Feminism

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The Australian netball team after their gold medal win at the Netball World Cup in 2015. AAP Image/Paul Miller

Is netball a feminist triumph? Let’s discuss

Netball – one of Australia's most popular sports – is on track to turn professional. Is this an exciting new chapter for female athletes? Or does netball's success draw attention from other sports, where women can smack balls, and roam freely?
What’s on offer on issues that disproportionately affect women? Some minor tweaks that are useful but not change-making. AAP/Lukas Coch

Despite the rhetoric, this election fails the feminist test

By continuing to see policies that affect women in economic rather than social terms, both major parties are offering little in the way of improved gender equity.
Bill Shorten, launching Labor’s childcare policy, inadvertently set off a debate about the major party leaders' respective feminist credentials. AAP/Joel Carrett

The f-word enters the campaign and trips up both major parties

Talk of 'women's issues', such as childcare, both accepts they are less important than other issues and assumes they have no universal value.
A typescript for the Female Eunuch with photo of a young Greer on a book. Germaine Greer archive: 2014.0038.0001. Picture Nathan Gallagher, copyright University of Melbourne

Friday essay: How Shakespeare helped shape Germaine Greer’s feminist masterpiece

The Greer archives brim with notebooks and papers from her time as a student of the traditional humanities. And reading The Female Eunuch for evidence of the Bard reveals a new kind of book, one that is deeply informed by this scholarship.
Masked sex workers lead a march to mark International Sex Workers’ Rights Day. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Debate around sex work in South Africa tilts towards decriminalisation

Sex workers in South Africa are all potential criminals due to the country's regressive laws. But their status may change soon, making South Africa the first African country to decriminalise sex work.
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.

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