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Articles by Helen Razer

Razer’s Class Warfare: like Emma Watson, downvote Lambie, and make yourself feel better

Yes, Jacqui Lambie made a dick of herself. But spilling thousands of pixels on the matter is helping precisely no one.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: let Miss America be vapid and fun

Let Miss America — and celebrities of all stripes — be light entertainment. That is what they are there for, and you can’t talk about domestic violence in taffeta.

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In the name of cash: U2′s Apple virus

Saint Bono has descended from on high to deliver us the fruits of his labours (without asking). But it was the slightly larger iPhone that got the groupies.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: Apple a cruel industrialist in Hillsong Jesus clothing

The emotional incontinence of idiot tech journalists as they fetishise graven images (read: iPhones and Apple Watches) glorifies a god (read: cult leader) that is not as benevolent as it seems.

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Razer: Big Brother in the post-stupid age

Some wankers (OK, Helen Razer) used to wax lyrical about the panopticon, Foucault, Big Brother. But 11 seasons in, does any of it matter (or not matter) anymore?

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Razer’s Class Warfare: Abbott govt helping at least one area of the arts

The Abbott government has promised to “cut red tape”, and while most of its decisions have been ludicrous, one stands out as actual good policy …

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Razer’s Class Warfare: have the Emmys presaged an end to delightful bad taste?

Bourgeois pretensions to the Good Taste of an imagined ruling class have all but erased chicken tikka spray tans and Gabi Grecko bustiers. You could argue that’s a good thing. Except it definitely isn’t.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: we hide their dead — and ours — in a war we have no stomach for

Islamic State militants have released a video of the murder of American journalist James Foley, while American drones slaughter children in secret. Who is the barbarian here?

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Razer’s Class Warfare: oh, those crazy cave ladies and their crazy PMS

Since Hippocrates first made observations about the wandering womb, studies have sought to separate the myth of menses from verifiable fact.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: give Women Against Feminism a chance

Young women no longer see feminism as a social justice movement of value — and who can blame them?

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Razer’s Class Warfare: this week in atheist fundamentalist idiocy

Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris are beating us over the head with blunt and meaningless references — it’s been a bad week in atheism.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: tweeting pictures of dead Palestinian babies helps no one but you

In an age of spectacular oversupply of both images and political perspectives, gore has lost its value. Sharing graphic images from the Gaza conflict turns private moments of death and grief into horror pornography.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: stop saying Ian Thorpe ‘matters’

We assign the value of meaning to everything, thereby making it valueless. We want to believe that solutions are before us, but they aren’t, and just by declaring and debating whether something matters, we make sure it doesn’t.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: asylum seeker policy not a moral question

Tony Abbott does have a moral reason for refugee cruelty. But it’s not a question of morals — it’s a simple banal evil.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: pissing in one’s mouth is a traditional value

We should quit expecting the unlikely convergence of great talent with great moral courage. Plus, what’s so wrong with bubbling?

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Razer’s Class Warfare: the debate around speech is larger than Brandis’ arse

Do you hate freedom or do you hate brown people? These were the choices on offer — but it’s a false dichotomy, and you can reject both terms.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: Murdoch’s capitalist failure drives us to download

Let’s really put an end to the age of entitlement and make media barons accountable for their business failures, rather than legislating their right to steal our right to choice.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: Muir won, but we’ve all lost

You think Ricky Muir came out of that interview looking bad? Think again. Willesee’s interview was a wake for late modernism, with politics and journalism both emerging distinctly tarnished.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: stop loving Malcolm Turnbull

So all you progressives love Malcolm Turnbull. Why, when he’s destroying the NBN and represents the ruling class?

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Clive James’ devilish fire an eternal flame

Clive James has had some silly, nonsensical and flat-out wrong opinions over his long career. But his writing can still ignite passion in any breast, be it adolescent or middle-aged.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: you call that a protest?

Students are taking to the streets with home-made signs and jostling former politicians at uni like it’s 1969. Someone has to let these kids know that the old forms of protest have been kaput for some time.

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Misogyny not to blame for Santa Barbara massacre

We love the narrative that blames a current cultural ill (loose morals, video games, a controversial book, misogyny) for random acts of inexplicable horror. But this narrative is completely wrong.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: Hockey’s narcissism in the age of the selfie

The age of entitlement is far from over for our narcissistic Treasurer, who believes his own experience should be universal and is screwing the poor because he didn’t get enough love from daddy.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: a prick he may be, but Hockey’s dancing is irrelevant

Joe Hockey likes dancing to pop songs and smoking cigars while he formulates a budget to screw over the poor and the sick. But it’s only the budget that matters — the personal is not always political.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: Lewinsky’s taste of fame means lessons are not ours

Monica Lewinsky is not “breaking her silence” to “take back her narrative”. She is not “just like us”. She is not healing, she’s just cashing in. And that’s fine.

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