When strangers complain about your hair


Heidi Stevens 9:52am "The people have spoken, and the people hate my hair."

The real tragedy of the Adrian Bayley case is how easily it could have been avoided

Adrian Bayley

CLEMENTINE FORD The verdict will not remove the trauma from Bayley's victims. But it might go some way to helping them heal.

Fake holidays

Sexist 'national holidays' that need to be replaced

National Pro-Life Cupcake Day.

ELEANOR ROBERTSON Although I largely approve of these patently ridiculous holidays, there are a few that taint this noble practice by being really dumb.

Why you can hate fantasy, but love Game Of Thrones

Game of Thrones

DOM KNIGHT "I’ve always suspected that the thicker the book, the less point there is in reading it," writes Dom Knight.

Why did the media ignore the rape of a seven-year-old girl?

CELESTE LIDDLE Why is sexual abuse in the indigenous community is either sensationalised or completely ignored by the media?

Why are Australian ads so white?

Coca-Cola's Blue Flick Commercial.

RUBY HAMAD When we're told our whitewashing makes America look progressive, you know we have a problem.

Third-party reproduction

I want my children to feel equal, but equality isn't sameness


Marie Holmes "While singular in their disdain, Dolce and Gabbana express an unease that many of us, gay and straight, have around third-party reproduction," writes Marie Holmes.

Why is the government lying to Rosie Batty?

Rosie Batty.

JENNA PRICE “I’ve been told repeatedly there are no front line services being cut. This is my first journey into the country and that tells me different.”

Belle Gibson

Shaming Belle Gibson's supporters is as useless as it is unfair


SARAH DARMODY "In 2009, I shopped the story of my 'not-quite-cancer' miracle to Australia's biggest publisher, and received a warm welcome... I deserved to be taken at my word, and our book did a lot of good," writes Sarah Darmody.

Men who cried misandry over Sarah Silverman's 'rape prevention tips'

Sarah Silverman is no stranger to rape jokes or the accompanying controversy.

CLEM BASTOW With depressing predictability, the #NotAllMen brigade were soon out in force, accusing Silverman oftarring all Good Men with the same "potential rapist" brush.

Adult preschoolers

So now there is a preschool for adults


CLEM BASTOW Yep, we've officially hit peak kidulthood.

Monica Lewinsky

Monica Lewinsky: How the internet thrives on the currency of shame

Monica Lewinsky:

Jessica Bennett "You're looking at a woman who was publicly silent for a decade."

Monica Lewinsky: It's time to stop using humiliation as a commodity

Monica Lewinsky opens up about online bullying at her Ted Talk.

Jessica Bennett At 41, the 'patent zero' of internet shaming is standing against the sexual scapegoating of women and girls.

'She's overreacting': Why men find it so hard to trust women

Why don't men trust women?

NATALIE REILLY "It’s women who get their knickers in a knot; who are “crazy”, who lose their credibility when they cry, or rage or lust."

Parental fear

Why do I need a police check to supervise woodwork?


PAUL CHAI "I grew up with a fairly healthy 'stranger danger' but turning child protection into a witch hunt may actually have a detrimental effect to child safety," writes Paul Chai.

Annabel Crabb: Why I can't forget the way Tony Abbott ate that raw onion

Annabel Crabb Dinkus

ANNABEL CRABB Every time I've heard the Prime Minister make a policy pronouncement in the past week, all I can think of is the fact he ate an onion, with the skin on.


Ben Law: I've always found white people fascinating

Benjamin Law.

BENJAMIN LAW "Does my fascination with white people make me racist though?"

Ignoring child-sex abuse should be a crime in itself


Joanne McCarthy Being vigilant about child sex abuse is not enough. We need to speak out and act.

John Laws, please stop bullying sexual assault victims

John Laws told sexual abuse victim Brian to change his attitude.

TRACEY SPICER Guess what? It's 2015. You can't just lumber around, gnashing your teeth, like a demented dinosaur.

Masa Vukotic murder: Travelling alone isn't women's biggest safety risk


CLEMENTINE FORD The biggest risk to women and girls' safety lies inside supposed 'sanctuaries'

Home work

Do you work harder when you work from home?

Home work

NICOLE ELPHICK Five things that happen when you stop going into the office.

Rape survivor's story

It's been one year, one month and ten days


Kelsey Paske That's how long it took for me to not be scared of going to sleep anymore.

Katrina Keshishian

How Katrina Keshishian changed the NSW Premier's mind

Gang rape survivor Katrina Keshishian.

JENNA PRICE 27-year-old rape survivor successfully campaigned against changes to victims’ compensation. But she has one more request.

Everything wrong with Meghan Trainor's 'Dear Future Husband'

A screen shot from Meghan Trainor's

SARAH OAKES A 2015 response to the 60s letter Trainor should never send.

Online etiquette

How should a person be (on other people's social media feeds)

Social media

CLEM BASTOW Clem Bastow on six passive-aggressive thoughts everyone's had while scrolling through their social feeds.

Gender Avenger

Four times we can use the Gender Avenger app

 Imagine if there was a tool you could use instead to highlight the visual reality of gender inequality in public life?

CLEMENTINE FORD Sometimes, you just need to see gender inequality in a pie chart.

Adult maturity

Is earnestness the new irony?

Pop singer Taylor Swift arrives at the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 8, 2015.  REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni  (UNITED STATES - TAGS: ENTERTAINMENT) (GRAMMYS-ARRIVALS)

NEHA KALE How the age of earnestness recreates the very culture of entitlement that it claims to oppose.

Anti-trolling training

Why aren't employers offering their staff social media self-defense training?

Australia has a rich and diverse tapestry of feminist writers who continue to be sidelined by a public that cannot move beyond the 1970s.

Ginger Gorman Each day brings another story of women facing online trolling and 'doxxing' simply for doing their jobs. So what are employers doing to protect their employees from harm online?

Is it creepy to take photos of your adult child sleeping?

Benjamin Law.

BENJAMIN LAW My mum has photos of me. Sleeping. Vulnerable. Violated. And not in a sexy way.

Domestic abuse

Churches need to get up to speed on domestic violence

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JULIA BAIRD An unprecedented debate in the church about domestic violence has exposed dangerous ways of thinking.

Life partners

There must be a better label than 'partner'

Amanda Hooton.

Amanda Hooton As an adult, what do you call a loved one who is not your husband or wife?

Twitter fun

The joy of putting strangers on wrong Twitter lists

Pete Evans

ELEANOR ROBERTSON In this thought experiment, I would add Pete Evans to Pastasexuals.

It's not enough for men to turn up. They have to do the work.


CLEMENTINE FORD Why do men continue to reap the rewards and accolades just for the incredible act of turning up?

What a forty-year-old feminist looks like


RUBY HAMAD "I am afraid that my opinions may soon be considered unimportant. And for someone who makes her living out of publicly expressing her opinions, that is a terrifying prospect," writes Ruby Hamad.

I'm shouting back at street harassers

New research from the Australia Institute shows 87 per cent of Australian women have experienced harassment on the street.

JENNA PRICE New research shows four in five women have been harassed on the street. Jenna Price is determined to intervene when she witnesses catcalling.

Romantic fiction

Things no one tells you about romance readers


Danielle Binks A convention for romance book enthusiasts in Canberra sought to break through the common misconceptions surrounding a genre that's essentially "women writing women, for women".

Abbott fails

A recap on Tony Abbott's 10 most horrifying gaffes (so far)

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Warren Mundine during a visit to Arnhem Land in 2013

Prime Minister Tony Abbott's comments on remote indigenous communities have triggered a storm. But it's not the first time Mr Abbott has landed in hot water.

Only a group of white men would call themselves Black Pussy

The band Black Pussy.

RUBY HAMAD Here's an interview with the band translated from privileged white-man speak into plain old English.

State politics

Why we should care more about state politics

NSW State

DOM KNIGHT "As off-Broadway as they can seem, state parliaments decide many of the policies that affect our everyday lives and those of our families," writes Dom Knight. Also, snacks.

We need to talk about sexual harassment in hospitals

Dr Gabrielle McMullin:

JENNA PRICE Gabrielle McMullin's comments may have angered many, but disturbingly, it was also something a lot of women already knew.

The highs and lows of Q&A's first all-women panel

Germaine Greer on the Q&A panel.

CLEMENTINE FORD Clem Ford on the challenges in celebrating women’s voices in a mainstream context.

Parental truthbombs

A letter to my pre-baby self


NATALIE REILLY "Here it is, pure wish-fulfilment. The letter I would've loved my pregnant self to read," writes Natalie Reilly.

Annabel Crabb: Why I'm proud to be a 'bad feminist'


ANNABEL CRABB "Feminism is messy and imperfect, and has people you love, as well as people you can't stand... Happy International Women's Day, people. Celebrate it any way you damn please."

What it's like when your kids walk in on you

Tracey Spicer:

TRACEY SPICER The time will inevitably come when there's no avoiding "the talk", writes Tracey Spicer.

Thanks, but no thanks

Thanks for the condoms, Southern Cross. But we'll take workplace flexibility

Linda Wayman, condoms

JENNA PRICE Dear Southern Cross boss, please get your bottom line out of my bedroom and nursery.

Abolishing these seven laws will make the world better for women

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RUBY HAMAD Twenty years ago, 189 countries pledged to repeal all laws that discriminate against women. Needless to say, we are not there yet.

Family violence

How much are politicians actually doing to fight family violence?

Prime Minister Tony Abbott addresses the International Women's Day Parliamentary breakfast in Canberra.

JANE GILMORE Either take some genuine action, make a real difference, or get out of the way of the people who will.

Where are all the Australian feminist writers on Wiki?

Australia has a rich and diverse tapestry of feminist writers who continue to be sidelined by a public that cannot move beyond the 1970s.

CLEMENTINE FORD Let's get more #womenonwiki this International Women's Day.

How to prepare for an International Women's Day lunch at a men's only club

Prime Minister Tony Abbott's response to questions about the event at Tattersal's Club during Question Time at Parliament House.

CLEMENTINE FORD Clem Ford has a checklist to help you prepare for the Liberal National Party's momentous, 1950s themed lunch.

UN Women

Why we need to make women's workforce participation a priority


Julie McKay What gets measured gets done - a 'wait and see' approach is not going to see Australia reach its G20 commitment, writes Julie McKay.

Birth rights

Should men get a say in birth choice?


Kim Lock "Men can listen, suggest, hold concerns and discuss. But the final authority on what she does with her body should always be the woman herself," writes Kim Lock.

Seven things Tony Abbott should start fixing now that he has joined HeforShe

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, Chief of the Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop, Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Speaker Bronwyn Bishop at the UN Women breakfast at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 3 March 2015. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

JENNA PRICE Here's a wishlist of all the things Tone can fix if this isn't just a PR stunt.


Tinder thinks you should pay for being an older single person

TinderPlus will cost more if you happen to fall into the over 28 age bracket.

CLEM BASTOW The paid service goes against everything Tinder stood for in its glory days.

Love and texts

Can punctuation affect our relationships?

Texting could be harming your relationships.

Jessica Bennett How to interpret the hidden message in our text message punctuation.

Danica Weeks: 'My agonising year without Paul after MH370'

Danica Weeks says she is still grappling with the news that the search area has been ruled out as MH370's final resting place.

Danica Weeks Danica Weeks, wife of missing MH370 passenger Paul Weeks, reflects on her first year without her husband.

Lunch policing

Stay out of my child's lunch box


KASEY EDWARDS "As a brand new school mum, I’ve recently discovered that schools have assumed the role of the Lunch Box Police," writes Kasey Edwards.

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My son in a dress is not a political statement

Fallow’s “cozy kitty

Chadwick Moyer He is three-years-old and just wants to be happy, so leave him alone.

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