Media representation is a powerful tool in normalising minorities into mainstream society. The first time I saw myself represented on screen was quite surreal. Although the circumstances were a little difficult at the time. At 11 pm, on certain weeknights, … Continue reading Media Representation: A Gay Man’s Perspective
Have you ever wondered why the queer community isn’t whining about Black Lives Matter taking over Pride Month? The fact is, we’ve already got so much awareness about LGBTQI+ life. And much of the systematic injustices over being gay or … Continue reading The Queer Community Should Stand With Black Lives Matter
I still remember the quote as if it was yesterday. There I was, standing amongst a 40,000-strong rally at the tail end of the Marriage Equality Postal Survey. We were all engaged with the speaker who stood atop a makeshift … Continue reading Why Aren’t We Listening?
No group will ever take to the streets and burn things up for no reason. They always need a cause. And the ones happening across the US right now are no different. Nearly everyone has heard of the name George … Continue reading What Are These US Protests Really About?
We’ve started Reconciliation Week with a bang! And not the good kind… Anglo-Australian multinational corporation Rio Tinto has destroyed a 46,000-year-old sacred Aboriginal site in Western Australia this week. To be precise, they detonated charges to loosen up land that … Continue reading Australia, Are We Really Reconciling?
Money makes you think too much. It distracts you from what really matters. That elusive insight. And look, a paycheck is wonderful. Money for an upcoming holiday. Flashy new clothes. The rent. But that’s all superficial. And writing is anything … Continue reading I Don’t Wanna Write For The Money
We don’t read what we share. For so long I’ve wondered why I’ve been so resilient about the media industry. And then it hit me: Meme culture is to blame. We treat media posts like a meme, reading the headline … Continue reading Why Conspiracy Theories Are Thriving In The Digital Age
Shirley Bassey blared from the surrounding speakers as Stella held the audience in the palm of her hand. Diamonds are forever, Stella mimed. They all lapped it up as she masqueraded in the spotlight. They were both perfectly distracted. She didn’t … Continue reading Diamonds Are Forever
The white picket fence. It’s so horribly cliché. Nobody would ever imagine a red picket fence. Not if they were thinking about murder and love. Ha! It’s funny, ya know. It’s funny how we concrete the world in clichés. I … Continue reading The White Picket Fence
Craig strikes the match and feels the radiating warmth as it sizzles into a perfect singular flame. He meticulously pinches the end of the stick, as if the entire universe lays within it. His mind swims through delicate memories of … Continue reading The Candle
Mark sat at the bar studying the crowd of fellow ex-students pushing 30. Most of them were aiming to be mistaken for their hopes and dreams. The rest didn’t care. Mark wondered how well his own life choices were represented. … Continue reading Fine Kettle Of Fish
How do you write a plot when the main character has lost the plot? The answer is as you would expect. Haruki Murakami’s Killing Commendatore starts off with a lost plot. The main character, a 36-year-old portrait painter with artist’s block … Continue reading Book Review: Killing Commendatore