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Why JK Rowling's controversial views keep her in the limelight. Rowling's novels proved that words matter, which is partly why her words matter so much now.

Why JK Rowling's controversial views keep her in the limelight

The novelist has set the culture wars cauldron bubbling with a series of public comments about sex, gender and identity. In December, she showed her support for a tax specialist who was fired after tweeting "men cannot change into women". In June, Rowling poked fun of an article that described women as "people who menstruate" tweeting: "I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out.

Wumben? A complex conversation became a controversy. What happened this week? Rowling's first novel since she made gender identity her purlieu was published on Tuesday. Critics saw the review as further evidence of Rowling's transphobia, arguing the character perpetuated beliefs that men who dress as women are dangerous and trod the same tropes as Psycho and Silence of the Lambs. Wars-terrorist-attacks-fires-hsc-students-have-faced-them-all-20200908-p55tna. The days following September 11 were frightening for everyone.


Planes were grounded, and the world was in a state of uncertainty, not knowing if there were more attacks to come. But they were especially frightening for some. When Hafda arrived home from Wiley Park Girls' High that afternoon, her parents were anxiously listening to the Arabic news. Coronavirus Australia: COVID-19 pandemic triggers spike in eating disorder cases. "The general increased stress that many people are going through because of COVID … amplifies when you're experiencing a mental illness such as an eating disorder," Ms Thomson said.

Coronavirus Australia: COVID-19 pandemic triggers spike in eating disorder cases

"When people are isolated - eating disorders thrive in isolation. " Related Article Ms Thomson said stress made eating disorders more likely to develop for the first time and more severe when they did so. Eighty-five per cent of contacts were people using the helpline for the first time, compared with 71 per cent a year ago. For those already struggling with an eating disorder, the disruption to routine would be a major trigger, as they would need to change the way they exercise, shop for food, eat, access face-to-face health care and support, and interact with family and friends, she said.

Ms Thomson said waiting lists for treatment were long and helpline staff were encouraging callers to make contact with people with experience of eating disorders.; 1800 33 4673 (1800 ED HOPE) Related Article. Cathy Freeman's Sydney Olympics 2000 run shone a light on race. The film, screened on the ABC on Sunday night, elegantly recaptured that period and the idea of how Freeman's achievement was about race.

Cathy Freeman's Sydney Olympics 2000 run shone a light on race

How her run elevated her race. Since she emerged in Australia as a gifted teenager, sections of the country wrestled with how to deal with the precociously talented runner at a time when a light was being shone on Australia's relationship with its first peoples. Equal pay and full-time contracts: NRL's future plans for NRLW players mapped out. NSW captain and Jillaroos star Kezie Apps said it was no longer unrealistic to dream about equal pay for female players.

Equal pay and full-time contracts: NRL's future plans for NRLW players mapped out

"It is something I believe will happen," Apps said. "The more support we get, the more opportunities we get to train, to be coached by the best coaches ... we do a really good job with what we are given. " "If we were full time, imagine the game we could play and the product we could produce.

" The NRL announced in July it would fund the 2020 NRLW season for the first time, after the Warriors and the Roosters indicated they would not be able to participate in this year's competition due to the financial impact of COVID-19. Nick Cave compares cancel culture to 'bad religion' Image copyright PA Media Nick Cave has said cancel culture is akin to "bad religion run amuck".

Nick Cave compares cancel culture to 'bad religion'

Writing on his website, the Australian rock star suggested that political correctness has an "asphyxiating effect on the creative soul of a society". "Cancel culture" is the term for when individuals or companies face swift public backlash and boycott over statements or actions perceived by some as offensive. It "embodies all the worst aspects that religion has to offer", said Cave. All those birthday cakes, all that whingeing – I miss the office. ‘Hearing an alarm.

All those birthday cakes, all that whingeing – I miss the office

Putting on a tie. Carrying a handbag. Receptionists.” You may have seen this advert for Dettol, dressed up as an ad for offices. It swiftly ceases to make sense: “Caffeine-filled air. I saw this ad in the very busy London underground interchange station of Euston; it could only have been preaching louder to the choir if it had been an ad for using public transport. I didn’t work in an office in the first place. For at least the first eight weeks of this pandemic, the worst (and, indeed, only negatively different) thing about working from home was all the other people who were in my house, treating it like their own, which is to say my family. I used to love the intoxicating delight of knowing, when I phoned someone in the office, that they were sitting next to someone to whom I also wanted to speak.

As we emerge from lockdown, or fretful politicians try to coax us back, class is sidelined and temperament comes to the fore. Zoe Williams is a Guardian columnist. Being invited into my son’s music appreciation group was the best Father’s Day present. In the lead up to Father’s Day this year, my 20-year-old son gave me one of the best gifts a man my age can get: an invitation to join his exclusive online music appreciation group.

Being invited into my son’s music appreciation group was the best Father’s Day present

Along with him and his locked-down millennial buddies, I now get to add to the group playlist the songs and albums that have made my life. “Because Dad,” he messaged me, “we’re listening to a lot of old stuff at the moment.” For them, that means Nirvana, The Smiths, Joy Division and Smashing Pumpkins. I developed immediate posting paralysis, worried I’d suggest an album that would embarrass me.

“How do I do this, son? Coronavirus Australia: QAnon, vaccine conspiracy theories on the rise. Related Article The 60-year-old son of Italian migrants, born and raised in Sydney, is a motivational speaker and a former Australian Army lieutenant.

Coronavirus Australia: QAnon, vaccine conspiracy theories on the rise

He is starting his own political party called AustraliaOne after two tilts at Parliament running as an independent in the Eden-Monaro byelection and a NSW Senate candidate in Senator Cory Bernardi's de-registered party. He says he has thousands of prospective members. "The reason we started the party was because I didn't trust anybody, literally. The only person I trust is me myself, my wife and a small team around me," Mr Bosi said. Expert make-up tips for when wearing a mask.

Back to basics You need SPF.

Expert make-up tips for when wearing a mask

Whatever the season. It’s best practice (and easier to ensure it remains a habit) to apply all over your face as the final step of skincare and before any make-up. Minimal products where the mask rubs the face is ideal, says Mecca’s head of artistry, Tony Baumann. Netflix's Australian boss wants your programming ideas. Books, movies, podcasts, theatre shows, magazine articles, even TikTok videos: Ms Luu considers all to be potential source material for original Netflix productions.

But she does not want to replicate the prime time offerings of free-to-air broadcasters. “The networks are doing what they do very well … we don’t want to encroach on that,” she said. “Australian audiences are always in the mood for something new as long as it’s done well.” There’s something universal in stories that are about growing up or coming into your own.Que Minh Luu She intends to announce new content within three to six months but said it is too early to discuss the specifics.

Bela Bajaria, Netflix's California-based vice president of local language original content, said Ms Luu is not constrained by programming targets. More than a sacred tie: the changing role of grandfathers. Julie Sweet, psychotherapist and managing director at Sydney’s Seaway Counselling and Psychotherapy, which provides trauma-informed therapy for individuals, explains that, although the role of the grandfather has changed over generations, the outcome of time spent together is the same.

“Children thrive in an environment where they have other caregivers in addition to their primary ones,” she explains. “Apart from parents, role models can include an aunty, a mentor, a positive influence of extended family, or a grandparent. It’s what’s known as a village.” The tribe mentality is something that’s been left behind, in a sense, as society has modernised. It’s not common in Australia for married adult children to live with their parents, and often adult children move to distant suburbs and cities.

Charlottesville: The Truth About Women and White Supremacy. KKK women blinded from burning crosses in 1956. Photo: Bettmann/Bettmann Archive When James Alex Fields Jr.’s mug shot was released after he drove his Dodge Challenger through a counterprotest in Charlottesville on Saturday, no one was surprised by what the image revealed: a young, white man with a neo-fascist undercut. “Alt-right” figures like Richard Spencer absorb nearly all the media glare on white nationalism, creating the impression that this is a single-sex movement, and as many have pointed out, the white supremacists who rallied on Saturday were mostly men.

Indeed, when it comes to identifying the perpetrators of racial hatred in this country, it is tempting to comfort ourselves with gender tropes. But women have always played a determining role in white-supremacist movements. When we think of the Klan — one of this country’s most notorious and instantly recognizable hate groups — we imagine male faces under the pointed white hoods. Knitting-has-soared-in-popularity-but-where-are-the-men-20200904-p55sfk. The resurgence of domestic skills such as bread-making, knitting and other crafts in lockdowns around the world has received international media attention. The New York Times reported on the revival of knitting to suit an apocalypse, local stories included Olympian Lisa Curry "knitting" her own mask (it looked like crochet to me) and the BBC's compilation of knitting stories includes one about a knitted replica of Captain Tom, the centenarian who walked laps of his garden to raise funds for the NHS.

So has it taken a global pandemic to undermine the entrenched stereotypes? After all, there is considerable research about the mental health and wellbeing benefits of craft. In knitting's case that includes its meditative and stress-relieving qualities, expressing creativity and creating bonds between diverse people. Related Article. Pandemic: inconvenience for the privileged, tough luck for the poor. Like many of us, no doubt, I've been aware of much of this. But the recent writings of Dr Stephen Duckett, of the Grattan Institute, have brought it together in a way that's shocked me. Duckett is the nation's leading health economist. Most of what follows comes from him. His account begins at the beginning.

We congratulate ourselves that we were quick to block the arrival of foreigners who could be bringing the virus with them. "However, we baulked when countries like us – white and wealthy – began to show higher levels of infection," he says. The United States was the next source of infections. At that time we didn't know much about the virus, except that it seemed to have started in China. Look at Victoria's second wave, however, and you see people at the other end of the income scale helping to spread the virus and being its greatest victims. Related Article. School captains join forces to campaign for COVID-safe formals. Ageism, sexism and plagiarism: inside the secret world of book publishing. Emma Swift says Australian recording industry has a 'profound lack of interest' in country music. "It's true, I've had no contacts from anybody in the corporate level of the Australian music industry – I'm talking specifically about labels and artists' managers; I do have a very nice publisher – with an offer to perhaps work together," she says.

Victorians are proving more resilient than the rest of Australia may realise. In NSW and Queensland, both city and country were worse off during the first lockdown. Employment in Sydney dropped by 3 per cent, and by 4 per cent in Brisbane, while the job losses in the rest of each respective state were almost 5 per cent. One possible explanation is the role that Victoria’s second, third and fourth cities, Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo play in the state’s population equation.

Each city shared in Melbourne’s population boom before the coronavirus. Geelong happened to be the fastest-growing city or town in Australia last year. Only Melbourne and the Sunshine Coast grew faster than Geelong across the past decade while Ballarat and Bendigo were not far behind. 'Poking the bear': young and old debate the divide in wealth and wellbeing.

Trump's misuse of 'Hallelujah' shows song cannot remain the same in US. Thus the cease and desist season is upon us. Every four years, an American presidential candidate or indeed the president, comes on or goes off stage to a big number song. Come in with a bang, go out with a bang. Leave them smiling. But as the last song fades, enter the angry chorus of musicians (with lawyers) unhappy that their songs are being appropriated for a political cause that they do not endorse. This is predominantly a Republican problem. Perhaps in the songs then there is not insight but confirmation of his character traits. Browsing a person’s music collection or library is often used as a shortcut to understanding that person. And it was at Mount Rushmore, site of past presidents engraved in stone, larger than life, that narcissism, power and music merged. Excerpts from US President Donald Trump’s Republican National Convention nomination speech in Washington.

Things-boomers-do-that-millennials-hate-including-the-dreaded-full-stop-20200826-p55pgi. Male Beauty Pageant Promotes Cultural Dress and a Charitable Spirit. We normally think of beauty pageants as a type of competition for women, but Mister Global is dispelling our preconceived notions. Founded in 2014, the event features male contestants from around the world as they highlight their cultural background, charitable spirit, and of course, good looks. Naomi Osaka protest rocks tennis, brings sport to a standstill. Why I’ve got the hots for Dr Kerry Chant (and Gladys, by the way) Victorians may be in love with their scruffy chief health officer (#sexysutton is trending on Twitter), but I’ve got a crush on Dr Kerry Chant and I’m pretty hot for NSW Health and Gladys B, too.

This year has been horrible, but one good thing has come out of it: the rise of clever, earnest, competent women. They’re in ascendance and I am thrilled. Coronavirus: How conspiracy theories are breaking my heart. The persecution of Robert Muir is the story football doesn't want to hear - ABC News. The-meaning-of-life-australians-praying-more-during-covid-19-20200820-p55nla. 'Why didn't she cry?' How Lindy Chamberlain became the poster child for life-shattering gender bias. Shhh! We’re Heading Off on Vacation. You-wouldn-t-wish-it-on-your-worst-enemy-sport-rumour-mill-runs-wild-in-social-media-age-20200820-p55nqu. No, going to a funeral via Zoom isn't quite the same thing.

‘Young people are angry’: the teenage activists shaping our future. Personality can predict who's a rule-follower and who flouts COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. Whitewash on the box: how a lack of diversity on Australian television damages us all. Working from home, we miss the personal interactions with colleagues that can lighten the load. The irony of isolation is that in my personal sadness I am not alone. Elsewhere they get it but the Australian media is still living in White Australia. Coronavirus NSW: Concern about bans to music programs in schools. I mourn the loss of rituals for year 12. Coronavirus Australia: COVID-19 has revealed the Morrison government's authoritarian streak. Can I wear a head wrap if it's outside my culture? - ABC Life.