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Articles by Helen Razer

Woolworths’ Anzac campaign perfectly appropriate to what Gallipoli has become

The reality of Gallipoli is secondary to its function as a powerful but empty signifier. If we are going to hate Woolworths’ co-option of the Diggers, why do we allow everyone else to do it?

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Dallas Buyers Club: how the gays have been co-opted for profit

In more ways than one, the depiction of Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club reflects the greed and profiteering of the film’s owners.

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Jeremy Clarkson and the obsolescence of middle-class white men

Jeremy Clarkson once stood to mock the middle-class English culture he represented. But now has nothing left to say beyond “Believe me, I’m very important”.

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Razer: rape jokes per se are not offensive, but bad comedy is

The comedian and the audience must allow themselves freedom from the orthodoxies of the everyday.

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Razer: nevermind sugar, Paleo pushers need to quit bullshit, before it kills kids

After a day of reproachful messages suggesting that Helen Razer was so mentally unwell that she needed a detox, she held forth to cleanse the toxins. This is her enema.

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Paleo is a stupid cult, and it is killing people

A toxic mix of scientism and a delusional belief in pseudo-history have created a world in which we pick and choose easy “answers”, rather than search for actual knowledge.

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Razer: the death of The Hoopla and the media’s self-obsession

Dear Australian media, you are not the most special unique snowflakes to have ever lived, and there is more worth reporting than what is inside your own newsroom.

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You, not your iPhone, are the gravest threat to your kid

Won’t someone think of the children! Kids use smartphones because we let them. Perhaps try parenting, instead of buying another app to limit your kid’s screen time.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: in UN attack, Abbott’s slip is showing

Abbott has again decided to kick an institution many Australians strongly support — dubious as the United Nations may be …

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Razer: Latham’s right, mental illness does discriminate

Mark Latham has declared mental illness to be a largely imagined problem of the bored middle class. He is right that some socioeconomic groups are more likely to be affected, but the finer details escape him.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: home ownership the real intergenerational theft

It is time to give up the Australian Dream of home ownership. Not only are houses sometimes a bad investment, but the emphasis on owning is bad for everyone.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: top five moments of political distraction (including the apology)

The government’s reaction to the Forgotten Children report is pure vaudeville — and Gillian Triggs is the villain.

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Razer: why you, yes YOU, should care about data retention

You’ve done nothing wrong, you say? Bollocks, says Helen Razer. George Brandis wants to throw you in jail.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: does watching American Pie make you a consumer of child porn?

The definition of “child pornography”, like the definition of “metadata” seems very elastic. And the government’s new data retention proposals will ensnare devotees of The Simpsons, not child rapists.

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Razer: Fifty Shades of Grey is the Quarter Pounder of erotica

Disappointingly, the new film is not as terrible as everyone had hoped.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: why Bolt wants to spank Malcolm Turnbull

Despite Bolt’s bile, Abbott has only one person to blame for his government’s ongoing strife — himself.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: Libs give us illusion of choice, but leave the same bad taste

Don’t fall for the label on the can — no matter who’s in charge, the Liberal Party’s unjust equations will hurt us all.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: a literary analysis of Rupert Murdoch’s tweets

Gawker suggests Rupert Murdoch may tweet while drunk. But Helen Razer thinks there may be a more poetic explanation …

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Razer’s Class Warfare: tits on page 3 are not oppressing you

The “media effect” is nonsense, and page 3 girls with their baps out are not turning working-class men in Bristol into slavering rapists.

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Razer: Triple J’s biggest success is its ongoing failure

The true value of the imperfect, sometimes-amateurish Triple J is that it provides young Australians with a platform from which to critique confusing orthodoxies in the culture industry.

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G-strings and racists — how cost-cutting cheapens our papers

It’s not that traditional media have grown more racist or sexist, it’s just all they can afford to print.

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Razer: the pleasures of binge-watching

Staying up all night bingeing on Breaking Bad hasn’t just changed the way we watch TV, but the TV we watch.

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Razer: Je ne suis pas Charlie

Though satire has a rich history in Western culture, it does not win wars. And to believe that Charlie Hebdo was attacked simply for its irreverence is tragically myopic.

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Razer: Abbott errs, Bishop shines in the war on pleather

Men can no longer escape the harsh judgement of our intensely visual age. So how well are the boys adjusting to the critical gaze women have endured for so long?

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Razer’s Class Warfare: you can’t co-opt siege victims for your cause

We as humans are tempted to see patterns everywhere, where there are none. But our rational brains must overcome that instinct — and don’t publish the first thing that comes to mind in a moment of blind panic.

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