Archive for October 2020

Ritual humiliation

                  It’s a pleasant, sunny day in lockdown Melbourne. Even so I am confronted by a sea of masked people out and about in the fresh air and sunshine. The Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews mandated mask wearing for Melbourne residents at the end of July. All adults and children over 12 years were to wear a face covering in public from […]

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Arbitrary detention bill triggers memory of handmaids and other detractors

‘The first thing was to capture the dehumanization. These women have already been stripped of their names and their freedoms and their economic power and their autonomy over their own bodies and here they’re stripped of their womanhood — they’re turned into nothing’. In The Handmaid’s Tale, the colonies were used to threaten the women and other detractors into submission. Once in the concentration camps their job was to clean […]

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