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Black, White and Grey: Navigating consent and the ‘Dangling Carrot’ conundrum within Queer YA Fiction.

CW: Sexual assault. Kindly fuck off if you disagree: but consent is good, sexual assault is bad. Black and white. Right? I know this. You know this. They teach it in schools. It’s written into law. My toddler even has a basic grasp of ‘your body, your choice’. What I want to talk about is … Continue reading Black, White and Grey: Navigating consent and the ‘Dangling Carrot’ conundrum within Queer YA Fiction.

Review: Welcome to Orphancorp, Marlee Jane Ward

Welcome to Orphancorp, Marlee Jane Ward (2015) Note: We don't give star-ratings. We review in order to encourage the development of AusQueerYA, by deconstructing the good and the bad bits, to learn and grow as writers. *mega spoilers* The Blurb: ‘A sharp-edged semi-futuristic riff about a rebellious teenager’s last week at an industrial orphanage.’ The … Continue reading Review: Welcome to Orphancorp, Marlee Jane Ward

You Are Enough: Queer activism and how being strong and being vulnerable are not mutually exclusive states.

There is this confusion in activism that being strong means never let anything touch you. People think it means having a thick skin, a core of rock and never feeling afraid. Sure, you can be all these things as an activist, but being vulnerable, being scared and being emotional doesn’t mean you’re not cut out … Continue reading You Are Enough: Queer activism and how being strong and being vulnerable are not mutually exclusive states.

It’s not us, it’s them: How the system is built to keep Queer voices out.

System's fucked. In my previous post, I discussed why the word ‘diversity’ is fraught with problems and how there is a lack of power in the Queer writing community. Today we will delve deeper into how that power is established, distributed and withheld within the Australian YA community and how we as Queer writers can … Continue reading It’s not us, it’s them: How the system is built to keep Queer voices out.

Diversity: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Content warning: swear words and generally angry rant ahead. I get it. I really do. I’ve fallen into the diversity trap multiple times in the last few weeks alone, but I’m putting a stop to it now. I’m calling for a blackout on the word ‘diverse’. And sorry to break it to you Straight people, … Continue reading Diversity: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.