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Helena Lemin

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After starting her third degree in three years, Helena has finally found her niche studying a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English literature and political science.

This degree fosters a space in which she is constantly reading, writing and analysing, allowing her to explore the human condition and observe the world with a critical eye. As a creative resident at WhyNot, Helena aims to utilize her passion for storytelling to create thought-provoking pieces. Through her work, she hopes to spark conversations, broaden perspectives, and encourage a questioning of the status quo. In her spare time, Helena can be found at the bouldering gym, going to live music gigs or sitting by a lake reading with friends.

Articles by Helena Lemin

Women and the Environment – Part 2

Words by Helena (she/her), 20 QLD  As explored in Part 1, nature and corporeality is projected upon all women in the West, and immanence is epitomised in the female body. Ecofeminist philosophical theory draws attention to a connection between the subjugation of women and the subjugation of the natural world. Women and nature are aligned…

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Women and the Environment

Words by Helena (she/her), 20 QLD  Feminist philosophy offers intriguing perspectives on a possible construction of gender relations in Western society. These viewpoints ultimately pose the observation that our patriarchal society treats women and the environment in the same way. In this framework, women, especially mothers, are often equated with nature – both relegated to…

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Soft Theocracy and Public Service

Words by Helena (she/her), 20 QLD  Australian politics is deliberately crafted with a distinct, ring-fenced enclave for Christianity. This undemocratic partiality has ravaged the Australian public service, most particularly schools and hospitals – where the non-Christian majority suffers under the Church’s vice-like grip. The State of Australia is a ‘soft theocracy’ that recognises, subsidises, salaries,…

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Drugs and Decriminalisation

Words by Helena (she/her), 20 QLD  1968 America “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana…

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Domestic Labour and the Economy

Our Creative Residents share their thoughts in response to International Women’s Day 2024. Words by Helena (she/her), 20 QLD In our contemporary world that equates work with freedom and income with protected rights, individual poverty is a death warrant. Many define poverty not as an absence of wealth but rather an absence of opportunity – an…

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Appearance and Vanity

Appearance and Vanity

Words by Helena (she/her), 20 QLD  There exists a palpable collective contempt held for the perceived vanity of women. I have felt this contempt through a lifetime of recurrent offhand remarks and demeaning comments targeted at appearance-focused women, remarks made by men and women alike – and often in the name of feminism. Statements such…

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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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Image and Consumerism

Image and Consumerism

Words by Helena (she/her), 20 QLD We are all currently living under a consumerist society in its final and most malignant form. The inexorable effects of this immersion are often not apparent without an intentional unveiling, as consumer culture is designed to colonise and manipulate the psyche. Each cultural epoch is heavily defined by its…

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Queerness and the Closet

Words by Helena (she/her), 20 QLD Being closeted is an almost universal queer experience. At about the age of ten, I remember thinking to myself that by the time I was older things would be better; people would be more accepting. Until I arrived at this imagined future I had conceived out of hope and…

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Pleasure and Shame

Pleasure and Shame

Words by Helena (she/her), 20 QLD As a young girl, the shame surrounding pleasure and masturbation was palpable. Masturbation was completely relegated to the realm of the unspeakable within my all-girls high school, a phenomenon which endured until we were well into our later teen years. It wasn’t until we were about eighteen that a…

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