Australia’s Latest Rape Culture Reckoning

Content warning: This piece contains mention of rape, sexual assault and domestic violence. In January 2021, I watched in awe as Grace Tame was named Australian of the Year. We all know her story by now: at fifteen, she was groomed and repeatedly raped by her high school maths teacher, Nicolaas Bester. He was fifty-eight at the time. Bester was eventually convicted in 2011 and … Continue reading Australia’s Latest Rape Culture Reckoning

Bill Leak and the Ethics of Free Speech

Written by Jack Francis. Women were burned at the stake for being witches. Homosexuals didn’t get a stake. They were thrown on with the rest of the faggots. Hence the slur. I went to a single-sex Catholic school that promised to create ‘gentlemen’.  Even though I was in the closet, kids called me faggot. Yes, other children laughed, and yes, staff let it pass. Eventually … Continue reading Bill Leak and the Ethics of Free Speech