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History is, strictly speaking, the study of questions; the study of answers belongs to anthropology and sociology.
W. H. Auden
If it’s far away, it’s news, but if it’s close at home, it’s sociology.
By Lauredhel on September 5, 2009
I’ve been poking trhough William Heberden’s Commentaries on The History and Cure of Diseases (1802). Chapter 62, Menstrua, includes the following: “The pains, which several women experience during some part of the menstrual flux, are safely mitigated with opium; and such persons should always have in readiness half a grain or a grain of opium, [...]
By Emily Manuel on September 4, 2009
Two and a half weeks ago, two trans men from Western Australia won the right to change the sex marker on their birth certificates without their having had hysterectomies. Though this may seem rather minor from the outside, the ruling by the Western Australian State Admin Tribunal was an important victory for transsexual and transgender [...]
By tigtog on September 3, 2009
You may remember Kathryn Joyce as the author of a powerful piece on the Quiverfull religious movement – in this article she looks at the collusion between Crisis Pregnancy Centres and adoption services, and how they coerce mothers into relinquishing their newborns for adoption, to the point of targeting potential relinquishing mothers as part of [...]
By tigtog on September 1, 2009
Should a sexual infidelity, no matter how salacious, be something that makes a politician resign? Do we really care who John Della Bosca is bonking?
In far happier news, Victoria’s Tim Holding found after spending two nights in sub-zero conditions.
By tigtog on August 31, 2009
The Federal Government is being pressured to force companies to reveal how their pay rates for men and women compare.
By Lauredhel on August 29, 2009
You know, I don’t even blog most of the instances I come across of “it’s not sex, it’s rape”, because there’s so bloody many of them. This one cheesed me the fuck off tonight. [Child sexual abuse warning.] Police decry ‘slap on wrist’ for illegal sex [...] One of the men, Justin Charles Mudimbu, a [...]