Clem Bastow
is a Melbourne-based writer and critic.

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Opinion October 14, 2017

Hollywood’s disgrace of ‘open secrets’

“This is the sad song of contemporary feminism: burnout for the women who speak up, endless “cookies” for the men who offer little more than lip service. It’s bittersweet to admit that women and other marginalised people don’t seem to be able to …”

Opinion March 11, 2017

Flame war is over. If you want it.

The overwhelming negativity of Facebook’s newsfeed did little to assuage my growing suspicion that the 21st century’s great social media experiment is doomed to be remembered as a failure.

Life August 27, 2016

Competitive preserves at the Royal Show

Rekindling a passion for competitive jam making at the Royal Melbourne Show.

Life May 28, 2016

The magic of pro wrestling

Punishing bouts of local pro wrestling offer the purity of ordinary – if unusually solid – people entertaining crowds hungry for heroic stories.

Opinion April 23, 2016

Housing affordability and the irrelevant generational war

“Once the smoke of the false intergenerational spat clears, we’re still left with a policy mix that has engineered the current housing affordability issue.”

Opinion November 14, 2015

Generation X men

“Not only does this cultural ephemera overwhelm the collective consciousness, it is telling the same simple story over and over, and we don’t seem to mind.”

Opinion April 04, 2015

The problem with online ’choice feminism’

“This first-person feminism maintains a status quo through personal empowerment: ‘I have reached enlightenment, so the fight is over.’”

news August 23, 2014

Infrequently asked questions about depression

For the depressed or vulnerable, seeking help can often be a bridge too far.

Opinion July 05, 2014

Supply and demand: piracy in Australia

Instead of pushing governments into policing ISPs, media companies should simply let us pay them for their wares.