Thinking pop culture

Thinking pop culture

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Unpacking sexually transmitted ethics

In a recent interview with an online publication, I used the term “sexually transmitted ethics”. I wasn’t referencing published work, and yet, while the phrase mightn’t have a scholarly history, I don’t…

The Delusions of Christmas Past

September 21 and it’s started already. No, not the ever-earlier encroach of Christmas. (My view on that particular “lament” is that if consumers really cared, they’d vote with their wallets and force stores…

Islam and the fine line of academic freedom

I’m in my seventeenth year of working at the University of Melbourne: at 37-years-old, that’s a fair chunk of my life in the one place. This isn’t a love letter to my employer, nevertheless there are lots…

Three Little Words and Best Self Nonsense

Tess (Catherine McClements), an editor who can’t spell - an implausible premise but just go with it - has decided to leave her marriage to Curtis (Peter Houghton), a man who incomprehensibly transitions…

13 Reasons Why and Ageing Out of Pop Culture

You’d think I’d have learnt my lesson. It was, after all, the same social media feed chiming that 13 Reasons Why was as enjoyable for angsty adults as adolescents that also claimed Kendrick Lamar was God’s…