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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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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Madie’s Top 5 Takes On … Taking Care of Yourself

Words by Madieson (she/her), 24 WA Something that we often neglect is the most important person in our lives! Ourselves!! With the busyness of life, we often prioritize work, study, friendships and families over ourselves. We push our needs to the side and focus on others, without focusing on how we can support ourselves. Here…

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Why does everyone keep telling me to breathe?

Words by Sigrid (she/her) 21 QLD Are you breathing right now? Clearly, yes. And clearly, you were breathing before I asked you this question. But now I’ve drawn your attention to it: to whether you’re breathing through your mouth or nose, to how fast or slow, how deep. Now, it is you in control of…

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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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Women and Voice

Woman 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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Lesbians and the Patriarchy

Two hands clasped together - one green, one pink on a navy background.

Words by Helena (she/her), 20 QLD  It was about five years from when I first admitted my attraction to women, that I finally accepted I would never feel the same toward men. I’ve heard the same story time and time again. It transcends the confines of individual experience. It’s something universal, something that weaves us…

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