The case for not giving gifts at Christmas


DOM KNIGHT 8:32am There is just one seething boil on the splendid posterior of the otherwise splendid Yuletide season: the presents.

How to apologise for sexism: a scientific study


RUBY HAMAD We can all take something from the formal apology over Shirtstorm.

Where are those proud male 'champions of change' when you need them?

Alan Joyce

JENNA PRICE By all means support women. Just stop expecting special names and special recognition for work you should be doing anyway.

The women who deserve medals for their bravery

Why don't we give medals to women who've survived violent or escaped their perpetrator?

CLEMENTINE FORD There is no valour for women who survive violence. But here's why things should change.

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Three women who were murdered by their partners that you should remember today

Rachelle Yeo, Lisa Harnum and Kim Hunt.

Moo Baulch Lisa Harnum, Rachelle Yeo and Kim Hunt: three stories that have shifted the way we think and talk about domestic violence in 2014.

Agony Of Ecstasy

What are your 'ecstasy years' doing to you today?


CLEM BASTOW A new ABC2 doco follows a 28-year-old Adelaide uni student as she investigates how her past ecstasy use is affecting her current mental health.

Limiting language

Is it offensive to call women 'girls'?

Happy ... Pharrell Williams loves the work of the folks from the Diana Isaac Retirement Village.

NATALIE REILLY Let's look at the evidence...

Why is Australian TV still so white?

The TODAY show, Supplied for Sun Herald TV liftout. September 11, 2012.

RUBY HAMAD It shouldn't take a Karl Stefanovic for us take the exclusionary racism happening on our TV screens seriously.

How not to critique a parent: Mark Latham's criticism of Lisa Pryor

Annabel Crabb

ANNABEL CRABB There are, essentially, three kinds of newspaper columns. All three kinds cost the writer something. And all three – if done well – deliver something to the reader.

I'm willing to pay for good TV shows, so please, someone, let me

Ben Law.

BENJAMIN LAW Sure, I'll be tangled in a dreadlock of devices and cables, but hey - that's what true choice looks like.

Why did it take us so long to take the claims against Bill Cosby seriously?

Entertainer Bill Cosby pauses during a news conference about the upcoming exhibit, Conversations: African and African-American Artworks in Dialogue, at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art, on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, in Washington. After amassing a private collection of African-American Art over four decades, Bill Cosby and his wife Camille plan to showcase their holdings for the first time in an exhibition planned at the Smithsonian Institution. The collection, which will be loaned to the museum, includes works by such leading African-American artists as Beauford Delaney, Faith Ringgold, Jacob Lawrence, Augusta Savage and Henry Ossawa Tanner. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

JULIA BAIRD Possibly the most striking fact about the sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby is that they were only taken seriously when a bloke joked about them.

What would an anti-sexism school curriculum look like?

CLEMENTINE FORD Clem Ford on why equality needs to start in the classroom.

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How to take down a woman of colour with one word

 Judge Sonia Sotomayer

RUBY HAMAD The casual dismissal of the talents of historically marginalised groups crosses geographical and occupational boundaries.

First Contact

Bo-dene Stieler: 'I can't believe the disrespect I showed the Aboriginal community'

Ray Martin, centre, in First Contact, airing on SBS (Nov 2014).

Bo-dene Stieler A month spent experiencing the harsh realities faced by Aboriginal communities helped First Contact's Bo-dene Stiedler put her own hardships into perspective.

Victoria's Secret

Victoria's Secret has a body image problem

Victoria's Secret

NICOLE ELPHICK For a company that has built its fortune from hoisting up breasts and covering derrieres, Victoria’s Secret seems to not be very keen on the actual bodies of the majority of women.

New York plastic surgeon wants to give you 'vacation breasts'

Plastic surgeon develops 'Vacation breasts' procedure.

KASEY EDWARDS Finally, just what women need -- an 'insta boob job'.

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Leslie Feinberg

Leslie Feinberg was a pioneer with an urgent message for all of us

Author and activist Leslie Feinberg.

Eleanor Robertson Trans activist, communist revolutionary and prizewinning author Leslie Feinberg died this week but her legacy will live forever.

Why is India sterilising its women?

Life-threatening procedure: Sixty-eight women who were sterilised have been hospitalised.

CLEMENTINE FORD There are so many safer, non-invasive reproductive health options, so why are women's lives put at risk?

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You've been warned

Life advice from sponsored posts

Every second entry appears as an authentic slice of life, until you look closer and realise ... it's just a big old advertisement.

NATALIE REILLY Behold, the unintentionally hilarious commercial solutions to your real life problems.


Lessons from reality TV stars like Redfoo

Jacqueline Maley dinkus

JACQUELINE MALEY What do Redfoo, Big Brother and The Bachelor have in common?


Physical beauty doesn't make you interesting


JANE CARO "In my journey into old age, I've discovered just how tedious the young can be."

Time Magazine

Time Magazine's silly proposal to ban the word 'feminist'

FEMINIST: An unexpected pick for the worst word of 2014, but it's in the lead at the moment. Beyonce would disagree.

Alyssa Rosenberg Time Magazine has made a tradition of asking readers which word they feel they would be well-rid of. And on the list this time is the word “feminist,” which poll conductor Katy Steinmetz dismisses in a rather flip fashion.

Take heart: the tide is turning on sexism and misogyny in Australia

US singer Redfoo poses for pictures as he arrives for the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA) in Glasgow, Scotland, on November 9, 2014. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF

CLEMENTINE FORD The more people bristle at or actively oppose misogyny - particularly the kind of casual misogyny that gets thrown around so indiscriminately - the better we all are.

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How to dodge your way through uni without actually cheating

DOM KNIGHT You don’t need to hire MyMaster to get through university. Instead of paying some dodgy operation to defraud your institution, why not use these tips to scrape through, absolutely free of charge?

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She was the first: Gail Kelly's legacy for Australian women

CEO Gail Kelly announced her retirement from Westpac on Thursday.

JENNA PRICE “I hope we look back and see the rise of Gail Kelly, in an industry where women are woefully underrepresented in management, as a watershed moment for women in finance and not a rare anomaly.”

Dustin Johnson: Why is golf silent on a drug-taking womanising star?

Personal issues: Dustin Johnson with Paulina Gretzky in Munich.

Oliver Brown PGA omerta over American's drug-taking and alleged affairs with players' wives typifies its arrogant approach to discipline.

Is Tanya Plibersek a feminist? Yes and this is why...


Tanya Plibersek I am a feminist. Not because I'm a whinger, or a victim, but because I understand how very fortunate I am. And I'm grateful to the women (and men) who've made that possible.

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Look sharp

A scruffy person's guide to looking tidy at work

Ilana broad city

Ali Benton Up until recently I didn't really care about what I wore to work.

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Australian government tells UN violence against woman isn't torture

Tony Abbott  at the 69th United Nations General Assembly on September 25, 2014 in New York City.

CLEMENTINE FORD Clementine Ford on why the Australian Government's response at the UN Committee Against Torture is so alarming.

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Zoe's Law

Foetal personhood laws have terrible consequences for women, but not necessarily for the reasons you might think

Woman looking through window at home. sad introspective alone thinking reflective moody depression abortion

RUBY HAMAD What personhood laws not only endanger women’s lives and liberty, they criminalise women should they, for whatever reason, fail to successfully give birth to a healthy baby.

Australian women encouraged to simply shake off entrenched inequality

Harper's BAZAAR nominates Julie Bishop as it's 2014 Woman Of the Year.

Senator Larissa Waters Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's advice that women 'stop whinging' and 'get on with it' when it cme to inequality is problematic for many reasons explains Greens Senator Larissa Waters.

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Are we letting down gang rape victims?


CLEMENTINE FORD How the Government delayed Katrina Keshishian's victim of crime compensation for six years.

Lena Dunham

Sexually exploring ourselves as children is anything but shameful

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 12:  Actress/writer Lena Dunham attends the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Radhika Sanghani Lena Dunham has come under fire for revealing how she first discovered sexual feelings as a child. Instead of shaming her, we should be applauding her honesty, argues Radhika Sanghani

Orgasm equality

How we can fix the orgasm gap


JENNA PRICE Equality. In every aspect of your life.

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Potty mouth

Why the f*** shouldn't women swear?

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31:  Caitlin Moran and Lena Dunham pose ahead of the only UK event to launch Lena Dunham's autobiography 'Not That Kind Of Girl' at the Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall on October 31, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

Alice Vincent Lena Dunham recently told Caitlin Moran that there's nothing she loves more than a swearing woman. Alice Vincent effing agrees.

Unwritten Law

The one thing Benjamin Law hates about Melbourne

Author Benjamin Law poses for a portrait in his apartment in Brisbane. 3rd of December 2012. Photo: harrison saragossi

BENJAMIN LAW I love this city, until I get there.

Going viral

A tale of two breastfeeding pictures

Two photos, two very different reactions.

RUBY HAMAD How can two almost identical photos be accompanied by two vastly different headlines?

Cranium tingles

Whisper videos: the strange phenomenon with the potential to give you a 'braingasm'


SARAH MACDONALD Sarah Macdonald on a sub culture that's gathering momentum.

Feminist intervention

'Honey, I want you to stop being a feminist'


Gia London When loved ones attempt to 'rescue' you from gender politics.

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'Drunk Girls of Melbourne Cup' highlights more flaws in the race we love

Drunk at the cup

CLEM BASTOW Is “a bunch of drunk chicks” really the most offensive thing about the Melbourne Cup?

This is uncanny

Three times The Onion predicted the future of feminism


RUBY HAMAD In a world that’s become a parody of itself, it’s becoming harder to distinguish Onion articles from reality.

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What I learned from Katie Hopkins' 'To Fat and Back'

Katie Hopkins

KASEY EDWARDS Meet the British social commentator who gained 20kg to prove a point.

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The trouble with 'femvertising'


CLEMENTINE FORD Should we be worried that corporation is suddenly keen to 'empower women'?

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In defence of the holiday cruise


Lisa Pryor Adventure? Culture? Exploring? No thanks, I'll just cruise, says Lisa Pryor.

Calling out catcallers

Best comebacks to the most common catcalls


Victoria Lambert The best retorts are the funniest. Try these gems from female comedians.

Benjamin Law: I won't be doing Movember this year... more for your sake than mine


BENJAMIN LAW 'Beard envy' is a real affliction, and Benjamin Law's got it bad.

Catcalling video

The problem with catcalling video: they edited out the white men

Shoshana Roberts spent 10 hours walking around New York, recording every instance of street harassment.

Why did the final cut of the video focus on non-white harassers?

The most common complaints about the female voice

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 20:  Scarlett Johansson attends the UK Film Premiere of

SARAH MACDONALD It seems no matter what women say, the way we say it is to be judged by another bizarre and arbitrary double standard.

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Zoe Saldana

Should we stop using the word 'ethnic'?


Radhika Sanghani Zoe Saldana is calling for the word ‘ethnic’ to be erased from our everyday vocabulary. She's not the only one.

What's made Julie Bishop so afraid of feminism?

Julie Bishop

JENNA PRICE There are some pretty simple reasons women in power use this tactic.

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Julie Bishop does not like the term 'feminist'

Julie Bishop at the National Press Club.

Julie Bishop announces she doesn't like the F word at a conference for women in the media.

Australian Museum should rethink its Day Of The Dead party


CLEM BASTOW It's no longer OK to dress up as "Mexican" for the night.

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Everything that's wrong with wearing a Ku Klux Klan outfit to oppose burqas

Three men cover their faces to protest the wearing of the burqa in public places.

RUBY HAMAD Why we can't just laugh off that bizarre KKK protest at the Parliament.

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Louisa Collins is a name every Australian woman should know

SHD Sunday Extra. Steve Dow story or Darlinghurst Gaol.Louisa Collins, photographed on her entrance to Darlinghurst Gaol in 1888; the triple murderess and only woman ever hanged at Darlo Gaol.  Mandatory credit: NSW State Records    The Sun Herald 6th August 2009

CLEMENTINE FORD How the last woman hanged in NSW sparked the suffrage movement in Australia.

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Pink ribbon

For breast cancer survivors, 'Pinktober' never ends

pink ribbon

Kathryn Petrides What is all the pink accomplishing?

Role reversal

What if, instead, Reeva Steenkamp had shot Oscar Pistorius?

Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp.

Dan Hodges Reverse the roles, and she would have been called a femme fatale and found guilty.

Australians have embraced Halloween and I'm OK with that

Lisa Pryor "The festival of scary plastic has really taken off."

Benjamin Law has a fantastic new strategy for dealing with bigots

Author Benjamin Law poses for a portrait in his apartment in Brisbane. 3rd of December 2012. Photo: harrison saragossi

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


Are cafes the new frontier in the Mummy Wars?

Jacqueline Maley dinkus

JACQUELINE MALEY When a skirmish breaks out on this bourgeois battleground it makes you think something deeper is going on.