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Here's how Megan Blandford responded when her eight-year-old daughter asked her whether women can have both kids and a job.

Escaping office ennui through painful exercise

Why do we pay money to crawl through the mud and feel the pain of challenging physical obstacles? A new study explains our need for a break from the tedium of...
A new study says who we date is largely based on our own desirability and where we live.

Do you look like your name?

Whether you like your name or not, its social stereotypes are reflected on you - and you wear them on your face.
Young Australians face a growing gap between the number of hours they want to work and the number of hours they are actually getting.
"Don’t delay telling your children."

Health check

Breaking down the latest medical news, global health issues, research and analyses.

Get your red pencils ready for the world’s first period colouring book.
Anti-inflammatory pain killers such as ibuprofen should no longer be available for sale in grocery stores, but instead restricted to pharmacies.
To be ill is human. It's time to reclaim sickness as a normal part of life.

How I outran my anxiety

Carolyn Tate was frozen by fear and anxiety, unable to leave the house. Then one day she laced up her sneakers and closed the front door behind her.
Rarely, extending your neck over the ledge of a sink can cut off blood flow to the brain, causing a stroke.
If you have more than one chronic health condition, then you might be taking multiple medications over a long period of time. SBS asks whether polypharmacy is...
For those who experience “musical anhedonia,” listening to a song is halfway between boring and distracting—and their brain activity reflects that.


Meet our columnists. They've got strong views on all things. Their words may (or may not) change the world.

When it comes to events of terrorism, most of us feel we have no control over the actions of others. We are only empowered in how we react to it.
It's never fun getting the kids groomed and grinning, but school photos still capture childhood innocence like no other medium, and make for bittersweet mementos.

Comment: The return of the banality of evil

Anti-Semitism has never really gone away. But not since the dark days of the Holocaust have anti-Semites and racists been so emboldened, says Na'ama Carlin.
International students are highly vulnerable to sexual assault, according to a recent survivor advocacy organisation report. Jane Gilmore explains why overseas...
Mindfulness has gone mainstream and now often filters into everyday office life, but is there any substance behind the self-hacks?

Face Up To Racism

Join us and 'face up to racism' with a season of stories challenging preconceptions around race and prejudice. #FU2Racism

"The Internet has made racism more accessible, for both the racists and the victims of this hatred."
It's Harmony Day, so we're sharing stories from these stars about facing racism and how they've dealt with it.
Identity politics is coming under fire from conservatives who say it is promotes false grievances, and progressives who call it a distraction from class issues. Omar Sakr explains why he thinks those ...
Want to help create a more culturally inclusive Australia but not sure where to start? There are plenty of organisations that are standing up to racism in 2017 that you can get involved with.
The term ‘Person Of Colour’ is used to designate those who aren’t ‘white’ and have been disadvantaged by their ethnic background. So where does Greek-Cypriot writer and artist Koraly Dimitri...
Amal Awad never imagined she would bring home a non-Muslim-but-soon-to-convert-Anglo guy to her parents. She further never envisaged the eventual acceptance of this union. But like gluten-free diets, ...
Teenage 'coming of age' stories, set in the playgrounds of Anglo schoolyards, have more in common with a fictitious Neighbours script than the real-life of Aicha Marhfour. Now a 26-year-old woman, she...
What drives you?

Patrick Abboud is driven to tell stories that inspire change. 


SBS has teamed up with Holden to support the drivers of change. Tell us how you would drive change in your community for a chance to win a $50,000 grant. 

Celebrating womanhood

In recognition of International Women's Day this month, SBS celebrates inspirational women and commemorates the global movement for women's rights during March. #BeBoldForChange

“Human trafficking is a man-made issue. It’s not a disease that you get that we don’t have a cure for. It can be stopped.” Stephanie Lorenzo.
With age comes wisdom and perhaps, even sexual confidence.
To all the women who keep charging forward, who never give up despite all that is thrown at them. You are the women who have shaped me.
Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen wasn’t always a vegan or a feminist or proud of her Vietnamese heritage. In this letter to her younger self, she braces her teenage self...
When it comes to rape and racism, the problem with forgiveness, writes Ruby Hamad, is that it allows society to forget.
Freelancing should guarantee career freedom. But, says Neha Kale, entrepreneurship won’t let women control their own destiny unless we address the inequities that...
Women across the globe have had their one day a year, International Women's Day, dedicated to discussing issues like gender parity and human rights for females...


Let's talk about sex, love, dating, marriage, coupledom.

What comes after Tinder?

What to do when Tinder fails and swiping left or right just doesn't cut it anymore?
Sex itself isn’t what boosts our spirits - it’s about the snuggles we share before, during, and after that keeps us buzzing.
Johnny and Charlotte really hit it off on their date when all of a sudden, the love bubble burst. Was it Johnny's disability?
"This Valentine’s Day, I choose me. As trite as that may sound, it is the most important choice of all. Choosing single life is not a failure it is a celebration...
If you're searching for your one true love – or worse still, think it will find you – think again.


Optimism and eats to nourish the mind, body and soul. No empty calories here.

Podcasts are the new Xanax

It's the new era of audio and like many mediums before it, podcasts bring fresh scope for addiction and for opting out of real life.
Mike Tomalaris took on Tasmania's picturesque Derwent River and managed to tick off a few health and fitness goals in the process.
Not being able to swim well as an adult feels shameful. But what happens when you admit it and take lessons to learn how?
I quit gluten to feel better after eating bread and survived. But was that whole dieting episode really necessary?
When it’s time to go, it’s time to let the phone go (if you want to stay healthy and infection-free)

Stairway to Spirituality

We celebrate and explore a multiplicity of spiritual beliefs from around the world. 

Faith in contraception could spell the end of atheism, according to a new study.
Amal Awad never imagined she would bring home a non-Muslim-but-soon-to-convert-Anglo guy to her parents. She further never envisaged the eventual acceptance of this union. But like gluten-free diets, ...

Food of the faithful: Keeping Kosher

What is Kosher and how does one actually keep it?
What's it like to have a relationship, guided by values of faith, chastity and patience? Hillsong couple, Tristan and Renee Scifo, tell SBS how they have overcome modern-day dating challenges by first...
You Only Live Once is a pretty powerful phrase. But not if you're Hindu.


Stories bringing Indigenous into Australia’s identity. Celebrating inspiring groups and individuals. #WalkWithUs

A repatriation ceremony has been held at the Australian Embassy in Berlin to respectfully acknowledge the unconditional return of three Indigenous ancestral remains.
Maoriland festival goers gets an insight into how 360 technology is being adapted and used in Australia for social and political development for Indigenous Australians.

Children's stories by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers and illustrators are funny, sad, thoughtful, silly, profound, and joyous.   

Aboriginal Stories and Yoga

A Sydney-based yoga organisation is fusing Indian and Indigenous yoga traditions, incorporating the spirit of Aboriginal Australia into the ancient practice.  
Treaties, community relationships and tackling racism - what can Australia learn from First Nations' parlimentary seats across the globe?


Parenting for modern families: new rules for a new age.

Almost half of Australian children have gambled according to new research. So what can parents do to prevent this?
The love between mother and child is unbreakable and instinctive. Soon after Jacintha gave birth to a beautiful girl in 2014, she knew something was seriously...
The firstborn child in a family may have superior thinking skills compared to their younger siblings, new international research has found.
The world-first changes to legislation will allow people born before 1998 to find out their donor's name and date of birth.
As a Greek baby, Peter Papathanasiou was adopted by his biological aunt and uncle in Australia while his brother, who had an intellectual disability, was raised...


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Because of the alleged actions of 22 Lebanese-Australian youths, the Minister of Immigration has said it was "a mistake" to have allowed Lebanese refugees into the...
Should we always say what we think and just deal with the consequences? Writer and performer Koraly Dimitriadis shares how learning to speak her mind was the best...
Comment: Islamic terrorism and diplomatic relations with Russia have become divisive points in all three US presidential debates. But is the racially and...
I am forever a tourist in my homeland and a foreigner in my birthplace.
Sunil Badami reveals how winning a popular game show helped him in the untrivial pursuit of leading a happy life.

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