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Published 07 May 2013



    In this second issue of the Larrikin Post, we ask which taboos we should keep, and which we should revise. To what extent are our taboos grounded in irrational fear or just tradition? Let's see which stand up to scrutiny, and which fall down.

  • In defence of the pre-noon drink

    Have you ever been guilty before drinking before midday? What about on a weekday? Most of those who have done this deed get derided instantly as alcoholics. Ellen argues that this shouldn't be the case, that drunks shouldn't have all the fun, and that drinking should be an acceptable thing to do at all hours. Read.

  • Strange taboos from history

    If you have sex during the day, everyone you know will drown. I mean it. Or at least, the Semang people do. This is an examination of bizarre taboos throughout history that we've lost sight of, and a rationale for why taboos should be considered a cultural, not biological or (god forbid) divine phenomenon. Read.

  • The case for legal drugs

    Changing attitudes to drug law is unfortunately difficult. But it shouldn't be. The term ‘war on drugs’ is a faux pas. Nevertheless, discrimination against “illegal” drugs is firmly stamped upon society and forms a major political stake. All this does is highlight our hypocrisy. Read.

  • Why I like telling offensive jokes

    I have a confession to make: I like racist jokes. I’ve heard every argument in world as to why they’re totally inexcusable, and I agree with all of them, but having said that they still make me laugh. Same as rape jokes, holocaust jokes and just about everything under the umbrella of poor taste you can think of. Read.

  • Why isn't being morbidly obese taboo?

    There is a certain restraint we exercise when talking about obesity which doesn't appear when we talk about the dangers of smoking. What's the big difference between them? Is there one at all? Kara Jensen-Mackinnon argues that we should be treating the two costly health issues with equal disapproval. Read.

  • We need some more taboos: here's a list

    Many acts are considered taboo in our society, but only some of them are acted on. Oliver Freeman points out a few taboos with real reason to their existence. We might tut-tut at them, but we neglect to enforce them to the extent they deserve. Read.


  • Sex with words: how gendered nouns are altering our speech

    Many languages have gendered nouns: masculine, feminine, and sometimes neuter in the case of German, for instance. How do these genders affect the meanings of the words themselves? It turns out the answer is a lot. Kara Jensen-Mackinnon shows how gendering of nouns can even affect us as English speakers. Read.

  • Is meat murder? Most of us can't tell

    If we are to judge by reports in the media alone, there is an ever-growing public concern within Australian society about the way livestock animals are treated, both on the farm and beyond. Such concerns range from personal senses of nagging unease at the thought of hens being caged in intensive egg production enterprises and extending right through to a collective societal ... Read.

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