• Melinda Gates

    (video) Melinda Gates speaks out about contraception

    ShareThere’s a global movement waiting to happen. Melinda Gates, wife of Bill Gates, was raised a Catholic and still considers herself to be a Catholic. And yet she uses contraception with no hesitation, along with 1 billion other people in the world. They want the power to plan their own lives and to raise healthier, [read more]

  • .

    Chivalry isn’t dead, it’s just that central-locking is alive

    My husband and I went out for breakfast the other morning. We had a great meal, chatted and laughed, walked back to the car holding hands, used the key to centrally unlock the car and headed for home. It struck both of us at the same time that it had been a long time since [read more]

  • .

    When skinny girls think they’re fat. Advice?

    Imagine listening to your own child talk about not liking their own body or being worried about what they eat. Now imagine that child is 10 years old. Mamamia reader Elaine* writes: Recently I took my daughter and her four close friends for a birthday treat to a local milkshake bar.  While sitting at a [read more]

  • Beluga

    21 awesome animals that saved human lives

    by RICK MORTON Not every dog is a Lassie. Not every kangaroo is a criminal detective capable of dismantling complex, lawless plots like Skippy. But whoa up there, doubters. Animals can and do save lives. Just ask Oreo the fire-warden cat or LuLu the melodramatic, literally-stop-the-traffic Vietnamese pot-bellied pig who drew attention to its owners [read more]

  • .

    ‘This is why I lie to my kids’

          by TAMSIN MARSHALL Since having my daughter I have become something I never thought I would, something that I have always proudly protested against – a proficient liar. So easily do these little white lies slip off my tongue that I’m almost afraid that I’m not going to know when to stop. [read more]

  • Blendr.

    The app that could get you laid in minutes.

          by GENEVIEVE LISTON A number of my girlfriends are on Blendr. Yes. The way you are looking at your computer after reading this statement is exactly how I reacted when they told me at dinner the other night. Blendr, for those not familiar,  is the straight version of gay social networking App [read more]

  • wedding

    ‘My wedding sucked.’

    by JO ABI My wedding sucked. It was just horrible. I’m trying to think of something positive to say about it but the only positive I can think of is that it ended and I got to go home and try to forget it happened. So much went wrong and it’s going to sound really [read more]

  • Paula Joye

    Paula Joye explains: how to store your jewellery.

    This post starts like an episode of Hoarders. I’m ridiculously embarrassed to reveal that up until five days ago THIS is what the jewellery part of my closet looked like. Yes, ouch.     Are you still there? Or have you left? Horrified? I know my Mum has. There are no excuses for mess like [read more]

  • Megan Gale

    Cannes Film Festival RED CARPET + the week in frocks.

    It’s the festival that brings together the biggest names in Hollywood with the most hotly anticipated movies. The Cannes Film Festival is 11 days of amazing red carpet arrivals and often  multiple outfit changes each day.  Among the stars arriving on the red carpet were Kylie Minogue, Kirsten Dunst, Eva Longoria, Brad Pitt and Jessica [read more]

  • Ricki Lee

    Celeb news: Ricki Lee… too skinny for shapewear?

    UPDATE: Ricki Lee has responded to rumours she’s being replaced as the face of shapewear brand holdmetight. On Twitter, she said “Don’t believe everything u read – Im still the face of @holdmetight xxx” “I’ve got D cups, hips & a butt … I’m always going 2 have a womanly shape. (Hold Me Tight) is [read more]

  • Lolo Jones

    Daily Buzz: ‘Virginity harder than Olympics’.

            ATHLETE SAYS ABSTINENCE IS DIFFICULT US track star Lolo Jones says maintaining her virignity – she’s 29 – is harder than training for the Olympics. She says some guys have told her ‘if you have sex, you’ll run faster’. “This journey has been hard,” said Jones. “It’s the hardest thing I’ve [read more]

  • Human Barbie

    Celeb news: TV host kicks Barbie ‘mom’ off show.

    Anderson Cooper is really not a fan of Sarah Burge aka ‘The Human Barbie’. She’s the self-confessed plastic doll who holds the Guinness World Record for having the most plastic surgeries. She’s also famous for giving her 8-year-old daughter plastic surgery vouchers to use when she turns 18. And she apparently also gives her 15-year-old [read more]

  • Ben

    ‘My boy is going to high school and I’m terrified’

    Ben is twelve, going on seventeen. He is hairy, smelly, eats more than I can afford, and likes to laze around on his bed, watching YouTube videos and listening to music. He also whinges when I tell him to practise his bass guitar, but then plays for hours at a time. He regularly walks in [read more]

  • Players in the lingerie football league

    Sports Minister slams Lingerie Football League

            The Lingerie Football League (LFL) is coming to Australia in June and I won’t be watching. As Minister for Sport, I can’t abide a spectacle that degrades women and threatens to undermine the progress of women in sport in Australia. Today women involved in sport at all levels – players, coaches, [read more]

  • When is it too late to correct someone?

    “My baby, my boobs and the tissue”

    by MIA FREEDMAN When I had my first child and was learning to breastfeed (yes you sometimes do have to learn it) I was told that each time I fed my son, I should start on a different breast. Apparently (write this down), the sucking they do at the begining of a feed is the [read more]

  • Rick Morton

    Pen licences. (And other pathetic achievements).

            by RICK MORTON I was about to cross the road recently when a passing bus mirror shaved past my face and led me to experience my first near-death moment since I’d become an adult. My life did what it was supposed to do: not end, and flashed before my eyes. Starting [read more]

  • Open post

    Open post: What’s on your mind?

    It’s Wednesday! And that means two things – the countdown to the weekend has officially begun and it’s time for Mamamia’s Open Post. If you’ve never joined us for an open post before, pull up a chair and get comfy. Think of this post as the internet equivalent of catch-up coffee with your friends; if [read more]

  • Isobel Redmond

    ‘Women should just ignore sex discrimination’.

    One of South Australia’s most influential women has advocated the ‘ostrich’ approach when it comes to dealing with sexual bias in the workplace: ignore it, and it will go away. Opposition leader Isobel Redmond was speaking at a women’s leadership function in Adelaide when she proposed flight instead of fight. As News Limited reported: “I [read more]

  • Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby: First (amazing) look!

    It’s here. After filming in Sydney, we’ve now got the first glimpse of Baz Luhrmann’s re-imagining of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. The film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan, will be released in Australia in January 2013. In typical Baz style, the trailer looks absolutely stunning. Our hearts just got caught in our mouths. [read more]

  • Schapelle Corby released

    Schapelle Corby: free by August?

    CORBY GRANTED CLEMENCY Convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby, who always protested her innocence on charges of taking 4.3kg of marijuana to Bali, has had her prison sentence slashed by five years after Indonesian authorities recommended her application for clemency be granted. Schapelle has been in prison for eight years and has suffered publicly from what [read more]

  • BRW Cover

    Daily Buzz: How can this mag cover be ‘sexist’?

            SEXIST MAG COVER? BRW Magazine has faced a mini-backlash over its cover featuring muesli queen Carolyn Creswell. The complaints prompted an interesting discussion by reporter Georgie Dent about the representation of women in business. She wrote on the BRW blog: “Oddly enough our cover is something we take seriously. The subjects [read more]

  • Mia.

    Welcome to my twisted shopping logic….

            by MIA FREEDMAN “You should be a financial planner,” suggested my husband this week as I explained how much money I’d saved by buying a new jacket. Yes, how much MONEY I SAVED BY BUYING A NEW JACKET. If you are struggling to understand that concept, you’re clearly not trying hard [read more]

  • Miley Cyrus

    Celeb News: Miley Cyrus on why sex is beautiful

    She’s just being Miley. Miley Cyrus is forever being criticised for “growing up to fast” and “being too sexy for her age”. But in this interview on The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet, the 19-year old former Hannah Montana star opens up about the pressure of living in the public eye and how she is [read more]

  • Penis pants

    13 items of clothing you couldn’t pay us to wear. (NSFW)

    These pants are totally safe for work. Just don’t walk too close to your boss if you’re wearing them. Or any person for that matter. From a distance, there’s every chance the pants could be stamped with some kind of arty, cultural print. But if you look closely, you’ll notice they’re actually made up of [read more]

  • This isn't Karen's baby

    Why you are a bad parent…

    by KAREN BERGREEN I have friends who were born to mother. A friend of mine (full disclosure, she’s a nurse) popped out her baby without an epidural and gave him a bath in her hospital room within hours of his birth. All this after delightfully feeding her competently-latching little charge with her abundance of milk. [read more]

  • Apps

    21 of our favourite phone apps. Tell us yours.

    Your mobile phone is more versatile than a Russian gymnast with a muscle spasm. It’s a clock, a computer, a web browser, a compass, a GPS, a filing system, a voice recorder, a camera. Oh, and a phone. And a very sexy paperweight if you happen to have dropped it on the tiles. This is [read more]

  • Buying a new car

    Cheatsheet: 6 things to think about when buying a new car.

        Recently I was in the market for a new car. I knew this only because my husband told me that my tyres were worn, so were the brake pads, the car didn’t have enough “puff” to get up hills and the lease was up and it would be cheaper to refinance a new [read more]

  • Zoe

    The beauty product you’ll either love or hate

            by ZOE FOSTER One thing I am asked a lot is if it is true that the male seahorse becomes pregnant. Another thing I am asked is: what are BB creams, do I need one, will they change my life, and do they taste any good when dipped in tzatziki? BB [read more]

  • Baby

    Holding stillborn children: more traumatic?

          A University of Queensland researcher is concerned parents who hold their stillborn children, or bathe them, experience higher rates of depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Dr Kelly Cunningham reviewed studies that had already been conducted, some of which appeared to show parents who held their stillborn children experienced higher levels of [read more]

  • Perfect Man

    “All the single ladies: you’re too picky.”

    by SARAH HARRIS A couple of weeks back, the Catholic Church sparked an unholy war with single women across the country by declaring the real reason why so many of us are unmarried and alone is because we’re ‘too picky’. Nevermind Australia’s man drought (the ratio of single women to single men, says demographer Bernard [read more]