Representations of order, disorder and violence through addiction in Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘The Sign of Four’.

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Art has a way of capturing the spirit of its time, particularly in times of change and difficulty. …


Mothering misadventures, hairbrush hell, and a vague wish for a bald preschooler

Little girl with two dark blonde braids standing in a sun-gilded wheat field, the grass up to her shoulder. The evening sky is powder blue. The girl is facing away from the camera. Photo by Artur Aldyrkhanov on Unsplash

Today, now, in this moment, I feel like The Worst Mum In The World. The daily trauma of brushing my 3.5 year old’s hair finally ground me down and left me sobbing. The guilt. The frustration. The guilt — we’ve all been there, even if not over hair brushing. Haven’t…


Angry Letters, indignation & being ignored: When the only response is change, we win.

The image of three ripples on a still lake forming concentric circles
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‘Oh, he’s always writing letters to this or that MP,’ said Mum, speaking about my dad. ‘The best they do is fob you off. It doesn’t do anything except make him feel better.’

I’m usually not the first to rush to Dad’s defence, but I did. My stomach clenched slightly…


The 1895 murder of Brigid Boland speaks to the grisly — and readily believed — narrative of the monstrous feminine

Are you a witch, or are you a fairy?

Or are you the wife of Michael Cleary

The Murder of Brigid Boland

Brigid Boland, wife of Michael Cleary, wasn’t like other women, Sady Doyle writes in Dead Blonde and Bad Mothers. Boland was in possession of a singer sewing machine and knew how to use…


An non-exhaustive but excellent list of BIPOC feminist voices

A picture of the continent of Australia with the Indigneous flag across it: black and red, with a yellow circle.
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A few weeks ago I was putting some research together to for the ‘Feminism in the Land Down Under’ epsisode of my passion project, Shrews Untamed podcast. I don’t consider myself an ‘authority’, but I’m getting comfortable with the description ‘reasonably well read’ in Aus Feminism. As is my way…


…but this symbol of power and the sacred feminine wasn’t always reviled.

Image credit: The Guardian, 2014

Ever wondered about women’s voices before the first wave? Women weren’t quite as silent as we’ve been led to believe. For example, poet, professional writer, and author of what can only be described as a feminist texts, The Book of the City of Ladies and The Treasure of the City…


Taking my husband’s name wasn’t a feminist choice. Here’s why I did it.

a picture of traditional red rose tattoos on someone’s skin
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Nearly three years ago I stood yoga mat under my arm, belly protruding, lining up to register before beginning my prenatal yoga class. …


An honest reflection and sometimes tongue-in-cheek diary of my experiences and preoccupations living through COVID19. Welcome to ‘Love in the time of Corona’.

This is a microscopic picture of the COVID19 virus (6 balls with little spikes)
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Love in the time of Corona: Foraging Day

Dear Diary,

Today’s foraging yielded 750ml packs of crystalised bleached — a true boon. Non-laundry bleach has been off the shelves for weeks. Only about 10 packs were left; I stood strong in my place; I wasn’t the only one who noticed them. Observing the customer limits, I walked away…


A non-political story about my mother, the apple-growing town she made a home in, and the the home she may not go back to.

Image credit: James R. Zimmerman

Spot the recurring word in an exchange of text messages between my mother and I as NSW fires rage into her home town.

‘I hope you’re ok — I’m worried about you, text me when you’ve left’

‘Hopefully we’ll be lucky again’

‘Fingers crossed for little Batlow’

The word is…

Jennifer Zeven

Freelance Writer|Emerging Author|Shrews Untamed Podcast

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