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I Succumb to Normativity

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Some weeks into wearing my new pair of Oliver Peoples glasses, I must confess they are still bringing me great satisfaction, even with a product description supported by gender normativity: “This frame is a laminated gradient khaki marble sculpted of substantial acetate in a bold modified rectangle shape, a modern, masculine optical frame.”My only claim […]

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Berger Manspace: A Deleuzian Reading

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Australian Creative offers an interesting report on the new Berger paving paint campaign: In a world where homes and inside spaces are seen to be the traditional domain of women, the campaign sets up the new men’s movement with an experiential pitstop outside the country’s busiest shopping centre in Chadstone. The spot portrays over-the-top feminine […]

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Kurt Hummel, 2012 and me

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You may remember last month I posted some eschatological graffiti. One of the things I like about graffiti is it can provide an element of serendipity which I find is on the decline the less I browse print publications, consuming instead information online. In the 2012 worldview, such serendipitous discoveries are considered synchronicities, the bleeding […]

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Eschatology Lane

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Melbourne is an excellent graffiti city. I generally feel that in our time of commodified knowledge, graffiti offers some great opportunities for both old-school sincerity and pranks. I’ve even followed a number of leads from graffiti that have turned into useful research sources. There’s one laneway between the train and my office that I will […]

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2012: Bling Bling Ka-Ching

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It’s a continual tension in my research on 2012: holding in balance those who are genuinely attempting to use 2012 as a catalyst for change in their lives (of which there are undeniably many), and those who are simply cashing in. The latter group has been around for some time now and includes such things […]

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All is Right in the World

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Amid all the criticism floating around on this blog, saraphine just commented that “today i just wanna trust that all is right in the world”. Well, how about this, I go and open the post to discover a gift of an Anne of Green Gables spoon: Anne remains the finest example of womanhood known to […]

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Rhinestone Theologian

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There’s a shining new star on the theological horizon: “I think Jesus was a compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems. On the cross, he forgave the people who crucified him. Jesus wanted us to be loving and forgiving. I don’t know what makes people so cruel. Try being a gay woman in the […]