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What the hell are gendered interests?

Words by Saskia (she/her) 16 VIC Can we stop shaming people for having interests? Can we stop gendering hobbies – as if any hobby is particularly masculine or feminine in nature? Can we stop this never ending cycle that we seem to have entered where, from girlhood, everything a woman does is seen as ‘embarrassing’,…

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To My Housemates, With Love

Words by Jaime (she/her), 22 QLD   I have found many sisters in the faces of my housemates. They weave between my fingers, Smile at my sore knuckles After another hard fought day. Never by blood, Always by chance. But aren’t those the best kind Of relationships   You cannot tell me Our smiles are not…

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Future of Work

Words by Joshua (he/him), 18 NSW Being a teenager involves a rapid process of becoming – discovering our passions, shaping our relationships and deciding upon our future. Getting a first job is undoubtedly a liberating part of this experience. It provides a source of income, allowing us the freedom to buy a car or go…

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Tis the season for the reason

Tis the Reason for the Season

Words by Maeson (they/them), 22 WA  Look, it’s me, your favourite Gen Z cousin come to ruin Christmas. Christmas – a season traditionally centred around goodwill and generosity – has evolved into a playground for capitalism, a swirling vortex of consumerism that often overshadows its essence. I hear you; this isn’t a new take. People…

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Respect

Respect

Words by Runali (she/her), QLD Respect in Oxford’s manual may sound technical, “A due regard for other feelings, wishes and rights” it’s a bit lexical, But let me put it in words more poetical, Respect is engaging with sensory organs, that’s the essence, that’s the chemical.   It can be seen in the eyes, Or…

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Quietness and Power

Quietness and Power

Words by Helena (she/her), 20 QLD  From an incredibly young age, we are forcibly indoctrinated into a world of extroverts. Before we even have the language to consciously process what we are doing, we all internalise a bias that privileges extroversion as the correct way to be. Quietness is pathologised and treated as a character…

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Thoughts on No

Thoughts on No: the Aftermath

Words by Gabe (he/him), 17 QLD    The piece ‘Thoughts on no: the aftermath’ may be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek support from the following services. 13YARN– 13 92 76 Lifeline – 13 11 14   For months, I had dreamed of waking up on October 15th…

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Bisexuality-Biphobia-and-Sexuality

Madie’s Top 5 Takes on…Bisexuality, Biphobia and Sexuality

Words by Madieson (she/her), 24 WA Learning about sexuality, bisexuality and biphobia is crucially important as we all work towards becoming stronger allies for the LGBTQIA+ community. For me, learning about these topics has helped me in my own journey in exploring my sexuality, and as quite a few of my friends identify as bisexual…

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Ring Your Rello

Ring Your Rello

Words by Alejo (he/him), 20 NSW Talking to your relatives about politics is a daunting thing. I should know, I do it constantly, and honestly, now that I’m writing this out, it might be a reason for my diagnosed anxiety disorder. You might not have a strong opinion on a subject or know what they’re…

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Youth for the Voice

Youth for the Voice: Inspiring Change and Unity

Words by Maeson (they/them), 22 WA   On October 14th, 18 million Australian’s will make their way to primary schools, community centres and sports halls across the country, to write a single word on a piece of paper. It may be the most important that word that many of us ever write. I’m, of course,…

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