Marriage vouchers

Five reasons why the government's $200 marriage vouchers haven't worked


JEN VUK 7:49am The 'Stronger Relations Trial' was supposed to tackle marriage breakdowns and save taxpayers millions by cutting divorce costs. But no one's using it.

'Sydney’s Muslim Land': a local's perspective

Zeynab Gamieldien

Zeynab Gamieldien Zeynab Gamieldien breaks down the myths, stereotypes and inaccuracies. Also features everybody's new favourite meme: ‘Crudely Islamified Mannequin Man.'

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Disability discrimination

Getting a job as a wheelchair user

Prue Hawkins on the set of Insight, SBS.

Prue Hawkins 33-year-old Prue Hawkins spent years working as a lawyer. Now unemployed, she's struggling to find a job because of her brittle-bone disease - sometimes she can’t physically get into the building where the jobs are.

The new sexual pressure felt by teenage girls

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CLEMENTINE FORD What sex education is failing to teach to current generation of teenagers.

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The fitness myths celebrities perpetuate

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NATALIE REILLY The idea that celebrities are working just a smidgen harder than us to look like they do.

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Negotiating habits

The secret to becoming a better negotiator


CAROLINE ZIELINSKI Women are told we’re disadvantaged when it comes to bargaining. But the solution's in our own hands (and minds).

Sexual assault

Groping at gigs needs to stop


Maeve Marsden A group in London is drawing attention to the issue of sexual harassment in nightclubs and music venues.

Mental health

Can narcissists tell they are narcissists?


NATALIE REILLY A new study offers a one-question test to diagnose this personality disorder, but the reality is more complicated than that.

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The one law we need to change for women right now


Dr Mehreen Faruqi Eric Abetz’s outdated abortion views underline the need for decriminalisation of abortion.

Double standards

The link between sexism and office romances


SARAH MACDONALD How men and women are judged differently when they have affairs at work.

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What Christy Mack's assault teaches us about modern misogyny


CLEMENTINE FORD Trigger warning: contains graphic imagery and discussions of sexual assault

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Amal Alamuddin

Amal Alamuddin: how sexism dogs one of the world's most brilliant women


RUBY HAMAD The indignity of being a celebrity's significant other.

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Is surrogacy baby trafficking?


Kajsa Ekis Ekman The new trade in selling bodies: from prostitution to surrogacy.

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Unexpected happiness

The secret ingredient to happiness


Merri Kim And it's not what you'd expect.

American Apparel

American Apparel: is this their sleaziest move yet?

Images from the American Apparel 'Back to School' range of miniskirts.

American Apparel accused of 'resorting to underage porn' to sell its 'Back to School' range of miniskirts.

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Discrimination at work

Who has the right to ask a pregnant woman for a medical examination?

A heavily pregnant Katherine Bashour appears at the Federal Court for an urgent injunction hearing involving ANZ Bank on August 7, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. Bashour claims that she suffered sexual harassment and was discriminated against after she was sacked by ANZ while on maternity leave.

JENNA PRICE Discrimination against pregnant women at work has an ugly new battleground.

Clementine Ford

Why the Coalition will never win over Australian women


CLEMENTINE FORD A recap on the Abbott Government's staggering slip-ups in the past week.

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Abortion and breast cancer 'link'

When will the Coalition learn that science will always triumph ideology?

Leader of the Government in the Senate, Senator Eric Abetz during Senate Question time at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 10 July 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

JENNA PRICE Dear Senator Abetz, we don't 'views' on medical fallacies. This is why:

Five iconic female orgasms in pop culture


CLEMENTINE FORD Happy International Day of the Female Orgasm, ladies!

Recognising assault

What the Keith Urban concert assault tells us about how we view rape


Nina Funnell and Dannielle Miller Trigger warning: discussion of sexual assault

It isn't academic

The greatest challenges for young women at university


Mary Sanchez It isn't academic. It’s graduating with their dignity intact.

Victim blaming

The danger women can't control


Alexandra Petri Because, somehow, this still needs repeating: "The behaviour of other people is something they, not you, are responsible for."

Let's talk about the 'universal hot crazy' matrix

Hot crazy

CLEMENTINE FORD Clem Ford takes you for a walk through the underbelly of the 'male brain'.

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Eternal debate

Women of colour don't get to argue over 'having it all'


Keli Goff Not everyone has the luxury of debating over a modern cliche.

Gender cliches

Why this one cliche about women won't die

Studio portrait of young woman talking on phone

Natalie Reilly Years of bogus studies and statistics aren't helping our cause.

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Book clubs

Why you should start a book club


BENJAMIN LAW "In my 20s, I'd smash through several books a month, but now I find two things conspiring to stunt my intake: getting busier and social media."


The armpit selfie

Chinese women are posting unshaven armpit selfies on social media


Candice Chung Welcome to the “girls not plucking armpit hair competition" on Weibo.

Clementine Ford

Five jobs female job seekers can apply for


CLEMENTINE FORD If there are no jobs to go around, what’s a lass to do?

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Why the world has turned on shirtless Leonardo DiCaprio

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NATALIE REILLY Leonardo DiCaprio proves that aging men in Hollywood are finally being given the same treatment as women.

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Self-help truths

The four ingredients in every self-help book

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ALICE WILLIAMS The key to every self-help book success story.

Nicki Minaj

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


CLEM BASTOW 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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Domestic Violence

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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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

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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

Photograph taken by Michelle Smith on Saturday 1st March, 2014.
Australian Greens senator for Queensland Larissa Waters at Davies Park, West End, Brisbane. FAIRFAX MEDIA

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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