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Unfiltered Thoughts: IDAHOBIT

Imagine a world where every person, regardless of who they love, feels safe, respected, and valued. This vision is at the heart of IDAHOBIT, May 17. This day marks the historic moment in 1990 when the World Health Organization declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder. Despite this progress, over two decades later, LGBTQIA+ communities continue…

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Open invitation

Reimagine the news: an open invitation

Emma (they/them) 26 VIC One piece of advice from journalism school still sticks with me: pick an AFL team and learn all about it – you will need it to survive breakrooms as a journalist. This small sliver of industrial wisdom may seem innocuous to some but it’s not. It’s a warning. Impartial? Journalism never…

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Madie’s Top 5 Takes On … Checking Your Bias

Words by Madieson (she/her), 24 WA Bias is present across so many situations, for a variety of people. Whether this be based on gender, race, age, ability or financial status. We always need to conscious of our bias and making a conscious effort to keep ourselves in check. Until very recently, I had been on…

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The Road Ahead for Indigenous Rights

The road ahead for Indigenous Rights

Words by Ben (he/him) 22 QLD In the wake of the October referendum on an Indigenous Voice to Parliament, the potential for policy measures aimed at improving First Nations’ rights and welfare to garner popular support has dwindled. So too has endorsement by politicians and their parties, who have been quick to abandon such policies…

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What I want is a Nightlight

Words and Artwork by Jaime (she/her), 22 QLD   Walking into rooms and Feeling the choking of Gender imbalance as I Count the amount of women Falling under my gaze. I just want to walk into a room And feel it have the potential To be a home. Jumping and jingling at Night with my keys…

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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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Community Over Competition

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 Em (they/them) 24 WA Communities of practice are an essential element of a writer’s career. It’s a vulnerable yet rewarding experience, finding someone to read your writing,…

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Every Body Knows

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 Sofie Kerr (she/her) 22 WA Since I can remember, I have wanted to be a jazz singer, go to WAAPA and eventually write my own music. By…

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“Girl Math” or “Girl Economic Irresponsibility”?

This piece was written for International Women’s Day 2024. Words by Riley (she/her) 20 USA Every March, women worldwide are celebrated for their achievements, hard work, or strength. Every March, we celebrate Women’s History Month after centuries of women and their contributions being overshadowed, relegated to the sidelines, or omitted altogether. For one month, the…

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Gender Equality at Work: Gen Z

Our Creative Residents share their thoughts in response to International Women’s Day 2024. Is your workplace committed to embracing gender equality? This International Women’s Day is focussed on the fight for gender equality in economic participation. A study has shown that women’s participation in the workplace had increased to 62%. Join our Creative Residents, Caitlin (she/her),…

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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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Madie’s Top 5 Takes on … the Gender Pay Gap

Our Creative Residents share their thoughts in response to International Women’s Day 2024. Words by Madieson (she/her), 24 WA As we approach International Women’s Day (IWD), I’d like to reflect on all the things that I am grateful for and how being a woman has shaped this. But even as I sit and take my…

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Lot One

Our Creative Residents share their thoughts in response to International Women’s Day 2024. Words by Jaime (she/her), 22 QLD   The following poetry and artwork may contain themes that might be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek support from the following services 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) or Lifeline (13…

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Unfiltered Thoughts: Why Pronouns Matter

Pronouns carry tremendous significance; think of them as our individual identity badges! When we use the correct pronouns, it’s like giving someone’s authentic self a high-five, radiating respect for them as a person, and it feels pretty awesome. On the flip side, slipping up and using the wrong ones can lead to cringe-worthy stumbles, creating…

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Unfiltered Thoughts: Count Her In

Every year, 8 March marks a pivotal moment in our ongoing mission for gender equality. This year, the theme for International Women’s Day is “Count Her In: Invest in Women. Accelerate Progress.” It’s a rallying cry for women’s economic empowerment. We invite you to share your unfiltered thoughts on why investing in women is crucial and how…

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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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Reviewing Shades of Black Eyeshadow

Words by Jaime (she/her), 22 QLD   The following poetry and artwork may contain themes that might be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek support from the following services 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) or Lifeline (13 11 14) – visit our Creating a Safe Space page to see a full list…

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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 word that many of us ever write. I’m, of course, talking…

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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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Online parenting groups

Online parenting groups – do they help or hinder a new parent’s journey?

Words by Samantha (she/her), 28 ACT Working in Early Childhood Education, I thought I had a solid understanding of child development and what to expect when it came to caring for young children. I felt prepared, and almost cocky, when I discovered I was pregnant with my first child in 2020. I have never been…

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Dissent to Dialogue

Dissent to dialogue – reclaiming the Voice

Words by Flynn (he/him), 19 QLD  We have a date! The referendum on a First Nations Voice to Parliament has been locked in for October 14. With that date not being far away at all, you’d think it’d be safe to assume that voters know what they’d be voting on, and why it matters. However,…

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Ditch the witch

Ditch the witch: burning sexist stereotypes of childfree women at the stake

Words by Charlee (she/her), 21 NSW Pope Francis, the oft-touted ‘progressive’ face of the Catholic Church, recently branded the decision to remain childfree as “selfish.” Which is ironic, considering that the Pope himself is child-free. The Pope’s accusation of selfishness reveals a glaring double standard: why are men rarely subjected to the same criticism as…

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Politically speaking I consider myself a moderate

Nothing changes if nothing changes

Words by Brodie (he/him), 16 QLD  In the context of a history of misguided mismanagement and pig ignorance on the part of Australia’s politicians towards the issues faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, the Voice provides a once in a generation chance to take a step in the right direction and sets the…

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Harmonising Voices

Harmonising Voices

Words by Louie (he/him), 16 QLD  The prospect of the Voice referendum sinking into the quagmire of partisan politics would undoubtedly be a tragic turn that every Australian should earnestly strive to prevent. The heart of the Yes argument, while not always eloquently put forth, boils down to a pivotal historic juncture – an opportunity…

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Woman and voice

Women and Voice

Words by Helena (she/her), 20 QLD   Every woman has known the torment of getting up to speak. Her heart racing, at times entirely lost for words, ground and language slipping away. That’s how daring a feat, how great a transgression it is for a woman to speak in public. As explored by writer and…

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Barbie and Misandry

Words by Helena (she/her), 20 QLD  In Barbie, storied director Greta Gerwig creates a thematically complex yet endlessly amusing cinematic critique. Each new watch reveals a host of carefully considered and well-placed insights into the human condition, nested within an aesthetic feast unlike any other. The dazzling film has seized the public sphere with both…

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Make it 16 ballot voting box.

Unfiltered Thoughts: Make it 16

What if we lived in a world where 16-year-olds could not just get a driver’s licence, hold down a job, leave school, move out of home etc. etc. but also had the option to vote? The Make it 16 campaign is all about lowering the voting age to 16. Yep, you heard that right! They believe that…

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A vape and a 2 smokes

An honest look at vaping

Words by Will (he/him/they), 20 ACT  Once upon a time, when a character in a movie needed something to fidget with when the dialogue was slow, they rolled a cigarette. When a scene got too intense, the character walked out to collect their thoughts on the porch, they’d light a cigarette, and contemplate, as the…

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Unfiltered Thoughts: Cracking the code for gender equality.

We want to help break down the barriers that women face around the world. We want to crack the code for gender equality. We want to hear your bold, transformative ideas about inclusive technologies, accessible education, policy change, and well-being support (to name a few). We want to crack the code to empower women to…

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Are humans still humans?

Are humans still humans?

Words by Ray (he/him), 18 VIC  A subliminal part of our current economics is the idea that there is such a thing as eternal, incessant growth. Here’s a hypothetical example – there’s a sandwich you buy every day at cafe A. You’re happy with it, and the only way cafe B would be able to…

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Brown… White … In-between…

Words by Dionne (she/they), 17 WA  To grow up brown is to be Sisyphus, without a crime. Atlas to your parents’, societies’, and your own standards In that order. To grow up brown out of India, is to be subject to both Western and Eastern societal pressures. A never-ending Pandora’s box of perceived failures. To…

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Unfiltered Thoughts: Social

If we thought the topic of wellbeing was huge this is topic is GIGANTIC! We also know based on past submissions – this is what matters the most to our contributors. Young people around the world are standing up “for the Greta Good” amid droughts, bushfires and once-in-a-lifetime environmental disasters that are happening every other…

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How to get unstuck

Words by Nandana, 16 NSW  I’m stuck in the middle of year 10. I’ve just chosen the subjects that will supposedly decide the rest of my life, and now I’m regretting some of them. I am starting to wish I could go back in time more and more every day – before year 10, or…

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Conversation Piece

Artwork and Words by Daina, 16 NSW  “A conversation can change a life”. My art making practice is driven by what we can’t say in words. The tension often experienced by those awkward conversions which can have the most impact, is what is expressed in this work. Titled ‘Conversation Piece’, the use of colour and…

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Don’t knock small talk

Words by Maeson (they/them), 21 WA If you’re really struggling with your mental health, I will always recommend seeking professional psychological care. But if you’ve reached a point where generally speaking, you’re doing ok, maybe just a little lonely or stressed or tired with the everydayness of life, then here’s a wild suggestion – don’t…

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Equality is not Enough

Artwork and Words by Emily (they/them), 25 VIC    This artwork is to raise awareness that “Equality is not Enough”. The piece depicts four possible outcomes: starting with Reality and moving through to Justice. REALITY In this world, we are not born into equal circumstances. Some people get more than they need, others get less….

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Internalised Ableism

Words by Susie (she/her), 24 QLD  In part 1, we explored ableism: what it is, how to recognise it and how you can be an ally. Internalised ableism is much more personal and in some ways even more heartbreaking, as constant reinforcement from our ableist culture begins to dictate our internal, personal lives. Ableism is…

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Should Australia introduce compulsory national service for school-leavers?

Words by Dustin (he/him), 18 NSW Everyone knows that our schooling career is progressive. It’s planned out by the education system, almost as if your life has only one direction for the next 13 years: from kindergarten to year one, and eventually year 12. Essentially, young people – including me – feel as if they…

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Ableism: What is it? Why do you need to know about it?

Words by Susie (she/her), 24 QLD  What is Ableism? Ableism is heavily engrained in our society and impacts everyone’s daily life. Ableism is a huge, complex topic. It’s short dictionary definition is “discrimination in favour of able-bodied people.” But what does Ableism actually look like in everyday life? Ableism comes in many shapes and sizes….

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I’m a queer girl. I also have a boyfriend.

Words by Steph (she/her), 21 TAS  I’m a bisexual woman and I have a long-term male partner. Despite bisexuality being the most common sexuality in the LGBTQIA+/queer community (GLAAD), bisexual people (like me) are still questioned and misunderstood often. When I tell someone I’m queer, they ask if I have a girlfriend. When I tell…

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Trees for our future

Words by Kirra, 21 VIC  My most resonant childhood memories are times spent in nature. With my hands in the dirt, or up a tree looking out over the canopy, I have always felt drawn to trees – captivated by the knowledge that they existed long before I was born and will continue to thrive…

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Let me buy into my community, don’t force me to

Words by Emma, 27 WA  The concept of compulsory service is not new, with many countries such as South Korea and Norway requiring young people to serve their country. When the majority of the world is at peace, something like this seems harmless and encourages patriotism and connection with their peers. But given the ongoing…

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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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Fight of a six-year-old girl

Words by Steph, 26 VIC  This piece was the winner of the Youth Summit Creative Competition 2022. The indignation of a six-year-old girl is truly something to be reckoned with. Sandwiched into the middle, back seat of the family car, my older brothers’ knees rammed into my thighs, is when I first discovered my innate…

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The blueprint for the future

Presentation by Marama, 26 NSW This piece was a finalist of the Youth Summit Creative Competition 2022.   Illustration by Aileen, You can find more of her work on Instagram @aileenetc

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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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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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Voters Poem

Words by Dimitrios, 20 VIC  To know who to vote for is a lovely, beautiful thing. To know exactly who you’ll ask to lead, and with no fear of what they may bring. For I was taught when I was young that all politicians lie. How am I supposed to know who to vote for…

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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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Unfiltered Thoughts: 2022 Federal Election

The 2022 Federal Election has been called for May 21! In the lead up to the election we’ll be amplifying the Unfiltered Thoughts of young Australians on a range of topics, issues and policies that matter to them. What are your initial thoughts on the Federal Election? This following unfiltered thoughts may contain themes that…

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Unfiltered Thoughts: #breakthebias

In the lead up to International Women’s Day 2022 we asked our WhyNot community for their Unfiltered Thoughts on what this year’s theme #breakthebias means to them. Women Kill, but Women Are Also Killed In Australia: – 1 woman a week is killed by an intimate partner [1] – 10 women a day are hospitalised…

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We are Earth

  Words by Jahin, 21 NSW When we feel affection, we describe the fondness through the intricacies of nature. Two hearts interlaced like wild vines. Tender eyes as deep as oceans. Minds spinning yarns that expand as far as the milky way. We dissect this human emotion into what we see around us, – the…

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We all deserve better.

Words by Maeson, 21 WA A response to the Citipointe Christian College student enrolment contract.  Christians don’t believe in bigotry. Bigots pretend to be Christians. The discrimination of queer people, from television, movies, books, politics, business, workplaces and schools is a constant in our lives. I thought we made it when they legalised gay marriage…

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Still on your L’s? Don’t sweat it!

Words by Kirra, 20 VIC There are many reasons I could give as to why, at 20 years old, I still haven’t got my driver’s licence. I could blame it on the fact that I live out of home and don’t have a car or tell you that I haven’t been able to go driving…

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Rarely Seen, Hardly Heard: Looking Beyond

A powerful poem about identity, belonging and connection to your past.

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A quick transition: from couch surfing to public housing.

Piece by Danni, 25 WA The illustration at the top of this page is by Aileen, You can find more of her work on Instagram @aileenetc

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Rarely Seen, Hardly Heard Interview: Krystelle

The following interview is part of the Rarely Seen, Hardly Heard campaign – words by Georgie and interview by Lauren. Rarely Seen, Hardly Heard is about shining a light on the stories, thoughts and opinions of young people who have never been published on the WhyNot platform before, helping break down stereotypes and continuing to…

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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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‘You don’t seem autistic’ – and other phrases we’re tired of hearing.

Words by Megan, 20 TAS  I am autistic. It’s a label to be proud of, but it also comes with challenges. Every autistic person is different, and so every autistic person faces misconceptions that can be upsetting and frustrating. Even those who think they are supportive of the autistic community will often make these mistakes….

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Verified

Artwork by Ziggy, 23 NSW  Artist Statement: I had to be ‘verified’ by a medical professional as transgender, before I could continue with my transition. The funny thing is everything in this drawing makes me trans. AND nothing in this drawing makes me trans. Every transgender person has their own ideas of what being trans…

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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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EC Unfiltered: Federal budget

  What was a nice surprise for you to see included in this year’s budget and what do you feel it missed the mark on? A boost up for women everywhere. This year it was nice to see a serious uptake in spending on women’s issues. Last year the budget severely missed the mark, this…

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Dark of the moon

Words by Jahin, 20 NSW Welcome to the inside of my mind,A mansion of memories, that sometimes feels hollow,Cracks and curves,Embellishing the nature that swirls around it. Here you will find one of two things –The joys and cheers of what it means to be human,A fickle experience, one of age and lessons that shape…

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Change and anxiety in the time of COVID.

Words by Lydia, 18 VIC Post-high school fear has knocked my friends around and left them floundering. Even through our last school year – a long plague of fear and ever-changing plans – my simple questions were not met with tears as often as they are now. I’m considering bringing tissues to small talk, just…

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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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Disadvantaged from birth

Words by Jahin, 20 NSW From the moment I was born,They cut my umbilical cord,And attached a stigma instead,A warm welcome to the epicentre of excellence,At least that is what I was told. When I gaped at the feet that were to walk,An anchor dragged me along from my very first crawl,The dark hues on…

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Shy: an acceptable personality trait.

Words by Briana, 21 VIC People describe me as shy. It is neither said in a positive or negative light. Just an observation that people say to explain why I am the way I am. Just shy.  It’s a quiet word. The first letters are pronounced with a soft shhhh, like when you shush someone…

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Identity crisis

Words by Jahin, 20 NSW There was a period in my life,during high school,when a sense of belonging,equated to liquid gold. Sitting side by side,uniformed in similarity,Feeling whole and cherished,Being a ripple in the sea of voices. That was what my heart longed for. But after years of trying to mould myself for others,I realised…

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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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I Can’t Breathe

Words by Fibha, 22 NSW “I can’t breathe”; You hear us repeat! Yet, there’s no action, Just an attraction, For a fraction of bystanders. As we’re put down to the ground; With cuffs on our hands, And knees on our necks, Is this not a symbolic degradation? Chaotic & demonic! Is this not a show…

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The Scary Man in the Dark

Words by Ella, 23 VIC   You never believed the scary man in the dark story. You never believed, until the scary man in the dark was real. Until the scary man in the dark was at the base of your bed. The scary man wouldn’t listen. The scary man was still, whist you screamed…

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What You Can Offer a Board — and What it Can Offer You.

Words by Sanaya, 29 VIC Why is it important to have young people on boards?Why is it important to have women in the workplace?Why is it important for First Nations People to have the right to vote or the right to self-determination on their own lands and waters?The same basic question has been asked so…

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Hot Commodity

Words by Sachini, 22 ACT “Jamie said you were a Brownie,” said my friend Katie. I remember looking down at my arms, feeling a stab of defensiveness shoot through my stomach. “I don’t care,” I had said. In that moment, 8-years-old, with my pink Big-W backpack – I really didn’t care. I was hurt because…

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Pink-Haired Girls in the Night

Words by Kyara, 22 VIC I’m eight hours away from home at a festival celebrating the city of Adelaide’s 60th birthday. Crowds mill about, taking in the art displays and the food vans in the street. It’s easy to lose yourself in a crowd like this, and I love it. I don’t have to be…

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Living a Double Life – 10 Questions for Shulah

Words by Georgie, 28 VIC Sit down with your beverage of choice, put your phone on flight mode and read this inspiring story. Lauren from the WhyNot team sat down with Shulah – a young transgender woman from Melbourne to talk all things diversity and inclusion, safe spaces and finding the courage to be vulnerable….

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I am angry

I Am Angry

This article contains themes about sexual assault mentions, rape mention, casual racism, 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 732Lifeline –…

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Homophobia is still an issue… What can we do? | WhyNot

Homophobia is Still an Issue… What Can We Do?

Words by Laneikka, 19 NSW I didn’t come from a homophobic household. And yet I remember crying at Jamberoo because my sister groped a mermaid statute’s boobs with her hands. There was something about same sex couples that left me fearful. I had this undeniable anxiety that even existing near LGBTIQ+ people would ‘turn’ me…

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Good Little Girl

Words by Ella, 22 VIC Be a good little girl, he said. Wear nice clothes for me. Speak up, but don’t be louder than me. Smile, but stop being so nice. People will think you are fake, he said. Be a good little girl, he said.   Eat your food you are too skinny. I…

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Stealthing: The Silent Sexual Assault

Words by Laura, 25 NSW I want to talk about stealthing, and the fact that it triggers my spellcheck begins to demonstrate why. Stealthing is a type of sexual assault. It occurs when sex has been consented to on the condition that a condom is worn, but the person wearing it then covertly takes the…

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The Gender Myths of the Progressive Nation

Words by Sachini, 22 ACT “So, what do you think of Denmark?” I look over at Caroline, sipping my wine.  My boyfriend and his friends are engaged in easy conversation borne from growing up together in Denmark.  “It’s nice,” I say, and then because I can tell she wants more, “it’s beautiful. Everything is so…

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Sibling on the spectrum Blog Article

What it is Like Being the Sibling of Someone on the Spectrum

Words by Miriam, 19 NSW Siblings are the worst, aren’t they? Not my brother. He’s pretty great, but not everyone sees him that way, because he’s different. People don’t like different. Of course, there are times when I find my brother excessively, painstakingly irritating, however, I’ve learnt that when you’re the sibling of someone on…

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Racism is a White People Problem

Words by Lachlan, 25 QLD Why was this the spark that lit the bonfire? Was it the fact that this murder was documented on camera? Was this the proof white people needed to believe what Black, Indigenous and people of colour (BIPOC) have been saying for years?  The murder of unarmed George Floyd on 25…

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Freedom Once isn't Freedom Forever | WhyNot?

Freedom Once isn’t Freedom Forever

Words by Stephanie, 22 NSW COVID-19 is testing not only our health, but also our patience for freedom. History has taught us freedom comes at a great price.  As the COVID-19 pandemic lays waste to the global social and economic landscapes, 2020 is no ordinary time. Politics and human rights aren’t immune to infectious microbes,…

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The Need for Facts

Words by Markos, 28 VIC I love facts. I grew up reading fact books, I tweet facts, I write fact-based articles and I’ve even worked in fact-checking. Therefore, it sickens me to see the epidemic of lies and propaganda that has gripped the world. Far too many people are shunning trustworthy information sources like reputable…

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Planet or People Part 2

Planet or People Part 2

Words by Angelica 22 QLD Do you really need that plastic straw in your drink? Think about the environment!” As Australia rolls out plastic straw bans across the country, very few people have stopped to consider the negative consequences of a plastic straw ban for people with disabilities. That’s what I’m here to do. This…

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Planet or People Part 1

Planet or People Part 1

Words by Angelica 22 QLD Do you really need that plastic straw in your drink? Think about the environment!” As Australia rolls out plastic straw bans across the country, very few people have stopped to consider the negative consequences of a plastic straw ban for people with disabilities. That’s what I’m here to do. This…

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Why We Will Always Need Pride | WhyNot?

Why We Will Always Need Pride

Words by Natalie 20 VIC 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 732Lifeline…

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Bushfires My Country is burning and I feel Hopeless | WhyNot?

My Country is Burning and I Feel Hopeless

Words by Jahin, 19 NSW “I don’t feel safe leaving my children to this world” Those were the words uttered by my 75-year-old neighbour on the eve of the new year. A time of elation was met with tears streaming down his face, his shaking hand resting in mine on our front porch.  Words don’t…

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Australian Bushfires | WhyNot?

Answer the World’s Smoke Signal

Words by Aileen, 28 VIC Illustration by Aileen, You can find more of her work on Instagram @aileenetc Answer the World’s Smoke Signal/Together We Are illustrations show the impact of the Australian Bushfires across the world. From smoke impacted areas to people/animals who have lost everything – these fires are truly devastating, and it would be irresponsible…

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