A.C. Grayling: The Origins and Future of Humanism
‘Humanism is the philosophy that you should be a good guest at the dinner table of life.’
In recent years, the eminent British philosopher A.C. Grayling has been a respectful and emphatic voice within the New Atheist movement. During his distinguished career, he’s celebrated ideals of human rationality and progress, arguing for humanism as a powerful, practical alternative to religion…
A League of One’s Own: The AFL, and Women’s Sport
There’s nothing new about women playing Australian Rules Football – they’ve been doing it for as long as men have. Local clubs for girls and women have existed for decades; there are now almost 1,000 of them around the country. Last year, participation jumped by 19% – with 380,000 Australian women playing throughout the year.
It’s always been clear that…
Lindy West on Feminism, Fat and Fighting Trolls
Lindy West joins Anne Summers for a lively conversation that traverses bodily autonomy, popular and intersectional feminism, and finding both validation and hate online.
In her first book, Shrill, Lindy West offers this memorable take on the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland: ‘She is the perfect feminazi caricature: fat, loud, irrational, violent, overbearing, constantly hitting a hedgehog with a flamingo…
The Fifth Estate: Big Tobacco
Four years ago, Australia became the first country in the world to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes.
Well, ‘plain packaging’ is probably a misnomer; ‘hideous packaging’ might be closer to the mark. In Australia today, regardless of which brand you choose, your cigarette packet will come plastered in public health warnings and photos of mouth cancer.
It’s supposed to make…
War and Terror: The Nightmare of Our Times
‘Know thyself, know thy enemy’ – the oft-quoted rule of war isn’t so straightforward these days. The shape of war has changed.
Today, the idea of a nation-state declaring war against its neighbour seems almost quaint. Many major conflicts around the world now involve militias, terrorist organisations and insurgents, acting on sub-national and supra-national levels. Since 2001 we have engaged…
What’s That Sound? Activism Today
American marriage equality campaigner Jim Obergefell calls himself ‘an accidental activist’, but his name will appear in the history books for many years to come. He was the plaintiff in last year’s landmark Obergefell v Hodge Supreme Court decision, which legalised same-sex marriage across the United States.
Visiting Melbourne, Obergefell joined four revered local activists – Elaine Pearson, Gary Foley…
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