After spending eight years of my life watching this show, I’m left with a burning question: what was the point? Why develop these intricate, powerful female characters only to not do them justice? Female characters do not need to be perfect or satisfy our notions of who they should be; I did not fall in love with these characters for their goodness or perfection, but for their flaws, mistakes and development. These complexities are forever tarnished by the unearned and nonsensical people they were written to become. These women deserved better, and so did we.Read More
What did she do afterwards? They may have written her off, in value and the screen, but it’s her story I need to hear. We don’t just stop existing after we’ve been brutalized. How did she endure?
I haven’t watched Narcos since. I don’t want to.
I don’t want to think about it. Her name was Helena and I think of her and I think of me.Read More
I regularly hear from men that their mothers are sacred. That they respect mothers and therefore respect women. That they would do anything to protect their mothers.
But women are victims of a kind of violence that happens regardless of their motherhood status, or anything else. This violence occurs because they are women – and because we have a big problem in this country with gender-based violence.Read More
My mouse hovered over White. Then Black. Other?
Do you identify as coming from a diverse cultural background: Yes ( ) No ( )
We live in a world in which we like to divide people neatly into boxes. Good or bad; people can be one or the other. In the discourse surrounding the (mis)treatment of women, it is widely believed that men fall into one of two categories – the ‘good guys’ and the ‘bad guys’.Read More
It’s not an extraordinary moment when I see a Covergirl #girlscan image on the Internet, or when a Dove #realbeauty advertisement bursts before my buffering Youtube video. But, I’ve always been sceptical of companies using feminism for profit.Read More
Two elastic straps
The oppression of women
Dangerous wild girl
In the 21st Century, pre-conceived understandings of society often lie embedded within ancient and Hellenistic civilisations, such as the great Roman, Greek and Persian Empires. The female deities which emerged from such civilisations often epitomise traditional femininity.Read More
“It’s not rocket science darling. We’re just asking you to be thin and curvy, sexy and innocent!”Read More
Freedom of speech can be defined as “the legal right to express one’s opinions freely,” which we in Australia and most of the Western world, undeniably have. However, it is important to consider that there are some situations in which freedom of speech has to be restricted.Read More