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Removing the blinkers: social media, outrage and animals in sport

When the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (which shortens to the fitting initialism CPR) recently plastered an impossible-to-ignore image of a dead horse on billboards around Australia, demands for the ad’s removal were swift. The racing industry and the public – used to having out-of-sight-out-of-mind ‘privacy’ … Read more »

In defence of creative writing courses

The first time I walked into a creative writing class at the University of Melbourne, I was fifteen years old. As part of the Work Experience program at my high school, Year Ten students were required to seek out a workplace that would provide us with hands-on … Read more »

Travelling Light: Travel narratives without spiritual baggage

My own Eat Pray Love process of self-discovery constitutes not just tasting dragonfruit at the old quarter markets in Hanoi and lighting incense sticks at a Buddhist temple in Saigon. It goes beyond the sacred and the profane to include the political – almost akin to giving the finger to reductive stereotypes of non-white women. Read more »

Crafted nostalgia: The romanticisation of a hand-made economy

The increasing popularity of artisanal goods is borne out of a direct opposition to today’s globalised mass production, which is believed to not only promote shoddy design, but also lead to dehumanising sweatshop labour. Read more »

The celebrity spokesperson phenomenon

What should we expect celebrity advocates to deliver? Emma Watson is not a full-time activist, but if she inspires young people to take an interest in gender equality, is that not a good thing? Read more »

Where are you from?

In a racial context, the question ‘Where are you from?’ is so much more than the manifestation of a benign curiosity one stranger may have for another. Read more »

Fear, loathing, and the erosion of civil liberties

The hysteria currently being concocted by Australia’s political leaders is a smokescreen for the more serious threat facing everyone – an attack of the very freedoms and values our nation has been built on. Read more »

Binary This: theory versus lived experience

If you’ve spent as much time as I have engaged in various internet feminisms—in Facebook groups, Tumblr communities, forums, Twitter cliques—you’ll know how idiosyncratic those spaces are and that they operate with different, autonomous rules of behaviour. Sometimes they are unspoken and at other times very explicit. … Read more »

Upon my honour

July is upon us:  the month that strikes fear into the hearts of viticulturalists everywhere as me, and others like me, give up their favourite tipple. Give up all tipples in fact. Despite the fact that this is my third consecutive year of Dry July I still … Read more »

On Consuming Durables

Charity shops they’re called in the UK, opportunity shops here in Australia – both run by charitable organisations, they sell donated goods:  there can’t be more fascinating shops than these. There are, I guess, plenty of people who have never entered one, never given them a thought.  … Read more »