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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: you can’t co-opt siege victims for your cause

Razer’s Class Warfare: you can’t co-opt siege victims for your cause

December 18, 2014 21 Comments

We as humans are tempted to see patterns everywhere, where there are none. But our rational brains must overcome that instinct -- and don't publish the first thing that comes to mind in a moment of blind panic.

Razer’s Class Warfare: get over yourselves, <em>Daily Life</em> writers, Latham not worth a petition

Razer’s Class Warfare: get over yourselves, Daily Life writers, Latham not worth a petition

December 11, 2014 18 Comments

Change.org petitions and a manufactured Fairfax feud only get in the way of hard-hitting analysis of the real goals of feminism.

Razer: take up Stella Young’s activism to pay tribute to a remarkable woman

Razer: take up Stella Young’s activism to pay tribute to a remarkable woman

December 9, 2014

Stella Young was not exceptional because she had a physical disability. She was exceptional because she put everything she had into the hard, important work of social change.

Razer’s Class Warfare: gender is a social construct, but leave the Barbies alone

Razer’s Class Warfare: gender is a social construct, but leave the Barbies alone

December 4, 2014 21 Comments

Yes, gender is not natural. But that doesn't mean politicians should be dictating our Christmas present purchases.

Hey, you with the iPhone, leave Krispy Kreme alone

Hey, you with the iPhone, leave Krispy Kreme alone

December 3, 2014

Whether we're gushing over the Apple Watch or shoving Krispy Kreme into our pie holes, these are experiences that allow us to see each other as social beings, not just slaves to the market.

Razer’s Class Warfare: defend the ABC with politics, not anecdotes

Razer’s Class Warfare: defend the ABC with politics, not anecdotes

November 27, 2014 10 Comments

Yes, "the personal is political", but your feelings on goat's cheese or yoga do nothing to inform the real ABC debate.

Razer: the premature apotheosis of Karl Stefanovic, or, the media is useless

Razer: the premature apotheosis of Karl Stefanovic, or, the media is useless

November 25, 2014

We maintain the fiction that media can provoke great change, but that's not really the case.

Razer’s Class Warfare: illness is not caused by ‘bad thoughts’

Razer’s Class Warfare: illness is not caused by ‘bad thoughts’

November 20, 2014 31 Comments

Sarah "I Quit Sugar" Wilson has declared illness to be caused by "female self-hatred". Actual scientists think somewhat differently.

Razer: the dull, dreary, efficient porn of Fifty Shades of Grey

November 19, 2014

It's not just that Fifty Shades of Grey is a terrible book (though it is). It's that it encourages women to become efficient, dull masturbatory machines -- just like men. Whoopee.

Razer’s Class Warfare: the problem with the media no one is (actually) talking about

Razer’s Class Warfare: the problem with the media no one is (actually) talking about

November 13, 2014 10 Comments

Talking about social ills isn't the same as tackling them, no matter what the media might be telling you.