The Influencer ‘It’ Girl: Privilege, Performativity and the Politics of Empowered Self-Promotion on Instagram

This piece was written as my major work for the capstone unit, Critical Practice in Media, in the final semester of my BA (Media and Communications). I have shared the work in parts and in no way intend to undermine any of the influencers mentioned, rather question their integrity as public figures. Please enjoy this …

A Biological Determinist Reading of The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid's Tale had a profound effect on my appreciation for reproductive liberty and this post is testament to my belief in choice and autonomy for women's bodies. The framework of biological determinism serves as a reminder of the dangers of culturally imposed biological 'norms' and is particularly relevant with the current narrative of gender binaries in light of Australia's Marriage Equality debate.