• laptops for kids

    KATE: Do kids really need an audience for everything?

    Share        It’s a common parental dilemma: should I go to my child’s school swimming carnival? A generation ago, it wasn’t an issue. Kids swam in carnivals, ran in races, stripped skin from their  knees on asphalt netball courts without parents on the sidelines, wringing their hands. That may be a slight exaggeration [read more]

  • charity

    Do charities realise the damage street fundraisers do to their brands?

              The other day I watched an overly aggressive Save The Children ambassador almost knock a cup of coffee from a man’s hand on Sydney’s George Street. A couple of days after that, I felt thoroughly patronised by an Amnesty International representative during an awkward social exchange in Martin Place. And [read more]

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    Scott Morrison is asked about a suicide in detention. His response is unbelievable.

    There is a time and a place for a smart-arse remark. And during an interview about a man’s tragic decision to take his own life, is not it. But that is exactly how Australia’s Immigration Minister, Scott Morrison, responded to a question from journalist Barry Cassidy on the ABC’s Insiders program yesterday. Here is what [read more]

  • A class action is potentially being pursued against Bayer.

    Imagine opening up your box of The Pill and finding THIS note from your pharmacist.

    It’s time to batten down the hatches. There’s a shitstorm approaching, and it’s all courtesy of one chemist in country New South Wales. Let’s set the scene. Thurgoona Soul Pattinson Chemist is one of several pharmacies in the NSW town of Albury, but it’s the only pharmacy in the suburb of Thurgoona. The owner, Simon [read more]

  • crazy pet furniture

    You’ve gotta see this: All the glorious crazy pet furniture you could ever dream of.

      What do you mean you decorated your home without specifically catering to your pets? Don’t you know that, at the bare minimum, you should have a dog house under the stairs or a cat transit system running along the walls? Or at least a fish tank pipeline? Observe:   If you’re not that devoted [read more]

  • Stock Photo

    Sheryl Sandberg creates stock photos that change the way the world sees women.

            It is a truth universally acknowledge that the way women are represented in the media is generally pretty crap. Female politicians get given ridiculous magazine covers. Female actresses are, more often than not, offered ridiculous rom-com roles with no substance. Women’s magazines are illustrated with ridiculous stock images of women laughing [read more]

  • Twins

    Real Life: We want the movie rights to this remarkable story.

    It is one of those ‘truth is stranger (and better) than fiction’ stories. Samantha Futerman and Anais Bordier have just had it confirmed by DNA testing that they are identical twins. They were separated at birth, raised in different countries (Futerman in USA and Bordier in France), spoke different languages and only happened to find [read more]

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    Best and Worst: How’s your week been?

      We’re on the home stretch everyone, it’s Friday morning and the working week is almost over. Best and Worst is a weekly Mamamia tradition, where we ask you to tell us the highlight and lowlight of your week, plus a little bit of what’s been on your mind. If you’re after some advice or [read more]

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    Mamamia’s Valentine’s Day drinking game ©

                We started this drinking game last year and it proved to be such a success, we’re rolling it out again. Clear your calendar, pick your poison (we’re partial to a spot of champagne, although Jam is fiercely advocating for tequila) and play along. It works whether you’re single, taken, [read more]

  • before and after drug photos

    These before and after photos of drug users were taken only a few months apart…

    Remember back in the day when you were a teenager in a hot-stuffy auditorium and they were lecturing you to just “Say NO to drugs!” Problem was the teachers never elaborated much beyond the whole ‘drugs are bad’ message. Well that’s no longer the case for students United States. They get the message loud and clear [read more]

  • annoying Facebook friends

    The 11 Facebook friends you need to un-friend immediately.

    Going through a thorough Facebook friend cull can be really hard. But sometimes it’s just necessary. We’re here for you. Here to hold your hand. Here to take you on a de-friending journey that will ultimately leave your newsfeed – and your life – lighter. Alright. Let’s do this. 1. Your ex. Your ex’s sister. [read more]

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    A letter from the editors and writers of Mamamia.

    It’s not often we are able to jointly author a post from the 20 or so women who work at Mamamia.com.au and our parenting site iVillage.com.au. In fact, this is the first time ever. Because, like any group of women, we have diverse and nuanced opinions. We don’t all vote the same way. We range in [read more]

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    The short film that reverses gender roles and proves sexism exists.

    Upworthy gave this short film the headline: “French film showing men what being a woman feels like kinda nails it.” BuzzFeed captioned it: “This powerful video shows men what it feels like to be subjected to sexism and sexual violence.” Huffington Post said: “Try doubting everyday sexism after watching this.” We just want to say: [read more]

  • Mia Freedman

    MIA: 9 things feminism doesn’t do.

      Feminism is coming to get you. It really is. It’s overtaking schools, workplaces, the media, politics…..goddammit even sport. It’s wrecking our society like, like, like a wrecking ball. The one Miley was swinging around on and what was wrong with that video clip anyway? Feminism wanted to ban that just like they want to [read more]

  • Luke Batty

    What would cause this to happen?

    Editorial Note: The original post found at this URL was removed after information came to light that Luke Batty’s father had been facing homelessness and was battling mental illness at the time he is alleged to have killed his son.  That information may change the way we think of the crime, but the sad truth [read more]

  • Rachel Louise Simon Gittany

    6 signs your friend is in a relationship with a man like Simon Gittany.

          Nobody can stop talking about convicted killer Simon Gittany’s new girlfriend, Rachelle Louise. Gittany will spend the next 18 years in jail for the murder of his former partner, Lisa Harnum, whom he threw from a 15-story Sydney apartment. That’s 18 years without parole as punishment for taking a life. But that [read more]

  • vacrdbacon

    13 non-gifts for Valentine’s Day haters.

    Is there any other day of the year that is more emotionally charged than Valentine’s Day? If you’re single, you hate the world. If you’re in a relationship, you hate your partner. Because even after we’ve agreed that Valentine’s Day is a commericalised ripoff, after eight hours of witnessing colleagues receiving flowers and a Facebook [read more]

  • Baghdad, where the explosion occurred.

    Suicide bomber teacher accidentally blows up entire class.

                There was much discussion in the Mamamia office about whether to publish this post. Some of us were vocally in favour of it, others were uncomfortable. In the end, we decided to report it very straight. Without tone or comment. You can add those bits in yourself after you’ve [read more]

  • There are better gifts you can give than giant balloons and stuffed animals this Friday.

    Some relationships aren’t worth celebrating this Valentine’s day.

            Ah, Valentine’s Day. If you can get past its hyped-up, commercialised veneer – and survive the competitive sport that is booking a restaurant on the 14th of February – there’s definitely something awesome about the day. After all, it’s the one time that PDIs and massive bunches of flowers in the [read more]

  • Koch on Schapelle deal

    Kochie slams his own network for buying the Schapelle Corby interview. Bam.

        In one of the most expensive deals in Australian TV history, the Seven Network have apparently signed a contract with convicted drug smuggler Schappelle Corby, 36, that is said to be worth between $1m-$3m. The deal will include Corby’s first interview since her paroled release from Kerobokan prison yesterday, which will air on Seven’s [read more]

  • Fulla doll

    Fascinating: Six Barbie alternatives from around the world.

            This is Fulla. Fulla likes shopping, reading, hanging out with her friends and praying (she comes with her own prayer mat). She also works as a teacher and a doctor. So, while she doesn’t exactly have the professional range of Barbie, at least she’s decide to do something good with her [read more]

  • Grace

    Open Post: How’s your week going so far?

        Welcome to our Wednesday tradition here at Mamamia, Open Post. Instead of letting me choose a topic (because, to be honest, I wouldn’t be able to decide between Rachelle Louise and this horrendous video clip, neither of which I can wrap my feminist brain around), we open the conversational floor up to your [read more]

  • How to save iPhone battery

    5 easy ways to extend your iPhone battery life.

    Do you find yourself charging your iPhone overnight, and then running out of battery by 4:30pm the next day? While iPhones might be fun and shiny, their battery life is a bit rubbish when compared to their Android rivals. This is a shame because, well… did we mention the fun and shiny bit? Luckily, the [read more]

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    Is social media just making us all antisocial?

              You’re at a concert, buzzing with excitement that you’re seeing <insert popstar/rocker name here> in the FLESH, surrounded by thousands of screaming fans and… the woman beside you watches the entire thing through her iPhone. She doesn’t take just the occasional photo, but experiences the concert through a screen. It [read more]

  • woman eats makeup

    The woman who is addicted to eating makeup.

      “You can kind of imagine it just coating your insides with whatever colour you’re eating… it’s just like a craving of your favourite candy bar.” Brittoni from Toledo, Ohio is addicted to eating makeup. The 22-year-old eats makeup on a daily basis, and has consumed more than 10,000 makeup containers since her addiction began [read more]

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    Best and Worst: Come and tell us how your week was…

    Hey you guys. Welcome to Friday’s Best and Worst. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this post, best and worst is where we come together and share our experiences from the week that was. Tell us your magic moments, vent about the crap… we want to hear the good, the bad and the [read more]

  • Susan Wojcicki

    The team at Google just did something even cooler than giving their staff bean bags and free bagels…

        You probably visit YouTube all the time. Where else would you get all your cat videos, news bloopers, and footage of babies eating lemons for the first time? But you might not have given much thought to the people who run the site. YouTube is owned by Google, of course. Which means that on [read more]

  • Miranda Kerr topless photo

    Fetch: Bradley Cooper speaking French is exactly what you need right now.

      Very attractive man / Hangover actor Bradley Cooper, 39, is speaking French. And you know he’s speaking the language of love straight to you. (Actually, he’s talking to a journalist on the red carpet in Paris, at the French premiere of American Hustle, but don’t let that get in the way of enjoying this video) Repeat after us: Voulez-vous coucher [read more]

  • Jamila Rizvi

    JAM: What happens when everyone you love, and who loves you, dies first.

            Natalie Wood lived around the corner from me. Her house is nestled in amongst a street of terrace houses in the Sydney suburb of Surry Hills. It’s not far from central station; one of the busiest thoroughfares in our country’s biggest and brightest city. In July 2011 Natalie’s 86-year-old body was [read more]

  • Matthew Reilly

    Matthew Reilly: Lessons of love, loss and embracing life when you’re the one left behind.

            A little over two years ago, the life of best-selling Australian author Matthew Reilly was turned upside down. Natalie, his partner of 15 years and a psychologist by training, took her own life at the age of 36 after battling depression and an eating disorder for years. It was early December [read more]