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The Boomer Supremacy — an interesting look at how Sydney’s lockout laws are yet another bar to young people participating fully in society.

That’s why Sydney’s lockout laws, and those planned for Brisbane, are copping such blowback. It’s not because the police are suddenly molesting wine bars in Paddington, or because the moralising class has started running a citywide temperance program. It’s because they are synergistic attacks on millennials, Gen Y and Gen X. They’re almost elegant in their efficiency: their motivator is youth’s use of public space, already diminished as the public square makes the declension to the shopping mall. They increase the price of already valuable properties further, and accelerate gentrification.

Graffiti tagger destroys historical Smith Street feminist mural

One of the artists, Ms Evans, said she felt sad and angry for the women whose stories were on the wall, but was not too “precious” about the artwork itself.

She said a lot of women, including some who were on the mural, contacted her upset over the vandalism.

“We don’t really care …it was very badly damaged anyway across the bottom because of many years of graffiti, it was never really looked after,” she said.

Artist Megan Evans said she felt sad that the stories of Northcote women were wiped out by the vandal.

“But the thing that I didn’t like …was the symbolic writing over the women. I felt angry on behalf of the women.

Steph is so into this article you have NO IDEA: MFA vs. CIA. A writer considers an alternate life as an undercover agent.

Steph’s local shopping centre when she was at uni just went solar: Perth shopping centre cuts grid power by 30% with WA’s largest rooftop solar array

Goat expectations: Don’t ever introduce animals to solve a problem

A great storify on disability access and pre-packaged foods. Please note that this is a North American ramble, and as such when they say ‘libs’ I think they mean little el liberals in the USAmerican context. Steph was SUPER confused.

“Women built this castle”: An in-depth look at sexism in YA.

While there are classic novels that can retrospectively have the YA label applied to them, the first YA book is considered by some to be Maureen Daly’s Seventeenth Summer. The novel, which focused on seventeen-year-old’s Angie Morrow’s budding attraction to Jack Duluth, published in 1942 as the idea of a teenager became to take hold socially.

But the book that most consider to be the first YA books is S.E. Hinton’s 1967 novel The Outsiders, about a group of teenage boys.

Fun story from Liz: I studied The Outsiders in year 10 — followed by Looking for Alibrandi in year 12; my education is basically an example of why studying YA in schools is awful — and I only just found out now that S E Hinton was a woman. Our teacher referred to her as “he” all through the term.

Stereotyping of Africans is everywhere, but Australians are particularly clueless

Australia is a nation that prides itself on being laidback and down to earth. The idea of everyone having a “fair go” is something most Aussies claim to value. So when marginalised people speak out against oppressive forces, I guess this image of fairness is threatened and people simply don’t want to face it.

…Sharing our experiences with racism is especially hard as black Africans here, because we are also subject to the “aggro race-card-pulling” archetype that is peddled by the media. Even in Australia’s most “progressive” spaces such as universities, conversations around racism seemingly always stop at Islamophobia and the experiences of black Africans are ignored. On the rare occasion that they aren’t, it is always through an American lens (thanks a lot Tumblr).

PR ‘stuff-up’: Michael Pezzullo defense falls flat, allegedly

Lifehack: never, ever use the word “alleged” in the context of Nazi atrocities. Not even to defend your island concentration camps and gulags from people who say they’re not very nice.

Lessons from Louise: the story of Paul Sheehan and the Sydney Morning Herald

A look at Paul Sheehan’s long career of right wing trolling in the guise of journalism. (Warnings for racism, domestic abuse, stalking.)

Weirdest and Sexiest Costumes from the Original Star Trek

You don’t really see crotch tassels on television any more.

Apply to things: Melbourne Fringe’s ‘Open Book’ concept.

Melbourne Fringe is excited to announce a new program in partnership with Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature Office – Open Book. The Open Book program provides free Fringe registration for selected artists with innovative ideas for new Festival projects that cast a fresh light on Melbourne and its relationship with literature.

All kinds of artists are encouraged to apply, particularly those interested or working in the literary arts.

Promoting an SF convention is hard.  But creating fake Facebook accounts and dubious ties to charity is never the solution.

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Defence Of Kanye

(This is an excellent piece; it’s only failing — and it might just stem from a decision to avoid digression — is its failure to interrogate the sexism behind the idea that Kim Kardashian “ruined” Kanye.)

A Full History Of The Deeply Personal Feud That’s Consuming Australian Politics

This is legit amazing. It’s In The Thick Of It if Malcolm Tucker was played by Michelle Gomez.

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  1. That Boomer Supremacy article really annoyed me – the lockout stuff felt utterly overblown and shoe-horned in to an otherwise interesting point about generational inequality. And in scrambling to make its point it was very poorly researched on the actual impacts of the lockout (some better data is here: http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2016/feb/11/sydneys-lockout-laws-five-key-facts-about-the-citys-alcohol-debate), which in turn made me much more sceptical of the broader points it was trying to make.

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