Why I Don’t Hate Having a Period

Why I Don’t Hate Having a Period

Before I even start, I need to preface this post by saying that I haven’t had a real period in over two years now. I’m on the pill, so my ‘periods’ are withdrawal bleeds or fake periods (I have a post on this if you missed it).

Also, I need to acknowledge that my stance in this post comes from a place of privilege. I am privileged to be able to make my period manageable, I have access to menstrual products, pain medication and birth control. I am also privileged to be able to afford reusable period products and I recognise that not everyone has access to any or all of these things.

With all of that that said, on with the post… Read more

Budget Surplus Thanks to NDIS Cuts

Budget Surplus Thanks to NDIS Cuts

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The 2019 Australian Budget was released on Tuesday the 2nd of April, boasting a $7.1 billion surplus.

This is the first Budget to be delivered here with a surplus in 12 years, so how is it so huge?

I think the answer to this was put best by Greens spokesman on disability services, Jordan Steele-John, “we’re back in the black, but that surplus is built on the backs of disabled people,” about 23 percent of the surplus is a result of cuts from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Read more

They’ve Done it Again

They’ve Done it Again

If you’ve been following along here for a while, you’ll know that I have multiple gripes with Netflix, which is frequently a fat shaming mess among projecting a range of other problematic and harmful messages (you can read about that here and here).

Since my last post I do have to give Netflix credit for Dumplin’, which was beautiful, but unfortunately a recent announcement has me seething.

One Day at a Time won’t be renewed for a fourth season. Read more

Communication is Self Care

Communication is Self Care

I made a post near the start of the year about the goals I had set for myself for the coming 12 months, the main one being I was going to be nicer to myself this year.

I feel like, before I talk about the strides I’ve taken in this area, I need to mention that this has not been smooth sailing by any means.

I have stopped taking my anti-depressants more than once, I withdrew from my friends for a hot minute there and I’ve been pretty hard on myself for those things and what they resulted in.

But, I’ve also taken steps to do better. Read more

The Low-Down on Menstrual Cups

The Low-Down on Menstrual Cups

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This post comes highly requested and well overdue, but it’s finally time to talk about menstrual cups!

I spoke briefly about cups in an earlier post, but I received a quite a few messages asking for a post with more detail… so here we are, let’s jump right in.

What is a menstrual cup?

A menstrual cup is a reusable alternative to the traditional tampon, usually made of medical grade silicone. It is inserted into the vagina, creating a seal to collect menstrual blood, rather than absorbing it. Read more

Me Too & Broadening the Definition of Sexual Assault

Me Too & Broadening the Definition of Sexual Assault

Last night I had the privilege of attending the YWCA‘s MeToo, But What Can We Do? event at The Golden Wattle in the Adelaide CBD.

A big part of the panel discussion was around the changes the Me Too movement has made surrounding sexual assault, and the panelists raised the way in which the stories shared within the movement and people coming forward has helped to broaden the definition of sexual assault in the public eye.

Laura Desmond, panelist, playwright and performer really struck a cord with me when she spoke about sexual assault no longer being viewed as only being pinned down and r*ped, but widening to include physical, verbal and other forms of assault. Read more

One Month In

One Month In

I’ve never really done the whole new years resolution thing, goal setting (and sticking to said goals) is not a strong point in my personal life.

However, this year I’m giving it a go, mostly in the form of goals for myself, but with one resolution; this year I am going to learn to be kinder to myself.

This wasn’t something I intended on writing about here, but I’m kinda proud of myself so here we are.

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