBY HAMAD Why the new measures will come at the expense of women’s freedom.

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'Save some for later'

The biggest lie we've been told about pleasure


ALECIA SIMMONDS Alecia Simmonds' case against Pleasure Delay.

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Clementine Ford

How our obsession with marriage fuels abuse


CLEMENTINE FORD The concept of male-bestowed ‘protection’ is one that harms rather than helps women.

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Could our convict past be why fewer women get ahead in Australia?

Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and Foreign minister Julie Bishop wait for the Governor-General Quentin Bryce at Government House in Canberra on 18 September 2013. Photo: Andrew Meares

PETER MARTIN Could the way Australia was formed explain why the country has one of the lowest rates of female company directorships in the world?

Festival of Dangerous Ideas: Cancelling the ‘Honour Killings' talk is not enough


RUBY HAMAD The Festival owes an apology to the Muslim community who have once again been tarnished through no fault of their own.

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Mum banned from Instagram over toddler's 'topless' picture


ANDIE FOX Blogger Courtney Adamo never considered an innocent snap could be considered 'explicit' material.

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'They deserve better'

We need to do more for our indigenous girls


CELESTE LIDDLE Indigenous girls may be outperforming the boys, but they still deserve support.

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Banish the comments

In praise of never reading the comments

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ANDREW P STREET Why bother reading the comments on online stories when there's hardly ever anything worth reading?

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'Porn for women'

Is Instagram soft porn a good thing?


ALECIA SIMMONDS A new site is supposedly 'redefining porn for women'. But is it too tasteful for its own good?

Clementine Ford

There's no such thing as 'survivor privilege'


CLEMENTINE FORD Clem Ford on the ridiculous call for rape victims to ‘check their privilege’.

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Oversharing backfire

When vulnerability backfires


ALICE WILLIAMS Smashing through people’s social boundaries with intimate information.

'Casual racism'

You're probably more racist than you think

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RUBY HAMAD The many ways Australians justify racism.

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The turning 40 bucket list

Ten things I want to do before I turn 40

Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd in This Is 40

DOM KNIGHT Dom Knight's turning 40 bucket list.

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Why do men become gynaecologists?


ROB MORAN What kind of man chooses to make vaginas his line of work?

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Men's role in ending sexual violence


Virginia Haussegger Why we need men to be involved in this week's anti-rape global summit.


How to talk about the sexual violence in India


Clementine Ford It’s tempting to wholly condemn a nation following the latest sex crimes. But here's why we shouldn't.

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Why are so few women awarded OAMs?

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CLEMENTINE FORD Since their establishment over 90% of the awards across six categories have gone to men, Clementine Ford wants this to change.

Extreme waxing

Why do women get rid of all their body hair?

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Why is it that women feel compelled to get rid of their body hair? Clover Stroud investigates.


Annabel Crabb's mid-term report card for the Government

Tony Abbott

ANNABEL CRABB "At the midpoint of the winter term, some extremely serious disciplinary issues have come to light that require urgent attention."


The only effective way to reject men


CLEMENTINE FORD And what that says about male privilege.

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Kirstie Allsopp

Kirstie Allsopp and the unending obsession with women's fertility

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 12:  Kirstie Allsopp attends

JACQUELINE MALEY There is something about the trifecta of female age, female education and babies that which causes people to abandon reason.

Why Australia has a problem with defending powerful right-wing women

Peta Credlin, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott's Chief of Staff during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 11 October 2012. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

JULIA BAIRD Clive Palmer's attack on Peta Credlin this week stirred up gender stereotypes, no matter what your politics.

Women on the internet

You don't have to be famous to be attacked online

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 27:  Charlize Theron attends a photocall to promote

Bryony Gordon Will women ever feel safe online? Celebrity or not, it’s awful for women on the internet. Online abuse isn't the unique experience of high profile women

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