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Mel Campbell

Melbourne-based journalist and critic

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Who are you wearing? The racism and appropriation inherent in fash-speak

Who are you wearing? The racism and appropriation inherent in fash-speak

Mel CampbellMar 15, 2016

Be wary of the word "fierce".

Bikes, tattoos, puppies and urinals: on peak <em>Guardian</em>

Bikes, tattoos, puppies and urinals: on peak Guardian

Mel CampbellFeb 23, 20157 Comments

Can you walk your bike up a hill? Are beards over? Are we too dismissive of the rights of the differently abled? It's time to delve into the world of peak Guardian.

Tears on a plane: why our emotions soar while we fly

Tears on a plane: why our emotions soar while we fly

Mel CampbellJan 27, 20152 Comments

Floating far above the ground in a padded chair, in a dry, sealed aeroplane cabin that hums gently, facing away from other passengers, with no phone or email interrupting our thoughts, we travel inward as well as onward.

So, you think you're middle class ...

So, you think you're middle class ...

Mel CampbellDec 11, 201410 Comments

With almost 93% of Australians identifying as middle class, we need to start talking about the c-word.

A little ditty 'bout Tony and Vlad

A little ditty 'bout Tony and Vlad

Mel CampbellNov 13, 201416 Comments

When did Russia's kleptocratic, despotic and murderous leader become everyone's favourite wacky, lovable hunk?

Is Fairfax's Daily Life really what women want?

Is Fairfax's Daily Life really what women want?

Mel CampbellFeb 23, 20125 Comments

From a business point of view, Daily Life makes excellent sense. But it's still fluff to smart women.

Who will think of the small, vulnerable creatures with Messiah complexes? Our pets

Mel CampbellDec 23, 20111 Comment

At this time of year, our thoughts turn to our own homes, which, while perhaps not filled with straw and manure, do often contain small, vulnerable creatures with Messiah complexes -- our pets.

Women pose in bikinis to 'own' their bodies. Something's not right here

Mel CampbellDec 5, 201113 Comments

We don’t make men believe that "strength", "pride", "empowerment" and "inspiration" require them to strip in public, so why do women continue to believe it of themselves?

Obama visit -- cultural cringe as fandom

Mel CampbellNov 18, 20114 Comments

Like superfans, we’ve been hanging out forever for President Obama to tour, and we just about lost our minds once he finally did.

The Ernie Awards: fighting misogyny with limp sarcasm

Mel CampbellOct 19, 20119 Comments

A recently released report revealed sexism isn’t always expressed in a handy sound bite you can boo and hiss at; more often it’s subliminal, intangible -- and deniable.