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Could a child have painted Picasso’s Seated Woman? That’s the wrong kind of question to ask of art. EPA/ANDY RAIN

Three questions not to ask about art – and four to ask instead

Art raises a lot of questions. That’s what it does. If an art work in a gallery or a news story has made you ask “what the …?”, it has already started to do its job. But for many who are not familiar with…
There’s a thriving community of Women against Feminism – but how do their claims match up to the reality of women’s lives? Screenshot from

Actually, women, you do need feminism

Australian university campuses last week marked Bluestocking Week, a celebration that remembers the first women who entered English universities in the late 19th century. Women in lecture halls were pioneering…
Social media can elevate less tweet-savvy stars to trending status in death. EPA/ Facundo Arrizabalaga

Peaches Geldof and the new, hyper-experience of mortality

This morning I woke up, rolled over and, as I always do, scrolled through my twitter feed. Owen Jones – a British socialist – tweeted his shock that Peaches Geldolf, 25, had died. I immediately checked…
“Lorde is indie – original and authentic. Miley and her ilk are not.” Paul Buck/EPA

Lorde vs Miley – where young feminism meets old class bias

Earlier this week, New Zealand singer Ella Yelich-O'Connor – AKA Lorde – won two Grammys, including best song for the sleeper hit Royals and – almost – topped Triple J’s Hottest 100 (her song Royals came…

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