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    Bed Therapy Inez de Vega – an essay. Thursday, November 27th, 2014
    An essay I wrote on working in the city for Bed Therapy, Georges Mora Fellow Inez de Vega’s remarkable ACCA art installation. Why erect a warm, cosy bed in a shipping container where a total stranger can unload their fears, hopes and troubles to another total stranger? Why create a bubble of calm and connection, a soft ...
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    Eulogy For A Bad Father Thursday, November 20th, 2014
    My partner and I both had toxic, abusive fathers. We were in love when we were 18 and became smug retrosexuals four years ago. Two days before we reunited four years ago his dad died.  “Dad died on Tuesday” was one of the first things he said. “Good” I replied. The speech he made at his father’s funeral made ...
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    Teenage girls should be encouraged to say fuck, learn how to fuck themselves and achieve Fuck Off Status. Friday, November 14th, 2014
    Teenage girls should be encouraged to swear. No one is forcing them to but encourage them to swear if they want to. The worst thing you can encourage girls to be is nice and the second is pretty. The idea swearing is ‘wrong’ or ‘nice’ indicates there’s a universal agreement on the definitions of ‘wrong’ and ‘nice’ ...
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    Feminism in Twelve Easy Lessons Friday, November 14th, 2014
    LESSON NUMBER ONE Beware of anyone using the words ‘respect’, ‘traditional’, ‘family values’, ‘honour’, ‘unacceptable’, ‘morality’, ‘uncalled for’, ‘inappropriate’, ‘unnecessary’ or ‘offensive’. Particularly beware of the word offensive. It’s code for ‘Pipe down princess, back in your box’. Offence is taken not given and more harm is created by taking offence than giving it. Offence is subjective. Just because you are ...
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    Just Keep Going. A tribute to everyday heroes. Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
    Let’s give a cheer to those who are the embodiment of the human spirit. Every morning I sit on the front deck and drink my coffee, watching people propelling themselves through life. And I’m in awe of how people can keep going. What a wonder the human spirit is. I watch office workers, jolted out of their ...
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    I Hate Halloween Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
    It’s not a cookie. It’s a biscuit. It’s not candy. It’s a lolly. It’s not a butt. It’s a bum. It’s not a diaper. It’s a nappy. It’s not 911. It’s 000. It’s not a thong. It’s a g-string. They’re not flip flops. They’re thongs. It’s not wait up. It’s wait for me. It’s not zee. It’s zed. It’s not soda. It’s soft drink. It’s ...
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    Ten Things No One Ever Tells You About Writing Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
    Last week someone messaged me to tell me something I wrote was part of the year 12  HSC English exam. Which I found hilarious. I almost failed HSC English. Got 51%. Now I’m part of the exam. I’m also dyslexic. Like 10% of the population. Fun fact, 60% of Nobel Prize winners are dyslexic. We’re also 50% of ...
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    The Rainbow Houses Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
    Forward from Stamping Ground-Stories Of The Northern Suburbs Of Melbourne (text used in the 2014 HSC English exam.) ‘I grew up in Reservoir. If you are not familiar with Reservoir it’s not a place where people live it’s a place where people’s cousins who just got out of jail live. And it’s the only place in the world ...
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    3AW. No, I will not work for you for free. Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
    Young female producer emailed me a while back asking if I would like to talk on 3AW about private schools. I said “Sure, $500.” She said “We don’t pay for interviews.” Me “Like you I do not work for free.” She said “Lots of people would come on 3AW simply for the exposure they would get from it. ” Me ...
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    Why I’m Against Step-Parenting Thursday, October 16th, 2014
    The three things I’m most happy about are that I never MARRIED, never got tattoos and I never SMACKED my kids. I’m against the ‘step-parenting’ as much as I am against marriage. I’m not into enforced relationships. Automatic defaults settings? Forget it. A person’s partner is their partner. Their kids are their kids. Why should two ...
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