SBS Sexuality: The Zeal of the Missionary Position

This piece was originally published by SBS Sexuality. The Zeal of the Missionary Position If the missionary position was a person, it would probably resemble Billy Graham: the patron saint of boring, frigid straight white people with a particular way of thinking about gender, intimacy, and relationships. When US Vice-President Mike Pence, as Governor of Indiana,…

Overland: Bodies Fit For Consumption

This comment piece was originally published by Overland online. Bodies Fit For Consumption Where there’s shit, there’s a system. This is what art historian EG Grigsby had to say about Géricault’s 1818–1819 Raft of the Medusa. An incredibly violent and disturbing painting that shows a selection of, in Grigsby’s terms, ‘partially consumed bodies’. Raft of the Medusa is…

Overland: Scott Morrison and the Boundaries of Acceptable Speech

This comment piece was originally published by Overland online. Scott Morrison and the Boundaries of Acceptable Speech Last week, Scott Morrison commented that he intimately understands the persecution of LGBTIQA Australians because he, too, has been persecuted – for homophobia. Morrison’s comments were made in response to a speech given by Penny Wong at the Lionel Murphy Memorial Lecture on…

Overland: Interlopers in a Masculine City

This comment piece was originally published by Overland online. Interlopers in a Masculine City A few weeks ago, I was riding my bike to work. It was a cool summer pre-dawn ride, and the number of other road users was scant. As a bike-rider, I’m quite lucky: there’s a green bike path running almost the…

Feminartsy: The Male Gaze in Australian Art

This comment piece was originally published by Feminartsy. The Male Gaze in Australian Art In the words of Star Wars creator George Lucas, ‘you can’t do it unless you can imagine it.’ And it’s true. It’s why it’s so important to have diversity in dolls, and why toys shouldn’t be marketed by gender: if you can’t imagine…