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By Orlando on December 21, 2012
Director Yvonne Brewster founded Britain’s most prominent Black theatre company, Talawa, in 1986, in order to produce work that showcased actors from a diversity of racial backgrounds, who were not getting the work they should have been in the large, subsidised theatres.
By tigtog on December 9, 2012
Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.
By tigtog on October 28, 2012
Variety described the notion of white actors playing Asians as “exciting,” suggesting that the Wachowskis “put the lie to the notion that casting — an inherently discriminatory art — cannot be adapted to a more enlightened standard of performance over mere appearance.” The irony of this declaration is overwhelming — praising a film for “enlightened” casting choices that merely replay old discriminatory practices.
By Guest Hoyden on June 26, 2012
Guest Blogger Alex “Skud” Bayley reviews a documentary aired on the ABC about women’s suffrage in Australia, Utopia Girls: How Women Won the Vote.
By blue milk on March 13, 2012
An iconic image showing Aboriginal rights activist, Gary Foley with a placard reading, “Pardon me for being born into a nation of racists”. It was part of a protest against the South African Springboks rugby tour of Australia in 1971 during apartheid.
By tigtog on March 1, 2012
It is depressing to have to point out, yet again, that there is a distinction between having the legal right to say something & having the moral right not to be held accountable for what you say.
By Emily Manuel on January 26, 2012
Today is the second Australia Day since I moved to the United States. One of the most surprising things for me to experience out of Australia was people saying–even in the American South!–Australia’s really racist, isn’t it? And personally, I hate that. I hate that there is such a strong implicit idea of who an Australian “is,” and how racist and dependent on assimilation that is. I hate the way that is enforced with violence and ugly rhetoric, and I hate the policies that our country mobilises against Aboriginal communities and refugees.
And yet. For all that I hate what Australia Day represents, I am more homesick than usual today.
By Chally on January 24, 2012
A Queensland fly has been named after Beyonce’s “golden” rear. Who what where how why?
By Chally on January 22, 2012
It’s a question with so many potential answers in such an amazing land, and it’s also a question of which place is the least painful.
By tigtog on January 19, 2012
…my objection to anti-black racism being used as a rhetorical device by those who will never face it, is that black people engage in tons of behaviours to make white people feel safer. We do this all the damn time. We make accommodations in speech, behaviour, dress, mannerism, conversation topic – a wide diversity of adjustments that we make in the presence of our white friends [...] I don’t appreciate being deputized into your anti-feminist screed in this way.
By Jo Tamar on January 17, 2012
Jo Tamar’s fourth review for the 2012 Australian Women Writer’s Challenge – Unpolished Gem by Alice Pung.
Posted in arts & entertainment, Culture, gender & feminism | Tagged australian women writers challenge, books & writing, class, literature, race & racism, sexism, women authors, women's writing | 1 Response
By Jo Tamar on January 16, 2012
Jo Tamar’s third review for the 2012 Australian Women Writer’s Challenge – We of the Never Never by Mrs Aeneas Gunn.
By Chally on December 6, 2011
There was a bit of a controversy on Sunday when The Daily Telegraph, which is apparently still passing for a newspaper, put up a story called “PM Julia Gillard and Senator Pansy Wong – a reluctant embrace of an emotive issue; gay marriage”. Here’s the story in question. Let’s be very kind and move past [...]
Posted in media, social justice | Tagged australia, bigotry, homophobia, Julia Gillard, mainstream media, marriage, marriage equality, media, race & racism, sexuality and health, social change | 18 Responses