Written by Chloe Tredrea in June 2020
The sad irony is that the self-care movement initially began as a reaction to institutional shortcomings in the treatment of marginalised communities—women of colour and women who identify as LGBTQIA+.
CW: discussions of suicide, addiction, and mental illness.
In these interviews, I sat down with some women at the ANU and tried to explore the difficulties they face in navigating life as a woman and as a carer. I want to acknowledge that the positions these women occupy, often on the margins, can be incredibly hard and taxing, but also incredibly diverse. Gender, culture, language and class all influence the way in which we care.
“Laura’s panic had subsided; now she just felt sad and worried about everything she still needed to accomplish. She worked slowly but persistently. She felt unproductive.”
“It perpetuates the misconception that loving, and being loved, makes everything better.”
“It is a crisp October morning on the ANU campus, and after months of campaigning from student activists for better mental health services, our benevolent administration has decided to implement the catch-all cure for all of your ‘little moods’: a petting zoo.”
“Well, if Blurred Lines was subject to onslaughts of criticism for abetting rape culture, I would argue the same regulations should be applied to Look What You Made Me Do.”
“It really is the golden age of TV. Whether you’re into Netflix, Hulu, Stan, Fetch or just good old-fashioned online streaming, everybody’s tuned into some guilty pleasure or another.”