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Tuesday 21 October 2014
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silent witnesses: perpetuating a culture of silent suffering surrounding domestic violence

Laura Wynne
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**Trigger warning: Discussion of violence and domestic violence** Dropping into a tackle in a game of social football a few weeks ago, I caught an accidental elbow to the eye. It was an unfortunate little accident that left me with a killer black eye and a fractured cheekbone. After about 10 days, the bruising faded…
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Friday 17 October 2014
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keep calm and befriend a muslim

Raidah Shah Idil
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Seriously? Again? Bronywn Bishop already had her go with her ‘ban the hijab in schools’ mantra in 2005. Now it’s time to up the ante with the ‘ban the burqa’ mantra. It boggles my mind when political figures like Jacquie Lambie draw links between the burqa and terrorism. What’s the connection? This ‘ban the burqa’…
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Thursday 16 October 2014
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reclaiming the night: a chat with activist natalie pestana

Jacqueline Lademann
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Thousands of women will take to the streets of Melbourne this Saturday 18 October to protest harassment and violence against women. Natalie Pestana is usually photographing live bands at pubs and clubs around Melbourne, but three years ago she took her anger about the press reporting around the rape and murder of Jill Meagher and…
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Tuesday 14 October 2014
Featured Health

control your brain: the stigma around panic attacks

Kaylia Payne
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It can difficult to explain panic attacks to people that have never experienced them before. Yes, I could rattle off the symptoms that are such a big part of them, like trembling, a sense of unreality, stomach pains, dizziness, a tight chest, difficulty swallowing, heart palpitations and numbness; but this doesn’t give anyone a real…
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Tuesday 14 October 2014
Featured Health

mental health state of mind

Brianna Doolan
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Yep, I’m in a mental health state of mind. Last week was National Mental Health Week. Upon learning this (mostly through the amazing coverage by the ABC during the week) my thoughts have been consumed by the complexity of this topic. Illness, stigma, disease, access, reaching out, not reaching out, lack of support; my mind…
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Friday 10 October 2014
Featured Health

mental illness and compounded effects of marginalisation

Natalia Verne
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DISCLAIMER: This article is written only from my own experiences and is not meant to represent other people’s experiences of ableism, transmisogyny, sexual assault, or other experiences. Trigger Warnings: Rape, sexual assault.   A lot of people look up to people who appear to be struggling with life, as if they are inspirational in some…
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Thursday 9 October 2014
Featured News

how the Australian media is failing Mayang Prasetyo and all trans women

Cin Peeler
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  Trigger warning: slurs, abuse, suicide A few mornings ago, I hopped on Twitter to find a big screenshot of Brisbane’s The Courier-Mail, its front page salaciously covered with a woman in a bikini and the headline: “Monster Chef and the She Male”. I know I joke with friends that Queensland’s a little behind in…
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Thursday 9 October 2014
Featured Health

living with borderline personality disorder

Ruth Scott
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  Author’s Note: Please remember while reading this that these are my own personal thoughts and experiences and they do not represent everyone with a diagnosis of BPD. Please follow the links provided for more information. Writing a concise piece on a very misunderstood and stigmatised mental illness is no easy feat. When you speak…
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Wednesday 8 October 2014
Featured Health

mental health week: a reminder that mental health is a complex issue for many of us

Bridget Conway
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I’m incredibly proud that addressing mental health issues with programs such as this week’s Mental Health Week in support of World Mental Health Day, and ABC’S Mental As, a week of TV, radio, and online programming dedicated to dismantling the stigmas surrounding mental health, has now become an everyday norm. It’s very difficult now to…
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Wednesday 8 October 2014
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mayang prasetyo: a culture of entitlement to trans narratives

Natalia Verne
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  Trigger Warnings: murder, transphobia, transmisogyny, transmisogynistic slurs, cannibalism, sex-worker-phobia, sex-worker-phobic slurs This week, major news outlets discovered that Mayang Prasetyo, a transgender woman of colour, was murdered and in the process of being cooked and eaten by her husband, Marcus Volke. Media outlets have been quick to report that Ms Prasetyo was a “transgendered…
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Tuesday 7 October 2014
Featured Health

everything I wish I had been told about therapy

Jaen Wilson
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October 10 is World Mental Health Day, so this week (October 5-12) we are observing National Mental Health Week in Australia. In light of this, guest writer, Jaen Wilson joins us to answer some FAQs about what ‘seeking help’ means and how to go about it.  There has been a lot of great public discussion lately around depression, suicide,…
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Monday 6 October 2014
Featured Feminism

#heforshe: are you buying it?

Ruth Scott
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Emma Watson becoming a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador conjured a cheer of “Hooray Hermione!” in my mind. While she has well and truly established herself as a talented actor in roles since the Harry Potter franchise came to an end, she will always be Hermione to me, and I believe Hermione would be cheering Emma…
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Wednesday 1 October 2014
Featured Feminism

a bastard of a job: a tentative defense of germaine greer

Ruby Grant
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From the trail-blazing “saucy feminist that even men like!” to ‘controversial,’ feminist crone who has allegedly “stayed too long at the party,” Germaine Greer’s image and its relation to (white) Western popular feminism is complex.  The media has a funny relationship with Germaine Greer. Feminists have a funny relationship with Germaine Greer. Maybe the World…
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Wednesday 24 September 2014
Featured Travel

on the run, on my own: going west

Jo Williams
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I am of firm believer that everyone should go on a road trip at least once in their lives. I don’t mean a long car journey somewhere – that doesn’t count. I mean a proper road trip. One that lasts days of driving to places, and stopping when you feel like it. One where you…
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