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    Pigs In Suits Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
    Published in The Age May 7 2008. Sam Newman’s latest demeaning stunt is the tip of an ugly but lucrative iceberg. SAM Newman insults and undermines women once again. Not news, I know, more a day in the life of a serial misogynist. He fondled a mannequin with the face of a respected female football commentator and then, ...
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    I’m anti-feedback. And, no, I don’t give a fuck what you think. Monday, May 30th, 2016
    I’m passionately against feedback. I know, it’s an unfashionable opinion. If your voice is not strong, your project not solid or the feedback is coming from someone you consider an ‘expert’, feedback can pull you off track. The earlier in the writing process  feedback is given, the less constructive and the more harmful the feedback is because the work isn’t ...
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    Got a creative kid? Here’s my advice. Back the fuck off. Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
    People often ask when I’m going to run a Gunnas Writing Masterclass for teenagers because their special snowflake is a really keen writer and would ‘love something like this’. I say, ‘I ran a couple of Gunnas for teenagers. I am not running another. Almost all the kids said they were only at the workshop because ...
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    A Feminist Wedding? No Such Thing. Monday, May 2nd, 2016
    Strap yourself in. This article is one of the most muddled and terrifying things I have ever read. It sounds like it’s a satirical piece from The Onion. There is so much cognitive dissonance, so much Stockholm Syndrome, so much sucking up to the patriarchy and such proud assertion of so little insight. This article ...
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    ANZAC Day 2016 Monday, April 25th, 2016
    Anzac day makes me physically ill. Always has. Nausea. Anger. Headache. Sadness. Confusion. When I was young I didn’t understand what this volcanic feeling of about to explode was. I’m so glad more people are seeing Anzac for what it is, what it’s always been. And so relieved people are saying it. Branzac. I don’t understand why people kicking ...
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    Insurance Is A Health Hazard Friday, April 1st, 2016
    Insurance is a health hazard. I’m deeply opposed to insurance (apart from  home and car). Life insurance, health insurance, disability insurance, income protection insurance… the list is endless. The culture of insurance quashes people’s innovation, resilience, creativity and self-reliance. It gives people an illusion of safety and certainty. It stops people thinking.  And risk taking. It stops people living ...
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    Love Party Day. No God. No Government. No Marriage. Just Love. Wednesday, March 16th, 2016
    On March 6th 2016  Sparkle and Bear (Catherine Deveny and Anthony Artmann) had a Love Party,  a wedding with no god and no government. We were in love when we were 18 (1987) and fell back in love 23 years later in 2010. Bride? Groom? Wedding? Yes. Wife? Husband? Marriage? No. I was a 90 kilo, 47 year old bride in ...
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    Love Party. Wedding yes. Marriage no.   Thursday, March 3rd, 2016
    I have this cleaner called Sandra. She’s been our cleaner for 20 years. She’s the only person I am terrified of. And I am really fucking terrified of her. If you live in Brunswick you know Sandra. Everyone knows Sandra. And everyone is terrified of her. She thinks the answer to every question is bleach, ...
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    Love Party. An intro… Friday, January 22nd, 2016
    ‘Can you make a certificate for us Jen?’ ‘What, like a wedding certificate?’ ‘Yeah, exactly. But a Love Party certificate. And can you make a little thank you card for the bonbonniere? Heart shaped or something. To tie around it.’ ‘Wow! So you’re really going the whole wedding thing?’ ‘Totally! I’m wearing a veil, we’re having a garden ceremony ...
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    Australian Citizenship Test Wednesday, January 20th, 2016
    You can shove your citizenship test up your poxy date. No one has the right to decide what being Australian is. I was born here and I have no idea. But I do know what it isn’t, and what being Australian isn’t is testing people on what they know about some white pen-pusher’s idea of ...
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