The first presidential debate was marked by interruptions from Republican nominee Donald Trump.
The Conversation's experts respond to the first US presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
The rise of the selfie can lead to a great deal of negative comparison and self-doubt.
Social media can have a damaging effect on body image, but the way to protect against that is learning how to view images critically.
Young actors give voice to what teenage boys think about porn – how often they watch it, who they watch it with and why.
Sol Rumbl, Ari Maza Long, Sam Salem and Jack Palit in Gonzo. Photo credit Sarah Walke.
Drawing on surveys and group discussions with teenage boys about their use of pornography, Gonzo provides a window into young men’s experiences that's in equal parts funny, engaging, and confronting.
The first US presidential debate is less than a week away and while it will certainly offer spectacle and entertainment, I am hoping, perhaps naively, that the candidates will finally engage in a serious…
From Pericles to Trump, a good speech has been an integral part of the democratic process.
Australian politicians – unlike their American counterparts – have largely abandoned the art of stirring speeches. Good rhetoric doesn't equal good policy, but at least it's evidence of imaginative thinking.
Greens senators staged a walkout during Pauline Hanson’s maiden speech.
The normal rules of political engagement – coherence, consistency, fact, logic, proportion – do not apply to members of the paranoid right like Pauline Hanson.
Between 2008 and 2015, the number of disadvantaged students enrolled at Australian institutions increased by 50.2%.
While research shows HEPPP has helped to increase numbers of disadvantaged students going to university, more specific evidence is still needed.
President of Botswana Ian Khama. He leads a country that’s lost the shine created by his father Seretse Khama.
For a global audience, the movie 'A United Kingdom' provides a topical account of race relations. The love story is also likely to revitalise the popular viewpoint of Botswana as a national success story.
in Australia, marriage is regulated by the state, not the church.
The role of religion in marriage has been distorted, helping the 'no' case for same-sex marriage to attract more attention than it deserves.
The LGBTI community fears the nastiness a plebiscite on marriage equality could bring forth.
The push for marriage equality is not just about walking down the aisle in matching outfits; it's become a potent symbol of equality and acceptance.
No four-year-olds in Australia are undergoing any irreversible treatment, as was implied in media reports yesterday.
At age four treatment for gender dysphoria consists of counselling, and nothing irreversible.
Circus and opera crash together in Cirque de la Symphonie.
Barriers between artforms are tumbling down in three recent productions that mix circus and opera. The shows range from sombre to silly, but all hit magnificent high notes.
There has been particular concern about methamphetamine use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
Around 2.3% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians 15 years and over report using speed or amphetamine in the past year. This is similar to the general population.
Very little of what Barack Obama promised to achieve in foreign affairs has come to pass.
Barack Obama assumed office in January 2009 amid public euphoria and high expectations of greater racial harmony and reduced gun violence at home and a more stable and peaceful international order.
Addyi (flibanserin) is far from a pink viagra.
The drug's limited effectiveness and side-effects should cause potential users to rethink their purchase.
Peter Dutton dismissed many of the ‘Nauru files’, including those documenting sexual assault, as ‘false allegations in an attempt to get to Australia’.
Peter Dutton’s comments reinforced historically ingrained ideas about sexual assault victims as being 'unreliable' or 'untrustworthy'.
Psychoanalysis is based on the belief our behaviours have an underlying cause from earlier in life.
Freud recognised the idea of an unconscious in his work in the late 1800s. He proposed physical symptoms often express deeply repressed conflicts and thoughts.
Is there a historical parallel to Donald Trump’s rise?
The Athenian politician Cleon was one of the earliest demagogues. An effective, if vulgar speaker, he made extravagant promises and delivered extravagant accusations.
In March, the government passed sweeping changes to the way Australians elect their senators.
The new Senate is representative of the wide range of views in Australia – and far more so than the House of Representatives.
Is it fair that students pay different amounts for university courses?
Students currently pay higher fees for courses that lead to jobs with typically higher wages. But not all students find, or want, a job in their area of study. Should all students then pay the same amount for their university degree?