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Articles by Helen Razer

Dead Poets Society won’t stop terrorism

Short-sighted media were quick to lunge on a relatively minor recommendation from a report on countering radicalisation of young, at-risk Muslims.

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Abbott’s ‘evil’ dead set from the Middle Ages

Our PM used to be able to explain foreign policy without invoking Satan. Not so much anymore.

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A womb with a bird’s-eye view: what Gillard gets wrong about sexism

Julia Gillard would be wise not to conflate political battles with gender warfare. Sexism is a fundamentally different beast in the top echelons of society.

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Q and Gay is really stupid (but so is every other Q&A episode)

If Q&A is, as its tagline suggests, “democracy in action”, then democracy has become little more than the opportunity to enjoy strong feelings.

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… and Helen Razer makes the queer case against it

After 150 years of mistreatment by the state and its juridical and mental institutions, many homosexual people, and their new “allies”, continue to believe that the state can save them. But it cannot, and marriage is not the way forward.

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The tampon tax is a convenient distraction. Period.

The real fight is not about whether the GST should apply to feminine hygiene products. The real fight is about whether the GST should exist at all.

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Equality does not trickle down, no matter what Girl Power feminists say

The philosophy underpinning She Leads, a new feminist conference to “inspire” women leaders, is total pants. It ignores the basic truth about inequality and supply-side economics.

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Razer: the Mad Men finale and how the market killed nostalgia

More than anything, last night’s Mad Men finale was a powerfully depressing reminder that the mechanism of the market is now the mechanism of the self.

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Paleo idiots v facts: trying to stop the bullshit bandwagon

Our only current hope for real revelation and proper address of social problems, from obesity to mental illness, lies with science and scholarship.

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We’re making ourselves sick with the publicity of eating disorders

Far from being of benefit to people with extreme mental illness, awareness campaigns around eating disorders can actually cause harm, and are really more for women who “just feel a bit shit about their bodies”.

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Razer: the royal baby is a tool of oppression, stop being fooled

Wills and Kate are about as “natural’ in their new parent photos as you are in your filtered selfie-stick Instagram profile pic.

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Emoji as identity politics (and your dick doesn’t look like an eggplant)

Whether it is celebrities trying their hand at international diplomacy or the insistence on racially diverse emoji, we focus on the symbol and ignore the real.

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Razer: don’t blame Belle Gibson for your belief in idiotic nonsense

Everyone is angry with Belle Gibson, but nobody can be bothered destroying the natural health bullshit that formed her success.

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You cannot heal the sick through tolerance and understanding

The greatest hurdle to treatment for mental illness is, in most cases, the lack of it. And feel-good “RUOK” campaigns are not going to fix the problem.

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Razer: being and nothingness and the Material Girl

The Material Girl’s true currency has been her ability to point her coned-shaped bra at the making of meaning itself.

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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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