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Every gun is a theft from those who hunger

Screen shot 2013-10-12 at 5.38.36 PMAbigail Bray is the author of Misogyny Re-loaded. Recently I spoke with her about her explosive manifesto where she links the present era of sexual sadism to the rise of an authoritarian militarised violence.  Continue reading

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The hurt that accompanies the denial of ageing

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It’s not surprising that our media is devoid of stories and pictures of old women. These days you are severely discouraged from becoming old and showing it. When the issue of ageing and my arrival at this stage of life arises in family conversation, I am duly told that I am not old. Sure I’m not really, really old, but I have entered the seventh decade of my life. Continue reading

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Why porn?

At the mention of Big Porn Inc,  grown men wriggled and squirmed uncomfortably in their seats. Big Porn Inc : Exposing the Harms of the Global Pornography Industry had made The Australian Education Publishing Awards shortlist as a Secondary Reference Resource and the winner was about to be announced. Continue reading

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Don’t do it!

This article was prompted by another woeful story of sex abuse committed by Catholic church priests. An episode of the ABC’s Four Corners,  Unholy Silence investigated the abuse involving many children such as altar boy Damien who was fondled and sodomised by Father F and whose life went off the rails precipitating a tragic, early death. For the following few days the program and its graphic material instigated and fed much of the media commentary. But that’s as far as it gets. Until the next story of abuse and then the next one.

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Limiting the Medicare rebate for genital surgery is a good move

In parts of Africa, women are tied down and mutilated while in Australia women receive the Medicare rebate for genital surgery Continue reading

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Pornography as popular culture

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