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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.

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

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

May 7, 2015 4 Comments

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".

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

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

May 6, 2015

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

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

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

April 30, 2015 13 Comments

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.

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

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

April 29, 2015

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

You cannot heal the sick through tolerance and understanding

You cannot heal the sick through tolerance and understanding

April 23, 2015 10 Comments

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.

Razer: being and nothingness and the Material Girl

Razer: being and nothingness and the Material Girl

April 21, 2015

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

Woolworths’ Anzac campaign perfectly appropriate to what Gallipoli has become

Woolworths’ Anzac campaign perfectly appropriate to what Gallipoli has become

April 16, 2015 22 Comments

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?

<em>Dallas Buyers Club</em>: how the gays have been co-opted for profit

Dallas Buyers Club: how the gays have been co-opted for profit

April 9, 2015 4 Comments

In more ways than one, the depiction of Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club reflects the greed and profiteering of the film's owners.

Jeremy Clarkson and the obsolescence of middle-class white men

Jeremy Clarkson and the obsolescence of middle-class white men

April 2, 2015 41 Comments

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”.

Razer: rape jokes per se are not offensive, but bad comedy is

Razer: rape jokes per se are not offensive, but bad comedy is

April 1, 2015

The comedian and the audience must allow themselves freedom from the orthodoxies of the everyday.