Sexism in the street

I made a fairly flippant series on comments on Twitter today, after reading Jessica Rowe’s article about racism in Australia, about the comparative frequency of racist vs. sexist comments experienced by people.  Racist comments are, of course, completely appalling.  I can’t emphasize that enough.  But I find it astonishing to hear so much conversation about experiences of […]

Iowa: what it really means (and what it really doesn't)

There’s a bit of confusion coming out of the contest in Iowa.  Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum were separated by only eight of the 122,255 votes cast. The implications of this, however, might not be what you think: What it doesn’t mean: Rick Santorum is a 50/50 chance to get the nomination. He’s not. He […]

Seven mistakes Aussies make when talking about US Politics

As we turn to the Iowa caucuses, and talking about US politics, there are a few mistakes that it’s easy for Australians to make- and frequently do- when discussing US elections. So here’s my list of seven mistakes Aussies often make when they talk about American politics. 1) They assume American political parties are homogenous […]

A "cranky feminist" talks freedom

I really need to learn to stop arguing on the internet. It’s such a time suck. My friends last night were laughing at my troll-bait tendencies.  But as Harry replied to my post and, I think, both misunderstood its purpose and misrepresented my position, there are a couple of things I really want to clarify […]

The kinds of equality

But seriously, there’s nothing wrong with the social choice to have more leisure and fewer material goods. The problem with leisure, however, is that you can’t tax it to pay off accumulated debt or to finance pensions for your senior citizens. Matthew Yglesias hits on something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately, though in a […]

Football, Feminism and You

Earlier today, I mentioned on Twitter that Grantland, a site of which I’m quite fond, had fallen into the habit of primarily using female writers for stories on women’s sport (or, since Grantland also covers pop culture, on pop culture stories)*.  I followed it up by mentioning something I noticed during my trip to Melbourne: […]

More than a game

I’m rather fond of sport. I love the thrill of my team winning, the suspense in the minutes before the siren sounds in a close game.  I love watching a horse I’ve backed thunder down the track and love screaming as it makes its way to the front. I love seeing a player come back […]

The case for marriage equality in ten easy points

1). At the moment, marriage is both a civil and religious institution. It serves multiple functions. 2). At the moment, in Australia, marriage is discriminatory. 3).  Marriage as a religious institution, as it is inherently private, ought to be allowed to discriminate. 4).  Marriage as a civil institution ought to treat citizens equally. 5).  Therefore, […]

Why Australia should accept former detainees…

Several weeks ago, the United States’ government requested Australia resettle detainees freed from the Guantanamo Bay detention centre.  Australia refused the request.  While the reasons behind such a refusal are abundant and rather obvious, there is a strong case for Australia accepting some, if not all, of the freed former detainees. Politically, Australia was an […]

A most remarkable thing…

If you’ve never read Vannevar Bush’s 1945 Atlantic Monthly article, titled “As We May Think” on the task of making information more accessible, you have missed something amazing. Bush was the Director of the Office of Scientific Research and Development in the United States during the Second World War.  During that time, the office developed […]