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Why do we care so much about women smiling?

For International Women’s Day, Gemma Hudson reflects on the social conditioning of gender in society and advocates for substantive change. We like it when people are nice, but we especially like it when women are nice. We like it when they’re accommodating, respectful, diplomatic. We’re told that no matter what happens, there is nothing to…

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Private Schools – Who Needs ‘Em?

Riverview graduate Ed Goodman reflects on his privilege and argues the case for abolishing private schools. Before I proceed, I would like to note that I am incredibly grateful for the opportunities I have had and continue to have due to my privilege, and I can recognise the irony of an ex-private school student tearing…

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Manifestos: A Genre of Paradox

Emily Hewitt-Park talks all things manifesto, taking a deep dive into the genre and its evolution into the present day. “Every page should explode. Either because of its staggering absurdity, the enthusiasm of its principles, or its typography.” Tristan Tzara, Manifesti del dadaismo (Dada Manifesto) Throughout history, conflict and literature have remained inexplicably tethered. …

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An Open Letter To My White Friends

Nina Friars reflects on her heritage and her story in an emotional and poignant letter to her friends for the Drew’s News Lockdown Writing Competition. “Cradled in one culture, sandwiched between two cultures, straddling all three cultures and their value systems, undergoes a struggle of flesh, a struggle of borders, an inner war.”  - Gloria…

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How a Nation Fails

Alex Malouf reflects on his cultural heritage and the political situation in Lebanon. There’s a saying in Sydney’s Lebanese community; “Anyone with the means or money to get out, did so a long time ago”. Whenever I used to meet with my grandfather’s side of the family for a celebration or big get-together, conversation would…

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