Tag Archives: review

Freedom and the injured subject

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 […]


Bride and Prejudice: Why does reality TV continue to disappoint?

Following five couples whose families stand in the way of their dream weddings, this conflict-obsessed drama deals with subject matter that’s ripe and relevant, which makes its failure all the more depressing. Originally published in The Guardian, 30th January, 2017. It seemed the limits had been reached for reality TV last year when Nine released […]


Is our desire for genetic answers cultural rather than scientific?

Genes and the Bioimaginary,by Professor Deborah Lynn Steinberg, investigates whether the foundations of much genetic research are scientifically sound.   Originally published in The Guardian, 27 August, 2015 The last few decades have seen what some describe as a ‘genetic revolution’. Advances in genetic science have seen genes become all encompassing in political and scientific […]

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Review: Go Set a Watchman

It was probably the most anticipated book release ever. Literally. I cannot think of another book that has had so much expectation and excitement build around it. And yesterday, one week after its release I finished off Go Set a Watchman. Following on from Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird it was always inevitable that […]

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The Stanford Prison Experiment

Over the weekend my partner and I went and saw The Stanford Prison Experiment at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. For those of you who don’t know about it, The Stanford Prison Experiment was carried out by the psychologist Philip Zimbardo in the 1970s. Zimbardo set up a make-shift ‘prison’ in the basement of Stanford University, […]


Review: Sex at Dawn

As part of my research into ‘Sexy Capitalism’ I recently read the book by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá: Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality. Sex at Dawn for me was a revelation. Well maybe not a revelation, but certainly an exciting and perspective-changing piece of work. The book dives deep into […]