OPINION

Sharman Stone: The Liberal MP who's backing a quota for women

Victorian MP Sharman Stone says current citizenship requirements are "slack".

Jenna Price 9:31 AM   Sharman Stone: "Power is a zero sum game...If women are to be advanced some men will lose their position."

Violent celebrities

Seven high profile men the public arena could do without

Cosby accusers profiled in the latest issue of New York Magazine

Sarah Oakes 12:15 AM   If we treat these men the way we are treating Bill Cosby then it will show we truly are listening to the victims and their stories.

Epic biopics

Eight incredible women who deserve their own biopic

Big Mama Thornton

Clem Bastow 12:15 AM   Hollywood managed to make 30 films about King Arthur and none about these women.

The power of seeing Cosby's accusers standing together

Beverly Johnson, 62, one of the women profiled in New York Magazine's Bill Cosby feature.

Clementine Ford   New York Magazine said publicly to these women what so many have refused to: We believe you.

Turn Back

This ALP member cried after the vote to support turning back asylum seeker boats

Matthew

Jenny Noyes   Summing up a lot of the despair being felt by Australians hoping for a more humane approach.

Gender Game

How one researcher put sexist gamers in their place

Kasumovic's research shows the men most likely to harass women online are also most likely to have their own problems.

Jenna Price   Michael Kasumovic couldn't quite believe his Twitter feed when the story broke.

It's time to reclaim the flag

<i>Illustration: Michael Mucci</i>

Judith Ireland   Have you noticed the spurt of reclaiming that has been going on recently?

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When parents overshare their children's disability

"I want to see less of parents showing their child's disability on social media until their child can give permission."

Carly Findlay   I want to see less of parents showing their child's disability on social media until their child can give permission.

Reverse classism

Being teased because you're rich is not real discrimination

Is being from an affluent background really a curse?

Maxine Tuyau   When the privileged cry reverse classism.

Domestic Violence

First terror then homelessness for domestic violence victims

<i>Illustration: Matt Davidson</i>

Angela Spinney   It is quite extraordinary to think that a woman may be a victim of a crime and become homeless as a consequence while the perpetrator remains living in the property. Yet this is currently the norm. 

Should a man acquitted of child sex charges become a surrogate father?

Thomas Easling, who stood trial in 2007 on 20 counts of indecent assault and unlawful sexual intercourse involving eight boys who stayed with him while he was a foster carer in Adelaide

Erin O'Dwyer   How Thomas Easling's case highlights the worrying international surrogacy law loopholes.

Art of asking

Asking for help doesn't make you weak

It is just as rewarding to receive as it is to give, discovers Jacinta Tynan.

Jacinta Tynan   It is just as rewarding to receive as it is to give, discovers Jacinta Tynan.

Reclaim Australia

How racists are co-opting multiculturalism

Some very confusing symbols at the Reclaim Australia rally in Sydney last week.

Ruby Hamad   Racism can't be measured by skin colour.

Do you even lift?

A spotter's guide to bothersome gym bros

Don Jon, possibly the ultimate gym bro.

Clem Bastow   Some of Clem Bastow's best friends are bros, but certain types get her hot under the collar in all the wrong ways.

Men who harass women online are quite literally losers, new study reveals

In new research findings that surprises no one: The men most likely to harass women online are also most likely to have their own problems.

Caitlin Dewey   In new research findings that surprises no one: The men most likely to harass women online are also most likely to have their own problems.

Reclaim Australia

Australian politicians need to take the lead on race relations

George Christensen speaks at a Reclaim Australia rally in Mackay on July 19, 2015. Photo: ABC News

Jenna Price   Instead, they're whipping up fear and attending rallies alongside part-time bigots and neo-Nazis alike.

We need to honour other 'brave escapes from tragedy'

"As with all women and children living in such horrifying domestic situations - no one is there to marvel at her strength and fortitude."

Clementine Ford   It happens in homes all around the country. It is probably happening somewhere on your street.

If Bishop claimed trip as official business, she must resign

Sun-Herald editorial dinkus Dinkus

Bronwyn Bishop said paying the money back was the biggest apology she could make. Not good enough.

How Jodi Magi's case shows fairness shouldn't stop at our borders

On her way home: Jodi Magi.

Josephine Tovey   While most people were sympathetic about the Australian woman's fate, there were others who expressed callousness about the delivery of local "justice".

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The boys' club in parliament needs to go co-ed

The onus is on Joe Hockey and Tony Abbott to make the case for GST reform.

Judith Ireland   If anything, when it comes to female representation in government, Australia is going backwards.

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Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood set up in anti-choice 'sting' video that claims to show they 'sell baby parts'

Dr Nucatola

Jenny Noyes   This is pretty typical of extremist anti-abortion tactics, but plenty are falling for it.

Royal Commission into family violence puts the entire system under scrutiny

Rhonda Cumberland, head of Good Shepherd, at the royal commission.

Miki Perkins   It was a landmark study last year into our attitudes to violence against women that really put the writing on the wall.

Nowhere to run to, nowhere to hide, nobody to help

Rhonda Cumberland, head of Good Shepherd, at the royal commission.

Miki Perkins   It was a landmark study last year into our attitudes to violence against women that really put the writing on the wall.

The woman being praised for killing her husband

28 year old Turkish woman Cilem Dogan.

Clementine Ford   What this 28-year-old's deadly actions taught us about domestic violence survivors.

Feeling guilty

It's okay to turn down a nice guy

"It's great that they're nice but that doesn't mean I'm going to sleep with all of them."

And five other things adult women can do without needing to feel bad.

Real estate racism

Is Australia's real estate discourse racist?

We've all read the headlines - 'Chinese buyers are swooping on our homes!'

Neha Kale   We've all read the headlines - 'Chinese buyers are swooping on our homes!'

The hypocrisy of calling Aboriginal women on welfare 'cash cows'

Former Labor MP Gary Johns made the controversial comments on Channel Ten's Bolt Report on Sunday.

Celeste Liddle   It's despicable that discussion on violence affecting Aboriginal women is dodged in such a ludicrous way.

Benjamin Law

How emojis improved my relationship with my mum

Out with Mum later, we discovered heaps of friends had once contracted Bell's palsy.

Benjamin Law   I'm biased, but if Julie Bishop and Mum were in an emoji death match, Mum would win, before announcing her victory using the dancing señorita emoji.

No escape

How can women leave when they have nowhere to go?

"If we are going to encourage women to leave abusive partners - as we should - it is imperative we give them somewhere safe to go, and this is where we are failing horribly."

Jane Caro   Failing to provide women with a safe place to go after exhorting them to leave violent partners is just another form of abuse.

Would intervening with adult advertising actually stop sex trafficking?

In new research findings that surprises no one: The men most likely to harass women online are also most likely to have their own problems.

Clementine Ford   There are larger questions about precedents set by the pick-and-choose 'morality' on display here.

Whitewashing film

The important women omitted from the Stonewall story

Stonewall

Ruby Hamad   How can this history be told without the pivotal black and trans characters?

Beyond the Bechdel Test

Are TV shows finally getting female friendships right?

The best pals of 'Parks and Recreation', Leslie Knope and Ann Perkins.

Alyssa Rosenberg   As the Bechdel Test marks its 30th birthday and a crop of new stories earn passing grades, is it time to raise the bar?

How the lack of women in cabinet is hurting us all

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is one of just two female members of the Abbott government cabinet.

Jenna Price   A new OECD report shows the Abbott government ministry is one of the worst for gender balance. How do we correct this?

Where are all the funny hot men?

Amy Schumer, Judd Apatow and Bill Hader, behind-the-scenes on 'Trainwreck'.

Natalie Reilly   If this is an irrelevant question for men, then why the obsession with 'funny beautiful women'?

NAIDOC Week

What NAIDOC Week means to me

"Is it a celebration or a commemoration? To me, it's both these things," writes NITV News presenter Natalie Ahmat about NAIDOC Week.

Natalie Ahmat   "Is it a celebration or a commemoration? To me, it's both of these things," writes NITV News presenter Natalie Ahmat.

It's time to ban the shaming analogies in sex ed

Woman

Clementine Ford   Grossly offensive and inaccurate interpretations of sex aren't only unhelpful, but may irreversibly damage young women's self-esteem.

Sensitive souls

Are you a Highly Sensitive Person?

"Once you find out you're HSP, it can be liberating," writes Natalie Reilly.

Natalie Reilly   Do you enjoy delicate scents, tastes and sounds? Do you find yourself easily affected by other people's moods? Were you called shy as a child? Well, you might be an HSP. Don't worry, it's not all bad.

#SelfieWithDaughter

#SelfieWithDaughter: Can tweets really help India's women?

#SelfieWithDaughter: With the encouragement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Indian men are sharing photos with their daughters on Twitter.

Kartikay Mehrotra   It's a viral hashtag campaign backed by India's PM. But there's clearly a disconnect between Twitter speak and action

Benjamin Law

Benjamin Law: Why I don't identify with either 'left' or 'right'

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Benjamin Law   Political labels just don't tell us the full story, writes Benjamin Law.

Social Change

How social media helps victims and changemakers make a difference

A raft of major changes are announced to the 7-10 school syllabus that will specifically focus on domestic violence prevention.

Nathan Elvery   14-year-old Rachel* told her story about being a teenage victim of domestic violence, and the NSW government listened.

Marriage Equality

Eric Abetz is confused about marriage equality

Eric Abetz and Tom Ballard.

Tom Ballard   To be fair, it's a crazy world out there. But you see, in 21st century secular Australia, rich, white, straight men don't get to call all of the shots all of the time.

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Five feminist crowdfunding projects to support right now

The Merindas Beijing Tour

Clementine Ford   How to help independent female talent soar for less than the cost of a coffee.

Marriage and children shouldn't be an economic trap

Welfare to blame for marriage failure, declining fertility: Dominic Perrottet

Ruby Hamad   What the NSW Finance Minister doesn't get about welfare.

The cost of saving domestic violence victims' lives

Rosie Batty, 2015 Australian of the Year, addresses the National Press Club of Australia in Canberra on Wednesday 3 June 2015.

Jenna Price   Why shouldn't Rosie Batty be paid to speak out on behalf of the women and children at risk every day?

Border Force

What the whistleblowers of Manus Island and Nauru have already told us about offshore detention

The Border Force Act is a dark moment for Australian democracy - but what's darker is that workers have been blowing the whistle for the past two years and its fallen on deaf ears.

Jenny Noyes   The Border Force Act is a dark moment for Australian democracy - but what's darker is that workers have been blowing the whistle for the past two years and its fallen on deaf ears.

Ag-gag laws

When filming crime is a crime itself

Protest against 'ag-gag' laws in Iowa.

Ruby Hamad   The growing number of laws aimed at discrediting protesters while protecting politicians and big business.

Zaky Mallah

Should Q&A ban all future panelists who've made misogynistic comments?

Zaky Mallah in his controversial appearance on the ABC's <i>Q&A</i> program.

Jenny Noyes   Q&A says if it had known about Mallah's misogynistic tweet he wouldn't have been allowed to speak. Interesting.

Humiliating women in the name of entertainment

Hilton was tricked into getting on the plane to attend a bogus hotel opening.

Clementine Ford   Is there a particular pleasure that TV producers take in making a joke out of the supposed frivolous idiosyncrasies of women?

Biological Rights

How the law has failed children of anonymous sperm donors

Sarah Dingle who has been trying to find her genetic father who was a donor and all records from Royal North Shore Hospital have been destroyed.
21st July 2014.
Photo: Steven Siewert

Sarah Dingle   For decades, medicine has created miracle babies, while pretending that biology doesn't matter. Now the children of donors have grown up and are demanding the truth.

Living with dyslexia

What can schools do differently to support children with dyslexia?

"Before I was diagnosed with dyslexia, my teachers merely thought that I was stupid and lazy," writes Catherine Rodie.

Catherine Rodie   A UK designer's ingenious new invention is a step in the right direction.

Inside Amy Schumer

Does Amy Schumer have a 'blind spot' on racism?

Amy Schumer and Tina Fey at yesterday's 74th Annual Peabody Awards ceremony in New York City.

Bhakthi Puvanenthiran   In her strong respones, Schumer unwittingly models herself on the men is is supposed to be different from.

Marriage Equality

Why is the LGBTI debate in Australia moving so slowly?

The White House is illuminated in celebration after the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage.

Amy Middleton   While the US Supreme Court's move to enshrine the legality of same-sex marriage was cause for celebration, it also serves as a reminder of the snail's pace of our own reforms.

Parallel Politics

Abbott's citizenship move echoes political godfather's ban on communism

Anne Summers dinkus Dinkus

Anne Summers   Terrorists and Reds: they're all under the bed.

Truth Hurts

The one insult politicians cannot stand to be called

<i>Illustration: Michael Mucci</i>

Judith Ireland   There is this funny dance that we all do – in the Parliament, in the media, in the public debate – where we pretend that people are not officially liars.

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Democracy means even jerks get a say

For the on-again, mostly off-again relationship between the PM and the ABC, the past week was mainly about fury.

Annabel Crabb   Prime Minister Tony Abbott can't seem to decide whether he favours free speech or not.

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A refresher on etiquette tips for women through the ages

Thank goodness for these important community service announcements.

Clementine Ford   Thank goodness for these important community service announcements.

Sexism in surgery

Surgery's culture of sexism, bullying and discrimination revealed

Caroline Tan is still devastated by what happened to her after her complaint.

Jenna Price   If the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons had taken Caroline Tan more seriously, its reputation might still be intact.

Will Rachel McAdams be the flawed female detective we've been waiting for?

Rachel McAdams and Colin Farrell in True Detective season two.

Clem Bastow   McAdams is a welcome female addition to the typically very male "troubled cop" canon.

Is your straight girl crush on Ruby Rose offensive?

Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) and Stella Carlin (Ruby Rose) in OITNB.

Clementine Ford   Sexual fluidity is a good thing. Even if the journey towards political awareness on the matter takes some time.

Class Struggle

The real cost of user-pays education

This is another way to divide the nation from a government that's becoming increasingly reliant on that tactic.

Jenna Price   We already have a user-pays education system and it's costing Australians more than just fees, writes Jenna Price.