The Gone Girl problem

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Reflection
Category
Culture
Politics

What’s wrong with a female villain? Amy’s villainy is certainly an interesting contribution to the map of female representation in literature and on film. Bald-faced evil from a female character is a wholly unexplored trope, particularly in film. And Amy is certainly an advancement from Glenn Close’s Anne Archer in Fatal Attraction.

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Review
Category
Culture

Monstrous motherhood

Before I had a child, I gleaned subconsciously from pop mythology that motherhood was distinctly pastel. Of course, I knew from the delicately-creased eyebrows of the women in the infant Panadol ads that life with a baby wasn’t always perfect.

Photo by Lars Plougmann, via Flickr
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Reflection
Category
Culture
Politics

Growing up in public, acting out online

When I was twelve, I starred in an ad for internet safety. Tousle-haired and small for my age, with huge blue eyes that threatened to swallow the camera, I sat in the centre of a set dressed to look like a child’s bedroom, peering intently into the screen of an old Mac.

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Article
Category
Culture
Politics

Disability services for the people, not the market

Disability activism provides a roadmap for human flourishing, not just for people with disabilities, but for the world at large. If the NDIS is to be anything more than a decoration to hide further attacks on the welfare state, independent advocacy by DPOs must be bolstered. Without it, the NDIS will become a deadened institution that perpetuates neglect and segregation like the ‘big bins’ of old.