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  • The Handmaid’s Tale is a relatively accurate depiction of modern sexual relationships – just not in the way you think

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    Last week the TV adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale was released on SBS. In doing so the show has revilatised Margaret Atwood’s classic 1985 novel, being considered in many ways a prescient story to tell in our current political climate. I’ve watched the first four episode of The Handmaid’s Tale so far, and am thoroughly […]

  • Freedom and the injured subject

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    Over recent times, particularly since the plebiscite and Safe Schools debates within Australia, I have noticed a strong narrative of ‘suffering’ and ‘vulnerability’ within large parts of the queer community. Mainstream queer discourse has increasingly turned towards defining queer people as ‘vulnerable’, ones who have ‘suffered’ a great ‘injury’, and whose main quest is for […]

  • Marriage equality, capitalism, and gay identity

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    This lecture was given to the GEND1001 class at the Australian National University in May 2017.  What I am going to do today is take a brief look at the history of homosexuality and the homosexual, or queer, movement in the modern era. In doing so I will be specifically focusing on gay identity as […]