Australia’s Latest Rape Culture Reckoning

Content warning: This piece contains mention of rape, sexual assault and domestic violence. In January 2021, I watched in awe as Grace Tame was named Australian of the Year. We all know her story by now: at fifteen, she was groomed and repeatedly raped by her high school maths teacher, Nicolaas Bester. He was fifty-eight at the time. Bester was eventually convicted in 2011 and … Continue reading Australia’s Latest Rape Culture Reckoning

black as the air we breathe

i. I can’t breathe, he said knee-to-throat choke-hold soft-brown-skin reflected in the glint of a pointed badge protect courage serve compassion float under a cloud etched in hate everything. hurts. water. please. faces watch the thirst grow desperate drought tongue motions mama mama comfort in the word that created it incarnated affirmation of life-love-skin-blood breath mama mama breathes all in to life {Beginning} sun scorched … Continue reading black as the air we breathe

How Self-help Authors are Saving Lives in COVID Times

Feelings cannot always be traded online. The thrill at the sound of the ocean, or goosebumps at the sight of an art gallery, even the hype and smell of a movie theatre—the buttery popcorn, the excited whispers, and dreamy exits—where have they gone? How can we cope with our lives now that they are no longer accessible? Here lies a generation who suffer through the … Continue reading How Self-help Authors are Saving Lives in COVID Times

Book Review: No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood

When American poet Patricia Lockwood’s poem Rape Joke went viral in 2013 as a response to a public debate about whether rape jokes could ever be funny, it established her as the unofficial poet laureate of Twitter. Her 2017 memoirPriestdaddy, about growing up as the daughter of a conservative minister, similarly made waves and cemented Lockwood as a voice of the zeitgeist. To say I was excited … Continue reading Book Review: No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood

Student Elections and DUSA: What’s up with that?

Have you ever been trapped by a random student on campus in a coloured shirt asking for your vote? Or have you ever received a random message through Facebook asking you the same thing? Well, that’s the Deakin University Student Association (DUSA) student council elections. So, the DUSA Student Council Elections for 2021 have been announced. If you don’t have a clue about what that … Continue reading Student Elections and DUSA: What’s up with that?

It’s time for new trimester resolutions

I believe the true joy of university life comes in the second trimester (or semester, if you’re at one of those other unis). Why? Because it’s a second shot at everything you wanted to do back in the first trimester, but with even more possibilities for success! Let me explain. When you’re approaching the first week of the university year, it feels a lot like … Continue reading It’s time for new trimester resolutions

Her Weapon of Choice

Content warning: This piece contains mention of sexual and physical assault. His forceful, disgusting acts left her scarred. She felt trapped with no way out. She had laid lifeless in that hospital bed for days, The doctors thought she would never recover. But no coma could cease her anger, There was no prison, not even her own body. Nothing that could silence her or keep … Continue reading Her Weapon of Choice

Birthday Blues

Their muffled words dangled in the air—syllables suspended like helium balloons. Happy birthday! It’s more of a taunt than a song. Hooray, you’re one year closer to dying.  I recoiled as the singers each sang in their own key, until the last line where they synced together and sounded shit collectively. I’m conflicted about what’s worse: the fact that it’s sung at the pace of … Continue reading Birthday Blues

Target Practice: A Shooting Range Experience

Content note: This piece contains mentions of the detailed use of firearms. ‘I wonder what it’s like to shoot a rifle,’ a friend said casually over a prawn chow mein lunch. ‘We should go to a shooting range one day.’ ‘Sure, let’s go on Saturday,’ I said. She laughed, ‘Really?’ ‘Why not?’ I asked.  All we had to do was Google local shooting ranges, make … Continue reading Target Practice: A Shooting Range Experience