• everyday sexism 4

    60,000 people have shared their stories of everyday sexism. What’s yours?

              When Laura Bates created the Everyday Sexism project – an online space where women could call out everything from the casual sexism they experienced in their day-to-day lives to more extreme instances of violence against women – she didn’t know whether anyone else would be listening. But 60,000 entries to [read more]

  • caitlin platt 10

    12 images of perfectly controlled randomness.

        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 is Wollongong [read more]

  • Have a penis? That'll be 10 cents extra.

    What your coffee order says about you.

      People order some really, really stupid drinks at cafes. We’ve all been guilty of it and we’ve all been witness to it. The abundance of hipster cafes across Sydney alone is enough encouragement for anyone to branch further and further away from a normal coffee. In a quest to define ourselves through meaningless and trivial data [read more]

  • jordan rice died in the qld floods

    “Take my brother first” were his final words. Let’s get Jordan the Cross of Valour.

          Of all the heart-wrenching stories that emerged from the 2011 Queensland flood disaster, the incredible bravery of Jordan Rice is perhaps the one none of us will forget. Jordan was just 13 years old, and about to start high school, when a deadly flash flood tore through the centre of Toowoomba in January 2011. Rescuers [read more]

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    Korean woman has surgery to look like her idol, Miranda Kerr.

    A young Korean woman has gone to extreme lengths to transform herself into one of Australia’s most famous supermodels. While the rest of us sit idly by and simply admire how beautiful Miranda Kerr is, Hong Yuh Reum decided that that just wasn’t good enough. Hong has resorted to plastic surgery to change her eyes [read more]

  • Turia Pitt magazine cover

    Finally. Justice for burn victim and ultra-marathon runner, Turia Pitt.

                    It’s been nearly three years since Turia Pitt was trapped by a grassfire during an ultra-marathon in WA’s Kimberley region. And yesterday she received justice for the burns she received to 64 per cent of her body, when organisers left her and fellow competitor Kate Sanderson for [read more]

  • rachel-finch-smoker

    New anti-smoking campaign labelled as sexist… but we suspect it will work.

        We all know smoking causes cancer. We all know smoking causes emphysema. We all know smoking increases your chance of having a stroke, seriously harms your unborn child and is just generally a really terrible idea. And yet… there are still smokers. And a whole lot of them. Normally fear and common sense [read more]

  • best and worst

    Best and Worst: How has your week been?

      Hey MM-ers! Welcome to Best and Worst; where we all get together and talk about our week. The highs, the lows and everything in between. So take a seat, rejoice in the fact Friday has dawned upon us once more and get started. As a wise woman once said, “Friday, Friday, gotta get down [read more]

  • Garden Party Celebration For Dr. Maya Angelou's 82nd Birthday

    13 Maya Angelou quotes to remember her by.

    Celebrated poet and US civil rights activist Maya Angelou has passed away at age 86. Angelou, one of America’s leading literary voices, died at her North Carolina home on Wednesday morning. “She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being,” her son Guy Johnson said in a statement. “She was a warrior for equality, [read more]

  • LadyFluffington

    Bereavement leave when a pet dies. Do you say “absolutely” or “harden up”?

        Should Australian workers be able to take bereavement leave when a pet dies? Rio Tinto boss Phil Edmands says no. He’s rejected the proposal from unions that mining workers should have more paid leave, including bereavement leave for when a pet dies. When you talk about this topic — which everyone is — you [read more]

  • Facepalm_girl

    Is this PETA’s worst campaign yet?

          So it seems horribly objectifying women for no good reason wasn’t enough. Now PETA are preying on people’s paranoia about autism in an attempt to get them to adhere to a vegan diet. See? There’s so much wrong with this ad I barely know where to start. First of all, like all the [read more]

  • pregnant pakistani woman stoned to death 1

    Her family beat her with sticks and hurled bricks at her head.

                Yesterday, a 25-year-old pregnant woman was murdered by her own family. Farzana Iqbal was standing outside Pakistan’s High Court in the eastern city of Lahore, when she was attacked by a group of 12 men. Farzana was beaten with sticks and had bricks hurled at her head by the [read more]

  • people on bus

    The 11 people to avoid on public transport.

    As someone who has travelled on public transport pretty much daily for the past decade, I’ve had a lot of time to observe commuters. And without doubt, these are the 11 types I always, ALWAYS, try to avoid. Value your sanity? You’ll do the same. 1. The sniffer. This person ALWAYS has a cold, but never [read more]

  • brayden1

    Photos of 5 y/o Brayden’s funeral will make you smile and cry.

            Brayden Denton only lived to be five-years-old but in his short life he found something he truly loved: superheroes. Brayden dressed up as Superman when he attended the Superman movie. He had all the Spiderman toys. He’d watched all the Ironmans with his beloved uncle, Cory Denton. He was delighted to receive a [read more]

  • thigh gap

    Join these scientists on a journey to uncovering the mystery of the ‘thigh gap.’

      The thigh gap made its unwanted appearance around 2013, and just when we thought we’d heard everything there was to know about it, IT’S BACK. This time however, we get a hilarious education into the thigh gap: otherwise known as one of evolution’s greatest mysteries. Join these endearingly geeky scientists as they go one [read more]

  • World MS day 2014

    “I was 10 years old the first time my dad fell in front of me”.

          I was 10 years old the first time my dad fell in front of me. He fell hard. So hard that he had cuts on his hands and knees, with blood running from them. At the time, dad was my netball coach, and being just as stubborn as me, he refused to stop [read more]

  • first time mum and losing it

    Meet Jill. She devotes her life to helping mums be amazing.

        Being a mum is incredibly rewarding – but let’s be honest. It can also be really, really hard. Early hours, late nights, new challenges, and changes to your life that you definitely didn’t read about in What To Expect When You’re Expecting. For many mothers, having a strong support network is the thing [read more]

  • Under the red dress campaign

    Beth Whaanga is naked, alive, and brave. She needs our help.

        When Beth Whaanga gets naked, she really means it. The 32-year-old Australian breast cancer survivor underwent a double mastectomy and full hysterectomy last year. Instead of retreating or covering her pain, Beth shed her clothes and posed for a series of breathtakingly brave photographs that show all her scars. When Mamamia’s Rebecca Sparrow first [read more]

  • kids plane

    Should business class be banned for kids?

          The back of the plane is a desperate place. Noisy. Stuffy. And full of parents and fractious children who can’t watch another nano-second of Toy Story 1, 2 or 3. Been there? Banging cups, sucking ice, looking at clouds. And then another parent drags their child up the aisle and it’s time to tag out. [read more]

  • bec sparrow serious 2

    BEC: “A man came to my door on Saturday and wouldn’t leave …”


  • good primary school teachers

    “To my earliest teachers… I can never repay what you gave me.”

          I always thought that I was unique in my good fortune; that to get such amazing teachers all throughout my schooling years was just a fluke. Yet now, as a mother myself, I’ve realised that teachers, all teachers are just simply a wonderful kind of people. Let’s face it, not one of [read more]

  • lady signs it better

    Women covering classic male songs will make your feminist day.

      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, we’re doing something a little [read more]

  • problems with a fringe

    It’s time for offensive and violent bumper stickers to be banned.

        We’ve all been there… Through a twist of bad luck, or the wrong click of a link, we’ve seen something awful that we can’t un-see. But just because looking at disturbing, sexist, racist or just plain ghastly images is a common occurrence, it doesn’t give people the right to force their aesthetic horrors on [read more]

  • mini style hacker 12

    Adorable tiny human imitates the style of Hollywood heart-throbs.

      This kid has more than 80,000 Instagram followers, and more style than most leading men in Hollywood. Ryker Wixom from Los Angeles – a.k.a the Mini Style Hacker – is styled by his mother Collette for his successful blog, where he copies the outfits (and poses!) of male celebrities and models.   But while [read more]

  • Rebecca Sparrow.

    Rebecca Sparrow: “I was hurting and this is what helped.”

                  I have a stock-standard answer that I give when people ask me – and they always ask me – how I survived the death of my daughter Georgie several years ago. And it’s this: I was saved by friends and strangers; one lasagne at a time. It’s true.  In those [read more]

  • Bridget-Tony-Frances-Abbott-2012

    This is about so much more than Frances Abbott and her $60,000.

              Update: The only other recipient of the Whitehouse Institute of Design scholarship apart from Frances Abbott was Billy Whitehouse, New Matilda’s editor Chris Graham has revealed to Studio 10. And no, that surname’s not a coincedence, Pedestrian reports – Billy is the daughter of Leanne Whitehouse, who owns the Whitehouse Institute. Previously, Mamamia wrote… The [read more]

  • bandlitzerian

    Is this the most disgusting man ever to go viral?

              Okay. We really, really didn’t want to give this disgusting story any air but grab a nearby pillow to scream into because we can’t ignore it any more. Here’s where it all started: last month, venture capitalist/actor/poker player/noted misogynist Dan Bilzerian threw a naked woman off a roof and she broke her foot. (In [read more]

  • megan-wright

    Best and Worst: How’s your week been?

          Welcome one and all to best and worst: a weekly forum here at Mamamia where it’s your turn to do the writing. This is your chance to share the highlights (best) and lowlights (worst) of your week, as well as anything else that’s grabbed your attention (on my mind). I’ll kick things [read more]

  • too old

    “I’m too old for this sh*t.”

              I’m currently sitting on the express train to 40 and I’m totally fine with that.  Just lately though, there’s been times where I’ve thought to myself “I’m too old for this shit”. You know, those certain situations you still find yourself experiencing even though you were sure you’d be able [read more]

  • carley

    How to date yourself.

          I don’t think there is anything more wonderful than being able to pick yourself up out of bed, make yourself look beautiful and head over to a café to have breakfast by yourself. You’re alone, you can enjoy your food at your own pace and get things done. You’re reading the newspaper, [read more]