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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Media and Desensitisation

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Words by Helena (she/her), 20 QLD  In our rapidly globalising world, the constant proliferation of communications through the media is inescapable for anyone who has access to the internet. When anything and everything you could possibly conceive of is available for visual consumption at the touch of a finger, value and meaning are progressively lost.…

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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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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

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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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