Life & General

Things I Learned The Hard Way

This post is for my Gen Y friends who still haven't quite got the hang of adulthood, for my Millennial little sisters who are about to venture into the world of independence, and anyone else who wants to know what a person should know when they move out of home. I'll make a list, so… Continue reading Things I Learned The Hard Way

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Culture Studies

Ballad of the Ancient Cypress (poem)

A poem by Chinese poet Du Fu. Before Kongming's shrine stands an ancient cypress, Its branches are like green bronze, its roots just like stone. The frosted bark, slippery with rain, is forty spans around, Its blackness blends into the sky two thousand feet above. Master and servant have each already reached their time's end,… Continue reading Ballad of the Ancient Cypress (poem)

Life & General

Matriarchy – Opinion

I'm going to write along the thread of this post by Jennifer Berdahl; https://www.straight.com/news/937181/jennifer-berdahl-crazybitch-narrative-about-senior-academic-women Berdahl is a senior academic, who rose through the ranks witnessing the harmful stereotypes 'given' to women as they gained power. She started out hoping to change the narrative of senior academics being called 'bitch' or 'crazy'. Then, after more than… Continue reading Matriarchy – Opinion

Culture Studies

The ‘Quintessential’ Australian Experience

What is the 'Quintessential' Australian experience? With a multicultural island like the one I live on, what defines this place from everywhere else? Some people go straight to the colonial stereotypes. The sun-burnt white man with an Akubra hat and khaki pants. Steve Irwin, 'surfer dudes' and farmers on horseback. I mean, that's all well… Continue reading The ‘Quintessential’ Australian Experience