• Sex-Worker3

    Yes, she agreed to have sex with him. But that doesn’t mean he’s innocent of rape.

            By NINA FUNNELL Earlier today in the ACT Supreme Court, a 51-year-old man pleaded guilty to one count of sexual intercourse without consent. His plea came after having sex with a sex-worker in the knowledge that she was not giving full and informed consent at the time. Why? Because she only gave [read more]

  • double mastectomy

    Look: The breathtaking beauty and bravery of a double mastectomy.

      Barbie Ritzco lived her life with courage and with a passion for helping women cope with the effects of breast cancer. Sadly, that life ended last month.  Before her death, her close friend and Flat & Fabulous Facebook support group co-founder Sara Bartosiewicz-Hamilton wrote this moving piece about their experiences with breast cancer and their determination to empower  women living with double [read more]

  • gavinfernando

    “I’m a recovering Grade A Instagram-addicted wanker”.

          Hello. My name is @gavinfernando, and I am a recovering Gram-a-holic. Instagram is like a disease. A vile virus that causes chaos and destruction, leaving naught but a misleading self-portrait, aesthetically-pleasing brunch salad and $3000 Prada bag in its relentless path. It’s the same as any fateful addiction. First you oppose it [read more]

  • going-without-sex

    The 7 ways a sex-drought saved my marriage.

                  By SUZANNE JANNESE for YourTango.com. Why does everyone pretend they’re having great sex all the time? The greatest marriage taboo seems to be admitting you can be happily married, but not swinging from the metaphorical chandeliers each night. As anyone with small kids knows, sleep is the biggest seducer [read more]

  • sarah-wilson-IQS

    OPINION: Sarah Wilson says she knows why women get sick. And she’s wrong.

              BY AMY STOCKWELL Sarah Wilson has written a story today about why women get sick. As a health coach and media personality, she says she knows why women experience chronic illness. It’s not genetics. It’s not risk factors like smoking or obesity. It’s not your environment. It’s not even sugar. It’s [read more]

  • "I can feel you in there."

    “I’m 33 and childless: what should I do?”

        By SHELLEY CLARK I recently read a piece written for New York Magazine regarding famous women who have not had children and had been quoted as to their thoughts on childlessness. This article was meant to be empowering, especially to the women of the world who have not had children either by choice [read more]

  • texting

    His best friend told him he was gay. The response was perfect.

            By MATILDA RUDD Twitter user @paleveil posted an amazing conversation her 13-year-old brother had with his best friend to Twitter. She wrote, “this convo between my brother and his best friend just warms my heart so much. And they’re only 13.” You see, @paleveil’s brother is gay. He hasn’t admitted it to [read more]

  • TRACEY

    Tracey Spicer’s armpit hair might start a revolution.

            This week on the Mamamia OutLoud podcast… Topic #1: Tracey Spicer’s armpit hair Newsreader Tracey Spicer talks about why she decided to take her make-up and clothes off in front of 1 million people on the internet (check out her amazing Ted Talk) and how the world treats her now she [read more]

  • school chaplains

    Why is this happening in public schools in 2014?

          By KATHERINE MAY. As a parent you want to protect your child, wrap them up and keep them safe, shelter them from the storms that lie ahead. I have a four year old and at the moment I am lucky enough that he talks to me about his problems, his fears and [read more]

  • voulez-vous

    The Voulez-Vous Project: “I am greedy for colour”.

    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 here. Click [read more]

  • Ladies jeans

    “My bum is not the problem. These jeans are just a bad shape.”

              By ANNA JAMES I really wish my girlfriends would stop telling me that I’m fat. I don’t know about these jeans.  I grumbled to a girlfriend over the weekend, examining my rear in a garishly lit store changeroom.  Apparently my predicament could be solved by a diet based on a [read more]

  • international adoption positives

    OPINION: Children in orphanages need overseas adoption.

          By SARAH SALMON As an adoptive mother, I would like to respond to Amy Stockwell’s November 17 article, “You can’t change poverty one adoption at a time”, in order to portray another side of the story, to highlight the constructive things adoptive parents are doing for their children, so as not to [read more]

  • womanwithupad

    If your friend is receiving abusive texts, show her this.

          Trigger warning: This post deals with domestic violence and suicide, and may be triggering for some readers. Imagine a man messaged his girlfriend a list of reasons why she was “not worthy.” Imagine that 34-item list accused her of having a “fat gut”, a “loose” vagina and “bad breath”, accused her of “hating [read more]

  • types of wedding photography

    “Ending my fairytale marriage was the best thing I ever did.”

    By CRIS GLADLY for YourTango.com We started dating two days after we graduated from high school. We each had a handful of high school relationships before that. His were pretty innocent, mine were fairly traumatic. But still, it was high school, how serious could any of it have really been? Sexually, we both were each other’s [read more]

  • awkwardhug2

    The 7 rules of hugging, according to non-huggers.

                By GRACE JENNINGS-EDQUIST Here’s a confession that’s not going to win me any friends: I don’t care for hugging. It’s not that I’m not into affection, friends or feelings. I’m an extrovert with a fondness for sprawling my legs over whoever has the misfortune of sitting next to me on the [read more]

  • marry for your career

    Ambitious men and women want the same thing. But women probably won’t get it.

      By ALYX GORMAN Ambitious men and women want more or less the same thing. But it seems that if you are a woman,you won’t get what you want – unless you are prepared to “marry down”. A survey of Harvard Business School MBA graduates (just about the most ambitious people in the world) found that men [read more]

  • raising boys 1

    Heartbreaking: 9 y/o boys list what they don’t like about being male.

      By ALEXIS CAREY This list of things a group of nine-year-old boys dislike about being male will make the inside of throat tense up and turn the corners of your lips decidedly down. The list, which was created during a workshop held by White Ribbon community engagement manager Jeff Perera, clearly shows the range [read more]

  • Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 11.21.49 AM copy

    The real reason Ryan Gosling wasn’t named “Sexiest Man Alive.”

            It’s truly baffling to any male-attracted adult that actor Ryan Gosling, 34, deserves to have a trophy with a plaque reading ‘sexiest’ on his mantlepiece. He’s a man. He’s impossibly attractive. There are sexy feminist memes about him all over the internet. As the protagonist in Crazy Stupid Love yelled in response to [read more]

  • Diary of the Dying mamamia

    “Cancer may take my life, but it can’t take my friends.”

              By ANA FERGUSON Ana Ferguson is 44 years old. She’s got 4 kids. And she’s dying. She has stage four breast cancer, and she doesn’t know how long she’s got left on this planet. So, we’re bringing you Diary of the Dying. A place where Ana will share her fears, her days, and her [read more]

  • small voices big dreams

    These children may have small voices but they have big dreams.

      One in three of the world’s children say children’s rights to protection are still not being met. That’s according to the Small Voices Big Dreams survey – one of the largest global polls of children’s views in the world. Nanda, Timor-Leste Marking the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the [read more]

  • The Snow Camo.

    “This is what I did with my ex-wife’s wedding dress.”

      By KEVIN COTTER One year ago, my book, 101 Uses For My Ex-Wife’s Wedding Dress, was published. It is a combination of photographs of odd uses for a wedding dress and my story of getting through a really challenging time in my life. I got the idea to start a blog when I inherited my ex-wife’s [read more]

  • sampic

    ‘”You have to be that perfect, happy mother. The reality is, it’s not always like that.”

            By GRACE JENNINGS-EDQUIST You’ll remember Samira El Khafir as the 2013 MasterChef finalist with the infectious laughter. She’s also the proud owner of Melbourne’s Modern Middle Eastern Cafe and the mother of Nada, four, and Mariam, who Samira tells me is “three going on five”. But Samira’s open smile belies a tumultuous struggle [read more]

  • caitlinkelly

    If we talked about other crimes the way we talk about rape.

            By KATE LEAVER Sometimes, all it takes is an eloquent American girl in a beanie and seven perfect tweets to make a complex issue, simple. Here’s New Yorker web editor Caitlin Kelly just casually demonstrating everything that’s wrong with the way we speak about rape. Let’s call this series of tweets, “If Everyone Spoke [read more]

  • dinner party conversation

    8 conversations you should never have at a dinner party.

              By HELEN VNUK It used to be said that sex, politics and religion were the three topics that should never be discussed in polite company. Nowadays, it’s a little more complicated – there are now a LOT of topics that can lead to shouting matches or awkward silences. To help [read more]

  • Cosby with duck

    Reporter asks rape accusor: “But why didn’t you bite him?”

              Trigger warning: this post discusses rape and violence against women and may be upsetting for some readers. Yes, forcing a woman to perform oral sex  is rape. No, someone can’t consent when they are drugged or drunk. And yet it seems some people are still not clear on this. Fifteen [read more]

  • saveimage5

    Barbie doesn’t look like Barbie anymore. She looks like us.

              Barbie‘s had a makeover — and we reckon it’s a major improvement. Earlier this year US designer Nickolay Lamm created a “normal” barbie, which has the proportions of an average 19-year-old woman. Now he’s created some excellent new features for the “Lammily” dolls: a series of stickers including cellulite, tattoos [read more]

  • kate middleton baby bump

    Kate Middleton shows more than a hint of baby bump at charity event.

      Kate Middleton, 32, was showing more than a hint of a baby bump as she welcomed guests to a charity event at Kensington Palace yesterday. The Duchess of Cambridge, who is four months pregnant, looked chic as she greeted visitors from Place2Be, which is a children’s mental-health charity group. She wore a sheer peplum [read more]

  • hot rowers get naked to support gay guys

    First it was rowers, now hockey players are getting naked to fight homophobia.

    UPDATE: The bums are back. First, it was a group of hot naked rowers that were standing up for gay rights. Now, it’s hockey players. A male hockey team from the University of Nottingham in the UK have stripped off and said no to homophobia in a beautiful, grassy, slightly muddy kind of way. The [read more]

  • abc budget cuts

    Coming soon: Pyjama-less Bananas. 3 Corners. And Continental News Breakfast.

              Will the Bananas even be able to afford pyjamas without $254 million? Will Doctor Who become a mere Mr Who if he can’t afford to pays his medical degree HECS debt? Forget the full hot 3 hour long buffet, because Virgina Trioli and Michael Roland will only be with you for Continental [read more]

  • do it in a dress

    One Girl is leading a social movement, and she’s doing it in a dress.

                  By CHANTELLE BAXTER. “I’ve been on the streets for two days. I’m desperate. I need $40 to pay for my school fees – can you help me?” It was in that moment that a movement began. A movement that would spread across the globe and inspire thousands of [read more]