Darker than blue: on light-skin privilege

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Reflection
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Culture
Politics

Have you seen that Beyondblue advertisement where the passenger on the bus doesn’t want to sit next to the brown skinned man? Or the interviewer doesn’t want to hire the brown skinned woman? These are the sorts of experiences that I have in mind when I refer to skin-colour privilege: ones that people who enjoy light-skin privilege don’t suffer.

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ronald
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Article
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Politics

Penalty plays

Employers are lobbying for penalty rates to be reduced. Again. When the Australian Industry Group’s chief executive, Innes Willox, was interviewed recently by the Australian, he claimed that, whenever penalty rates are mentioned, the ‘unions love to talk about nurses and firemen’, whereas the current debate is about penalty rates in the retail, fast food and restaurant industries.

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Reflection
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Culture
Politics

Sex and shame in cinema

As I experienced adolescence and early adulthood, I learned to think that women should be ashamed of their bodies. I also garnered the idea that sex was an act women engaged in for the specific aim of pleasing men. Worse still, I believed that getting married and having babies was not only important and necessary for me because of my assigned gender, but also that it was actually what I wanted.

NSA spying
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Article
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Politics

The global surveillance picture show

Edward Snowden! Julian Assange! Glenn Greenwald! Kim Dotcom! Also starring: your metadata! Whom you talk to, when, how and for how long. And introducing: the content of your conversations! Everything you say or write to people using electronic and telephone networks, analysed by algorithms and rendered searchable, then archived on a secure database.