- Dyslexia and why I couldn’t be a writer without it. Thursday, July 30th, 2015
I‘M DYSLEXIC. No secret. No big deal. I saw a T-shirt the other day that said Dyslexics Untie! Took me about five minutes to work it out. I love that joke about the dyslexic devil worshipper who sold his soul to Santa. But I would. Because I can.
Two of my sons are dyslexic and so, too, ...
- Windfarms and why they hate them. Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
They hate ‘the look‘ of the wind farms simply because the wind farms represent progress.
Gays getting married, women having power, people with disabilities having the right to access, the internet providing the democratisation of information, abortion being legal, the truth of our treatment of the indigenous no longer being hidden and misrepresented, religion being exposed for the rort it is, education being available to all, ...
- Melbourne Private Girl School Begs for Money for Equality Just for ‘our girls’ because feminism – Annie Moss Wednesday, May 13th, 2015
So yesterday I got a really important piece of mail from my old school, one of the more expensive private girls’ schools in Australia. They need my help to support their ‘2015 Equality Campaign’. I know what you’re thinking, how can I help some of the most privileged girls in the country to become more ...
- Shrine Of Disappointment Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
I’d like to erect a shrine to disappointment. A mate I met knocking around writers’ rooms in my 20s recently said, ”Dev, gag-writing’s a young man’s game. By our age the disappointment has set in.” I disagreed. But I got it – the disappointment setting in.
I was about 10 years old when I realised my ...
- Half-hearted escape into the unbearable lightness of footy Tuesday, May 5th, 2015
YES, I am from Melbourne. But no, I’m not into the footy. How about I stand still while the rest of you skin me alive with broken glass?
But I do have a team. Actually a few years back I changed from North Melbourne to Essendon. Informing my family I’d defected felt as if I’d admitted ...
- Mothers Day Is Bullshit Tuesday, May 5th, 2015
I say this every year. I do not want/need/require/deserve any Mother’s Day cards, gifts or bullshit.
I do not need to be thanked. My kids owe me nothing.
I chose to have kids. No sacrifice. I did it for the same reason every woman with full access to fertility control does.
My boys did not opt into this ...
- Exposure? Shove it. Show Me The Money Tuesday, April 28th, 2015
Career advice. Two things. Never work for free. Never ask anyone to work for free. Got it? Good.
I, like many freelancers, constantly get requests from businesses to work for free. It’s offensive, rude and unprofessional. And very, very common. And not just grass roots groups, multi-national corporations.
Let me share with you yesterday’s request which was ...
- The ANZAC Spirit. Top 100 Hate Comments Saturday, April 25th, 2015
“Now, I don’t like Anzac Day for the precise reasons that I don’t like genocide, war, rape, violence, mutilation, pain, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, ethnic cleansing, gas attacks, artillery, conscription, nationalism, imperialism and death machines. It’s probably just me. I wrote something about Anzac Day because to me it is not about a chewy biscuit, ...
- ANZAC Day 2015 Saturday, April 25th, 2015
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.
I don’t understand why people kicking ...
- Tips From A Barely Adequate Mother Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
Some call me a bad mother. I prefer to think of myself as relaxed. I don’t know what my kids think of me, but they call me hell in a skin suit, the fat maggot and Exhibit A. In front of the child protection officers. We love playing pretend. I pretend to be ...