Questions for Us: Is it all just for a compliment?

  Questions for Us: Is it all just for a compliment?  The moment after Christmas dinners and lunches were fully consumed, my Facebook page got littered with images like this… from women. No men indulged me with feelings of having …
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Book Review – Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture

  Book Review – Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture, By Ariel Levy In Female Chauvinist Pigs, New York magazine writer Ariel Levy explores the rise of “raunch culture” – specifically, how its popularity has grown …
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Book Review – BITCHfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine Paperback

  Book Review – BITCHfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine Paperback, by Lisa Jervis and Andi Zeisler I read BITCHfest for the first time almost three years ago. The editor of a local fashion …
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Column: Forgotten Women – science edition

  Women in Science I love a good fun fact. Scorpions can hold their breath for up to 6 days. The Victorian era had special cups to prevent a man’s moustache from being dunked in his tea. But we all …
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The Problem with Quirky: Exploring Feminism, Whimsy and Creativity

  The Problem with Quirky: Exploring Feminism, Whimsy and Creativity In her postmodern, epistolary novel, I Love Dick, Chris Kraus describes a character she created for an independent East Village play, saying “She became that word that people use to …
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Death fetish

In all modern societies across the world death takes on the form of a fetish. A so-called ‘natural’ death or, in other words, death by disease is the process we force on people because it has the status of being …
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LIVING LYRICALLY, LITERALLY: ‘Royals’

LIVING LYRICALLY, LITERALLY. In which we apply human-like scenarios to popular songs, which may or may not have been written with said philosophical intentions in mind. Rebellious analysis at its most ludicrous. By Natalie Reiss     Lorde is a …
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Stephen Koukoulas & Judith Sloan – Forget Debt

While household debt is a constant concern for family budgets, a fierce public debate about our national debt has broken out amongst economists around the world in the years since the GFC. On the one side we have Paul Krugman …
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Live Stream Aung San Suu Kyi’s sold out talk

Ideas at the House is thrilled to announce that we will live stream Daw Aung San Suu Kyi AC’s address, along with the conferral of her Honorary Doctorates, from the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall stage on Wednesday 27 November. …
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Inside a dangerous mind – Arlie Hochschild

Name: Hochschild, Arlie Age: 73 Occupation: Sociologist/writer Status: DANGEROUS – Q: What makes an idea “dangerous”? When it strikes an anxiety-nerve. From infancy on, we learn to connect ideas to anxiety — about being attacked, demeaned, isolated or deprived of meaning. So in …
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