Posts tagged philosophy

The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Really Are

No one "gets it" like Alan Watts gets it. He summarises "it" in a 160 page book called "THE BOOK: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are" (1966).  This TAG proves the pattern: no matter what I learn in the other fields and areas of scholarship, I can't help but return to the metaphoric and comedic language of Alan Watts. These two paragraphs in the Preface to THE BOOK, (almost) captures the thesis I'm spending hours upon hours trying to write: "THIS BOOK explores an unrecognized but mighty Read more [...]

Am I a Feminist?

"There are three problems in this world..." Sekai Holland opened her speech "1. men, 2. men, and 3. men." [1] "Feminism" is an interesting word. In my ignorance it used to bring to mind images of men-hating women demanding to work, wear suits, and take off their bras. The idea of studying feminism or being a feminist was as foreign to me as studying astronomy and being an alien. Born in 1982 I missed the fight for women's rights and, without giving it a moment of appreciation, I have reaped the Read more [...]

“White Supremacist Capitalist Patriarchy”

The truth can hurt. It's a harsh world, and a harsh critique: “White Supremacist Capitalist Patriarchy”. Unfortunately those four words capture a certain truth about our history and prevailing political and economical hierarchy of power. These words come from American author, feminist, and social activist, Bell Hooks. Hooks uses the term "white supremacy" above “racism” as white supremacy ‘evokes a political world that we all frame ourselves in relation to.’ They say life Read more [...]

Musings on Marriage

"I obviously support gay marriage under the principle that why should only heterosexuals suffer." Jeffrey Eugenides. “In thickening thighs and boring anecdotes, I now pronounce you man and wife...” Kathy Lette. Watching the Writers Festival panelists on Q&A discuss the question of marriage, I was reminded of some old musings. I thought I'd already blogged them, but discovered I hadn't... There are two very different uses of the word marriage, which I think we often confuse: the socio-legal Read more [...]

Modeling Tips: Where to Begin

The way you answer the questions from my last post about the kind of modeling you might want to do, will largely determine the next steps you should take. Here are some tips on where to begin, and how to go about it... Look for an agency: Different motivations for modelling and different types of modelling require different approaches. In general you can google the type of modelling eg "fashion model" or "commercial model" or "swimsuit model" or "plus-size model" with the word "agency" and Read more [...]

Narrative as Ethics

After yesterday's encounter with Mr Moron, I mean, Mr Maroon, a religious fanatic arguing that Atheist's have no code for morality, I want to take a deeper look at ethics and morality from both a religious and secular perspective. Given my research into the role of narratives in peace studies, I ask: What is the role of narrative in our ethics? Mr Maroon was holding up his ethical code - the Christian bible - and asking for Atheists to hold up theirs. "I have the Bible. Atheists have nothing. Read more [...]

Debating the Ethics of Atheists at Sydney’s Speakers’ Corner

"Atheists have no reason not to kill other people," said the man in a maroon sweater who had been quacking too loud for the dude on the podium at the "Speakers' Corner" at Sydney's Hyde Park to be heard. "Excuse me!" I butted in, having excused myself from our mother's day picnic to see what all the commotion was about. Suddenly all eyes were on me. "What does belief or disbelief in God have to do with killing other people???" I asked, noticing my tone rising to the bellowing nature of his. "Well Read more [...]

Expansion and Contraction

"There are only two movements of energy," my yoga teacher noted as we arranged ourselves in Shavasana – the corpse pose – ready for relaxation, "expansion and contraction." I adjusted my legs, relaxed my neck, and closed my eyes. I observed my lungs: expand, and then contract. For the next five minutes or so I meditated on this idea. Expansion and Contraction. It is true that our bodies are constantly expanding and contracting – whether we are breathing, drinking, or eating. In Read more [...]

Diseases of a world run by MBAs

'A serious disease has re-appeared at Sydney University. Like tuberculosis, as soon as a cure is found and staff have been inoculated, a more virulent strain emerges. It has been labeled “hyper managerialism” and its symptoms are “efficiency in the name of inexplicable time wasting”, “infinite make-work-form-filling” and “gobbledegook language to organise thinking”. So far no test has been found which might identify early onset of the disease.'  [1] Sydney University isn't Read more [...]