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#METOO

ABC TV The Drum has just repeated an episode that explored male violence against women and children and other men, based on power and a sense of “what they could get away with”. The consensus of the four panelists, all … Continue reading

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Demonstration or parade

Immediately prior to 1978, Sydney gays and lesbians had come together to try to understand Gloria Steinem, Schulamith Firestone, Germaine Greer and Dennis Altmann. It was called “consciousness raising”, the Australian equivalent of Lavender Power in the USA. For this … Continue reading

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Suicidal Terrorists

In Texas this weekend, yet another mad shooter killed a number of people by rifle fire. I say “mad”, because, while the individual was not assessed as to his mental stability, his act beggars belief. Equally astounding is the frequent … Continue reading

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Seeking the Divine

In spite of the textile title, this is my site for general introspection. I am listening to Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with Itzhak Perlman. My mind wandered to my mid adolescence when I had been sent to an excellent boarding school … Continue reading

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Circus Parade

I was at Macquarie Uni, West Ryde, when Dennis Altman participated in a debate titled Gay is Good. His opening comment was about the number of people who recognized each other as gay, where previously they had clearly been ambivalent. … Continue reading

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Following the Herd

The Brit pop group Blur wrote an ironic song called Boys and Girls about the androgynous herding instincts of Brits on holiday. Given the myths in circulation about aussie hipsters today I’m sure the same happens with our lot in … Continue reading

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