Anne Summers on the expectations and limitations facing women in politics
Archives for June 2013
I gather it’s not terribly fashionable when a nosy neighbour on a bus, train or plane enquires as to why you chose the certain memoir or novel sitting open in your lap, to turn and answer ‘because it was cheap’. And yet, around a certain time of year, that’s so often the only conclusion I come to. It’s become something of a tradition to spend the first half of my year working through a stack of paperbacks I pick up for a pittance from the great Lifeline Bookfest. I am neither skint nor stingy, I don’t cut my own hair […]
What does it mean to grow up as a queer Tamil boy? When I think of my own childhood here in Sydney, I have vivid memories of trying on my mother’s heels, wearing lipstick, playing with dolls, and wishing I were a Bharatanatyam (classical Indian dance) performer. In a world that continues to insist upon policing gender through social and sexual activity, I was fortunate enough to have parents who chose to support my playful preferences rather than punish me for them. As a child, I did not identify with being gay nor did I have any concept of the […]
Man is not the art he makes
Step off the pier and into the unknown
Still, I continue
to strive to thicken my knowledge.
a desperate ‘come here’.
sparkling air that is not air.
You carry this beneath your underclothes, next
to your heart. It will be the last thing they take.
you need to know you cannot count on this.
I can’t help thinking: Is this my birthright?
a seabird’s call that drifts above the ocean like the bridal stars upon a sea of glass.