Helen Razer: Giving Up On Art
In a recent article for The Age, Helen Razer tackled the conundrum of queer culture and the value of the ghetto. The very idea of ‘gay’, she argued, is itself a bit of a problem. While it might be persuasively argued that to classify people as gay, bi, trans, poly et al has some ethical or practical purpose, she questions the value of festivals dedicated to promoting homosexuals in the arts “as desperately needed as promoting white men in politics”.
In this Lunchbox/Soapbox appearance, Razer expands her argument. Does gay arts culture exist, as Razer provocatively suggests, merely as a currency for those who have given up on art?
Helen Razer was a broadcaster and is now a writer. Her appointments in radio were at the Triple J national network and ABC Melbourne. Her books include A Short History of Stupid, co-authored with national affairs correspondent Bernard Keane, a 2015 work on the history of bad Western thought shortlisted for the Russell Prize; and Total Propaganda, a popular work on Marxism recently published by Allen & Unwin.
Helen has written on social and political matters for the Age and Australian. She now contributes news and cultural analysis to outlets including Crikey, the Saturday Paper, Daily Review, Frankie, SBS and Atlantic digital publication Quartz.