CULTURE


A history of pathologising trans women

Cathy Brennan looks at the medical tradition of categorising trans women based on sexuality and its continuing power in transphobic politics.

Fanfiction: an alternative pornographic history

Kalli Dockrill asks where fanfiction – a site of sexual exploration in the twenty-first century, particularly for women – fits into a male-dominated history of erotica.

The vagina missing from space

Jessica Thomson writes on the anatomic shortcomings of 1973’s Pioneer Plaque, and the intergalactic implications of our censorship of human bodies.

Yugoslavia’s Roma women

Maisie Revel examines the position of one of history’s most marginalised groups in the Socialist Republic between 1945 and 1992.

How comedy became resistance

Sophia Marshall writes on the historical relationship between laughter and political dissent.

The language of bushfires

Pepe Bingham-Hall discusses the relationship between language and land conservation in light of the mismanagement of Australia’s fires.

The moral censorship of Hollywood

The introduction of the Hays Code in 1934 changed the nature of a once boundary-pushing industry. Isabelle Drury considers its continuing effects.

Who makes history?

Alex Stanton puts forward the case for including historiography in the school history curriculum.

The voice of the children

Nick Batho writes on the power and authority of children’s words and views in anti-racist activism.

Femvertising: an oxymoron

Hannah Ross asks what the history of women in advertising tells us about modern trends.

Whose land down under?

Isabella Hendricks discusses the consequences of the false declaration of terra nullius on Australian land.

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