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: Where is all our money going? How politicians are really spending our cash

GOVERNMENT ministers rorting travel claims have dominated the news over the last few weeks, but the real story is not in embarrassing individual cases of wrongdoing. Delving into data provided by the Department of Finance, news.com.au found parliamentarians claimed over $500 million in expenses between January 2011 and December 2015. That’s more than half a […]... Read More

Article: 10 headlines about male violence that needed to be fixed in 2016

Here’s a list of things that don’t cause murder: selfies, jealousy, alcohol, mothers, shoes, Jagerbombs, broken hearts, razor blades and romance. Here’s a list of all the things that do cause murder: a person’s decision to commit murder. Read the summary of the worst FixedIts from 2016 on Sydney Morning Herald... 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