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    The 17 Australian school girls who shaved their heads on national TV.

    Share  This morning, something incredible happened. A group of 17 schoolgirls from Cheltenham Girls High School, in Sydney’s northern suburbs, appeared on Channel Nine’s Mornings program to have their heads shaved live on television, as part of The Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave. Check it out: If you can’t watch the video, here’s how it [read more]

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    10 questions every woman should ask her mother (before it’s too late).

          The night mum died was both surreal and yet, perfectly expected. I’m not really sure that can make sense unless you’ve watched someone actually stop being, right there in front of you. It’s both terrifying and also an unbelievable privilege. My mum died of cancer. It took hold of her suddenly, savagely and left us without her [read more]

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    Clean-eating is out of control. It is time for us to hit the smug ones where it hurts.

          This one goes out to the friends and families of clean-eaters. Those noble, patient souls who must endure the broccoli-flavoured smugness of their loved ones. Hang in there, tolerant ones. We can get through this #cleaneating, vegan, gluten-free for the sake of it, I Quit Sugar phase together – one magnificent full-fat [read more]

  • Ayesha, an artist and model for the Anti Agency

    Are you an “anti-model” if you’re still cool, thin and beautiful?

      Calling yourself an anti-agency might seem like a pretty bold claim in the modeling world; but it’s working out okay so far for the London based Anti Agency. Anti Agency are a talent management firm “for people who could’ve been models and decided not to, for people who are too cool to be models [read more]

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    Open Post: What’s happening in your world?

            Friends! Welcome to Open Post. If you haven’t been here before, it’s a little weekly tradition where we all catch up and share what’s been going on in our lives – the good, the bad, and the “wow, I reaaally need advice on this one”. So go grab yourself a hot drink [read more]

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    22 problems only small-boobed women will understand.

        Recently at Mamamia, we brought you the 34 things that only women with big boobs can understand. The post sparked a massive debate online and in the MM office about who has it easier – those on the smaller side or those in the more ample camp. If you’re in the more, erm, [read more]

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    Anyone else think this whole “sex sells” thing is getting out of hand?

          I was driving in my non-sexual car, listening to a non-sexual radio station. An advert between songs began. The woman in the ad said excitedly, “I bought a Jeep”. Her excitement at her own statement grew. “I bought a JEEP”. Once again, her excitement grew, and began to take on a sexual [read more]

  • dear-future-mum

    15 kids with Down syndrome tell a mum what to expect from her baby.

        Coor Down, an Italy-based Down syndrome advocacy group, received the following letter from an expectant mother: “I’m expecting a baby. I’ve discovered he has Down syndrome. I’m scared: what kind of life will my child have?” In an awesome move, Coor Down decided to go straight to the source to get the future [read more]

  • Kristin Cavallari vaccination

    You won’t believe what this Playboy model is suing for.

              Riddle me this. Why do two reality TV stars have more influence than all the scientists of the world combined when it comes to the benefits of vaccination? Because morons have bigger megaphones, that’s why. Jenny McCarthy, 41, panellist on The View, has been campaigning against vaccination; therefore SCIENCE, for [read more]

  • Em Rusciano show and tell

    Em Rusciano talks life, love and moving in with her parents at the age of 34.

        It doesn’t matter if she’s talking about her separation from her husband, having a baby at 21 years old, or falling in love. Em Rusciano is completely engaging and incredibly entertaining to watch. There’s no hiding the fact that we’re big fans of Em (you can read some of her fabulous posts here, [read more]

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    JAM: “I got spat on last week.”

                There’s not really a nice way to say it… but I got spat on this week. Writing that down prompts a reflex nose twitch. An involuntary shudder. And a growing sense of embarrassment that starts in my stomach and spreads rapidly upwards through my chest before revealing itself physically [read more]

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    This mother hated the gifts she received at her baby shower. So she asked for better presents.

            We’re filing this one under ‘crazy baby shower letters that are going seriously viral’ (and yes, you could pretty much devote an entire filing cabinet to this subject). A reader of the US parenting website Mommyish, recently forwarded a letter that she’d received after not being able to attend their baby [read more]

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    Magda Szubanski: ‘Calorie amnesia made me put on weight.’

              The always hilarious Magda Szubanski is back on our television screens – but not in a new acting role. Instead, she has been appearing in ads, television spots and radio segments to endorse her new contract with Jenny Craig. And this time, it’s a contract she’s signed to save her life. [read more]

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    Shocker, Hero and Whinger of the week.

    Welcome to Shocker, Hero and Whinger of the Week. Here’s how it works: Each week, we pick the biggest Shocker, Hero and Whinger from the last seven days. Shocker is whatever moment or person left our jaws on the floor. Hero is whoever won the week by being awesome. And whinger? Well, that’s pretty much [read more]

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    3 tips for control freaks and incessant worriers.

              Despite the fact I’ve never heard of a hot water system randomly exploding and injuring anyone… I will not let my baby crawl around near ours while I’m hanging clothes on the line. Similarly, despite the fact that I’ve never heard of a car spontaneously combusting while being filled with [read more]

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    Introducing Mamamia’s Voulez-Vous Project: Making the internet a little more beautiful.

              Welcome to Mamamia’s new art endeavour, the Voulez-Vous Project. It’s the latest brainchild of our Editor-in-Chief Jamila Rizvi and is being made possible by writer and passionate supporter of the arts, Melissa Wellham. And we’re more than a little excited about it. Too often the internet and social media are [read more]

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    If World War I was a bar fight it’d look something like this…

              Hands up if you’ve ever felt guilty about not understanding quite as much world history as you think you should? You’re so not alone. Honestly, half the educated, employed women we know couldn’t tell exactly who was in World War I- or what exactly started it. If you’re in that [read more]

  • Jennifer Aniston Cameron Diaz

    The insulting implication of every media story, is that these women are failures.

            How do you solve a problem like Cameron Diaz? Or Jennifer Aniston? Or Renee Zellweger? Or Kylie Minogue? Or any of the other female celebrities who remain awkwardly unmarried and childless after the age of 40? Because they’re making everyone confused and uncomfortable, especially in Hollywood. How are we meant to [read more]

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    ‘Froth and fodder’: The new world of beer and food matching.

              The art of pairing beer and food, or ‘beer gastronomy’ has been well and truly discovered by those within the growing craft beer bubble. It’s great to see it now making its into way to the mainstream! Whilst most of us can recite the “red wine – red meat, white [read more]

  • Lion EP 2

    Three women, a gay comedian, a dad and a male heartthrob walk into a pub…

      We have all been there at some point in our life. Stuck in the job from hell. Whether it is wearing a degrading uniform, not being allowed to be you or having the world’s worst colleagues. If life gives you lemons (synonym for worst jobs), do you make lemonade or chuck out the lemons, pull the [read more]

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    Best and Worst: How’s your week been?

            For those loyal Best and Worst readers who have had trouble finding this post lately, our deep apologies. The editorial team will do our best to keep the post on the homepage for a full 24 hours from now on. To those who are new to the game: Welcome, welcome, welcome. [read more]

  • Daniel Morcombe legacy

    Keeping our children safe. That must be Daniel Morcombe’s legacy.

    Daniel Morcombe’s parents Bruce and Denise have shown the most incredible courage and resilience through this hellish ordeal, and their bravery continues. They’re the first people to say they want Daniel to have a legacy. His legacy must be that our families are safer and the people we love can live their lives without constant [read more]

  • ban bossy

    If you don’t let women be bossy – society will miss out.

            Marginalise women and the inevitable result is that society misses out on social capital. Facebook COO’s Sheryl Sandberg and Girl Scouts of the USA’s CEO Anna Maria Chávez recognised this in their Wall Street Journal article on the #banbossy campaign raising awareness of how gendered use of language discourages girls to lead: “When [read more]

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    “To the fatty running on the Westview track this afternoon.”

    Is it condescending to congratulate an overweight person for exercising? That’s the question of the moment, after someone posted an anonymous letter on Reddit titled ‘To the fatty running on the Westview track this afternoon’. The ‘fatty’ in question then saw the letter, and responded. It all started when someone on their afternoon jog was [read more]

  • Charlie Pickering replacement

    Who will replace Charlie Pickering on The Project?

            Charlie Pickering just announced he’s leaving The Project after five years as the show’s original smart funny-man. He’ll be a father later in the year and he’s chasing some other professional adventures. Network Ten execs are left reeling after the news, having just lost Dave Hughes from the panel too. Carrie [read more]

  • Woman outdoors looking away

    “It can be sad, devastating, and ruin lives. I’ve seen it happen.”

              Gambling. Such a hard one. It can be fun – part of being an Aussie, some would say. Whether it’s a $5 sweep on the Melbourne Cup, a $10 tipple on Two Up on Anzac Day or a $20 scratchie ticket every few weeks. But it can also be sad. [read more]

  • ban bossy

    For every woman who was ever called ‘bossy’ as a child.

              At primary school, I was the bossy girl. I was the one who announced what game we would be playing at lunchtime, instructed my fellow pupils on how to improve their colouring in efforts and always thrust my hand into the air first when the teacher was allocating class responsibilities. [read more]

  • "Today my heart broke a little bit..."

    How to avoid saying the wrong thing when someone you love is hurting.

              Suffering through a personal crisis, of any kind – whether health related, financial, legal or romantic – can be extremely difficult. But for many people, navigating through someone else’s personal crisis can be just as hard. You don’t know what you should say, or what you shouldn’t say. You don’t [read more]

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    AIDS campaign encourages men to wear condoms by implying women are sluts.

    Okay, so Tinder – the ridiculously popular dating app -  recently tried to use its world-wide reach for good (other than finding singles love and/or sexy times). They launched a campaign, created by the AIDS Task Force, which tries to spread AIDS awareness by recommending daters use condoms:   Good idea, right? In theory, yes. [read more]

  • MA in flight

    YOU CAN HELP: Experts start crowdsourcing to find missing Malaysia Airlines plane.

    If you’re anything like us, then you cannot get the missing Malaysia Airways plane – the 239 passengers on board and their devastated families – out of your head. You feel helpless and a bit desperate, reading every fact and conspiracy theory you can. You wish you could do something to help. Well now? You [read more]