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Titian’s 1583 painting Venus of Urbino: historically, pleasure was not the only, or even the main, expectation from sex for women. Wikimedia Commons

From reproducers to ‘flutters’ to ‘sluts’: tracing attitudes to women’s pleasure in Australia

Australian women were once largely seen as reproducers, rather than lovers: sexual pleasure was suspect. Attitudes have changed, yet our culture is still troubled by female desire.
The Fall of the Titans, Cornelis Cornelisz van Haarlem, circa 1590. Wikimedia

Friday essay: the myth of the ancient Greek ‘gay utopia’

The dream of a "gay utopia" is a constant in gay and lesbian historical imaginings over the last 200 years. But the Greek attitude to same-sex attraction was not nearly as permissive as many have assumed.
Knowing about hailstones in advance would be preferable. AAP Image/Dan Peled

All hail new weather radar technology, which can spot hailstones lurking in thunderstorms

New "dual-pol" weather radars promise to spot large hailstones forming inside thunderstorms, giving people a heads-up when it's about to hail.
A curfew was introduced in Northbridge WA as part of a wider push aimed at protecting child welfare and making the suburb safer. kaex0r/flickr

FactCheck: did the Northbridge WA curfew see a ‘dramatic drop’ in crime?

Tim Nicholls said the introduction of a youth curfew in the WA suburb of Northbridge 'saw a dramatic drop in crime and a reduction in the anti-social behaviour of young people'. Is that right?
In Indonesia, severe public penalties are inflicted upon people found to be in same-sex relationships. Beawiharta Beawiharta/Reuters

For LGBTI employees, working overseas can be a lonely, frustrating and even dangerous experience

LGBTI employees relocating for a foreign assignment are likely to experience additional hardships compared to the typical expatriate.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (centre) is seen posing for a photo with workers as she inspect’s the Clare Solar Farm project near the North Queensland town of Ayr during the Queensland Election campaign. AAP

Public investment in electricity generation – a hot-button issue in Queensland?

In the upcoming Queensland election all major parties are talking up public investment in energy generation. But are these policies paying heed to climate science?
The Australian Bureau of Statistics’s Chief statistician David Kalisch announcing the result of the same-sex marriage postal survey. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

What the numbers say (and don’t say) in the same-sex marriage survey

Not everyone who could vote did vote in the voluntary postal vote on same-sex marriage. So what can we draw from the result if only four out of five eligible Australians took part?
It’s important to speak to your kids about the same-sex marriage debate, but how much and what will depend on their age and level of interest. Shutterstock

How to talk to your kids about today’s same-sex marriage postal survey result

Australia voted Yes to legalising same-sex marriage today, and it's more important than ever to talk to your children about same-sex marriage and relationships.
Copper and other minerals will be increasingly important to the growing renewable energy sector. REUTERS/Stringer/Files

Time for a global agreement on minerals to fuel the clean energy transition

In the decades ahead, our mineral supply will still need to double or triple to meet the demand for electric vehicles and other renewable energy technology.

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