• Where are all the women?

    Saturday’s news in just two minutes

            1. Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced an inquiry by the Australian Human Rights Commission into gender in the workplace. The announcement comes amidst increasing cries of sexism against the Prime Minister during her time in office. The inquiry will include a national online survey, taking place this August, as well [read more]

  • Mark's daughter

    Thanks for playing security guard, but you don’t say THIS to a teenage girl.

          The girl in the picture is 15-years-old. She is a high school student who was traveling with a group of kids from her school to look at colleges interstate, when she was approached by a security officer. According to the girl’s father, the security officer was looking at the girl as she [read more]

  • Jodi McMahon

    “We just really wanted a daughter…”

          By MAMAMIA TEAM The idea of gender selection divides dinner table discussions around the country. There are many who are staunchly opposed to the idea, saying that it is unethical, that it’s ‘playing God’ to give couples the right to determine the gender of their baby. These same people often argue that [read more]

  • Nigella

    The media ‘spectacle’ of Nigella Lawson’s domestic abuse. (And why Mamamia published THAT photo).

          By SARA MEGER There is something concerning about the media coverage of Charles Saatchi’s violence against his wife, celebrity chef Nigella Lawson. It is the willingness of the news media to reproduce images of Lawson’s abuse. The incident has not just served as a graphic reminder of the pervasiveness of men’s violence [read more]

  • Ethical shopping

    The questions you need to ask before handing over your credit card.

        By ANGELA D’ALTON Australians collectively spend over $6 million a year on fashion items that end in landfill. During a recent trip to New York I purchased a pair of boots from a Brooklyn store that have a lifetime warranty. If I ever have a problem with my boots, the store will provide [read more]

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    Is this a legitimate wedding gift?

      By MAMAMIA TEAM A spat between a recently wed couple and two of their wedding guests has gone viral. As in, taken over the interwebs kind of viral. Now stay with us… because this little tale of wedding-gift-outrage firmly crosses the line from absurd into down right cray cray. A Canadian man and his [read more]

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    Avoid the queues. In fact, just stay in your pyjamas.

          By AMY STOCKWELL OK, quick quiz: What does the 2013 Federal Budget mean for family payments? What do you need to do at tax time if you receive family payments or income support? When should you apply for Paid Parental Leave and when is too late? What is the difference between Family [read more]

  • How's your week been?

    Best and worst of the week.

          By TEGAN GILCHRIST Hello! I’m Tegan, the newest member of the team at Mamamia. It’s exciting that my first post on Mamamia happens to be Best & Worst – like you, I’ve been a fan since the beginning when it was just Mia writing, long before Mamamia had grown to the community [read more]

  • Mia

    MIA: The photo that made me unexpectedly emotional.

    By MIA FREEDMAN Looking at photos of politicians don’t usually make me feel proud, happy and teary all at once. But today, one did. Flicking through a gallery of our federal politicians and their partners arriving at Canberra’s MidWinter Ball in Parliament House that was held last night, there was certainly a lot to look [read more]

  • Stock photo

    Friday’s news in just two minutes.

        1. A 60-year-old woman in India has given birth to a baby girl – and she didn’t even know she was pregnant. The woman, who is from the city of Indore, was reportedly hospitalised for stomach pains but was later told by doctors she was in labour. The baby was delivered via C-Section [read more]

  • Gwyneth Paltrow

    The (non-cringey) secret that keeps Gwyneth Paltrow young.

            1. Gwyneth Paltrow has revealed the secret to her youth and it’s not a cringe-worthy ‘Oh I just try and drink lots of water and voila I look amaze-balls!’ It’s sex. That’s right, not the thousands of dollars she spends on what we imagine is a pretty rigorous health, fitness and [read more]

  • Kim and Kanye

    It’s official (really this time): Kimye have named the baby.

          And that baby’s name is… North West. Okay, okay… So the whole world was reporting just two days ago that the rumoured name was Kadence or Kondo or Kommodity or something… But the joke name that everybody laughed off as ridiculous early in Kim Kardashian’s pregnancy, is now actually official. People Magazine [read more]

  • video

    A pregnant woman wants to sit down on a train. You’ll never believe what happens next…

    By MAMAMIA TEAM. Yet another abusive passenger on public transport has launched a tirade at a fellow commuter.   A woman, who was seven months pregnant at the time of filming in February, needed to sit down in the packed train, so asked another female commuter if she could move her bag from the empty [read more]

  • From refugee to international aid worker. This man’s story is remarkable.

            It is World Refugee Week and we’re thrilled to be publishing this story from Médecins Sans Frontières nurse Thok Johnson, which details his journey from refugee to aid worker.  Thok and his family escaped Sudan, fleeing to Ethiopia to a refugee camp where he dreamed of one day working as a nurse [read more]

  • meditation

    Orgasmic meditation is a thing now because, well, why not?

            You’ll need a yoga mat, some pillows, a towel and some lube. You’ll need someone who is willing to get their hands dirty lube-y. You won’t need too much time. It only takes about 15 minutes. And unlike in regular meditation, you are unlikely to fall asleep in the middle of [read more]

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    This new book series will steal your evening.

            By MELISSA WELLHAM Janet Evanovich – the author of the immensely popular Stephanie Plum series – is back with a vengeance. Occasionally, when watching indescribably bad action films, I like to momentarily entertain the thought that I would have made an awesome spy, or FBI agent, criminal mastermind, or alluring con-woman. [read more]

  • Footballer Stephen Milne

    Win together. Lose together. F*** together? The pack mentality of professional football.

            By MELISSA WELLHAM Cases of sexual misconduct.Performance enhancing drugs. Drunken violence on the streets. Dalliances with under age girls. Football and scandal seem to go hand-in-hand. And this week, AFL player Stephen Milne was charged with four counts of rape, after a case that was originally closed in 2004 was re-opened. [read more]

  • BRF

    Bitchy Resting Face: A serious problem. With no known cure.

    Bitchy Resting Face. This silent (and cranky-looking) problem affects more people than you could ever know. That woman who served you your coffee this morning and looked like she wanted to punch your boob? Bitchy Resting Face. The lady on the bus who moves over for you but makes you feel like it was as [read more]

  • Mel breaks the news on air this morning.

    NEWS: Melissa Doyle to quit Sunrise.

        BREAKING NEWS Melissa Doyle, the popular co-host of Channel 7’s hugely popular breakfast television program Sunrise has announced this morning that she’s leaving the show. Doyle – affectionately known by her team and fans as Mel – has been a part of the Sunrise team for around 12 years and will be missed [read more]

  • Tony-Soprano

    The Sopranos star James Gandolfini dead at 51

          By MAMAMIA TEAM James Gandolfini, who played Tony Soprano in the hugely popular series The Sopranos, has died at the age of 51. The cause of death is currently not confirmed, but most sources were reporting this morning that he died of a heart attack while in Italy attending the 59th Taormina [read more]

  • Woman crying half face

    This was her childhood. This was her version of normal.

              I am ten. I am in my unwashed, unironed school uniform and quietly eating my breakfast at the old wooden table in our government rental home. My sister is four and is in the middle of the lounge room playing with her dolls and watching cartoons. My brother is thirteen [read more]

  • Tom Meagher

    Thursday’s news in just two minutes.

        1. Jill Meagher’s husband, Tom, appeared on ABC’s 7.30 last night and gave a moving interview in which he expressed anger that his wife’s murderer Adrian Bayley was allowed to walk the streets at the time of Jill’s attack; and shared his personal memories of Jill. He said that when he learned of [read more]

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    Fluff: Royal baby details revealed.

              1. Royal baby details revealed. Clarence House have revealed details about the soon-to-be delivered Royal baby but don’t expected a detailed report on Kate’s birth plan – although she is hoping for a natural birth. Officials have said Prince William will attend the birth and it’s expected to take place [read more]

  • Serena

    Serena Williams: this is so many shades of wrong.

            By ROSIE WATERLAND TRIGGER WARNING: This article deals with an account of rape/sexual assault and may be triggering for survivors of abuse. Hey you! Yeah, you! (1) Are you a young female? (2) Are you no longer a virgin? (3) Do you sometimes drink more than what your doctor would recommend? [read more]

  • Jill Meagher self pic

    Jill Meagher’s murderer sentenced to life in prison.

            UPDATE 2: Jill Meagher’s husband, Tom, appeared on ABC’s 7.30 Report tonight. Although he has said little publicly since losing his wife, he gave a deeply moving interview this evening in remembrance of Jill.  “My life completely and utterly changed in that one night. The support of family friends really pulled me through, [read more]

  • Sandwich

    Replacing stuff with other stuff is funny.

    By MELISSA WELLHAM You know what’s funny? Replacing pictures of stuff with other stuff. Don’t believe me? Well – prepare to have everything you ever thought you knew about the world, irrevocably shaken. Example 1: Sandwiches replacing mobile phones. In this case, I think the stock images are particularly delightful. As is any picture where [read more]

  • bec

    BEC: Picking baby names has become way too political.

            By BEC SPARROW Lord, am I in a world of trouble right now. (Middle class trouble, rather than Greece and rising debt levels trouble … just to, you know, put it in perspective). This new baby of mine is arriving in a matter of WEEKS and my husband Brad and I [read more]

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    Worrying about how to avoid the flu this winter? Now you can stop.

    By NATALIA HAWK I feel like I’ve spent most of 2013 battling various illnesses. So far, I’ve had several colds, a stomach flu and even a parasite which I nicknamed “devil bug” for how sick it made me feel. And let’s remember that it’s only June. The worst of winter is still to come. I [read more]