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Opinion: Holy Woman’s fleshy, feminist spiritual pilgrimage is a warning against religious coercive control

Louise Omer is on a global, but highly personal quest: from Australia to Ireland, Mexico, Sweden, Bulgaria and Istanbul.


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Opinion: Researchers trained an AI model to ‘think’ like a baby, and it suddenly excelled

In a world rife with opposing views, let’s draw attention to something we can all agree on: if I show you my pen, and then hide it behind my back, my pen still exists – even though you can’t see it anymore.


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Opinion: Census data shows we’re more culturally diverse than ever. Our institutions must reflect this

Initial data from the 2021 census released this week shows Australia continues to become more culturally diverse.


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Opinion: Paul Daley’s Jesustown: a novel of lurid, postcolonial truth-telling

How can fiction contribute to the “truth” that the Uluru Statement asks us to tell? Allen and Unwin’s answer to that question is, in part, one of paratext. By composing a book’s paratext, a publisher addresses the reader about how to experience the book.


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Opinion: You no longer need surgery to be diagnosed with endometriosis. Here’s what’s changed

By age 44, endometriosis affects around one in nine women and people assigned female at birth in Australia. It’s caused by the presence of tissue similar to the lining of the uterus found outside the uterus.


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Opinion: Should Australia introduce menstrual leave? Yes, but we need other period-friendly policies as well

Spain recently announced plans to legislate menstrual leave, extra leave for sufferers of severe period pain. The decision has sparked debate about whether Australia should introduce a similar scheme.


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Opinion: Margaret Atwood’s flamethrower of a stunt and the misguided moral certainty of book burning

A few weeks ago nearly every major news website and social media account shared a video of Margaret Atwood firing a flamethrower at a specially made, unburnable copy of The Handmaid’s Tale.


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Opinion: Did NASA find a mysterious doorway on Mars? No, but that’s no reason to stop looking

For the past ten years, NASA’s Curiosity rover has been trundling around the surface of Mars, taking photos in its quest to understand the history and geology of the red planet and perhaps even find signs of life.



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