Bluestocking Week: Glass Ceilings and Gender Inequality in the University

I’m hoping to be back to regular posting in a short time. Until then, here’s a speech I wrote for Bluestocking Week at the University of Queensland. Enjoy!   University has been my dream ever since I decided, as a twelve year old, that there must be something more to education than year seven. Bored … More Bluestocking Week: Glass Ceilings and Gender Inequality in the University

Three Steps Backwards

Before I started university, I had this idea that it was going to be this amazing, progressive place. Sadly, now that I’m getting more involved with things at uni, I’m realising just how hostile UQ’s student union can be to anyone who doesn’t fit it’s conservative ideals. Every orientation week UQ has what’s called a … More Three Steps Backwards

Check your privilege: The Student Services & Amenities Fee

Warning: unashamed ranting about class privilege and selfish people. Last year the government decided that it would allow universities to charge a student services and amenities fee, which came into action at the beginning of this year. Since the invoices were sent out, I’ve seen a number of posts on university-related Facebook groups I frequent … More Check your privilege: The Student Services & Amenities Fee

The politics of worth

Chally just today posted at her blog, Zero at the Bone (my current favourite blog) about “loving yourself, and the social value of putting yourself down.” I attempted to leave a comment to her excellent and thoughtful discussion, but ended up having to think about what she wrote more deeply, in regards to my own … More The politics of worth

Cake and Crania

A bit of a non-serious post today. I’m feeling slightly intellectually overloaded from my summer human evolution course, trying to get my head around evolutionary sequences and how ambiguous it really all is. So I thought I’d share two pictures and a recipe for nectarine cake, which I made this afternoon off the top of … More Cake and Crania

Why my English lecturer doesn’t get Toni Morrison

One of my university courses this semester is called Literary Classics: Texts and Tradition. It’s really quite interesting the way that this course is structured: it begins with Beowulf, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Johnathan Swift and Jane Austen and then merges into Jean Rhys, Toni Morrison and Salman Rushdie. There’s a lackluster lecture on literary criticism and … More Why my English lecturer doesn’t get Toni Morrison