OPINION

Disabled women

Don't leave women with disabilities behind in domestic violence fight

Disability activist Sue Salthouse.

Sue Salthouse 12:15 AM   For a woman with a disability, discrimination due to their gender and their disability, means disadvantage is compounded.

An ad campaign doesn't make up for cuts to frontline domestic violence services

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Jenna Price   Despite this lip service, the endemic nature of family violence will continue to flourish because the government is refusing to fund the most useful legal protection women have.

Family Court

The Family Court has a serious attitude problem

Stepping into the Family Court can be like entering a parallel universe, where time has stood still for the past 15 ...

Jess Hill   Stepping into the Family Court can be like entering a parallel universe - where time has stood still for the past 15 years, writes Jess Hill.

Why Turnbull needs to dial down the 'mansplaining'

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Jacqueline Maley   The PM was busy in the '90s, running his own investment banking firm. He probably didn't have time to read the bestseller, Men Are From Mars Women Are From Venus.

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Columbia rape

Columbia University rape accused files updated lawsuit claiming 'rapist' is gendered slur

Emma Sulkowicz carries her mattress.

Jenny Noyes   The alleged rapist whose case sparked Columbia's "mattress protest" is suing the university for enabling defamation and harassment.

Abortion rights

The destructive combination of anti-choice and anti-sex ed rhetoric

Australian Christian Lobby managing director Lyle Shelton.

Jenny Noyes   We can't silence the Christian lobby, but here's why we need to stop listening, Jenny Noyes writes.

Manus refugees must be sent to Australia

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Madeline Gleeson   Australia now has a choice. An optimistic person might expect freedom for the 900 men on Manus Island, but it's more complicated than that.

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Privacy breach

Why outing senders of unsolicited dick pics is not the same as 'revenge porn'

Men who invade women's privacy with unsolicited dick pics can't expect their own to be respected, writes Penelope Wilson.

Penelope Wilson   Men who invade women's privacy with unsolicited dick pics can't expect their own to be respected, writes Penelope Wilson.

Ugly words

How 'ugly' comments remind women of the beauty tax we owe to be in public

Since the exposure of her affair with President Clinton, Monica Lewinsky has been hounded, harassed, shamed and mocked ...

Clementine Ford   When veteran journalist Paul Bongiorno quipped about Monica Lewinsky being "ugly" last week, the only ugliness on show was sexism.

Election 2016

How to survive Election 2016

Media mates: Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will both be spending up big on ...

Dom Knight   Yep, we've got about 70-odd days of this thing. Dom Knight has some suggestions on how to pull through.

Safe schools

Is our approach to sex education really about protecting kids?

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Amy Middleton   Protecting our young people is about listening to their needs, not prescribing a set of morals, writes Amy Middleton.

Female representation

Why Bronwyn Bishop didn't blaze a trail for Liberal women

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Eleanor Robertson   With her departure, the number of female Liberal MPs is set to sink to proportions not seen outside of MRA meetings and literal male bathrooms.

Budget wishlist

10 things the government will include in the budget if it really values women

Former Australian of the Year Rosie Batty wants the government to end chronic underfunding of the Family Court, and ...

Jenna Price   Jenna Price asked ten Australian women what they really want the federal government to fix in the 2016 budget.

Surreal estate

Benjamin Law.

Benjamin Law   Lately, I've lost hours to my new hobby: browsing real estate websites for expensive and revolting Sydney homes.

The job I wish I didn't have to do

Australia's new Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins.

Kate Jenkins   I thought we'd be there by now, but it's 2016 and we're still so far from equality.

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Clementine Ford

Choosing unwanted sex over an awkward conversation

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Clementine Ford   Why do women often find ourselves sidelining our own desires to spare men's feelings at the expense of our own?, asks Clem Ford.

Rape culture

If young men are only learning about consent at university, it's too late

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Jane Gilmore   Moderating discussions at university screenings of 'The Hunting Ground' recently has given Jane Gilmore pause to reflect on how much earlier rape culture is ingrained.

Reproductive freedom

Why the reproductive rights of Indigenous women cannot be ignored

Members of Australia's Stolen Generation react as they listen to Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd deliver his ...

Celeste Liddle   The fight for reproductive freedom doesn't start and end with contraception and abortion: Australia's legacy of eugenics continues to impact Aboriginal women.

Marriage Equality

Is a marriage equality win by plebiscite worth the harm done along the way?

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 15:  People are  seen attending an Australian Marriage Equality rally at the State Library ...

Dr Liz Short and Dr Sharon Dane   When Federal Parliament returns tomorrow, it should abandon the plan for a same-sex marriage plebiscite and replace it with a parliamentary vote.

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Ignorance is still rife about domestic violence

Germaine Greer told Q&A that misogyny was the root cause of domestic violence against women.

Anne Summers   How I wish Rosie Batty had been on the Q&A panel on Monday.

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The 60 Minutes abduction case is compelling, but don't forget the kids

The <i>60 Minutes</i> team in custody in Lebanon: Tara Brown, David "Tangles" Ballment, Stephen Rice and Ben Williamson.

Jacqueline Maley   Two desperate mothers have made the news recently, but our reactions to their cases couldn't be more different.

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60 Minutes

The role of white privilege in the 60 Minutes kidnapping saga

Program in jeopardy: 60 Minutes may be the sacrifice after fallout from the child snatch story by reporter Tara Brown.

Ruby Hamad   What made these journalists think they could do this, and get away with it? Ruby Hamad thinks western entitlement played a part.

Violence against women

Busting the myths about what drives violence against women

Male violence: Let's stop repeating the myths.

Mary Barry   These myths and misconceptions can cause people to excuse men's violent behaviour.

I wrote me a letter

Wendy Squires.

Wendy Squires   An older and wiser Wendy Squires looks back with some life lessons.

Dennis Jensen

Dennis Jensen's terrible 'erotic' war novel is actually a fine example of rape culture

Dennis Jensen, Liberal Member for Tangney.

Jenny Noyes   The writing (which you can purchase for $6.51 on Amazon) is laughable, but what's not funny is how this MP has written rape into what he seems to think is a sex scene.

Internet trolls

The horrifying new harassment tactic ruining careers

Online harassers have learned they can cause far more damage with a more methodical approach.

Caitlin Dewey   Online harassers have learned they can cause far more damage with a more methodical approach.

Sex work

We need a less polarising debate about sex work laws

Sex work has always been a divisive issue, but women are not made safer by putting ideology over nuance, writes Jane ...

Jane Gilmore   Sex work has always been a divisive issue, but women are not made safer by putting ideology over nuance.

Domestic violence leave

It’s time to take domestic violence leave seriously as a workplace right

Workforces pushing for domestic violence leave deserve support, not contempt.

Jenny Noyes   Workforces pushing for domestic violence leave deserve support, not contempt, writes Jenny Noyes.

Gender politics

'I identify as neither man nor woman'

Jonno Revanche, who identifies as non-binary.

Jonno Revanche   Identifying as non-binary is not the same as gender fluid or transgender.

Clem Bastow

Why I live for cold weather

"Overcast and a top of 13? That's my time to shine," writes Clem Bastow.

Clem Bastow   "For god's sake, would someone let me open the window on the tram? It's boiling in here," writes Clem Bastow.

Script diversity

What the dialogue of 2000 Hollywood films tells us

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Clementine Ford   At last we have some empirical data around what has been staggeringly obvious for decades, writes Clem Ford.

Online trolls

The troll armies that attack politicians

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David Shoebridge MLC   "Is social media response a fair barometer of community sentiment? Of course not," writes Greens member David Shoebridge MLC.

Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to understanding sexuality

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Julia Baird   Gosh, we're an ignorant lot. And one thing we seem to be particularly ignorant about is transgender, and the revolutionary significance of the enormous strides we have made in our understanding and expression of sexuality, gender and identity. Which makes a lot of people very angry.

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Great expectations and harsh reality: Australia's gender equality progress

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Judith Ireland   When Julie McKay was appointed executive director of UN Women Australia, she was 23 and brimming with optimism.

Right to choose

No, Hillary, you cannot be a feminist and 'pro-life'

Feminism is a broad church, but the right to choose is one thing on which we all must agree, writes Ruby Hamad.

Ruby Hamad   Feminism is a broad church, one in which we disagree on many issues. But this is one thing on which we must agree, writes Ruby Hamad.

Internet trolls

Being blocked is not the same as being censored

"Having the freedom to say what you like does not mean you have the right to be heard."

Clementine Ford   "Having the freedom to say what you like does not mean you have the right to be heard."

Family violence

Is Victoria's promise to deliver on domestic violence a pipe dream?

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says a levy is being "carefully considered" to help fund family violence programs. He ...

Jane Gilmore   The more Jane Gilmore looks at the RCFV's 227 recommendations, the less she is able to comprehend how Daniel Andrews will pull them all off.

Night owls

Does modern society discriminate against late sleepers?

"Late-sleepers have copped it for centuries as their sleeping habits have been dismissed as little more than laziness. ...

Clem Bastow   "Late-sleepers have copped it for centuries as their sleeping habits have been dismissed as little more than laziness. But now they've got science in their corner," writes Clem Bastow.

The ignorance card

Not 'getting it' is no longer an excuse for sexism

Friends on a night out in Dumbo Brooklyn in New York

Kasey Edwards   By indulging in this excuse, we're not only continuing to normalise sexism - we're effectively silencing anyone who dares to call it out.

Celeste Liddle

Royal Commission: What needs to be done to reduce family violence rates in Indigenous communities

"There is so much work that needs to be done if we wish Aboriginal victims of family and domestic violence to come ...

Celeste Liddle   "There is so much work that needs to be done if we wish Aboriginal victims of family and domestic violence to come forward," writes Celeste Liddle.

Why Donald Trump has done the women of the world a favour

Jacqueline Maley

Jacqueline Maley   Donald Trump's run at the presidential nomination has been one giant, ego-saturated piece of performance art. It's the kind of deeply experimental stuff you wish you hadn't paid to see but now you're here, well, it's so hard to look away, isn't it?

Dom Knight

In defence of procrastination

"There's a benefit to putting off until tomorrow what you can achieve today," writes Dom Knight.

Dom Knight   "There's a benefit to putting off until tomorrow what you can achieve today," writes Dom Knight.

Your shout, Mum!

Jacinta Tynan.

Jacinta Tynan   The shout may have replaced the slap but yelling at the kids isn't the answer for anyone, says Jacinta Tynan.

Safe Schools

I thought I was a virgin. I wasn’t. This is why we need Safe Schools.

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Matilda Douglas-Henry   I started dating girls when I was 13 and I have two gay mums. This is why I would have benefited from Safe Schools.

Remembering Srebrenica

What the Srebrenica Massacre verdict reminds us about religion's role in terrorism

A woman reacts at the Potocari cemetery and memorial near Srebrenica on Friday, ahead of the burial of 136 ...

Ruby Hamad   So accustomed are we to seeing today's conflicts framed as the West versus Islam, we easily overlook the real nature of war and terror, writes Ruby Hamad.

EgyptAir terror

He might not technically be a terrorist, but can we stop calling the EgyptAir hijacker a 'lovesick Romeo'?

Seif Eldin Mustafa, left, has been identified as the hijacker of EgyptAir flight MS181 by broadcasters.

Jenny Noyes   Hijacking a passenger plane in a bid to force your estranged partner to meet you is not romantic, not a joke, and arguably still a form of terrorism.

Reporting violence

Media must rise to the challenge of reporting domestic violence

Domestic violence is no longer a private crime; and it's being reported on like never before.

Jess Hill   Until very recently, domestic violence was known to journalists as a 'non-story'. Now it's very much a story, education is needed to help reporters get it right.

Trump's weakness with women

Donald Trump is very proud to claim that his wife Melania looks better than the wife of his Republican rival Ted Cruz.

Josephine Tovey   It's perhaps not surprising that a former owner of three beauty pageants, Donald Trump, has helped turn his party's campaign into a shallow "Mrs America" pageant between potential First Ladies.

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Clem Bastow

What Tracey Emin's marriage to a rock says about our search for love

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Clem Bastow   Despite the predictably dismissive tabloid reaction to her "wacky stunt", Clem Bastow finds something profound in the UK artist's latest announcement.

Latham for Trump

Mark Latham endorses Donald Trump, approximately zero people are surprised

Former Labor leader Mark Latham, who was being sued by Lisa Pryor.

Jenny Noyes   Donald Trump is basically America's Mark Latham reverse-engineered and with several tonnes more money.

Why we need to hear more DV survivors' stories

Jimmy Bartel.

Clementine Ford   We need to hear more stories like footballer Jimmy Bartel's, which shows how complex and multifaceted family violence actually is.

Handbag dilemma compounds as roles get weightier

According to ATO advice published recently, handbags are not tax deductible as a general rule, while briefcases are.

Annabel Crabb   Like our brains, women's bags have to do 10 things at once. And that's tiring enough, even before tax.

Benjamin Law

Benjamin Law: A friendly reminder that blackface is not OK

Benjamin Law.

Benjamin Law   It seems that whenever a blackface controversy rears its head, no one seems to be saying the obvious: that Australia has a racist history of blackface.

Andrews' actions speak louder than Turnbull's words

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews

Farrah Tomazin   Victoria's premier is carving out a niche as a progressive leader for the whole nation, writes Farrah Tomazin

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Twitter rant exposes political currency of hatred

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Julia Baird   A ludicrous tweet about Muslims exposes ignorant thinking, but also provoked some delicious responses.

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Australian laws are failing working women

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Anika Wells   Enough with the union bashing and the rehashed debate – Australia's working women need leadership from our major parties to improve workplaces and allow them to successfully juggle motherhood and careers.

Now hear this

Stephanie Dowrick.

Stephanie Dowrick   It takes courage, but women have a right – and a responsibility – to speak out.

Male feminists

Men, here's what to do before you declare yourself a 'feminist'

You recognise male privilege is a thing. Your hackles and ire are legitimately raised by structural inequalities you see ...

Andrew P Street   You like and respect women. You recognise male privilege is a thing. Your hackles and ire are legitimately raised by structural inequalities you see facing women every day. So are you a feminist?

Why jail time alone won't stop female genital mutilation

Shabbir Mohammedbhai Vaziri arrives for sentencing in Australia's first genital mutilation trial on March 18, 2016

Ruby Hamad   To put an end to this ugly crime, we need to understand the context in which it occurs.

Bullies don't deserve Safe Schools exceptions

Protesters at a Melbourne rally this month challenge the Christian lobby that is fighting the Safe Schools program.

Julie Szego   The Turnbull government gives succour to the notion that LGBTI children are the problem, not the school environment.