Feminism

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Hillary Clinton is a flawed presidential candidate. But she’s still probably the best on offer. Reuters/Lucas Jackson

Hillary Clinton as president will not necessarily be a feminist coup

The rise of women to very powerful positions has not, to date, opened the way for other women. So there is no reason to believe a Hillary Clinton presidency would change that.
She has been through some trying times of late, but the Madonna machine has not been derailed. Walter Bieri/EPA

Bitch, I’m (still) Madonna …

Madonna, who attacked "sexist" criticism of her Rebel Heart tour, has always had a troubled relationship with feminism. And there is little about pop's perfectionist workaholic that is rebellious today.
Sexting is a co-authored, negotiated experience that can empower young people. Shutterstock

How sexting is creating a safe space for curious millennials

There has been something of a moral panic around sexting – but research suggests that it can create safe, empowering spaces for young people exploring their sexuality.
Women need to recalibrate feminist action so that it’s not just about them advancing in society on men’s terms. Shutterstock

Feminism has failed and needs a radical rethink

The second-wave feminists of the 1970s wanted to create radical shifts in gender power. Instead, women have settled for much less.
Menstruation can cause unique health challenges, but does that mean we need special sick days? Clara Alim

Does gender equality suffer when women get menstrual leave?

A British company has just introduced menstrual leave for female employees. But such a policy risks creating a blanket expectation that all women are crippled by their periods.
Beyonce struts onstage in her concerts as a kind of warrior goddess while the word ‘feminist’ lights up in colossal letters behind her. Reuters/Robert Hanashiro

‘Bow down, bitches’: when celebrity feminism goes wrong

They claim to be new-age feminist, but pop stars like Beyonce and Taylor Swift have – even if unintentionally – reinvented feminism as "getting paid" and "being sexy".
Girls are socialised early and told normal functions of the female body must be spoken of, if at all, in strictest privacy, indirectly, and not to men. from shutterstock.com

Vulvas, periods and leaks: women need the right words to seek help for conditions ‘down there’

There are endless euphemisms for women's conditions and body parts. If you can't name a body part, how can you seek medical help if something appears to be wrong with it?
Cleo, brainchild of Ita Buttrose, has closed after more than 40 years in print. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Cleo’s closure and the future of feminism

Cleo has been part of Australia's media landscape for more than 40 years. We look back on the magazine that "wrote about sex as if we invented it" and its unique brand of pop culture commentary.
A student faces off with a policeman in riot gear. Private security forces on campuses are a show of dominance and control. EPA/Nic Bothma

Feminism could offer a new way to solve the #FeesMustFall crisis

The way in which one group of South African student protesters has acted and engaged with university managers shows how valuable a feminist approach to protest can be.

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