Embracing Vulnerability: How Mari Andrew Encourages Us to Feel Like Kids Again in Order to Grow Up

A few weeks ago I was thrilled to be included in the Melbourne audience of a live interview session with Mari Andrew. When I discovered that this event, "Mari Andrew on Growing Up," was coming to Melbourne you can count on the fact that I let out a little squeal. I was so excited to … Continue reading Embracing Vulnerability: How Mari Andrew Encourages Us to Feel Like Kids Again in Order to Grow Up

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Eurydice Dixon: Let’s Talk More About Rapists and Murderers and Less About Victims

Last Monday night I attended the vigil held in Princes Park to commemorate the loss of Eurydice Dixon. Thousands of mourners swamped the soccer pitch; some held candles, some huddled on picnic blankets, all were in silence. In all honestly, I didn't know what a vigil was and I was not exactly savvy as to … Continue reading Eurydice Dixon: Let’s Talk More About Rapists and Murderers and Less About Victims

Will Any Boys be Reading Robert Webb’s “How Not to be a Boy?”

Part memoir, part call to arms for all men and boys against toxic masculinity, could this be the perfect partner in crime, the male equivalent, for Clementine Ford's "Fight Like a Girl?" The title had me sold. The words inside were quite good also. Not quite a fan of "Peep Show" myself, I was formerly unaware … Continue reading Will Any Boys be Reading Robert Webb’s “How Not to be a Boy?”

The Call to Arms we all Needed but Didn’t Know it: Clementine Ford’s “Fight Like a Girl”

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I vaguely remember being drawn to the loud cover of Clementine Ford's "Fight Like a Girl" in a bookstore, but choosing to walk past. The bright orange letters in their uncontrite font seemed to be asking, no, demanding something of me and I will not be spoken to like that. It was clear that anger … Continue reading The Call to Arms we all Needed but Didn’t Know it: Clementine Ford’s “Fight Like a Girl”

Both Still Outragingly Relevant: “The Vagina Monologues” and “A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer”

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On a whim, I picked myself up a copy of Eve Ensler's collection of writings to stop violence against women - "A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer."  Hate to be the bearer of irritatingly devastating news but after being first published in 2007, more than a decade later this work is still so … Continue reading Both Still Outragingly Relevant: “The Vagina Monologues” and “A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer”

National Theatre’s “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” Proves the Immortality of Williams’ Trifecta

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London's National Theatre has revived a much loved Tennessee Williams masterpiece. "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" is currently playing in the West End, but for those located a bit more on the... peripherals (?) selected cinemas are holding National Theatre Live screenings. Oh happy days! I had never witnessed a theatre screening before so … Continue reading National Theatre’s “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” Proves the Immortality of Williams’ Trifecta

A Modern Take on a Classic Tour de Force: Bell Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra”

Last night I ventured forth from my apartment to go and see Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra" put up by the outstanding Bell Shakespeare theatre company. My initial thought after seeing that the majority of the audience were upper-middle class older couples was "this feels elitist," followed by "at least they're trying," as I saw that … Continue reading A Modern Take on a Classic Tour de Force: Bell Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra”