Big Girlboss Energy: On the Commodification of Feminism

Big Girlboss Energy: On the Commodification of Feminism

By Eda Gunaydin I can’t seem to call myself a feminist anymore, although it used to be a hill I was willing to die on. But it is a hill. Having failed to develop a political consciousness until I entered university, it seemed correct to organise around what I observed...

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What’s the Point of Performativity?

What’s the Point of Performativity?

By Roj Amedi There are two conversations being had in response to our current moment of global pandemics, entrenched racial injustice and ecological collapse. On one side is a growing push to change the way our societies function ― a call to interrogate the...

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Redemptive Endings

Redemptive Endings

By Lee Kofman By nature, I am a confessional writer. The more difficult, dramatic, my life is – the better I actually fare. Artistically that is. And yet, it has taken me twenty years to dare to tell one of my most transformative stories, the one which prompted me to...

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Parenting in a Pandemic

Parenting in a Pandemic

By CB Mako (Content warning: domestic violence) When March 2020 arrived, we realised that we had survived another summer. We got our first sigh of relief after the scorching start to a new decade, when Naarm was covered in a dense blanket...

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A Journal of Solitude: Living Alone During COVID-19

A Journal of Solitude: Living Alone During COVID-19

By Vanessa Giron When I first read The Waves by Virginia Woolf, I found myself clinging to one idyllic moment: 'How much better is silence; the coffee cup, the table. How much better to sit by myself like the solitary sea-bird that opens its wings on...

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Freelancing With a Disability During COVID-19

Freelancing With a Disability During COVID-19

By Carly Findlay From loss of income and delaying the publication of Growing Up Disabled in Australia, to grieving for the arts sector and connecting with friends, to fear about access and care for disabled people, my time in isolation has been full of anxiety, but...

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‘It’s Already Here’: On Women Writing The Future

‘It’s Already Here’: On Women Writing The Future

By Alice Robinson In recent times, it seems increasingly challenging to parse what used to be more distinct: 'literature' and 'the real world'. As a result, I won’t dwell too profoundly on the specificities of current events—neither the catastrophic bushfires of this...

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The Domestic and the Domestic: Violence in Australian fiction

The Domestic and the Domestic: Violence in Australian fiction

By Laura Jean McKay Domesticity is supposed to be cosy, isn’t it? A tea on the couch and a cuddle in the dark. But, linguistically at least, it quickly turns. Add an ‘a’ to the start and you get a row. Add ‘violence’ to the end and you get what, according to a 2019...

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Our favourite books of 2019

Our favourite books of 2019

Believe it or not, another year has come to an end. In the midst of political unrest, we've taken solace once more in books, and there have been some damn good ones in 2019. We asked our team, and some of FWF's friends, to give their recommendations for the best books...

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