• Jamila Rizvi Kevin Rudd

    Mamamia’s Jamila Rizvi on what it was like to work for Kevin Rudd.

      Before Jamila Rizvi worked at Mamamia, she worked for the Prime Minister. Over the course of a year, she worked as a Media Assistant while he led our country as Prime Minister. Jamila recently sat down with Show and Tell’s Monty Dimond to talk about what it was really like to work with Australia’s 26th Prime Minister [read more]

  • theglow

    Open Post: We have some exciting news…

          Hey there MMers, it’s been a long time between drinks since I hosted Open Post but that’s not because I don’t love you (I do! I do!), I’ve been busy working on a secret squirrel side project. And today, I can finally share the news with you. Drumroll please… Consider this a [read more]

  • An Australian woman will testify against Rolf Harris this week

    Wednesday’s news in under 5 minutes.

    BREAKING: 37-year-old woman has been sentenced to 10 months in a Bali jail 37-year-old New Zealand woman Leeza Ormsby has been sentenced to 10 months in a Bali jail after being caught with a half-smoked joint of hashish, weighing 0.3 grams, in her handbag. Ormsby, who lived in the Sydney suburb of Paddington was sentenced [read more]

  • Rebecca Sparrow.

    Bec: Does this admission really make me weird?

      I’m a freak, apparently. On a road trip on the weekend, I confessed to something that nearly caused my friend to swerve off the road and crash the car we were in. So what did I say? Are you ready? You may want to be sitting down. No seriously, I’ll wait. Okay. Here goes [read more]

  • Turia Pitt instagram

    There’s only one woman left on Instagram worth following. (And it’s not this one).

        Is it just me, or is everyone sick of seeing so many perfect bodies, photos of sunsets, and faux inspirational quotes? You log onto Instagram, and your feed is filled with photos like this:   And this:   And this: And you’re so overwhelmed by superficiality, you’re thinking of logging off social media altogether. [read more]

  • things that have changed in the last 20 years

    7 ways being a teen has changed in the last 20 years.

        25 years ago (or so) I was a teenager. It was a time of complex cultural issues (my parents wouldn’t let me watch Dirty Dancing with my friends) and even more complex clothing (I was still rocking the ruffle skirt two years after the fad had passed). My daughter, aged 11, is on [read more]

  • sarah monohan 1

    News: Hey Dad! victim Sarah Monahan speaks out about Rolf Harris.

      Former Hey Dad! star and child abuse victim, Sarah Monaghan has congratulated the women who came forward to testify against Rolf Harris. Overnight, 84-year-old Harris was found guilty on 12 charges relating to indecent assault. Writing a journal entry on her website, Sarah said: “We teach these people that they are above the law. Nobody tells [read more]

  • Scott Rush engaged

    The Bali 9′s Scott Rush is serving a life sentence. And now his fiancée is too.

      It would be easy to call Nikki Butler crazy. She did just agree to marry convicted heroin smuggler Scott Rush, and they plan to get married in the Balinese jail where he’s living out his life sentence.  For those of us on the outside, saying ‘yes’ to a man who gets down on one knee and has to reach between bars to [read more]

  • todd carney lewd photo

    “Why I’m happy Todd Carney did a wee into his own mouth”.

      If you feel like urinating into your mouth at any point today, please, feel free. Go ahead. Wee away … NRL player Todd Carney did and he’s now living with the blanket media coverage consequences of his party trick. Yesterday a photo of Carney, 28, star footballer for the Cronulla Sharks urinating into his own mouth [read more]

  • sex

    Is the ‘hook up culture’ a backwards step for feminism?

    Casual sex. Just about everyone who is single is doing it. And for teenage girls and 20-something women, it appears to be the new normal. Tinder hook-ups and one-night-stands are part of everyday vocabulary. So why has the debate about casual sex and whether it’s good for women suddenly been re-opened today? It began with a bold [read more]

  • like a girl campaign

    The 3 word phrase we all need to stop telling our girls.

      At what point did doing something “like a girl” become an insult? That’s the question being posed in a new viral ad campaign, urging people to think deeply about the effects those three words can have on impressionable teenage girls. A sample of girls, spanning from pre pubescent to older adolescents, were asked to reenact what it [read more]

  • suitcase

    Every week in Australia 40,000 children face an impossible situation.

        Every second Saturday Chloe hides. She knows what is coming and she doesn’t like it. She hides and she cries. Small tears of resignation, of defeat. She knows what’s coming, she accepts it. Her older brother Ben holds her hand and they say goodbye to their mum for 24 whole hours when they go to sleep [read more]

  • I'm sorry for staring

    “I saw the tears spill onto the crumpled ultrasound photo in your lap.”

              I’m sorry for staring at you in the grocery store this afternoon. I didn’t mean to make you uncomfortable while you were scanning your cereal and diapers and orange juice at the self-checkout. You were just so beautiful, with your impossibly long legs and flat stomach, and clothes without stains. [read more]

  • meg-ryan orgasm

    The only thing we talked about 10 years ago, is the thing no one talks about today.

          When Harry met Sally all those years ago, one fake orgasm in a New York deli was all it took to start the world talking about sex. Then came Carrie Bradshaw and not only were we talking about sex, it was the only thing filling every conversation. I remember watching that last [read more]

  • Olivia Palermo wedding photos

    FLUFF: The bride wore A JUMPER and still looked stunning.

          Olivia Palermo just set herself a wedding fashion challenge, and smashed it. The STU-NNING 28-year-old reality TV star / style goddess got married over the weekend to her beloved, German model Johannes Huebl. And she wore a jumper. A jumper! A bridal jumper. Here they are, picture-perfect couple with picture-perfect faces in picture-perfect [read more]

  • World Cup England team loses

    The chilling connection between sporting victories and abuse.

      These are the faces of a sweet English soccer fans. Hopeful and bright at the start of a match. Mildly disappointed when his team lose at the end.   This is the face of an English woman. Scared and worried at the start of a match. The victim of domestic abuse when her husband’s [read more]

  • carmen solace

    These photos will make you wonder why we ever invented digital cameras.

      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.) The aim: to make the internet a slightly more beautiful, captivating, or thought-provoking place. To find out more about the Voulez-Vous project, click here. This week’s featured artist on the Voulez-Vous [read more]

  • sponsor a child

    How could two little girls with the same age and the same name have such different lives?

          When I was seven, there was a little girl my age on the other side of the world who intrigued me. She had my name, you see. Seven-year-old Grace from Kenya had been born in the same year as me, to a mother who – just like mine – saw something poetic [read more]

  • Hunter, Kate

    “Just like JLo, my diet preferences determine how the family eats.”

            Would you believe it? Jennifer Lopez and I have more in common than a gift for latin dancing –  we both expect our kids to eat the same way as we do. But to different degrees. JLo’s six year old twins Emme and Max are, like her, on a vegan diet. My [read more]

  • Sportsbet betting on autopsies

    So we’re betting on autopsies now? We’re betting on celebrity autopsies now.

                    Michael Jackson would sad-moonwalk in his grave if he knew that Australians were now betting on the outcome of his autopsy. As in gambling money on the cause of his death. And not just his, but his good friend Whitney Houston‘s too. And Anna Nicole Smith because why [read more]

  • Disney Princess sexual assault

    Powerful new campaign shows Disney princesses as victims of incest.

      Trigger warning: This post is about child sexual abuse and may cause distress for some readers. All of us remember the moment Jasmine kissed Aladdin on the magic carpet. But what if she’d kissed her dad instead? Artist Saint Hoax, has used some of the world’s most beloved Disney Princesses to call attention to victims [read more]

  • Elliot Rodger father

    The father of Elliott Roger has finally spoken out.

        Peter Rodger, the father of Californian mass-murderer Elliot Rodger, has spoken with Barbara Walters in an exclusive interview following the aftermath of his son’s mass shooting. Rodger, a Hollywood film director who worked on the Hunger Games, sat down with Walters to describe the “reverse nightmare” he had been living following the massacre committed by his 22-year-old [read more]

  • Unrequited

    Best and Worst: Tell us how your week’s been.

        All right, people. I’m back. I can’ t remember the last time I was handed the reigns for Best and Worst. I think Julia Gillard was the Prime Minister and I’d just started watching Breaking Bad (before giving up in season two …because yo, there’s only so many times that I can watch [read more]

  • the most expensive movie ever made

    And the most expensive movie ever made is …

        It wasn’t Harry Potter and it wasn’t Avatar. But it was equally as spectacular. The most expensive movie ever made? Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End costing a total of $369 million. The third instalment in the Pirates franchise was directed by Gore Verbiniski, reunited the magical cast; Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom [read more]

  • mia freedman

    MIA: In the rush to be outraged over everything, we dilute what’s truly shocking.

    Yesterday, Australian writer Sarrah Le Marquand did a terrible thing. Unforgivable, it was. She wrote a column about the recent spate of flare-ups in restaurants and cafes between customers with kids vs customers without. But it wasn’t the subject matter that provoked outrage, it was her use of one word. She wrote: Once a word [read more]

  • Charlotte Dawson Baclofen

    “The truth about Charlotte Dawson’s death.”

        Charlotte Dawson may have been taking a black-market prescription drug in the lead up to her tragic death by suicide. As Caroline Overington at the Australian Women’s Weekly reports, friends and family of the late, beautiful Charlotte knew she was on the drug Baclofen. Balcofen is used for multiple sclerosis but like so [read more]

  • Transexual woman Ava Masania, who was rumoured to have had an affair with Casper Smart. Smart denies the claims.

    “If a straight man cheats with a trans woman, does that mean he’s ‘really’ gay?”

          Earlier this month, rumours were swirling that Jennifer Lopez’ boyfriend Casper Smart  had romanced two transexual women. More recently, reports have surfaced that Hank Baskett, husband of former Playboy playmate Kendra Wilkinson, allegedly cheated on Kendra with a transsexual woman. At the same time, there are some pretty amazing trans public figures making headlines [read more]

  • victoria

    In defence of the grandmother who made up the KFC hoax.

            Imagine this. Your beautiful three-year-old daughter is playing quietly in the living room. You step away briefly. In the 90 seconds that you’re out of the room, three vicious pitbulls make their way into the house. They knock her down and drag her to the backyard. They begin mauling her. By [read more]

  • Turia Pitt Australian Women's Weekly

    In an industry that retouches even supermodels, this cover deserves a round of applause.

      You’re about to see the most striking, important photograph to appear on the front cover of an Australian magazine. Ever. Well done, Australian Women’s Weekly, for putting Turia Pitt on the cover of your July issue. It’s an image – and a decision – that’s made us feel unexpectedly emotional. Turia Pitt is brave, [read more]

  • Turia Pitt magazine cover

    FLUFF: When magazine covers make history.

                The Australian Women’s Weekly just put Turia Pitt on the cover of their July issue. And it’s nothing short of incredible. It was a great moment not just for AWW, but for the entire magazine industry. In a world where retouching is compulsory and Kardashians are everywhere, this magazine cover is brave, bold, and different. [read more]