Essays

major publications and other recent work

The real tragedy will be if Labor retreats to its short-sighted, racist past’, in New Matilda, 21 May 2019
The ethics of uncertainty’, in Medium, 4 November 2017
Codes of control: brand managing our humanity’, in Overland, 3 November 2016
The dangerous authoritarianism of Derryn Hinch’, in New Matilda, 22 June 2016
Refugees are not your trolley problem’, in New Matilda, 16 May 2016
The right to see: the ongoing struggle against film censorship in Australia’, on the Melbourne International Film Festival website, 13 August 2015
Looking at porn doesn’t have to be a dirty secret, in The National Times, 28 June 2010
Tradition no bulwark against internet creep, in The National Times, 29 April 2010
Rating games a delicate balance, in The National Times, 5 January 2010

Student publications

In defence of irresponsible social media usage’, in the RMIT Writing Digital Content blog, 19 May 2015
Towards a progressive men’s movement, in Catalyst, 24 July 2014
The brave new world of corporate morality, in Lot’s Wife, 9 October 2013
Casting shadows: discrimination at 24 frames per second, in Catalyst, 18 September 2013
In a minor key: why I joined the Wikileaks Party, in Catalyst, 1 August 2013
Merry Xmas (institutionalised religion is over), in Lot’s Wife, 23 April 2013
Wherefore feminism?, in Catalyst, 12 April 2013
Wishing away causality: why liquor and libertarianism don’t mix, in Catalyst, 12 April 2013
Notes for critical activism, in Lot’s Wife, 29 March 2013
Fairfax, or the failure of commercial journalism, in Lot’s Wife, 29 October 2012
Criminalising pathology: child pornography and the law, in Lot’s Wife, 1 October 2012
Vigilantism and the tyranny of the individual, in Lot’s Wife, 28 July 2012
Role models and scapegoats: the footballer as public figure, in Lot’s Wife, 14 May 2012
The case for determinism, in Lot’s Wife, 16 April 2012
Don’t touch the war hero: war propaganda and televised heresy, in Lot’s Wife, 20 March 2012
In defence of offensive humour, in Lot’s Wife, 16 February 2012
Size and prejudice: ‘weightism’ in Western society, in Lot’s Wife, 2 May 2011
A humanist approach to paedophilia, in Lot’s Wife, 25 March 2011
Why we need same-sex marriage, in Lot’s Wife, 25 March 2011

‘Gadfly’ column

In 2013, I was asked to write a weekly column for the website of RMIT student publication Catalyst over the course of a three-month period, focusing on controversial political and philosophical topics.

Gadfly: On the sanctity of ideas, in Catalyst, 30 October 2013
Gadfly: On victim-blaming and denial of causality, in Catalyst, 23 October 2013
Gadfly: A defence (and critique) of New Atheism, in Catalyst, 16 October 2013
Gadfly: On paedophilia, in Catalyst, 9 October 2013
Gadfly: On inheritance tax and the politics of entitlement, in Catalyst, 2 October 2013
Gadfly: On abortion and the rights of the foetus, in Catalyst, 25 September 2013
Gadfly: On bestiality and the matter of animal rights, in Catalyst, 18 September 2013
Gadfly: On the pitfalls of egalitarian democracy, in Catalyst, 11 September 2013
Gadfly: On blame and the criminal justice system, in Catalyst, 4 September 2013
Gadfly: Shame in the age of freedom, in Catalyst, 28 August 2013
Gadfly: On the misrepresentation of xenophobia, in Catalyst, 21 August 2013
Gadfly: On the removal of body hair, in Catalyst, 14 August 2013
Gadfly: An Introduction, in Catalyst, 7 August 2013