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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.
Gloria Steinem’s new autobiography reminds us of her work as a tireless grassroots campaigner. Here pictured with Barack Obama receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013. Reuters/Larry Downing

Setting the record straight: Gloria Steinem reflects on her legacy in My Life On The Road

In her new autobiography, celebrated feminist, activist and author Gloria Steinem seeks to set the record straight on controversial aspects of her legacy.
The gender binary does not adequately describe the experience of people who identify as genderqueer. Black Hill Design/www.shutterstock.com

Explainer: what is genderqueer?

Germaine Greer's comments that "post-operative transgender men are not women" have provoked outcry from transgender activists. So let's have a meaningful discussion about gender, sex and the complex relationship between the two.
At the film premiere of Suffragette, Sisters Uncut’s Dead Women Can’t Vote campaigners protested against Britain’s domestic violence policies by featuring the colours of the Women’s Social and Political Union. Will Oliver/AAP

The suffragettes were rebels, certainly, but not slaves

When Meryl Streep and the stars of the upcoming film Suffragette donned t-shirts emblazoned with the quote "I'd rather be a rebel than a slave," they reignited a contentious debate in feminism.
Initiates undergoing the traditional passage to manhood in Qunu, in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Many either die or get maimed during the winter practice. Reuters/Siegfried Modola

Changes in gender norms are making initiation safer for South African boys

The practices around the traditional passage to manhood in South Africa are changing and beginning to encompass women as family patterns change. But, there are mixed feelings about the changes.

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