A Divisive Figure


It has been common following latest developments in the tragedy of James Hird to preface any discussion with the acknowledgement that he is a ‘divisive figure’. Many have rushed to point out that whether you ‘love him, or hate him’, you should have the decency to look beyond his ‘mistakes’ and treat him as a human […]

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Why the Left Should Vote for Trump


On paper, and by their documented histories, there is little difference between Trump and Clinton. Trump is not a Republican, and Clinton is about as progressive and liberal as the church on Sunday. They both occupy similar territory on the political map and have been friends and associates for a great many years. If pushed, […]

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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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Tolerance is a Two Way Street


We must tolerate even the intolerant to enable understanding and advancement, with the important distinction that tolerance is not surrender or silence. Tolerating even dangerous ideas and their advocates neither demands acquiescence nor prevents critique, but it does set standards for civil interaction with one’s adversary.

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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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Trump’s Secret Weapon


  In a sane world a Trump presidency would be utterly incomprehensible. The man is completely unqualified to run his own numerous bankrupt business ventures, let alone a country, and the world’s only superpower at that! Alas ours is not a sane world, and it could actually happen. Trump has a secret weapon – or rather weapons, […]

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