Helen Razer — Writer and broadcaster

Helen Razer

Writer and broadcaster

Helen Razer is a writer whose work appears in The Saturday Paper, Daily Review, SBS Online and Frankie. She has previously worked as a columnist for The Age and The Australian and as a broadcaster for ABC radio.


Razer: the Duchess of Sussex is a breath of recycled air

May 22, 2018 5

The royal wedding is the latest in a long line of stunts to modernise the British throne, and it will benefit only the most fortunate.

Razer: I had John Howard all wrong

May 17, 2018 6

Either Helen Razer spent 11 years overthinking Howard, or Howard spent the last 11 learning to believe his own cack. Either way, his submission to the Religious Freedom Review is proof that one of them is bonkers.

Razer: sorting truth from treachery in the legacy of Paris, 1968

May 15, 2018 22

For too many, the 1968 Paris protests are an apolitical memory. For others, they paved the way for neoliberalism's global domination.

Razer: Hillary Clinton’s religious, if nonsensical, performance to Melbourne’s true believers

May 11, 2018 48

Hillary Clinton spoke to a 5000-strong crowd on a freezing Thursday night in Melbourne. Her observations on misogyny failed to adequately warm Helen Razer.

Razer: for a ‘rebel icon’, Bob Dylan certainly sells out a lot

May 8, 2018 22

No matter how many times the iconoclast has shilled for healthcare corporations, auto companies, tech giants (at least three times) and banks, liberal writers will give themselves a hernia trying to justify him.

Happy 200th birthday, Marx, you wonderful, misunderstood shit-stirrer!

May 4, 2018 32

You only turn 200 once.

Razer: my fantasy budget involves a certain Greek finance minister and a lot of leather

May 3, 2018 9

Well, we did ask for "fantasy" budget.

Razer: ACTU’s class war pamphlet looks more like a class bore

May 1, 2018 30

If unions could release pamphlets that would not only be endured by ordinary people, but understood and enjoyed, that would be a nice start to the revolution.

Razer: you can act appalled by the banks, but you’re ignoring the real issue

April 26, 2018 11

Don't believe the politicians and pundits: denouncing the banks for bad behaviour is nothing more than attempts to play into a grand illusion.

Razer: feminism doesn’t mean we have to be nice about Barbara Bush

April 24, 2018 16

A major Western feminist movement honouring the memory of Barbara Bush represents a critical failure of reason.

Razer: Comey grilled lighter than tuna in a salad nicoise

April 20, 2018 34

The ABC's Leigh Sales questioned only the integrity of Comey -- one of the world’s leading mimics of decency -- and not of the FBI, to take just one example.

Razer: how to tell the baddies from the goodies in this Syria nightmare

April 17, 2018 36

Who are the baddies? Who are the goodies? Are there any goodies at all in this horrifying locus in which even allies clash?

Razer: Anne Edmonds’ comedy is truly, madly, deeply Australian – and that’s why it works

April 12, 2018 5

For comedy to work, here in this country, it must be truly Australian. It must evoke the minutiae of a time and place, be unashamedly local.

Razer: how the free market turned the pursuit of ‘truth’ into a red herring

April 10, 2018 20

Denied the conditions in which truth can be considered, all we are left with is bullshit.

Razer: OK look, yes, I will vote for the Greens (but I’ll pinch my nose while I do it)

April 5, 2018 49

Because it's better to go with possibly red than certainly dead, which is what the current lot will get us.

Razer: ‘toxic masculinity’ debate is self-defeating and toxic itself

April 3, 2018 67

We see the term everywhere, yet few people ever bother to define it. In Helen Razer's view, “toxic masculinity” is not a true concept, and not truly feminist at all.

Razer: I believe Andrew Bolt is the first robot to pass the Turing Test

March 29, 2018 52

Really the only explanation for Andrew Bolt's remarkable (quantity, not quality) output is that he's a big ol' android.

Razer: war won’t wait for our moralising fits over Stormy Daniels

March 27, 2018 64

It's time to face the fact: the obscenity of violence should overrule the Western "obscenity" of unruly women.

Razer: if Zuckerberg paid me for my private data, I’d hand it over in a second

March 22, 2018 26

Pretty soon, automation and wage stagnation will mean a great many of us will have no other choice but to sell our private information to make a living.

Razer: 15 years since we declared war on Iraq, little has changed

March 20, 2018 63

Dissenters today are still treated exactly the same way by the mainstream press as they were 15 years ago at the beginning of the Iraq War.