Author Archives: Janet

Are we free?

Canberra Rally v.2.0 25 June 2015   I acknowledge that we meet today on the land of the Ngunnawal people whose land was never ceded. I pay tribute to their elders, past and present, and elders from all over Australia … Continue reading

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Weather Watch

Weather Watch Sitting on the station Train rushes by Air displaced Sucks the steel seat towards it Lifts my skirt Such is the force.   When that train goes by Mistake it not for hurricanes Cyclones nor other Natural phenomena … Continue reading

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The Day Before

The day before Inhabit the space when I can barely inhabit myself. Heart thudding, tugging to be free of this body. Last coffee drunk before tomorrow’s coffee. Breath slow to make each breath not the last one before tomorrow. Blue … Continue reading

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Pr*n: just say no

A friend of mine remarked on the Book of Farce the other day, that since liking a particular page, she now gets ads for pr*n* in her feed. This sparked me finally into action about something that’s been irritating me … Continue reading

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Happy New year 2014

My New Year wish for you is that you may lose your head before your footing. May you find love in yourself and others. May you sparkle like stars and roll like ocean. May you breathe easy and dancer easier. … Continue reading

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Homebirth in rural NT – against all odds.

This newly birthed woman has shared her story of trying to find a midwife to support her in birthing at home. In the current climate where the rhetoric tells us that the federal government expanded women’s choices, we can see … Continue reading

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The system that cried wolf or the emperor’s clothes are lost in transit. Permanently.

I am frequently bemused by the use of lies to support obstetrics when the truth is so easy to discover. Why are we so comfortable accepting at inquests that all the babies who die outside of hospitals would have lived … Continue reading

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Think before you click

A little while ago on the internet, I was blithely clicking away on Facecrack when a pic zoomed up in my feed of a nearly middle aged man, poorly dressed, teeth missing, looking down at heel and holding a sign … Continue reading

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I am sorry for your loss.

Imagine this: you are being given an opportunity. When a woman tells you her child died, now is your chance to make a difference. A lot of the time, a woman whose child has died is ignored, sometimes shamed, sometimes … Continue reading

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But why beauty, at all?

But why beauty at all? I see lots of images of women’s bodies with suggestions for reframing the changes that age and childbearing can make to our bodies like stretchmarks described as tiger stripes. Each one suggests that these are … Continue reading

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