Category Archives: Feminism

Ass = Assange

Oh dear, Slutwalk London. On Saturday you’re marshalling crowds of women in fishnets and bras to chant “my dress is not a yes” and promoting petitions insisting that the Home Office should prosecute rapists. Come Tuesday, you’re taking to Twitter to issue statements objecting to the extradition of Julian Assange to face rape allegations in […]

Social media and crime

Here in Melbourne we’ve been absolutely devastated by the disappearance of Jill Meagher. Ms Meagher was a 29-year-old Irishwoman who worked at the ABC. Last Friday, she went missing after going to drinks with colleagues in Sydney Road, Brunswick. A colleague offered to walk her home; but she lived only 800m away and declined the […]

None so blind

In the course of exploring the history and dynamics of bigotry, of moral exclusion, and the history of money (particularly the similarities between the goldzone Great Depression and the Eurozone Great Recesssion), it has become clear to me how very poor conservatives tend to be at learning from history. Which is not, of course, how conservatives typically see themselves. […]

Fifty Shades of Meh

SL and I must be en rapport because we’ve both jumped on the Fifty Shades of Grey bandwagon at the same time: her earlier comments are here. The common thread is that neither of us are impressed, and neither of us likes bad writing. The difference with my review is that I broke my resolution […]

Fifty Shades of Fed Up

Brought across from Facebook, with minor emendations: [Skepticlawyer] is getting rather sick of repeated requests for her opinion on 50 Shades of Grey, so here is a public announcement to the effect that she will not be reading it, with her reasons: 1. I have a low tolerance for bad writing. The fact that I know […]

A chicken in the sex class

Apologies for the distinctly pomo headline, but it actually goes some way to highlighting the salient points in the latest gay rights stushie to engulf the United States. Yes, the chicken in the sex class stushie started simply enough… with (and in) a fast food chain. Playing chicken The fast food chain in question is […]

Want to start a Facebook thread of doom?

… Just write the following as your status update: [skepticlawyer] is getting rather sick of the politics of envy – served with a toxic topping of fat hate – being flung at Gina Rinehart. Here’s a tip: if a woman has a great deal more money and talent than you, and also refuses to play the […]

Guest Post – Dave Bath’s Review of ‘Left Turn’

[SL recently discussed Christos Tsolkias’ piece in her recent post on left-wing politics. At the end she said: Tsiolkas’s essay impressed me so much that I decided to review the book from which it comes, Left Turn, which is edited by two prominent lefties, Antony Loewenstein and Jeff Sparrow. But then I thought better of […]

Defined out – guest post by Lorenzo

[SL: Last night, I went to a debate hosted by the Edinburgh University Debates Union (sic), on the proposition ‘this house supports same-sex marriage’. I was going to say that the Oxford Union it ain’t, but that would be giving them too much credit. Let’s just say that ‘outstandingly crap’ goes some way towards describing it. […]

Advice, please…

We try to avoid meta around these parts, but the trainwreck on the #equalmarriage thread has prompted some necessary thinking on all our parts, and an admission from me. First, the thinking. This blog — in having four writers with differing politics — is a risky venture. Going by other blogs around the traps, a […]