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Mel Campbell — Freelance journalist and critic

Mel Campbell

Freelance journalist and critic

Mel Campbell is a Melbourne-based journalist and critic.

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Is Fairfax’s Daily Life really what women want?

Is Fairfax’s Daily Life really what women want?

Mel Campbell February 23, 2012 5 Comments

From a business point of view, Daily Life makes excellent sense. But it's still fluff to smart women.

Who will think of the small, vulnerable creatures with Messiah complexes? Our pets

Mel Campbell December 23, 2011 1 Comment

At this time of year, our thoughts turn to our own homes, which, while perhaps not filled with straw and manure, do often contain small, vulnerable creatures with Messiah complexes -- our pets.

Women pose in bikinis to ‘own’ their bodies. Something’s not right here

Mel Campbell December 5, 2011 13 Comments

We don’t make men believe that "strength", "pride", "empowerment" and "inspiration" require them to strip in public, so why do women continue to believe it of themselves?

Obama visit — cultural cringe as fandom

Mel Campbell November 18, 2011 4 Comments

Like superfans, we’ve been hanging out forever for President Obama to tour, and we just about lost our minds once he finally did.

The Ernie Awards: fighting misogyny with limp sarcasm

Mel Campbell October 19, 2011 9 Comments

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.

Grieving Jobs without worshipping Apple? It’s all Steve’s design

Mel Campbell October 12, 2011 8 Comments

Perhaps the loss of Jobs also hammers home another loss of jobs, as the much-vaunted "creative class" that overwhelmingly uses Apple products -- and defines itself at least partly by this use -- is turning out to be increasingly illusory and economically unsustainable for its workers.

Actual intellectuals with passionate arguments = best Q&A ever!

Actual intellectuals with passionate arguments = best Q&A ever!

Mel Campbell October 4, 2011 34 Comments

I make no secret of my opinion that Q&A is the worst show on Australian television. But a politician-free panel redeemed the ABC show last night.

BRW’s Young Rich list: she has to rely on the old man’s money

BRW’s Young Rich list: she has to rely on the old man’s money

Mel Campbell September 23, 2011

Yesterday BRW magazine released its annual Young Rich list of Australia’s most successful entrepreneurs aged under 40. This list of 100 contains only eight women.

ALR closure shows a literary culture that runs on love, not money

Mel Campbell September 14, 2011

The most striking thing about news of the closure of the Australian Literary Review has been the relative equanimity with which it has been greeted.

Hey Janet, on female sex you’ve got the rough end of the stick

Mel Campbell September 1, 2011 9 Comments

Janet Albrechtsen's opinion piece in yesterday’s Australian was shocking -- you would never would have pegged her as a Sex and the City fan. Or suggesting all female sexual exploration is positive.