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Articles by Helen Razer

Nauru is your fault. It’s time to stop pretending it’s not happening

You can’t stick your fingers in your ears and ignore what the government is doing in your name. But protests and candlelight vigils are not going to solve anything.

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Vitamins are crap, stop taking them

Vitamins don’t actually improve your health and might cause detrimental effects. So why are Aussies stuffing them down their gullets?

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Razer: je suis Mark Latham

If we are free only to express ideas acceptable to me, the French government or radical Islamists, then we are not free to speak. We are free only to speak our way to broad acceptability.

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From hipsters to racists, everyone suffers the ‘idiot reflex’ of outrage

From whiny Millenials to crotchety old racists, everyone’s on their own witch hunt.

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Outrage hobbyists miss the point in $2 Target shirt storm

Was the recent campaign against Target’s $2 back-to-school-special shirts effective boycotting or just “old-fashioned bogan bashing”?

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Razer: Bowie, ‘rape culture’, and how feminism became the Westboro Baptist Church

The new feminism, so eager to annul a woman’s memory of sexual pleasure with David Bowie, has begun to offer itself up as a ridiculous cartoon.

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David Bowie is not your agile disruptor

Bowie wasn’t exceptional because he moved fast with the times; quite the opposite.

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Ten things I hate about 2015

Helen Razer lists her “worst 10” of 2015, including Mark Latham and the (new) royal baby.

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Bill Leak, New Matilda and the freedom to troll

Yes, the cartoon in The Australian was racist. But it seems like it was published only to make the left jump up and down and scream “racism”.

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Infinite boom 4EVA! (Or, why Turnbull’s innovation plan sux)

Malcolm Turnbull wants us all to believe in the vibe of his frankly insubstantial innovation strategy.

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Sunday Night Safran was the best kind of journalism

Like the priest obliged to save all souls, or the imaginary broadcast institution obliged to respect all faiths, this program had a divine indifference to usual order.

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The Uber of Anxiety is not going to heal mental illness

There is not enough money for mental health services, leaving different approaches fighting for scraps.

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Sorry Telstra, individual excellence, noble though it may be, does not help us all

The participation of women and of other “minorities” in military action neutralises the nature of the participation itself.

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Michelle Bridges is right, people who grow their own food are freaks

Growing your own food makes no economic (or even taste) sense, and those (like me) who do it are in fact freaks. But believing what you see on TV as real is far, far worse.

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Instagram it. Hashtag it. Save the world.

What happens when highly shareable youth content creators take money from highly profitable companies and turn it into a choose-your-own-agenda getaway for Twitter’s most fabulous?

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Check yo’self before you tech yo’self: Wyatt Roy and the new language of bullshit

Welcome to the New Bullshit.

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Razer: how a culture of ’empowerment’ ruined Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer used to be funny. Then she met Judd Apatow, and her edge became dull.

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To hell with your morality, decriminalising sex work saves lives

Sex work should be safe and legal, because if it is not the latter, it will not be the former.

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The nightmare of anxiety that’s all your fault

Australia has accepted the watchful eye of the master for so long that we don’t know how to do anything else.

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Razer: mea culpa, or, how the internet turns you into a fuckwit

When everyone on the internet feels that they should have an opinion at all times, things get ugly.

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The 2nd Amendment is a terrible idea. But unfettered capitalism is worse.

Screwing people at the bottom half of income distribution doesn’t actually work to stimulate an economy. Plus, it can be fatal.

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‘Karen’ the remorseful greenie (and other tales of futile awareness campaigns)

Advertisers can sell a product to young people with relative ease, but the matter of selling them, or anyone, a message of morality is rather more complex, especially coming from government.

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Raining on Turnbull’s lady garden party

Elevating more women to cabinet positions does not actually improve the lot of women in Australia.

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The 10 worst moments of Tony Abbott

Was it the patronising misogyny face? The onion? The constant references to the Nazis? Here’s how Tony came undone.

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How Abbott could go down in history as one of our greatest statesmen

Abbott has managed the incredible feat of turning a serenade to the base and an act of unproductive war into significantly increased approval. God help us all.

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