Thursday, 25 September 2014

The King’s Tribune has ceased publishing.

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This has been an incredibly difficult decision, I’ve tried everything I can think of to avoid it, but recent changes in my circumstances mean there is nothing else I can do. I’m more sad about this than I can say, I’ve fought for years to keep The Tribune going, but the combination of time and money it requires to do that has become more than I can manage. I want to thank everyone for all the support The Tribune has…
Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Sex work and stereotypes

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I read Bridgid Delaney’s article in the Guardian yesterday with a deep sense of foreboding. Yet another article about “St Kilda prostitutes”, stereotyping sex workers and conflating the outward effects of homelessness, poverty, mental illness, drug addiction and threatening men with sex work. Another pity piece, ignorant of the damage such stereotypes inflict and the dangers they create. I am not a sex worker, it is not my role or my right to speak on behalf of sex workers. But…
Friday, 05 September 2014

Lewis' Law and online misogyny

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From the incomprehensibly vicious to the boringly repetitive, the online response to women’s voices is vastly different to the experiences of men in the same space. Why do some men find relief in such venomous attacks on women in the media? Lewis’ Law dictates that “the comments on any article about feminism justify feminism”. This seems like circuitous logic, until you do the one thing that everyone tells you not to do on the internet: read the comments. Writers are…
Wednesday, 03 September 2014

Arts, artists and Australians

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In the words of OscarWilde “No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.” Sadly, in Australia in 2014, a great many artists and artistic companies will be forced to see things as they really are and may simply cease to exist. The Abbott government’s May 2014 budget brought in perhaps the most stringent cuts ever seen in arts funding. And yet those in the arts were reminded how…
Tuesday, 02 September 2014

Not Your Average Bio

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What made Diamond Joe change from jovial, avuncular goof into angry, sulky goof? We asked Andrew P Street to read the Joe Hockey biography so that you wouldn’t have to. You're welcome. Biographers, more or less by necessity, have to fall in love in with their subject. Writing a book is a nightmarishly long ordeal and Stockholm Syndrome must kick in at some point out of sheer self-preservation. So it’s no surprise that Not Your Average Joe’s author Madonna King…
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