How to not be insensitive this Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner! And because I love dressing up and getting candy free of charge, I am very excited. Even though I’m not American (and not a kid anymore) I still love seeing all the spooky decorations and getting my outfit ready; costume parties are my jam. Halloween goes hand-in-hand with dressing…

Reverse Racism and Reverse Sexism: A Closer Look

Throughout history through to present day, we’ve seen the systematic and institutionalised oppression of racial and ethnic minorities, women, indigenous peoples as well as many other vulnerable groups. From the dark history of Western colonialism or invasion of foreign lands. To black slavery. To the White Australia Policy. To the Stolen Generation. To the lack of…

Skinny is Not a Prerequisite to Happiness

Words: Jessica Sheridan When I was 18 I was fat. Not as fat as I am right now, but still generically fat. I had some slight issues with self esteem at the time, but nothing too terrible. Just the usual self-doubt all teenagers go through. But for the most part I could see my positive…

The Silhouette of Slut Shaming

She doesn’t fuck around, she’s a good girl. Ever heard that before? How about ‘look at what she’s wearing, has she no self-respect.’ What about something like, ‘I want a lady in the street, but a freak in the bed.’ Ever heard, ‘she’s elegant and classy, she’s the girl you bring home to your mum,’…

Slaves to Validation

To seek validation is to seek approval from others or to feel the need to be of value to others. Nobody is immune from the chains of validation, everyone has sought and seeks validation somehow, in some way and to some extent. We seek approval for our decisions, actions, thoughts and everything in between- from…