Category Archive: activism

Cate McGregor, David Morrison, Piers Akerman: The long road to trans equality

Last week the Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission launched Pride Not Prejudice, a short film marking fifteen years since sexual orientation and gender identity were included in Victoria’s Equal Opportunity Act. The launch night was pretty remarkable, as those in the video and on the panel afterwards reflected on what life was like …

Changing the politics of queer cinema

“There were no women at all in that film.”  This is an initial observation from a member of ‘the Queer Agenda’ – a fictionalised gay lobby who presides over the film to be screened during opening night of the Mardi Gras Film Festival. The ‘lobby’ is the central focus of writer/director Craig Boreham’s 2016 MGFF …

Hairy legs don’t make you more queer: Body positivity, and why it’s okay to be grossed out sometimes

The proliferation of the term ‘body positivity’ in queer and feminist circles has enabled a radical change in the ways beauty is constructed, understood, and obtained. Queer communities reject heteronormative love and beauty standards. As a result, discussions of body positivity have a much larger presence in these areas. This determines how body positive discourse …

Porn and pleasure: Navigating the feminist conflict between morality and desire in watching porn

There’s a scene in the first episode of season two of Broad City where Ilana tells Abbi about the  Colin Farrell sex tape, loudly, in a packed dressing room. Specifically, she refers to the moment at 8:58, where Farrell eats out Playboy bunny Nicole Narain’s pussy like an ice-cream sundae. “You’re going to like what …

From Stonewall to the Supreme Court: The death of first-wave liberation?

No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would …

Opponents of same-sex marriage are losing touch with secular reality

In 2004, then-prime minister John Howard introduced the Marriage Amendment Bill, which incorporated the common law definition of marriage – “the union of a man and a woman to exclusion of all others” – into both the Marriage Act and the Family Law Act. It thereby gave Australia’s same-sex marriage movement its impetus. Australia now …

Sex on premises

Sex on premises

I passed by a familiar face at the top of the stairs. He smiled knowingly at me.   I remembered him from a one-time fuck some months ago – a face that had popped up on apps a few times, but had never materialised in the flesh again, until now. We spoke openly, the silence …

Editorial: Why Fred Nile had no place on Q&Gay

I’m just going to say this now: Fred Nile had no place on the queer episode of ABC’s Q&A. We held our first ever In Conversation with Archer event in Sydney last week. The topic was diverse identities, and how they are shaped by our age and the society around us as we grew up. …

‘BDSM does not equal abuse’: a response

This article is a response to BDSM not welcome at Rad Sex + Consent Week, published recently on Archer. I was to be the facilitator of the BDSM101 workshop which was cancelled at Monash Rad Sex + Consent Week (RSC) this year. I’ve run BDSM101 at Melbourne Uni RSC for the last two years, and …

BDSM not welcome at Rad Sex and Consent Week

Rad Sex and Consent Week is supposed to be about the sex-ed that you never got at school. It runs across the country at universities every year in first semester, and encourages discussion and a non-judgemental environment for sex talk. A workshop called ‘BDSM 101’ was scheduled to run as part of this year’s agenda, …

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