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    Brittany Maynard’s right to die isn’t about choosing death, it’s about controlling her life.

          Trigger warning: This post deals with the themes of assisted death and suicide. If it brings up any issues for you, contact Lifeline:  131 114.   By JAMILA RIZVI. Brittany Maynard might die tomorrow. Or she might not. But regardless of whether her much publicised plan to die on 1 November 2014 [read more]

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    29-year-old Brittany Maynard planned to end her life tomorrow. Now she’s changed her mind.

        Warning: This post deals with issues around assisted suicide and could be triggering for some readers. Update: Brittany Maynard the 29-year-old terminally ill woman who planned to take her own life this Saturday after a battle with terminal brain cancer has released a new video saying that she may or may not choose [read more]

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    Best and Worst: How was your week?

    By CAITLIN STOWER. Happy Halloween, friends! Welcome to Mamamia’s Best and Worst. It’s that time of week on Mamamia where we debrief as a community after a long, hard week and look forward to the weekend. If you’re new here, this is how it goes: I tell you the best part and the worst part [read more]

  • Is this offensive?

    No. We’re not ok with it.

    By ALEXIS CAREY Does this ad seem ok to you? It’s advertising the Bavarian Bier Café – a German-style chain restaurant that has branches across Sydney. But here’s the real kicker: not only was it advertising the restaurant, it was also, get this – attempting to raise money for a charity. A BREAST CANCER CHARITY. [read more]

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    Stop, or she’ll squirt. There’s a breast-milk bandit at large.

              Okay. Get this. A woman in central Germany has allegedly weaponised her womanly bits and used her breast milk to rob a pharmacy. How did she do it, you ask? She lifted up her top and squirted her milk at the staff. Obviously. Here’s how it went down, according to The [read more]

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    So why is your wedding costing me $7000?

            By MAGGIE KELLY In the space of just six short months, I have three weddings to attend. Whilst I’m super stoked that so many of my friends have actually found that special someone who finds them tolerable (I SALUTE YOU, BRAVE MENFOLK), there is one small catch – all of these [read more]

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    One of the Olsen twins just got married. But it’s a secret. SHHH.

    Mary-Kate Olsen may have gotten secretly married. To 44-year-old French banker Olivier Sarkozy, the half-brother of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy. WOAH. The couple have been an item since 2012, and supposedly got engaged in February. But that 17- year age gap has not held them back. Now, they have matching gold rings on THAT finger, and to [read more]

  • Baby Carene was born 12 weeks early. (Source: Facebook)

    Facebook deemed this breastfeeding photo offensive. The rest of the world says it is beautiful.

    By SHAUNA ANDERSON     It was a moment to remember, to share – and to be proud of. A new Mum whose premature baby was born an incredible 12 weeks early  defied the odds and breastfed. 24-year old Emma Bond wanted to share the moment she had been told would never happen so she [read more]

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    Some of our favourite apps that usually cost money are now free. FREE.

              By ZOE LAWRENCE I love a decent app. By filling my phone with the very best ones, I literally have a solution for every single problem. Need to make an Instagram photo look pretty? Done. Need to organise my life? Fine. Need to track my run? Sorted. Need to entertain [read more]

  • Head hurting.

    Because it’s your brain, not your wallet that should determine whether or not you go to university.

      By ALEXIS CAREY Call me a crazy dreamer, but I’ve always thought that gaining a place at university should be based on ability, not the number of zeros in your parents’ bank account. But that’s EXACTLY what will happen if the Federal Government’s controversial higher education reforms are passed. If you’ve not come across the proposed changes, let [read more]

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    The reality of being a woman, walking down the street.

    “DAMN?”, “Nice!”, “Hey baby!” , “You don’t wanna talk?” Seriously. How can any woman resist such erudite come-ons? Certainly watching this woman spend 10 hours walking the streets of New York City made us all want to take a shower. Inspired by his girlfriend, who told him about what was happening to her every day, [read more]

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    It’s really not hard to spot the difference between these kids’ bedrooms.

    Anyone who’s ever had a daughter knows about the Pink Stuff. No matter how hard you fight against it, it will come at you like a rising tide of sickly-sweet cotton candy. One mother who was helpless against this plastic tsunami was JeongMee Yoon, who was inspired to start The Pink and Blue Project. It’s series [read more]

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    Halloween lollies: Now with Anti-Vaxx propaganda.

            NOPE. NOPE NOPE NOPE. The National Vaccine ‘Information’ Centre in the US has decided they’ll put helpful stickers on lollies being handed out for Halloween this year. Helpful stickers that ask people to rethink vaccinating their children. Because the kind of ‘information’ the National Vaccine ‘Information’ Centre dishes out is actually [read more]

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    Open Post: What’s on your mind?

        By KATE LEAVER. Hey lovely people, welcome to our weekly open post. You know the deal: I’m going to kick us off with a little something-something that’s on my mind and then it’s over to you. How often does your mind wander back to somewhere special you’ve been on holiday – just for [read more]

  • lara bingle photoshop

    We know they’re not Lara Bingle’s legs. But easily-influenced teenage girls don’t…

        “God, she’s perfect.”  “Thanks for the Monday motivation amazing woman.”  “Workout motivation.”  “Inspired! I did double sessions today. And just smashed chicken and salad for dinner.”  “Oh she’s just gloriously stunning.”  These are just some of the comments left on one of the most recent photos Australian model Lara Bingle posted to her Instagram account, @MsLBingle. Here’s the pic: [read more]

  • dan-savage-gay marriage

    ‘Karen and Nelda are about as threatening to the institution of marriage as throwing a cupcake at it might be.’

              Over the weekend Opposition Leader Bill Shorten expressed his support for marriage equality at the Australian Christian Lobby conference. “When I see people hiding behind the bible to insult and demonise people on the basis of who they love, I cannot stay silent, I do not agree,” he said. “Whatever our religious [read more]

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    19 times the world fell in love with Taylor Swift.

            Taylor Swift is a lot more fun since she’s stopped trying to please everyone. Earlier this year, she was all sunshine and fairy floss. She didn’t believe that sexism existed, she wore her broken heart on her sleeve, and she was generally described as ‘annoying’ or ‘boring’. NOT ANYMORE. Now, she’s not just the [read more]

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    “Did you cringe when I sat next to you on a plane with my kids? There’s something I need to tell you.”

    By ALISSA WARREN To everyone who has ever been on a plane with children who do not belong to them, I’d like to say, “Thank you”. Because today I feel very sorry for a couple who were booted from a plane flying from the Dominican Republic to Missouri after their son lost the plot at take-off. [read more]

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    You’ve seen a lot of glamorous pregnancy shoots. But you’ve never seen them like this.

        By MAMAMIA TEAM. We’ve all seen the usual pregnancy photographs mothers share. Glowing, intimate, hand on bump. But here’s a trend that we’re hoping catches on. Because it’s a bit different, a bit out there, a big soggy. Basically, pregnant women, some with their partners, pose – in the pool. Florida-based underwater photographer, Adam Opris, has been [read more]

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    Robbie Williams just live tweeted his wife’s birth.

              How would you feel about your birth being documented, push-by-push, on Twitter? And Instagram? Oh, and YouTube? If you’re Robbie Williams’ wife Ayda, you’re probably pretty fine with it. Because Robbie is all about Entertaining You. But when the MM Team were watching these videos in our morning meeting (yes, working here [read more]

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    “I’m deaf, I’m happy, and I don’t need to be ‘fixed’.”

          By GEMMA GALEA When I was around 11 months old, my mother crept close to my cradle whilst I was sleeping and shouted. I did not move. She shouted again, closer. I slumbered on, blissfully unaware. My mother had just discovered I was profoundly deaf. At the age of three, I was [read more]

  • BREAT CANCER AWARENESS

    Why this phone call made me cry.

    By JACQUI HENDERSON A few weeks ago, I had this phone conversation with Tanya Jenkins, and it left me in tears. Tanya was diagnosed with breast cancer at just 36 years of age. The words “you have breast cancer” left Tanya feeling weak, vulnerable and scared. The only thing worse than hearing those words, she [read more]

  • Alissa Warren

    “Why my kids won’t be doing Halloween.”

          BY ALISSA WARREN. It’s pretty simple. This is where my problem begins. Halloween: An event held on October 31, celebrated by children going door to door while wearing costumes, begging for treats and playing pranks. What? Everyone’s okay with this? I truly think Halloween is the most bizarre, confusing and ridiculous festival. [read more]

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    You’re in bed. Your partner ‘slips.’

        By GEMMA ASKHAM It’s the stuff of relationship folklore (f**klore?). You’re naked, you’re getting it on, it’s going well, and then you feel a poke <there*>*clue: not your vagina. First thought: hmm, isn’t he a bit further south than usual?   So you do a little shuffle in order to redirect up the [read more]

  • Helping children buy a house

    “Yep, my parents helped me buy a house. Here’s why.”

    By JACQUELINE BRONSONS My boyfriend and I bought a house this year. When we first inspected it, I almost fell through the holes in the creaky old floorboards. The lime-coloured paint was peeling off the walls, there was a bug problem, and the sewerage system had given up months before (the smell alone probably put off most of [read more]

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    Carrie is the survivor of a paedophile ring. This is her story.

      Trigger warning: This post is about child sexual abuse and may cause distress for some readers. By GRACE JENNINGS-EDQUIST Carrie Bailee has survived some of the darkest, most brutal types of trauma imaginable – but now, she’s speaking out about the unspeakable. “Two photos from my fourth birthday, clearly not a particularly happy day – note [read more]

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    Voulez Vous: Art you carry in your pocket.

      Welcome to Mamamia’s art endeavour, the Voulez-Vous Project. Every week we celebrate emerging artists, designers, illustrators, creators and women who knit using their vaginas. (Kidding. Maybe.) Our aim: to help the internet become a slightly more beautiful, captivating, or thought-provoking place by making art accessible. To find out more about the Voulez-Vous project, click [read more]

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    Claudia, the British girl who beat brain cancer, has passed away.

              Four months ago, Claudia Burkill’s family announced that her terminal brain cancer was in remission and she was no longer classed as terminally ill. Their happy news was shared around the world But last night, only a few short months after celebrating a miracle, Claudia’s family announced that she had [read more]

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    Touched by cancer? Hope Lives in Relay For Life.

                By MICHELLE STUART, as told by AMY HUNT When Caroline Springs community member Michelle Stuart experienced the loss of two close family members last year, she was inspired to bring a special, overnight, community experience – Cancer Council’s Relay For Life – to her local community. “I have known [read more]

  • JK Rowling regrets

    Gwyneth Paltrow is dating again. And he’s from Glee.

              The good word is that Gwyneth Paltrow is back in the dating game. And the lucky guy is … American Horror Story producer, Brad Falchuk.  Gwyneth and Brad sitting in the tree, G-L-E-E-I-N-G   The two met on the set of Glee, which Falchuk also produces and Gwyneth has guest starred in. A [read more]