A man with a child in tow may not be the biological father. Split families, gay couples, and mixed-race couples with children are common in most of our cities and towns.
It's our term, we own it and we should decide who uses it 'and the conditions' in which they do, just like the n-word which is exclusively used by Afro-Americans.
The Japanese leadership were unmoved. It was the shadow of Stalinism that made the difference.
Transgender people obviously challenge traditional ideas of what it means to be male or female – risking hostility, attack and even murder in doing so.
They have crossed social boundaries from 'low' to 'high' class, at the same time changing the dynamics of gender as they become icons of fashion.
John Walsh (PWC) in Disability Expectations - Investing in a Better Life, A Stronger Australia (2011) noted that poverty and disability are very closely linked. 45% of people with disability live in poverty.
A series of items in the media caught my attention. It seems that everybody these days can be accused of being anti-this or anti-that.
The Charity Ball, Gary Johns quite rightly focuses on the need for donors to be better informed of the real purposes and goals of the many organisations and entities that are today calling themselves charities.
Peter Singer's views on 'effective altruism' are simplistic and have potentially unintended consequences for social justice.
For more than 300 years, employers have controlled their employees by making them attend and leave work at a prescribed time.
We still manage to live with ourselves but whether we actually like ourselves is another matter.
The debate over same-sex marriage should be an opportune time to look at the whole question of marriage and whether or not it is a natural and reasonable thing for humans to do at all.