Rape – Why do men sexually assault women?

This  The actions behind the Dutch backpacker’s brave escape are sadly familiar  is an unfortunate article for at least two reasons: firstly that the reality of rape and attempted rape gave cause for it to be written at all, and secondly because its extensive generalisation tends to reinforce the notion of females as victims and males as grossly deviant and prone to sexual assault of women, often accompanied by aggression…

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Icac: the NSW Liberal party scalps claimed so far – full list of MPs

OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM IS IN STRIFE. Corruption is rife. Deceit is commonplace. Lies are so ubiquitous they become accepted as reality. The electorate has no say in what happens to it – it is told what will happen to it. Accountability is claimed as existing through the calling of elections each 3 years. In fact, once elected, each government does what it wants, even abandoning or doing a complete about…

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11 Children’s Picture Books That Shatter Gender Stereotypes

Language is powerful. Socialisation into particular ways of viewing the World comes from our families, our friends, our peers and from our society. The Early Childhood Years are time when children learn most and learn most quickly. It is also a time when there minds are particularly malleable and when they tend to form their general view of the World and the characteristics which define the people and things within…

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Normalising violence: from Manus Island to CIA torture

Our society is well schooled in a blinkered approach to social issues that tends to confuse symptoms for the issue itself. Our reaction to violence, extremism, even civil disobedience or demonstration all indicate this very well. Whenever there is negative behaviour in our world, the tendency for the authorities is to talk tough and for the public to denounce perpetrators and condemn – in many instances without any real knowledge…

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