The value of writing

If you are still waiting for part two of my previous blog post, “Fear of Marriage: Part One”, don’t worry! It is coming. (Just like Christmas.) Yesterday, I went to the library to edit my thesis*, but while I was walking to the library I started thinking about an idea, and as I was thinking, my…

Fear of Marriage: Part One

  Trigger warning: Domestic violence, rape. One day last year, I got involved in a furious Facebook debate on a friend’s page about marriage. The debate started off being about same-sex marriage, and quickly slipped to a discussion of how marriage is a patriarchal institution. My friend whose page it was on is a married man…

Not Yet Grey Nomads

I was full of good intentions to blog throughout the course of the road trip from Canberra to Cairns with The Pilot. Road-tripping was far more draining and time-consuming than I anticipated, even when we were only doing 300-400km per day. We did the whole trip in 14 days, and drove 3819.8kms in total. I…

Time speeds up

The Pilot and I spent New Years Eve with my grandparents, two great-aunts and a great-uncle. It was a lovely party. Lots of sparkling wine and merriment. As always happens on New Years, we got onto the topic of how fast the years seem to go these days. This is a perfectly reasonable conversation to…

Australians all let us…?

Every year, January 26th rolls around, and the same things happen. The TV is full of pictures of gleaming barbeques and barbeque tongs. Shop windows advertise Australia flag bikinis and sequined Australia flag aprons. Some Australians have a massive identity crisis and debate each other passionately, while others hunker down and wait for the whole…

Travelling

It is my understanding that most couples who get married go back to normal life after their honeymoon; either moving in together or going back to their previously shared abode. It has been nothing like that for the Pilot and I. Since we got engaged in late May, we have been in Canberra, remote NT,…

One issue at a time in Suffragette

The first I heard of Suffragette was reading an anti-review condemning it for white washing. So I dismissed it (I’m quick to dismiss. It’s a fault). Then I read an article in the weekend paper discussing Suffragette. The issue of racial diversity in the film (or lack thereof) was implicitly referenced: “No single film can…