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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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Has Consumerism Killed the Coffee Shop?

Words by Riley (she/her), 20 USA When I say a coffee shop, what do you think of? Does your mind go to a Starbucks or the local cafe in your town? Since the inception of coffee shops over the centuries, they have evolved from places of political talk to commercialized quick chains to study stops…

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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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Rental Crisis: Gen Z

Are you struggling to pay your rent? Join our Creative Residents, Caitlin (she/her), 25, and Ethan (he/him),22, as they venture out to capture the perspectives on the rental crisis. Discover more by watching the clip below.      

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Through The Eyes of Om (And I) As Fellow Dreamers

This piece is featured in the collaborative project between WhyNot and Project See and B for Propel Youth Arts WA 2024 KickstART Festival in Western Australia. Words by Syarisa (she/her) 22 WA The year was 2007. I was living in the Eastern Province in Saudi Arabia, in a small international community-compound. I was just 6…

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Hello Yellow

This piece is featured in the collaborative project between WhyNot and Project See and B for Propel Youth Arts WA 2024 KickstART Festival in Western Australia. Words by Efa (she/her) 23 WA  The intersection of jazz music improvisation and theatre-devising offered fertile ground for artistic exploration and innovation. My interest was in interrogating jazz music,…

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Potential

This piece is featured in the collaborative project between WhyNot and Project See and B for Propel Youth Arts WA 2024 KickstART Festival in Western Australia. Words and Art by Alysia Tay (she/her) 23 WA ‘Potential’ is about the story of my first art commission from 2021 – not what happened throughout the creative process…

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Music is the answer

This piece is featured in the collaborative project between WhyNot and Project See and B for Propel Youth Arts WA 2024 KickstART Festival in Western Australia. Words by Wilson Tan (he/him) 23 WA Everyone in today’s world has personal interests. It is those interests that entertain, enlighten, encourage, and inspire us until they eventually form…

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Rage

This piece is featured in the collaborative project between WhyNot and Project See and B for Propel Youth Arts WA 2024 KickstART Festival in Western Australia. Words by Lea (she/her) 19 WA I solemnly swear to never write about a man To never bring his words into mine That those notions of identity created by…

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Validation: Gen Z

Do you feel undervalued at work? As Gen Z is set to dominate the workforce, a recent study found that only 54% of young workers seek praise from their bosses for their performance. Join our Creative Residents, Caitlin (she/her), 25, and Ethan (he/him), as they venture out to capture the perspectives on this evolving trend….

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Entrepreneurship: Gen Z

Are you finding a sense of purpose in your work? The Gen Z generation is increasingly exploring careers that break away from the traditional 9 to 5 routine. Join our Creative Residents, Caitlin (she/her), 25, and Ethan (he/him), as they venture out to capture the perspectives on this evolving trend. Discover more by watching the…

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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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Pink, sparkles, and feminism: How Barbie has changed the film landscape

Words by Saskia (she/her) 16 VIC When I used to think of Barbie growing up, I would think about my dolls (and the god awful DIY haircuts that I would give them – shoutout to my weird Barbie who was always in the splits). My thoughts used to be about this doll, with a perfect…

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The problem with mission trips

Words by Caitlyn (she/her), 18 NSW  I was on FaceTime with a friend when they said they wanted to do a mission trip with a prominent charitable organisation to build houses in a developing community. After they realised that my screen hadn’t in fact frozen, they asked why I’d gone completely silent. I, an Indian-Australian,…

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Invasion day. Hip hip hooray?

Words by Caitlyn (she/her), 18 NSW    Hey! It’s been a little while since we last caught up, and with a public holiday just around the corner, I thought we should celebrate that time my ancestors robbed, murdered, and enslaved your ancestors. Doesn’t that sound like so much fun? The idea that the 26th of…

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Unfiltered Thoughts: Culture

Although creativity is often associated with the arts, it’s actually a vital form of intelligence that drives people in many disciplines to discover something new. There is no real consensus on how exactly to define creativity – it’s interrupted by the individual. Is the finger painting that your parents held onto since you were 3…

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Unfiltered Thoughts: Ukraine on our mind

It’s clear the impact (mental, emotional and physical) of the Ukraine-Russia war goes beyond borders. Thanks to a constantly updating newsfeed, we are watching events unfold before our eyes – with many of us left feeling confused and heartbroken. The WhyNot team would like to create a space for your unfiltered thoughts. To submit your…

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What happens after losing 3 Comedy Festival shows to COVID? The pursuit of ‘normal-ish’.

Words by Sweeney, 23 VIC There are some moments when you just don’t know how to feel or what to think. On March 13, 2020 I was at uni in Carlton. I’d just eaten an early dinner at my favourite spot near campus (shoutout to Mantra on Grattan Street, best vegan butter chicken for miles)….

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A Young Australian’s Voice

Recording & Words by Imogen, 21 VIC This piece was a finalist of the Youth Summit Creative Competition 2020. In this audio piece, Imogen responds to the numerous employment barriers young people face today, including what it feels like to be part of the first graduating class to be entering the Australian workforce during a…

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The Tattooed Face Woman. Are All Traditions Worth Preserving? Part 2

Words by Núria, 25 VIC Back in the village, Lin Shwe is the first tattooed woman I meet, and the one who makes the strongest impression on me. I don’t know if it’s because of her hypnotic deep voice or the way she smokes her pipe – slowly, without rush. It’s after meeting more Chin…

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The Tattooed Face Woman. Are All Traditions Worth Preserving? Part 1

Words by Núria, 25 VIC Lin Shwe Htang, from the Mun tribe, is at her home with some of her grandsons. It’s their day off school, so they all hang together while their parents are working in the fields. When heavy rain starts to pour, everyone goes inside. As her grandchildren sit down around her,…

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Baby, it’s Coaled Outside – An open letter to the Prime Minister

Words by Tamara, 29 NSW Dear Mr. Morrison,  2020 will go down in history as the year of “essentials”. Essential workers, essential services, just the essentials at the supermarket. There’s nothing like a global pandemic to reveal what we really need to pull through. I would like to meet just one person who didn’t need the arts…

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Not so Fantastic Excuses, and Where to Dump Them

Words by Justine, 19 QLD You can find more of her work on her blog www.justineohlrich.wordpress.com You see it a lot: “But they were young!” people say whenever a young person does something stupid. Or even downright wrong. It’s a poor excuse. “Being young” does not lessen the effects of your unwise actions on other people. It does…

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What NAIDOC Week Means to Me

Words by Payten, NSW NAIDOC week is widely celebrated during July of each year by all Indigenous and non-Indigenous people of Australia, to acknowledge and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, culture, history and achievements. NAIDOC Week can have different meanings for each Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. For me, NAIDOC week is a…

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Dual Identities | Why Not

Dual faces, Dual Identities, Dual Languages – The Curses and Blessings of Dual Selves

Short Film by Julianne Nyugen This is a story about a girl.A girl born to Vietnamese boat parents.A girl with Vietnamese parents who gave her a religion. A second-hand religion.A girl who is Eastern at home.A girl who is Western when out.A girl who looks Vietnamese but feels Australian.A girl who feels frustrated by the…

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Who Dares Loses

So it stands to reason that sport is something that all of us in Australia at some point have participated in, whether it be due to a competitive, sporting spirit…or reluctantly jumping into the car with our soccer gear in the middle of freezing July because our parents just wanted us to get out of the house. For me, my sport of choice was swimming. I am a nationally-ranked swimmer, state gold medallist, and proud wearer of Budgy Smugglers. Swimming has been a part of me since I was born. Because of my addiction for the sport, whenever there was swimming on the TV, I would be glued in front of the screen, cheering as loud as I could for the boys and girls representing the green and gold.

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