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Share houses of the late 1960s and 1970s provided women with a new way of living, independent of families and husbands. Shutterstock

Share houses and women’s liberation: a forgotten history

The share house may be taken for granted now, but before the late 1960s it was hard for women to live independently of families or husbands. For some, communal housing was life-changing.
Film producer Harvey Weinstein was fired from The Weinstein Company after a litany of sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape allegations came to light. Steve Crisp/Reuters

What the ‘Fearless Girl’ statue and Harvey Weinstein have in common

Public-facing feminism can often be a superficial distraction from systemic sexism.
Filmmaker Harvey Weinstein, shown attending a concert to raise money for the Robin Hood Foundation in 2013. Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP

Why Harvey Weinstein can’t redeem himself through charity alone

Offering money as a form of atonement is easier for the movie mogul than finding someone who will accept it.
In this1999 file photo, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner receives kisses from Playboy playmates during the 52nd Cannes Film Festival in France. Hefner has died at age 91. (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours)

Hugh Hefner’s legacy: Narrow visions of sex and beauty

With the recent death of Hugh Hefner, come questions about his impact on sexual culture: Did his empire broaden the sexual landscape or did it usher in a pitiful era of objectification of women?
Emma Cooper created the show “Rape is Real and Everywhere” with fellow comedian Heather Jordan Ross. Scot McLean

Survivors use humour to challenge rape culture

Rape jokes are among the most controversial that comedians can tell, but a Concordia professor says laughing at the absurdity of a world that silences survivors is also an act of support and solidarity.
Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy magazine, has died age 91. EPA/DAL ZENNARO

Hugh Hefner, Playboy, and being a man during the Cold War

Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy magazine, has died age 91. While many have pointed to Playboy's problematic relationship with women, when it first appeared in 1953 the magazine was a challenge to Cold War men.
Charlize Theron in Atomic Blonde. 87Eleven, Closed on Mondays Entertainment, Denver and Delilah Productions.

Beyond Atomic Blonde: cinema’s long, proud history of violent women

From Kill Bill to The Hunger Games, women have been kicking butt in films (and in real life) forever. But we still act surprised when they do, because deep down we still see women as the passive sex.
Judge May Lahey (left) with actor Jean Harlow in 1932. The Cornell Daily Sun (digitally coloured image)

Meet the woman who can lay claim to being Australia’s first female judge

Dame Roma Mitchell is remembered as Australia's first female judge. But Queenslander May Lahey beat her to the punch when she became a judge in Los Angeles in 1928. Her lack of recognition is symptomatic of how Australia remembers expats, particularly women.
Women singing at a South African ANC Women’s League meeting.Three senior women in ANC are contesting the presidency of the party. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Pros and cons of the three women running for South Africa’s presidency

All three female contenders for the presidency of the ANC and South Africa have strong liberation struggle credentials and have also contributed to democracy. But, are they up to the job?

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