Opinion

My fight to end gendered happy meal toys

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Antonia Ayres-Brown One high school student thinks it's time McDonald's changes the way it sells happy meals.

Federal budget

Will the new federal budget put more pressure on women?

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ANDIE FOX How austerity policies disproportionately hurt women.

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Was the rape scene in Game of Thrones necessary?

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CLEM BASTOW Spoiler alert: Adapting a book for the screen is always fraught with difficulty. Countless questions present themselves to the writer: Which bits do you leave out? Which characters do you bring to the fore and which ones do you sideline? How do you make an enormous book into a tidy season's worth of hour-long episodes?

Confidence gap

Are you being held back by the confidence gap?

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SARAH MACDONALD There's little doubt women are hard on themselves. But we need to ask ourselves why.

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Graffiti artist David Choe calls 'rape story' an extension of his art

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CLEMENTINE FORD Vice artist and podcast host jokes about sexually assaulting his masseuse, calls it art.

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A politician's guide to quitting gracefully

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ANNABEL CRABB Of all the judgment calls political leaders make in their careers, the last one is how to quit.

Child brides

Nowhere does the Quran condone child brides

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RUBY HAMAD There is no evidence to suggest that Mohammad endorsed the marriage of innocent young girls to men.

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Are women better at resisting corruption?

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Sheenal Singh Is corruption gendered? What role does gender play in fighting (and fueling) corruption?

#toughestjobintheworld

Why the #worldstoughestjob viral ad is offensive and regressive

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KASEY EDWARDS We need to stop celebrating an advertisement that reinforces stereotypes.

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Zac Efron stripped of his shirt at the MTV Movie Awards sparks accusations of reverse sexism

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CLEM BASTOW Imagine if women were treated like that? Honey, we don’t have to imagine it.

The case for keeping a 'boyfriend log'

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ALICE WILLIAMS Now there is an app that measures your relationship health.

Overseas wokers

Importing nannies is not the right solution to our childcare crisis

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Lucille Wong Think-tank proposes low-cost maid scheme to fix childcare shortage.

RIP lad culture

Farewell Nuts: a eulogy for lad culture

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ANDREW P STREET Weep into your airbrushed photographs of female genitalia, gentlemen: Nuts magazine has announced plans to close.

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Clementine Ford

Dear young woman whose situation I completely misinterpreted

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CLEMENTINE FORD Sometimes even the best of intentions can be disempowering.

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Tony Abbott botches photo opp with female delegates in Asia

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SARAH MACDONALD Women should be front and centre of a good government, but not as props for false gender equality.

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The 'women who eat on Tubes' fight back

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CAROLINE ZIELINSKI Photographer compares posting pics of unsuspecting women eating to 'wildlife photography.'

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This is what an Australian feminist looks like

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Penny Wong Penny Wong on why feminism is for everybody.

The Man Repeller

When you're called 'ugly as f***'

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10:  Blogger Leandra Medine attends the Rodarte fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 on September 10, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)

NICOLE ELPHICK The judgement and the joy of choosing to go make-up free.

Racial Discrimination Act

Adam Goodes says Racial Discrimination Act changes will hit vulnerable

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Damien Murphy Australian of the Year and AFL star Adam Goodes has slammed the Abbott government's proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act, claiming they attacked the most vulnerable Australians.

Is this the most misguided Dove campaign yet?

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CLEMENTINE FORD The ad that tricks women into thinking a 'beauty patch' can solve low self-esteem.

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Pregnant covershoots

Why are pregnant women always naked on magazine covers?

Megan Gale for marie claire.

KASEY EDWARDS Megan Gale on the cover of marie claire is the genre's latest victim. What's so unpalatable about having some clothes on?

Not buying it

The five humiliating 'celebrations' for women that should go

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ALICE WILLIAMS Some traditions should never have taken off in the first place.

Everyday sexism

This is what happens when you call out sexism

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Laura Bates Like many women, Laura Bates had tales of casual harassment, leering and discrimination. She decided to call this out, with astonishing results.

The yummy male

The meterosexual is dead. Long live the Yummy male

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DOM KNIGHT Monocles are back in: meet the yummy aka young urban male.

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Gender inequality

What 'mumternships' show about inequality in the workforce

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 26: Olesya Oleynik wears Celine coat and trousers, & Other Stories shirt, and Tosca Blu bag before Alexis Mabille show on February 26, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Vanni Bassetti/Getty Images)

JACQUELINE MALEY Yes, it's an embarrassing word, but the existence of them show how little women's careers are valued.

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Going viral

The five things wrong about the 'air sex' video

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ANDREW P STREET Comedian pranks women by filming himself pretending to penetrate them while they go about their daily activities.

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The Secret Footballer exposes himself

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 30:  Cameron Guthrie of the Cats takes a mark during the round two AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the Geelong Cats at The Gabba on March 30, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

CLEMENTINE FORD The Age's "Secret Footballer" details the real reason no one has group sex anymore.

Radio sexism

What no one tells you about being a female radio presenter

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SARAH MACDONALD Because sometimes, even the microphone is sexist.

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OkCupid Vs Mozilla

Why OKCupid came out on top in the Mozilla boycott

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CLEM BASTOW "Voting with our wallets - or, in this case, our open-source browser choices - might seem an insignificant action, but it sends a message in the language that those at the top speak".

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All lead actors in The Gods of Egypt will be white

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 07:  Actor Gerard Butler attends the Ermenegildo Zegna Boutique grand opening on November 7, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

RUBY HAMAD When a film set in Egypt with Egyptian characters is played by an all-white cast.

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#IDon'tDeserveToBeRaped

Brazilian women rally: 'I don't deserve to be raped'

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CLEMENTINE FORD The hashtag that all Brazilian women are getting behind.

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Stephen Colbert's 'ching chong ding dong’ joke

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CANDICE CHUNG Everything you need to know about the #CancelColbert Twitterstorm.

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Bizarre trend

Why are couples taking #aftersex selfies?

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NICOLE ELPHICK We should've known this would happen eventually, right?

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How to be a knight (or dame) by someone who already is

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DOM KNIGHT Consider this advice a grace note, if you will, in our national reaction to the Prime Minister’s plan.

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Pop culture's obsession with the 'relatable woman'

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CLEMENTINE FORD Do we really need to have the 'Shailene Woodley is the new J-Law' conversation?

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Quentin Bryce and the art of the subtly powerful gesture

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JULIA BAIRD Former GG asked to have her official portrait done in “suffragette purple,” because she wanted to “represent the colour of the women’s movement”.

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Prosecutor of Crimea Natalia Poklonskaya is the internet's latest obsession

Natalia Poklonskaya faces the press.

CLEM BASTOW Memes, fan art, erotic fiction - minds lost because the newly appointed attorney general of Crimea is, like, totally cute.

Gambling millionare Dan Bilzerian is an Instagram sensation for all the wrong reasons

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Miranda Luby If this the most interesting man on Instagram then lord help all of us.

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Divergent

Why teens love dystopia

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Why a grim glimpse of the future and a fight to survive against the odds is catnip to teens.

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Is selfie activism letting women down?

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CLEMENTINE FORD We don’t need to sit bare faced in front of a camera to show how brave we are.

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American Apparel

Is this American Apparel's most shocking campaign ever?

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Madelin Newman American Apparel, purveyor of shiny pants and bodysuits has once again courted controversy with their latest ad campaign.

Natalie Barr doesn't speak for all women

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ANDIE FOX In fact her experience is so rare and so privileged she hardly speaks for any women at all.

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Diversity fail

NSW State Library's panel on diversity fails to actually be diverse

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RUBY HAMAD Four white people will be on a panel talking about 'Multiculturalism: what are we afraid of?' Apparently we are afraid of letting people of colour discuss race in a public forum.

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Body image

Are selfies sparking more plastic surgery?

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KASEY EDWARDS A new survey shows more women are getting surgically enhanced for the sake of Instagram.

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Walk of Shame kits officially 2014's worst idea

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CLEM BASTOW For just US$34.99 you can cure your harlot shame... and support breast cancer awareness.

Model's shocking Terry Richardson story sparks boycott

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CLEMENTINE FORD This model's confession will sicken you - but can it change the fashion industry?

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Summers v Abbott

Anne Summers schools Tony Abbott on feminism

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Anne Summers From one feminist to another, here are a few words of advice.

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Long way to go for gender equality in politics

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FARRAH TOMAZIN The major parties say gender equality is important - but their actions tell another story.

Hits and misses

The creepiest "love" songs in white pop history

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RUBY HAMAD Most of them are still played on radio and many of them are regarded as classics.

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#banbossy

'Banning' the word bossy won't get us anywhere

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CLEM BASTOW Sheryl Sandberg's #banbossy is a good hash tag, but that doesn't make it a great campaign.

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Sh-t females say

Things I learned from #LiesToldByFemales

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CLEMENTINE FORD Oh females. We just can’t win, can we?

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All politicians benefit from having daughters

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ANNABEL CRABB As International Women's Day rolls around again, and Australian women mount our annual lightning local stocktake of where we're at (''Not being burned as witches or banned from having a driver's licence - Huzzah! Earning $1 million less than men over our lifetimes, plus still doing twice as much housework - Boo. See you next year!''), it strikes me that it may be time for some blue-sky thinking.

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International Women's Day: what a difference a year makes

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Suzy Freeman-Greene Today is International Women's Day. A year ago, on this day, we had a female prime minister and three women in cabinet.

The campaign

It is time to Shine a Light on domestic violence

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Alan Stokes For every high-profile case in the news, another victim dies in shrouded in silence.

IWD issues

Why domestic violence is the most important issue this International Women's Day

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Moo Baulch There is so much more to domestic violence than many people understand.

Women, stop giving it away for free

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Tracey Spicer Tracey Spicer has a message for you on International Women's Day. We need to stop giving it away for free. You know what I'm talking about: Unpaid work, pro bono projects, and endless internships.

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Lace underwear ban

Banning lace underwear for 'vaginal health'

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Sophie Cousins Inside the absurd war on lingerie in Kazakhstan.