Questions of Identity

As a teenager, I learned very quickly that there are some things that you just can’t do in public in Australia. Every year at the end of April, I am reminded of the one that has always stood above the rest: questioning Anzac Day. I remember tentatively expressing my doubts as to its validity and … More Questions of Identity

Satirising Teenage Girls: ‘Ja’mie: Private School Girl’ and ‘Beauty Queens’

Ever since I watched Chris Lilley’s most recent TV series Ja’mie: Private School Girl, I’ve been trying to think of a way to express exactly why I found the show so distasteful. As it happens, the answer came to me yesterday when I picked up a copy of Libba Bray’s novel ‘Beauty Queens,’ which I … More Satirising Teenage Girls: ‘Ja’mie: Private School Girl’ and ‘Beauty Queens’

Burdens on Society

Lately I’ve been thinking about the rhetoric that is ‘being a burden on society.’ It’s a phrase that gets thrown around at many things, resulting in some form of self-righteous judgement and de-humanisation of those accused of being a burden. Who is a burden on society? Well, that’s easy, society tells us. It’s those fat … More Burdens on Society