How Stranger Things turns nostalgia upside down

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In spite of the sentimentality inspired by Stranger Things, this series doesn’t so much remind people of an era they lived in but instead of the era they escaped to. Adulthood is the Upside Down to the innocence and richness of our youth, and Stranger Things is our wormhole to freedom.

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beach
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Dignity
Identity
Racism
Sexism
The law

No longer afraid to come out of the locker: going berko for burkinis

Most of the debates about Muslim women’s modes of dress have rested on their ability to conform to narrow ideas of what being Australian looks like or means. Such debates merely lead to the dead ends of assimilation and exclusion. In light of that, it is worth reflecting on the history of the burkini and its importance as a cultural signifier.

Sissy Specek as Carrie
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Culture
Misogyny

Bloody girls: on periods and poverty

The excitement over Yuanhui’s comments was kind of a brutal reminder of how present yet hidden menstruating is for people like me, who bleed on a monthly basis.

On the one hand, there is the inescapability of my body, the ever presence of my period: it is on or just over or waiting to happen. I’m always acutely aware of this thing that is occurring inside me – and then there is this weird hiding of that fact.