We chatted to two Aussie experts, Bonny Cassidy & Jessica L. Wilkinson, editors of Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry, about their book, as well as Australia's writing scene and where to find "your people".
"My junior coworker won't stop talking and asking questions. How can I get her to pipe down without offending her - and how can I encourage her to be a bit more enterprising with finding answers herself?"
"The film — for all its flaws —actually conveys a powerful message about men’s treatment of women."
"I’m dating a fantastic guy. He’s caring and I’m attracted to him in every way – until we sleep together. He’s just not technically skilled in the sex department and I end up bored and unsatisfied. is there any *realistic* hope for improvement?"
You've probably seen Anna's gorgeous work without even realising it: She took the photos on the www.toherdoor.com.au website + Facebook page. We asked the Melbourne-based photographer about how she captures Australia's beauty - without the cliche or corn-factor.
"Being sad about the state of affairs for girls in the world is pretty logical. It’s an experience mired in misogyny, which, for too many of us, results in violence and abuse."
I asked Bronte Coates, digital content coordinator for iconic Aussie bookstore Readings, what I should be reading... and buying for the other book-lovers in my life.
The face of TV has been slowly changing, and earlier this year, Channel Nine announced three new female presenters – Vanessa O’Hanlon, Jo Hall, and Samantha Heathwood – as part of a reboot of Nine’s regional news service. So what's it like to be a woman behind the news desk, reporting on what's important to people outside our major cities? We spoke with Vanessa O’Hanlon, a veteran newscaster and reporter — and presenter of Nine News Canberra, Illawarra, Central West and Riverina — to find out.
As she prepares to leave her role as president of the Australian Human Rights Commission, winner of the 2017 Voltaire freedom of speech award Professor Gillian Triggs reflects on the personal nature of criticism she's weathered by "white, middle-aged male" trolls over her five years in the job.
My choice to have an abortion almost a year ago was right for me. But the decision was less straightforward than I expected.
Melbourne-based author and academic Dr Susan Carland tackles the relationship between Muslim women and gender equality in her new book.
We asked Greens MP Dr Mehreen Faruqi about the bill she introduced to decriminalise abortion in New South Wales –and why it was voted down last month in the NSW parliament.
When she was fired from her job soon after having her second child, journalist Tracey Spicer took legal action against Ten for discrimination. We talked to Spicer about sexism in Australia's media scene and why she tired of being the "good girl" at work – a theme that forms the backbone of her new book.
"I’m on anti-depressants and my sex drive is AWOL. Anything I can do to bring it back?"
Having emerged as an impassioned advocate for gender equality and healthy masculinity following the murder of his 23-year-old sister, Nikita, in 2015, Young Australian of the Year Finalist Tarang Chawla reflects on what's missing from the domestic violence conversation in Australia.
"I had a pregnancy scare when my period was six days late, and then I had a weird period that was intense for one or two days. Could it have been an early miscarriage??"
After splitting with her long-term girlfriend, author, columnist and radio star Helen Razer embarked on a mission to date 100 men in less than a year and document the experiment in a book, The Helen 100. Here’s what she told us about talking politics on dates, society’s obsession with “personal growth”… and fingerbanging, duh.
The role of immigrants and minorities in society has once again been thrust into the spotlight with the scrapping of the 457 visa program and the overhaul of the citizenship test to prioritise “Australian values”. One way to challenge stereotypes about minorities and immigrants? More diversity in film and television.
At 20, Sydney-based actor Brenna Harding has already graced Aussie TV screens with her acclaimed roles in Puberty Blues; toured with the Sydney Theater Company in Jumpy; starred in Foxtel TV shows A Place To Call Home and Secret City; and carved a name her herself as an advocate for LGBT rights. We grabbed a moment with Harding to ask what else has been keeping her busy.
Mainstream fashion brands embracing feminism isn’t an inherently bad thing. But these feminism-lite and inclusivity messages must not distract attention from the need for real changes in the fashion industry itself.
Insta-illustrator and J. Crew womenswear designer Julie Houts talks us through her creative process.
I’ve heard coconut oil is the best kind of lubricant for sex. Reaaaally? (And what are the differences between different types, anyway?)
"The only antibiotic that has been shown to interfere with hormonal contraceptives is Rifampicin, which is only really used to treat tuberculosis.
"This myth probably originates from the belief that women should be getting their most effective sexual pleasure from sex with another person (preferably a man,) not from a machine."
Dr Anne Aly is used to being first. The Federal Member for Cowan is, of course, the first Muslim woman to become a Member of Parliament. As an expert in counter-terrorism, extremism, and radicalisation, the Egypt-born Labor pollie was the first Australian to be invited to Obama’s White House conference on the subject in 2015. (She was also the first MP to wear a halal snack pack badge in Parliament, no doubt incensing Pauline Hanson.) So just days after Labor’s landslide win in the WA state elections — in which One Nation failed spectacularly — it only made sense to feature Dr Aly as our “first” ever THD interview.
Our Q+A with the 24-year-old Melbourne artist.
Jessica Friedmann’s account of postnatal depression touches on race, gender, creativity, and mental illness — and does not shy away from the gritty, often unspoken realities of new motherhood and modern womanhood. We spoke to the Canberra-based author about her debut book, Things That Helped.
Hot on the heels of releasing her debut album A Suitable Girl, the Melbourne singer-songwriter talks to us about her creative process, sexism in the music industry, and the expectation that women remain ‘perfect, complaint, cheerful and small’.
One Australian teen writer reflects on life in a wheelchair.
"When you raise women to believe that we are insignificant, that we are broken, that we are sick, that the only cure is starvation and restraint and smallness; when you pit women against one another, keep us shackled by shame and hunger, obsessing over our flaws, rather than our power and potential; when you leverage all of that to sap our money and our time – that moves the rudder of the world."