The Degenderisation of Politics.

Gender matters, from the parliament to the playground. (Sometimes the parliament is a playground, but I digress.) Yet commentators continue to brush off claims of sexism and misogyny as “simplistic”. In the Weekend Australian, Angela Shanahan called Tony Abbott’s problem…

Fractured Fairy Tales – and Ankles…

We have a collective case of Stockholm Syndrome when it comes to high heels. They hold us captive. We suffer decades of torture. It’s a form of traumatic bonding. Yet despite our bad backs, twisted ankles and painful bunions, we’re…

A Provocative Defence of Reason.

Philosophical matters of law are usually under the providence of the High Court. But an inquiry is underway in the NSW Upper House into what separates us from animals. In Renaissance Europe ‘rational man’ was portrayed as someone who “knows,…

Reverse Discrimination

You have to feel sorry for white heterosexual males. After all, they’re in the minority these days. Which is why there’s a new civil rights movement.* Picture this: Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh, standing at the Lincoln Memorial, echoing…

We Don’t Need to Talk About Kevin

Exclusive: Tim Mathieson stands by his woman. During lunch with The Hoopla, the First Bloke has broken his silence over renewed leadership ructions. “Julia is working hard to make things better,” he insisted, running his fingers through his luscious locks.…