See the original publication of this article at Pique newsmagazine. IN THE BEGINNING You might have noticed them around the village, snugly attached to lampposts: the annual presentation of rainbow flags and banners, signaling the time of year Whistler gets its week long closeup on the gay calendar. And come Sunday, the Whistler Pride & […]Read more "25 YEARS ON: The evolution of Whistler Pride / PIQUE"
See the original publication of this article at ABC News. The only thing that surprised Karen McDermott more than her unexpected sixth pregnancy was the terror and anxiety that gripped her when she thought of giving birth again. Karen, now 39 and living in Perth, had felt nervous but mostly excited during the pregnancies of […]Read more "The women too petrified to push / ABC Australia"
See the original publication of this article at ABC News. We shouldn’t try to convince year 12 students that their results don’t matter. Instead, we should encourage them to interrogate why society says they do, writes Courtney Robinson. It’s now commonplace for everyone else to tell year 12 students that their HSC and VCE results […]Read more "Stop telling Year 12 their results don’t matter / ABC AUSTRALIA"
See the original publication of this article at Hysteria. “Evil” is always trending all over the place. Its latest perpetrator the ubiquitous threat of terrorism, which will surely end us all. But even with every two-bit Twitter pundit having their say, The Darkness bassist Frankie Poullain still seems like an unlikely arbiter – and yet […]Read more "Interview with The Darkness / HYSTERIA"
See the original publication of this article at Junkee. Until recently, the Omega Transmitter stood in the far corner of southeast Australia as the highest manmade structure in the Southern Hemisphere. Installed in 1978, the 427-metre object enjoyed a long history with the Department of Defence as part of a global communications system and naval […]Read more "The Fraught Issue of Australian BASE Jumping / JUNKEE"
See the original publication of this article at Guardian Australia. It doesn’t take long scrolling through the Queensland Police Facebook page to see why they received the title of “funniest cops” by BuzzFeed earlier this year. But why do the police want to convince the public that they’re “one of us”, when we’re reminded regularly […]Read more "Why Are Cops Funny on Social Media? / THE GUARDIAN"
See the original publication of this article at ToneDeaf.com.au It’s mid-morning on a weekday. I’m in bed wearing an oversized shirt and a Machine Head beanie, with the greasy screen of an iPhone pressed to my right ear. I’ve been awake around twenty minutes and Dillinger Escape Plan frontman Greg Puciato is on the end […]Read more "Interview with The Dillinger Escape Plan / TONE DEAF"
See the original publication of this interview at ToneDeaf.com.au Three-fifths of the world’s most accessibly weird rockers, Californian avant-garde-ish Faith No More, are milling in a spacious event room at a Sydney hotel. It’s the Friday morning before their headline set at Soundwave that weekend, and founding members Mike Bordin and Roddy Bottum and guitarist […]Read more "Interview with Faith No More / TONE DEAF"
The ‘rise of’ narcissism in Gen Y is a trendy discourse, and it’s easy to see why. Some contemporary writers like to place the phrase ‘the rise of’ in front of timeless and universal behaviours, like the ‘rise of promiscuity’. This practice keeps the masses alarmed and distracted.Read more "Of Course GEN Y Are Narcissists / BIRDEE"
“Mothers are all slightly insane,” quipped Holden Caulfield, the seminal protagonist from J.D. Salinger’s 1951 classic, The Catcher in the Rye. For those of us fortunate enough to know the highs and lows of the mother-daughter relationship, we know how true the statement can feel. Times when you can barely manage a kind word to […]Read more "Growing up with a mental illness that isn’t yours / BIRDEE MAG"
It takes merely minutes for the insanely likeable Rody Walker and I to chat about the pain thresholds of our respective genitalia. Front man of Canadian prog-punk nerds, Protest The Hero, Rody recently had his balls trampled on by Olly Steele, the guitarist from Monuments, while on tour together. It didn’t tickle.Read more "Interview with Rody Walker (Protest The Hero) / HYSTERIA"
The rise of young, hypersexual femmes has feminism’s symbolically burnt panties in a new twist. Tense relations between conformity and empowerment are played out on a world stage where ubiquitous nudity is accompanied by the self-deluding assertion that choices can be made in a vacuum, isolated from the dictatorial sway of culture. Taylor Momsen, front […]Read more "Interview with TAYLOR MOMSEN / HYSTERIA"
See the original publication of this article at The Feed *NB: This story won a 2014 Ossie award in student journalism for the Mindframe for Journalism Educators Prize for mental health reporting. Suicide is the leading cause of death for young Australians, and there are a rising number of apps being developed locally, all aimed at […]Read more "The Rise of Suicide Prevention Apps / The Feed SBS2"
See the original publication of this article at NewMatilda.com Suicide is a big and often ignored problem in Australia. Our country has one of the highest rates of suicide in the developed word and it remains the leading cause of death for Australians aged 15-24. But reporting on suicide in a way that does not […]Read more "How Journalists Should Report Suicide / NEW MATILDA"
I descended on Sydney’s Olympic Park ready to get chest-beatingly CRAZY at Soundwave (ceremonially marked with a mocha. Why, what do you do?). Hordes of tattooed-and-black-shirts infiltrated the grounds. Any observers hoping to prove the theorem that metal kids are uncontrollably malevolent would be disappointed. Coffee cups (yep, see) were displayed in equal measure with […]Read more "Review: Soundwave Sydney 2014 | HYSTERIA"