Transgender is in the zeitgeist recently. From an acclaimed episode of Four Corners on the ABC to transgender woman Captain Catherine McGregor’s appearance on Q&A to Human Rights commissioner Tim Wilson’s piece on The Drum about how ‘it’s time for the transgender talk, Australia,’ the visibility of transgender people has never been higher in Australia – a positive development for an oft-maligned community. Or so it would seem.
Journalism is invasive. Reporting is often built on conflict and rare drama. Sometimes – rarely – journalism challenges our perceptions of society, government and ourselves.
How can people who come from such young cultures comprehend the sophistication of a continuous culture that goes back more than sixty thousand years?
I agree with John Morrissey when he writes that ‘fear and hysteria’ characterize much in public discourse around Islam. Indeed, it’s hard to see how anything but fear and hysteria would make a ‘debate’ about Islam and Muslims necessary – the word itself has now become a shibboleth for a quasi-racist fear mongering.
When you write a book about the technologies of today that are building the future, and hear that a Marxist science-fiction writer is going to review it, one is liable to get a little nervous.