Walking away, backwards; or woman-lite in women’s lit

Walking away, backwards; or woman-lite in women’s lit

by Jinghua Qian When I got asked to write something for Feminist Writers Festival, I started to say no. I typed up a new version of the response I’ve sent so many times that I should probably just save it as a template: Thanks for thinking of me! I really...

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Fiercely interdependent

Fiercely interdependent

by Caitlin McGregor If the women I aspired to be when I was growing up had anything in common, it was that they were all ‘fiercely independent’. I use quotation marks because this is a quote, even if not by anyone in particular. It just gets said a lot – used to...

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Laura Bates and the Manosphere: Men Who Hate Women

Laura Bates and the Manosphere: Men Who Hate Women

By Ginger Gorman If you’re wondering where you might’ve heard the name Laura Bates before, she’s the internationally known English feminist writer who started the powerful Everyday Sexism website in April 2012. As the project suggests, Bates was attempting to document...

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FWF2020: Cultures of Violence

FWF2020: Cultures of Violence

Written by Nicole Lee as part of the FWF2020 ThinkIn, Our Culture of Violence. You can access the accompanying virtual panel, and co-panelist Dr Kyllie Cripps' article by purchasing a catch-up ticket. Women with Disabilities Victoria states that over a third of women...

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Relearning: Sex Work During COVID-19

Relearning: Sex Work During COVID-19

by Queenie Bon-Bon This is the year we were taught en masse to wash our hands. We needed charts and songs and sponsored ads on our phones to tell us we must wet our hands with water, apply enough soap to cover one's hands and rub our hands together. Twenty seconds and...

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Games, Dames and Shrinking Pains

Games, Dames and Shrinking Pains

By Gabriella Lowgren One of my earliest memories is of playing video games. I was sitting on my stepfather’s knee as we played Diablo 2, him on offense and me on potions. His character whirled around the screen, we had decided to play the Barbarian because I was...

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Bound By String

Bound By String

By Yen Eriksen The first time my dad explained to me that old people shrink it blew my mind. To me, this idea was such an unfair fate to thrust upon those who had already lived so much. Everything about old age seemed cruel to me as a kid. Why was it that people who...

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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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