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Unfiltered Thoughts: Roe v Wade

In 1973, the US Supreme Court’s decision during Roe v Wade legalised abortion across the country. A leaked draft of a new Supreme Court ruling showed that Roe v. Wade is on the cusp of being overturned. On June 24 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade, allowing states to ban abortions. 26…

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Migrants in Australia – an untapped potential

Words by Rohanti, 29 SA  This piece was a finalist of the Youth Summit Creative Competition 2022. According to the 2020 statistics published by ABS, 30% of the Australian population were born overseas and an estimated 61.2% of this population are aged between 18 and 34 years. That’s 4.65 million migrants.[1] [2] On average, these…

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I am not your political pawn

Words by Zavier, 18 WA  This article mentions historical events and references homophobia, which may be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek support from the following services or visit our Creating a Safe Space page to see a full list of support services. 1800RESPECT – 1800 737 732…

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Over 1.2 Million Australians were left out of the 2021 Census.

Words by Jordan, 26 NSW This article mentions self harm and homophobia, which may be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek support from the following services or visit our Creating a Safe Space page to see a full list of support services. 1800RESPECT – 1800 737 732 Lifeline…

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Letter to the West

Words by Melis, 22 VIC This article contains themes of sexual assault and violence which may be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek support from the following services or visit our Creating a Safe Space page to see a full list of support services. 1800RESPECT – 1800 737…

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Unequal before the internet

Words by Markos, 28 VIC This article contains themes of racism and crime which may be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek support from the following services or visit our Creating a Safe Space page to see a full list of support services. 1800RESPECT – 1800 737 732…

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Fighting about feminism

Words by Ella, 23 VIC I was sitting at a coffee shop talking to my boyfriend when we got into an enamoured discussion about feminism. His stance: feminism is divisive. It does more harm than good in advancing the cause for women’s rights. My stance: Feminism is essential to dismantling patriarchal structure which causes harm…

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I am not your daughter.

Words by Jessica, 23 NSW She was found alone,Strewn in bushes much like the rest.She looked like she had put up a fight,But she did not pass the test. Her eyes will never open again.Her friends will never hear her laugh.Her family is left confused and wondering,Why couldn’t he just leave her be?Why couldn’t he…

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To the angry girl on WhyNot, I’m angry too.

Words by Ella, 23 VIC To the angry girl on Whynot.I am angry too.I am angry that he doesn’t get it.I am angry that he wants me to stay silent, palatable.Doesn’t want me to voice my opinions,Not ones that could cause discomfort.Women are to be seen, not to be heard.To be heard only when we’re…

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To be feminine or to be feminist: body hair reflections

Words by Alexandra, 23 VIC When I entered the world of puberty, it felt absolutely essential that I shave my underarms and legs. I have a distinct memory of tying my hair into a ponytail when my cousin noticed hair under my arms. “You have more hair there than I do!”, he laughed. Of course…

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