Eurydice Dixon was let down – It’s time for tangible and effective change


  Did you know that since the September 11 attacks in 2001 there have been six people killed by terrorists in Australia? This is itself a hideous thing to think about, and it should make us grateful for the anti-terrorist measures that the government and police force are always undertaking. Did you know that since 1 January 2018 there have been thirty women killed in Australia? That is more than one woman killed each week. Really think about it for a moment. Thirty women. And yet, in the federal budget this year, Malcolm Turnbull’s government committed more money to a… Continue Reading

Queer Eye – What Went Down in Yass


  After breaking this story wide open on Tuesday in an article that scooped mainstream media (a huge win for the little guy, we even got picked up by Pedestrian TV!) we of course wanted to head straight to Yass and see just what was going down. However, after having already taken a rather extended lunch break on Tuesday to lay eyes on the handsome visages of Antoni Porowsi, Tan France, Karomo Brown, Jonathan Van Ness and Bobby Berk as they made their way from The Cupping Room to the city, taking a whole day off work to trail them… Continue Reading

Queer Eye for the Yass Guy


  One of our favourite people at the Canberra Times has just published an article postulating that the fab five are in Canberra to make over a lucky Canberra man. Antoni Porowsi, Tan France, Karomo Brown, Jonathan Van Ness and Bobby Berk have touched down in the nations capital and, thanks to the power of instagram, we know they are staying at the Ovolo hotel in New Acton. We can rather gleefully reveal, largely due to the combined efforts of our interconnected web of spies, that our favourite quintet will in fact be making over a lucky someone from the… Continue Reading

Our Pick of The Sydney Writer’s Festival


The Sydney Writer’s Festival is back for 2018 with what feels like a million events celebrating writing, books and ideas.  While the Festival’s usual home at Walsh Bay is undergoing a refurbishment, this year’s festivities will be taking place at Carriageworks. If you are feeling intimidated by the volume of talks taking place, we have done the hard work for you and combed through each and every one to bring you our edit of what’s not to be missed.     Explore 2018 The Sydney Writers Festival  

Love, Shakespeare and Theatre: An Interview with Ray Chong Nee


  Let’s do a little exercise together shall we? Close your eyes, take a deep breath and clear your mind. Now think of a famous couple. Just go with the first thing that pops into your head. Now open your eyes and keep reading.   I’m guessing you probably thought of Kim and Kanye. Or Beyonce and Jay Z. Or perhaps, like Leiden’s copy editor Jesse Petrie whom I just made participate in this exercise, you might even have thought of Bert and Ernie. But let’s take it back a little further in history. Back to the beginnings of the… Continue Reading

The Leiden Guide to Feminism


  ‘…when young women move into the world and they realise… “Why am I being treated differently?” and they start to blame themselves because they don’t understand that they are part of a historic pattern…which is…working a little bit against them.’ – Emma Watson [for Buzzfeed, March 2017]   The other day a friend of mine came across a term that she didn’t fully understand: intersectional feminism. She realised she should probably know what that was so she asked me to help her learn about this. I am by no means the world’s feminist guru, however, I am fascinated by… Continue Reading

A Begrudging Examination of Valentine’s Day


  Each year in the lead up to February 14, I conduct a debate with myself about whether or not to write about Valentine’s Day. My personal stance on this romantic holiday is one of disdain. I agonise over writing an article that says as much or simply inferring my sentiments by not acknowledging the occasion at all. This year, like every other year, I had decided to go down the lack of acknowledgment route. However, while sitting on a milk crate, waiting for my life partner in crime to finish work, I had a change of mind. It was… Continue Reading

Cat Person: Starting a Conversation


  Like a great many people in the world I eagerly devoured Cat Person, a short story written by Kristen Roupenian and published in The New Yorker on December 11. This powerful piece of fiction, which had me hooked from the first line, has set the internet ablaze in a way fiction rarely does, receiving praise, backlash and backlash to that backlash. Divisive as it has been, Cat Person has ignited a conversation about sex, gender, power and consent. The short story focuses on two characters: Margot, a twenty year old university student and Robert, an older man Margot meets at the artsy cinema where she works.… Continue Reading