Let’s forget for a moment that Sharri Markson’s stint undercover at UTS and USyd was more or less an extremely unethical Never Been Kissed. The real kicker about her research into the way media is taught at Australian universities is that it betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of what media education is and needs to be in a liberal democracy – a misconception that is gaining traction.
It always begins with the same question. ‘Do animals suffer?’ The answer must be yes, so then comes the real question, namely can we then justify causing that pain?
‘Take off your shirt. I want to look at you.’
These words, spoken in ‘The Wedding’, the seventh episode of Outlander, are radical, because they are spoken by a woman to a man. Unlike Game of Thrones, the show to which it is most frequently compared, Outlander is governed exclusively by an active, desiring female gaze.
What is perhaps most surprising about the passing of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam at the age of 98 isn’t the fact that he died but that the announcement has hit so many so hard.
It seemed to me that violence against women and children was everywhere, in every street. Eventually of course, I managed to pull myself together. I realised that male violence IS everywhere. It’s one of the cornerstones of Western culture.