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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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Razer’s Class Warfare: does watching <em>American Pie</em> make you a consumer of child porn?

Razer’s Class Warfare: does watching American Pie make you a consumer of child porn?

February 19, 2015 13 Comments

The definition of "child pornography", like the definition of "metadata" seems very elastic. And the government's new data retention proposals will ensnare devotees of The Simpsons, not child rapists.

Razer: <em>Fifty Shades of Grey</em> is the Quarter Pounder of erotica

Razer: Fifty Shades of Grey is the Quarter Pounder of erotica

February 13, 2015

Disappointingly, the new film is not as terrible as everyone had hoped.

Razer’s Class Warfare: why Bolt wants to spank Malcolm Turnbull

Razer’s Class Warfare: why Bolt wants to spank Malcolm Turnbull

February 12, 2015 15 Comments

Despite Bolt's bile, Abbott has only one person to blame for his government's ongoing strife -- himself.

Razer’s Class Warfare: Libs give us illusion of choice, but leave the same bad taste

Razer’s Class Warfare: Libs give us illusion of choice, but leave the same bad taste

February 5, 2015 16 Comments

Don't fall for the label on the can -- no matter who's in charge, the Liberal Party's unjust equations will hurt us all.

Razer’s Class Warfare: a literary analysis of Rupert Murdoch’s tweets

Razer’s Class Warfare: a literary analysis of Rupert Murdoch’s tweets

January 29, 2015 8 Comments

Gawker suggests Rupert Murdoch may tweet while drunk. But Helen Razer thinks there may be a more poetic explanation ...

Razer: Triple J’s biggest success is its ongoing failure

Razer: Triple J’s biggest success is its ongoing failure

January 21, 2015

The true value of the imperfect, sometimes-amateurish Triple J is that it provides young Australians with a platform from which to critique confusing orthodoxies in the culture industry.

G-strings and racists — how cost-cutting cheapens our papers

G-strings and racists — how cost-cutting cheapens our papers

January 15, 2015 9 Comments

It's not that traditional media have grown more racist or sexist, it's just all they can afford to print.

Razer: the pleasures of binge-watching

Razer: the pleasures of binge-watching

January 14, 2015

Staying up all night bingeing on Breaking Bad hasn't just changed the way we watch TV, but the TV we watch.

Razer: Je ne suis pas <em>Charlie</em>

Razer: Je ne suis pas Charlie

January 9, 2015

Though satire has a rich history in Western culture, it does not win wars. And to believe that Charlie Hebdo was attacked simply for its irreverence is tragically myopic.

Razer: Abbott errs, Bishop shines in the war on pleather

Razer: Abbott errs, Bishop shines in the war on pleather

January 8, 2015 12 Comments

Men can no longer escape the harsh judgement of our intensely visual age. So how well are the boys adjusting to the critical gaze women have endured for so long?