The under-represented many: on gender prejudice in music

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Polemic
Category
Culture
Sexism

Regrettably, there are those in the music industry who don’t see gender inequity as an issue at all. As in all areas of society, they instead turn complaints of sexism in the industry around to blame the harassed. Or, in response to a lack of female representation, they’ll argue that female musicians barely exist; or that they do, but simply aren’t as talented or skilled or generally up to the task as men. This last notion makes your stomach turn, and it emphasises the need for an industry-wide attitudinal shift.

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Review

September in poetry

Anupama Pilbrow’s debut collection opens with ‘The Body Poem’, which details a forbidden affair between a lover and ‘the body’. The lover is enamoured by ‘the body’, the lover accepts ‘the body’ and even appreciates ‘the sound it makes like / jangling keys’. The subject of the poem is never degraded, used or objectified. Pilbrow instead wraps ‘the body’ in a protective ‘gauze’ (instead of gaze?) which ‘sways in the breeze’.

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Article
Category
conspiracism
The internet

That time Louise Mensch claimed I’m a Russian spy

It started quite innocently, as these social media collisions always do. A friend and I were discussing on Twitter Ed Whelan’s bizarre conspiracy theory in defence of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, remarking – as many people have – that it was reminiscent of Eric Garland’s infamous 120-tweet long ‘game theory’ thread of late 2016.

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Type
Polemic
Category
Politics
The future

Breaking the consensus: where to for the left

Since Bob Hawke and Paul Keating implemented the Australian version of neoliberalism in the 1980s and 90s, there has been a broad consensus between the Labor and Liberal parties on the basic fundamentals of the Australian economy. This consensus has been a major root of two crises in Australia – one political, one economic.

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Type
Polemic
Category
Queer politics
Sexuality

Bi choice

My parents named their only child after one of Shakespeare’s most famous cross-dressers. One might have imagined, therefore, that they’d have been less taken aback to learn of my gradual slide into ambiguous Kinsey Scale territory. As it was, they were deeply surprised. Most people are.