Archive for category Feminism

What People Are Getting Wrong About The #GoogleMemo


What people are getting wrong about the #GoogleMemo (Read the memo here: Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber) Or rather, how badly they are understating it. The common, and entirely obvious, observation has been that the reaction by Google and much of the press confirms the concerns of the author, James Damore: a difference of opinion is […]

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A Tale of 3 Tragedies


The online feminist community has been rocked by the news that one of their own has been arrested for second degree murder. Aleksandr Kolpakov, from YouTube channel The Skeptic Feminist, has apparently shot and killed one of his co-creators and intimate partners (yes, plural). Regardless of the eventual outcome of the criminal investigation, one life has been extinguished and […]

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Violence Against Men: What The Tostee Case Teaches Us About Gendered Violence


Violence against men is rarely discussed. Those who dare raise the topic are silenced by a dominant culture that predetermines men to be either the perpetrators of violence or unworthy victims. The former likely informs the latter with our prejudices outweighing our compassion, and the obvious error of logic. Statistics the world over demonstrate that men constitute around […]

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Cognitive Dissonance: Lehmo vs Trump


“As a straight white male I rarely have the opportunity to be offended…” Comedian, television and radio host, Anthony ‘Lehmo’ Lehmann, joined an international chorus in denouncing Donald Trump in the wake of his latest scandal. His dismissal of Trump’s suggestion that vulgar comments caught on a hot mic over a decade ago were simply typical male ‘locker-room’ banter was […]

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Women’s Football Hasn’t Even Started, and It’s Already Sexist!


Today I was blocked on Twitter by a group promoting female sport, specifically football (@GirlsPlayFooty). I had followed their account when they first joined the platform, and helped to spread their message. Ensuring more women (and men, for that matter) play sport is a social good. Physical activity improves health outcomes, boosts confidence, teaches teamwork and provides […]

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Closing the Gate


The horse has bolted, and it closed the gate as it left. That made its escape easier as nobody noticed it missing. And now our fight against the establishment is misapplied to their likeness as we rush to lock the gates and seal ourselves into the depleted paddock they left us. Improving our pastures necessitates looking beyond appearances – beyond the identity politics and culture wars, beyond the minor differences with your peers – to challenge the true powers.

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Stop It At The Start


In an increasingly crazy world it is heartening to see something like the Stop It At The Start campaign against violence against women. Not for the campaign itself, but for the community reaction to it. A paid promotion by Australian Families featuring the latest television commercial made its way into my Facebook feed a few […]

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