Content note: this piece discusses abortion, mental health, sexual assault and reproductive justice. I learnt the difference between surgical and medical terminations. I learnt how to calculate gestation based on the first day of the last menstrual period. I learnt just how unreliable a menstrual cycle can be, and how six weeks is barely enough … Continue reading These are the things I learnt working at an abortion clinic.
Friends! March is upon us, and with it comes the most glorious day of the year. Or one of them at least – Carly Rae Jepsen is releasing a new album in 2019, so that's probably going to be my highlight of the year to be honest. But today is International Women's Day! Yay! But … Continue reading International Women’s Day – Let’s Celebrate More Than Just Girl Power
CN for sexual assault, murder, domestic violence, abortion "Is it safe here for them?" I was asked this question over the weekend at work. I was helping a woman and her friend, who had come with their two daughters. We were chatting and they told me that they had all come from Dubai because their … Continue reading Is It Safe Here for Them?
“Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter.” “I had my eyes closed and I remembered hearing titters of laughter.” I remember the laughter most of all. I was sixteen, my head dizzy from cheap and sugary alcoholic drinks that had been covertly smuggled into a house party, talking to some friend-of-a-friend about nothing in particular. … Continue reading On Laughter and the Public Humiliation of My Body
It is said that Shakespeare’s plays have maintained their popularity over the decades because they are universal – they deal with love, jealousy, betrayal and what it means to be human. That’s all well and good, but ultimately all great works can do with improving, and nothing is more relatable and universal than the worlds … Continue reading You Can Be Whelmed – Shakespeare’s Best Teen Films
My name is Eliza Quinn, and I am a grown woman who loves hot chocolate. Coffee is just angry, bitter water, and I will fight anyone who tries to make me feel otherwise. Hot chocolate on the other hand, is totally delightful and I would gladly drain my bloodstream and replace it with warm, chocolatey … Continue reading Cocoa You Didn’t – A Guide to Melbourne’s Best Hot Chocolates
In recent weeks (and months, and years, and millennia) there has been a lot of discussion of toxic masculinity – the notion that certain male-coded behaviours are damaging, to the individual expressing them and the people surrounding them. Toxic masculinity is exhausting, and once I started to learn about it, I began to see it … Continue reading The Restorative Masculinity of Bob’s Burgers