It’s tempting to want to stay in a social media ding-dong battle because we want to correct someone’s misinterpretation about our argument or motives, especially since they might then subsequently misrepresent that to others. What if we can never work in this town again?Read More
Many people - including many minorities and women themselves - fear a politically correct atmosphere where offence is easily taken. They worry that stifles well intentioned discussion and makes minorities and women distrustful and too sensitive, furthering social divisions and culture wars.
Others believe while claims of cultural appropriation, microaggressions and sexism/racism often go too far, they do raise legitimate issues. They believe that some apparently harmless habits, such as profiling and humour based on gender or race, can increase mistreatment of minorities and women.Read More
It’s finally here. For years I’d been meeting people longing for a place to shelter from the Age of Outrage. And now they’ve got it (as long as they’re in Sydney. For now).
I’ve uncovered them in cautious, then relieved confessions at parties, or a surprising paragraph or quote in a journalism colleague’s story. They’ve emerged in chats with friends who I had assumed had never cared much for politics, but were simply keeping their heads down while incendiary insults and abuse in the culture wars whistled overhead.Read More