The Dismissal and Invalidation of Art Liked & Created By Young Girls: The Taylor Swift Case Study

For millennia, women have been silenced, sidelined and ignored. Their ideas and contributions have been systematically dismissed or deemed frivolous, a surefire way to ascribe something inherently lesser value. They have been shouted over and talked down, to, told to ‘shut up and sing/look pretty/please their husbands’ and so on. The author of this essayContinue reading “The Dismissal and Invalidation of Art Liked & Created By Young Girls: The Taylor Swift Case Study”

I Have Too Many Feelings

There’s a little girl crying in the street outside my bedroom window. It’s a miserable day, rain soaking the ground and wind so fierce our old house creaks as though it’s getting tired of holding itself up. I know how it feels. The little girl’s tears are noisy, big-body wracking sobs of heartbreak, the kindContinue reading “I Have Too Many Feelings”

The Golden Age of Something, Good Right & Real; RED (Taylor’s Version)

It’s the summer of 2012 and I am 13 years old. Fresh out of that first year of high school, no bruises visible to the naked eye but plenty of newly formed scars jostling for space under my skin. High school is rough. It’s Christmas morning. There’s electricity in the air; the kind that comesContinue reading “The Golden Age of Something, Good Right & Real; RED (Taylor’s Version)”

Letter to Australia

This letter was written on Dharawal country and land, the home of the Eora nation. This land always has been and always will be Indigenous land. It belongs to a series called Letters to Australia, commissioned by the Australian Multicultural Foundation. Follow them on Instagram @amf_letters. * Dear Australia, This is a letter about inaccessibility,Continue reading “Letter to Australia”