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Rundle: Elliot Rodger the product of the world we have made

Elliot Rodger’s Santa Barbara massacre was not the result of misogyny or violence in culture. It was the result of a rampant, uncontrollable narcissism — and one that our culture breeds, as a matter of course, every day.

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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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Caro’s Flotsam and Jetsam: Abbott more goose than maverick

The federal government is telling everyone the newest budget is going to bring a lot of pain. It might not be as bad as you think — and that’s a smart strategy. Plus rape in the media and Tony’s new toys …

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Razer’s class warfare: people are terrible, but blame those in power

Stop declaring the violence in Manus Island is “not in your name” or due to Australians’ antipathy, because it’s really not you. It’s the government and the power structures we have put in place.

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Caro’s flotsam and jetsam: vale EJ Howard … 2013 or 1913? … Bernardi busted …

Columnists give thanks for Cory Bernardi — at least he can always be counted upon to say something offensive.

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Razer’s class warfare: the 10 worst protests of 2013

Just shut up with your stupid protests against lingerie football, poor old Snoop Dogg and the liberation of brown women from their oppressors. Your protests are worse than ineffective; they’re actually making things worse. Stop.

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Brough, Jones, Riewoldt, Albrechtsen: our most sexist crowned

It’s a gong no one wants, the Ernie awards for sexist remarks have been dished out over an evening at NSW Parliament.

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Rape, misogyny and the triumph of the hypermasculine

Our horror at rape jokes and protestations of acceptance come about because our culture simultaneously affirms tolerance and equality, while expressing its identity through war and domination.

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Gillard’s knifing had nothing to do with the patriarchy

The chattering feminists are out in force, conflating the ALP caucus with “men” and Julia Gillard with “women”. They are not the same. May Gillard be remembered for more than her gender.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Richard Farmer gives the ABC a fail for its Sunday news sense. Plus other political views noted along the way.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Richard Farmer is not impressed by menu jokes and other misogyny. Plus other political views noted along the way.

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Order in the House: which woman would ‘go into politics now?’

Women comprise 25% of MPs in the House of Representatives. Bond University journalism student Stephanie Cogno-Maglieri asks: is there any difference in performance? And which woman would want to go into politics given recent events?

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Chris Wallace: waiting for feminism’s next wave

We have celebrated the victories of first-wave and second-wave feminism, but there is still a lot of work to be done, writes Chris Wallace in the latest edition of GriffithREVIEW.

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‘Abortion pill’ RU486 likely to be listed on the PBS — for now

The long campaign to provide Australian women with access to medical abortion will near an end today — but what will an Abbott government do on RU486?

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Women in media? Destroy the Joint misses the point

Does the Destroy the Joint movement actually miss the point? In a fiery blog post that had social media abuzz over the weekend, feminist provocateur Helen Razer says the small-target strategy isn’t working.

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We aren’t misogynist perves, just journos with bills: lads’ mag writer

A profile on actress Megan Fox in Esquire magazine — dubbed “the worst thing ever written” — has inspired former FHM Australia editor Guy Mosel to reflect on the life of being a lads’ mag writer.

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Macquarie, misogyny and men who hate women

Julia Gillard has been criticised for changing the definition of misogynist to suit her attack on Tony Abbott. Now, Macquarie Dictionary have updated their entry for “misogyny”. Coincidence? Will Steed and Aidan Wilson investigate.

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Simons: how media perpetuate women’s silence

Men dominate the media, both creating it, and the people it covers. Is it any wonder it cynically dismissed Gillard’s irritation at sexism?

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Gillard misogyny speech: if you strike the redhead, expect to burn

A female rhetorician in white heat. The face of a man crumpling. W H Chong on international versus local responses to Julia Gillard’s misogyny speech.

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Susan Mitchell: Gillard’s words changed politics forever

The Peter Slipper saga will be forgotten. What people will remember is a Prime Minister standing up for women and demanding sexism stop, writes commentator Susan Mitchell.

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Jones, Abbott and when aggressive politics gets ‘out of line’

Alan Jones’ comments about the Prime Minister, and his non-apology, again illuminate Tony Abbott’s political judgment. And shows the apology itself has come a long way.

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Celeb tweeter just collateral damage in online war

Who was responsible for the social media savaging that apparently prompted the hospitalisation of Charlotte Dawson last week? It was part of a bigger issue than mere trolling.

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The misogyny destroying the internet

A number of well-known UK female journalists and commentators have come forth to admit the amount of hatred and vitriol that they receive online — particularly threats around rape and sexual violence.

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The Ernie Awards: fighting misogyny with limp sarcasm

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.

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Politics of misogyny, or misogyny of politics … you decide

Plenty of placards at the anti-carbon tax rally were misogynist. Problem is, they reflect our political culture, not differ from it.

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