Article: Be outraged at the abuse of children, not at one mother’s efforts to protect her daughters

Me, on Kasey Edwards’ article, but before you read it: There was a huge amount of debate over the original article, some of it helpful, much of it not. Very little of it about the actual topic of child abuse and the statistics that say how prevalent it is. The thing no one should ever […]... Read More

Article: The truth about rape convictions: ‘It shatters your belief that the world is a safe place’

A report just released from the Crime Statistics Agency found that in 2009 and 2010, over 3,500 rapes were reported to Victoria Police. Of those, a tiny 3% ended in a court conviction. Even more startling, 41 police reports were made against alleged perpetrators who already had at least six prior sexual offences recorded. Nearly […]... Read More

Article: We need to debunk the ‘monster myth’, and rapists may have a role to play

Tom Stranger doesn’t look like the mythical rapist, but he does look like a real rapist. And he admits to being a real rapist. Because of that, he has something valuable to say to the men who commit rape but are unable to conceive of themselves as rapists, or their attitudes to women’s bodies as […]... Read More

Article: Should Gladys Berejiklian be steeling herself for an onslaught of sexism?

It’s very early days yet, but it’s going to be interesting to see how the rampant misogyny that dogged so many female politicians will play out with a Liberal premier. Will she be marked as “unfit for leadership” because she’s “deliberately barren”, as Senator Bill Heffernan said of Julia Gillard? Read the full article on […]... Read More

Article: We need to start talking about working dads

Women are never going to be able to access an equal level of professional opportunity until men take on equal responsibility for unpaid work. I’m not talking about men “helping” more with the children, I’m talking about a fundamental change to how we understand family roles. Read the full article on The Sydney Morning Herald... Read More

Article: Could automation make life worse for women?

Last year the World Economic Forum (WEF) coined the phrase the fourth industrial revolution for the sweeping changes technology is set to make to our world. This revolution will irrevocably alter our fundamental concept of work, and our ability to trade time and skill for money. This is not something we’re waiting for though; it’s […]... Read More

Debunking myths about rape and domestic violence

The irrefutable facts of domestic violence in Australia There’s a persistent view, particularly among men who feel under attack by feminists, that anyone who talks about gendered violence is demonising men. And that in doing so, not only are they are factually incorrect, they’re also deliberately ignoring male victims. The problem with this is that […]... Read More