They're labelled as selfish, as 'deliberately barren', and sometimes as crazy old cat ladies, but increasingly women are choosing to be childfree. Over the next few decades couples without children are set to outnumber those who have them. Tory Shepherd looks at how women's freedom to choose motherhood ...Show more
Part of a series that pairs leading Australian thinkers and cultural figures with important themes in life, this exploration reflects on the concept of beauty. From both a personal and universal perspective, this essay analyzes what beauty means in Australian society, where discussing the topic is consi ...Show more
Elizabeth Wynhausen tells the story of an extraordinary inspirational character and reflects on the mysterious quality that is resilience. A humorous, irreverent essay that arrives at contentment and joy....
It's almost impossible to get lost these days; the fastest and most direct route arrives with the press of a few keys. But what of the joys of unexpected discoveries off the grid? En Route is an ode to wandering through time and place, meeting personalities with no fixed addresses. Assisted by her GPS ...Show more
Part of a series that pairs leading Australian thinkers and cultural figures with important themes in life, this examination tackles the meanings of the word humbug in the modern world. Blending pop culture, current events, and literary references, this essay explores the spectrum of lying, from dishone ...Show more
'Real equality is when a female mediocre fool gets the same job that a male mediocre fool has now.' Amanda Vanstone Merit has very little to do with the increasing dominance of men in the modern Liberal Party. Yet Liberal women continue to defend it. Until now. On Meritexplores this imbalance, its impli ...Show more
On Sleep is the story of our love-hate relationship with slumber. Part-time insomniac Fleur Anderson ponders the big questions: Why can't I sleep? Do politicians and other high-fliers ever admit they too are exhausted? Do they get enough sleep to make sensible decisions? Where is society heading, and wh ...Show more
Part of a series that pairs leading Australian thinkers and cultural figures with important themes in life, this essay contemplates obsession. Discussing topics such as love, Marcel Proust, soul mates in fiction, numerical palindromes, and bloodlines, among other fixations, this personal examination exp ...Show more
It's time to rethink rape. Centuries of different approaches to rape as inflicted by men on women have got us nowhere. Rape statistics remain intractable- one woman in five will experience sexual violence. Very few rapes find their way into court. The crucial issue is consent, thought by some to be easy ...Show more
The #MeToo movement is overturning a clich� that has forgiven bad behaviour for years: to be creative is to be prone to eccentricity, madness, addiction and excess. No longer can artists be excused from the standards of conduct that apply to us all. But if we denounce the artist, then what becomes of th ...Show more
How is hate shaping our society? With the troubling rise of nationalist populism and the return of race politics, it's time to question the powers at play. On Hate is an urgent call for citizens to defend democracy against extremism.