Digital self-harm: teens tap out an online cry for help

Posted by on Aug 20, 2013 in The Age | 1 comment

In recent weeks, media outlets around the world have reported on the tragic case of Hannah Smith, a 14-year-old girl from Leicestershire, England, who committed suicide after receiving cruel and harassing messages – including to ”drink bleach” and ”die” – on the social media site

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Showing your breasts in public

Posted by on Feb 22, 2013 in Daily Life | 0 comments

Why does breast-feeding make (some) people so uncomfortable anyway? And why is there such a double standard around how and when breasts can be acceptably displayed?

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Dangerous Remedy: What life is like without safe abortions

Posted by on Nov 2, 2012 in Daily Life | 0 comments

Nearly half of all abortions worldwide are unsafe, and almost all unsafe abortions occur in the developing world. Each year five million women are hospitalised to treat the consequences of unsafe abortion, such as fistula, sepsis and blood loss.

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What we talk about when we talk about ‘rock porn’

Posted by on May 18, 2012 in Daily Life | 0 comments

The fact that a modern man can look at a circle carved in stone and immediately think “PORN!!!” may tell us more about our own modern cultural preoccupation with porn than that of any past society.

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Barbie’s not an issue if girls can think for themselves

Posted by on Dec 22, 2011 in The Age | 0 comments

By teaching our children to think critically about cultural goods and by equipping them with skills to navigate complex cultural messages we will be empowering them for life.

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