MRAs, White Ribbon, Dr Ahmed and Clementine Ford

The recent advances in the addressing of domestic abuse and violence by both men and women has been heartening, and for once it seems this discussion is open and on the table for all to add their opinions to. But from this openness of discussion has come with it a tide of outrage and hate that, until it became mainstream, I had no idea about. This is the phenomenon of Mens Rights Activists, or MRAs, and it is possibly the most misguided cause...

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Emma Watson Calls For Gender Equality – Receives Threats

Emma Watson attends the UN Women’s “HeForShe”After Party. Photo: Jim Spellman/WireImage   Yesterday, in an awe inspiring and inspirational speech, Emma Watson of the Harry Potter movies’ fame launched a campaign for gender equality at the United Nations General Assembly. The speech itself, running for around 10 minutes, outlined the fact that gender equality on earth has not been reached, and that if current trends...

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Birth, Death, and Other Trivialities

  Religions worldwide primarily concern themselves with an attempt to answer 2 questions: 1. Where did we come from? 2. What happens after we die? These are universal concerns for humanity, and questions that are difficult to answer when we are being honest with ourselves. Our obsession with birth and death are justified; they are the two most important things that will happen to you in your lifetime. The question of what lies on either...

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4 Questions For An Atheist

Later this week I have been asked by Deakin University to sit for an interview for them to use as content for their “World Religions” course. During the interview I will be asked 4 questions, and if my answers are any good, my words will be used as a voice for atheism in the course itself. Quite a daunting task, and since my voice will be used as representation of atheism and atheists in the world at large, I thought it might be a...

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The Volcano

  Imagine standing on the edge of a 200 metre precipice of sandy black ash and rock, looking down while below you all the furies of hell are roiling in a tumult of noise and light, occasional red embers float up, seemingly in slow motion out from the pit. The ground rumbles, and smoke billows forward from the hole. A flash and a bang and suddenly orange molten rocks are spat out, the earth gushing hundreds of metres into the air...

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The Strange Case Of The Honour Killing Debate

  The Festival of Dangerous IdeasĀ is not your run-of-the-mill festival. In its 6th year, the idea of the festival is for people to freely speak their minds, and in an accepting, but challenging, public environment. The FODI website describes the festival thus: “Over one weekend, leading thinkers and culture creators from around the world will take to the stage to bring contentious ideas to the fore and challenge mainstream...

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