I recently watched two documentaries back-to-back about two rugby greats, Dan Carter and the late Jonah Lomu.  Watching the documentaries left me sad, annoyed and a little bit angry. The final scenes of Lomu on the beach with his boys, were a tragic reminder of what was lost to his family and community in his…

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Them Before Us: Why We Need a Global Children’s Rights MovementKaty Faust & Stacy Manning I first saw to Katy Faust on Australian television during our same sex marriage debate. She was introduced by a commentator as the daughter of lesbian parents, who was against same sex marriage. Of course, this was a provocative embellishment…

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I am on a journey back to a form of feminism that I am not sure exists. Many women like myself, stopped identifying as a feminist when our suburban lives ceased bearing any semblance to the goals spouted by the angry weirdos at the forefront of western feminism. While I was busy running a grown…

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“Never be afraid when God brings back your past” Oswald Chambers said.   When God began bringing back my past recently, I was more confused than afraid.  But I was afraid.  What confused me is that God was bringing back such happy memories.  A series of dreams and flashbacks were reminding me of happy islands in…

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This week, Joel Fitzgibbon, resigned from the shadow cabinet over what was reported to be climate change policy.  I heard his speech and I heard what he was saying, and this is not about climate policy.  Mr Fitzgibbon was saying that Labor is not what it use to be, Labor doesn’t believe what it use…

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Karen is the stigma, not of the woman, or even the white woman but the wrong voting white woman. Burdening the term “karen” with distasteful connotations, makes her not just the person nobody wants to be, but a target of legitimate harassment and violence.

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If we can’t agree on the language we use in a debate, it becomes what my Chinese bookkeeper use to call a “chicken and duck conversation”. We are currently having a “chicken and duck conversation” about race in our society.  We think we are talking about race, but the mainstreaming of a radical form of…

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I have been reading Ruby Hamad’s theories that white women are complicit it in colonisation[i].  It didn’t bother me at first because what is colonisation but living in a colony and making a life and sure, white women did that. The title of the article was “White women were colonisers too. To move forward, we…

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So I’ve been spending some time listening to YouTubers talk about gender. I spent an hour last night listening to a video posted by Blair White, a popular conservative transgender YouTuber.  In the video, she debated with a person who identified as ‘gender queer’ who calls themself ‘Contrapoints’. [1]  Seeing these twenty something kids debating…

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Lately, I have been feeling a bit like we have a sexual politics version of ‘McCarthyism’ emerging in our culture.  McCarthyism is named after U.S Senator Joseph McCarthy, and his post war campaign to weed out communists from positions of influence, the entertainment industry and business. McCarthyism is also used “more generally to describe reckless,…

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