Timothy Cootes

Timothy Cootes

Timothy Cootes writes for Quillette, The Spectator Australia, and Quadrant.

Yassmin Abdel-Magied: The Woman On Whom Everything Is Lost

Yassmin Abdel-Magied: The Woman On Whom Everything Is Lost

Last week on ABC’s Q&A, Yassmin Abdel-Magied declared Islam to be “the most feminist religion.” It’s a strong field, but this may well be her most idiotic statement yet. As The Australian reported, last year Abdel-Magied took a taxpayer-funded jaunt across the Middle East. The #YasMENAtour,

Timothy Cootes
Timothy Cootes
Art and Culture
A Good Word for the Contemptible Straight White Male

A Good Word for the Contemptible Straight White Male

I’m always on the lookout for new writing opportunities, especially with publications funded by the Australia Council for the Arts, as one can usually expect modest remuneration. I was initially pleased, then, to discover the literary magazine called, quite appropriately as you’ll see, SCUM. Its About section notes

Timothy Cootes
Timothy Cootes
Art and Culture
Are the Gender Wars Just Getting Started?

Are the Gender Wars Just Getting Started?

The Victorian government has delivered an unexpected Christmas present to Australian conservatives: a parting of the ways with Roz Ward, the co-founder of the controversial Safe Schools program. Score one for the cisheteropatriarchy, as the kids call it. It may not be in the spirit of Tiny Tim to gloat

Timothy Cootes
Timothy Cootes
Art and Culture
A Defence of Lionel Shriver: Identity Politicians Would Kill Literature if They Could

A Defence of Lionel Shriver: Identity Politicians Would Kill Literature if They Could

Saul Bellow once described the experience of reading the literary quarterlies of the fifties and sixties, after their takeover by the academy. He recorded feeling “first uncomfortable, then queasy, then indignant, contemptuous and finally quite bleak, flattened out by the bad writing.” If you have followed the events and aftermath

Timothy Cootes
Timothy Cootes
Art and Culture
"Like" This Essay — The Case Against Social Media

"Like" This Essay — The Case Against Social Media

I have recently noticed, with immense displeasure, a complication to my everyday social intercourse. After the initial hello-ing and how you doing, the very newly acquainted will almost immediately add each other to their numerous social media accounts. As they turn to me, already impressed by my charm and wit,

Timothy Cootes
Timothy Cootes
Art and Culture
The Masochists Who Defend Sadists: The Regressive Left in Theory and Practice

The Masochists Who Defend Sadists: The Regressive Left in Theory and Practice

I. The most contemptible of John Pilger’s declarations of left-wing solidarity was made in an interview with Green Left Weekly in January, 2004. The Australian journalist was asked whether the Left should support the anti-occupation movement in Iraq. Pilger replied: Yes . . We cannot afford to be choosy. While we

Timothy Cootes
Timothy Cootes
History
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Dismiss Radical Feminism

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Dismiss Radical Feminism

My advice on feminist issues is seldom – oh, all right – never requested. The recent, shall we say, clusterfuck over at New Matilda has ended my usual reticence. Jack Kilbride, a Melbourne university student, offered a few tame and clumsily expressed opinions on feminism as it is currently practiced.

Timothy Cootes
Timothy Cootes
Art and Culture