College Dropout

College Dropout

As of last week, I’m officially a college dropout. With five papers (about one year’s worth) left to finish my undergrad degree, I’ve put university “on hold” indefinitely. It was a tough decision to make, but I think it had been a long time coming. I’ve dealt with depression for about as long as I … Continue reading

Shocktivism is Violence, and Needs to Stop

Shocktivism is Violence, and Needs to Stop

Trigger warning: discussion of animal cruelty and rape culture Today, I’m very tired. I’m tired because I had barely a few hours sleep last night. While insomnia is nothing foreign to me, last night I couldn’t sleep for a different reason. Whenever I closed my eyes, I would see a horrifically graphic image of an … Continue reading

Reframing Slippery Slopes: Progress is a GOOD Thing

Reframing Slippery Slopes: Progress is a GOOD Thing

Australian Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi has recently come under fire for making some really troublesome comments connecting marriage equality to bestiality – to the point that he resigned as parliamentary secretary to Tony Abbott for the sake of the party. He has, however, stood by his comments and refused to apologise. He claims that legalising … Continue reading

A Commentary on Comments: Marriage Equality

A Commentary on Comments: Marriage Equality

Thursday was a good day for the queer community in NZ, for all its allies, and for anyway who stands for a fair, just, and equal society (and during UniQ Victoria’s Pride Week, no less!). Louisa Wall’s Marriage Equality member’s bill was drawn from the ballot in Parliament, which means it can now begin the … Continue reading

Review: The Dark Knight Rises

Review: The Dark Knight Rises

Spoiler Warning: I’m trying to keep this as spoiler free as possible, but I can’t make any promises. After Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece The Dark Knight, and in particular Heath Ledger’s insanely good performance, one can be forgiven for wondering if the conclusion to the Dark Knight trilogy would live up to the bar that Nolan … Continue reading

Game Review: Catherine

Game Review: Catherine

A game that can quite legitimately be described as a “romantic horror puzzle-platformer dating sim” is always going to be a bizarre and unique experience; and while there is a lot of room for such a concept to go horribly wrong, Atlus really hit the nail on the head with Catherine. The game tells the story … Continue reading

Breaking Down the Tomb Raider Rape Scene

Breaking Down the Tomb Raider Rape Scene

This is a response to a thought provoking post by Mary Elizabeth Williams (from here on, referred to as MEW) on Salon.com – “Lara Croft Battles Male Jerks”.  Trigger Warning for discussions about rape. I’ve never really been a big fan of the Tomb Raider franchise, but I have been looking forward to the new … Continue reading

Campbell Newman’s Civil Union Amendment is Not Good Enough

Campbell Newman’s Civil Union Amendment is Not Good Enough

Today, Queensland Premier Campbell Newman announced an amendment to the Civil Partnerships Act passed last year by the previous Labor Government, which will retain civil partnerships but remove the optional state sanctioned ceremonies, which the Australian Christian Lobby said “emulated marriage”. Newman and a lot of people from both sides of the debate are calling this a … Continue reading

Album Review: Home Brew by Home Brew

Album Review: Home Brew by Home Brew

From the opening track Dedicated To (Intro), when rapper Tom Scott dedicates the album to “the has-beens that have dreams, the fuck ups and crack fiends, the drop outs and drag queens” and a multitude of other social outcasts and regular people, you know that Home Brew is not going to be your regular hip-hop album, and … Continue reading