The aftermath of trauma.

This was written by my friend Fiona Yardley. Fiona is many things; artist, poet, mother, partner. And she is a survivor. The #metoo movement has seen many of us share our experiences of sexual harassment, assault and rape. Trump inadvertently kick-started something recently, where survivors shared the reasons they didn’t report their assaults.

Here, Fiona shares how she deals with what she experienced, years later. It’s not always as simple as just moving on. Access to help isn’t as available as we might think or hope it is.

If you have experienced trauma and it’s aftermath, especially from sexual assault or harassment, you might find this a hard read. Or, you might find it a familiar one. No one wishes these kinds of experiences on others. But there is a small comfort in knowing that someone out there understands how you feel.

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The Alternative Therapies in my Newsfeed: A side-effect

There are a lot of things that appear in my news and social feeds that would maybe surprise the people that know me. At first glance, they’d wonder why so much pseudoscience cluttered my socials. Alternative therapies up the wazoo. They’d think “Whoooooo, is their targeting way off! No way is she buying a salt lamp or a crystal water bottle or a bunch of oils!”

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The thing is, when you write about stuff like that, it seems internet algorithms don’t much care if you’re writing about it because it’s woo you want to warn people against. You googled it, you clicked links, you found Facebook and twitter pages. Therefore, you wanna see it! So, for the last little while, I’ve been seeing a petition shared around, asking people to sign to block changes to health fund rebates for alternative therapies. Mainly from alternative therapists, annoyed that their services will no longer be covered.

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Opinions.

Everyone has one, no matter how irrelevant the topic might be to their actual life.  And everyone, according to every commentator on the Internet who can’t actually substantiate their argument, is entitled to an opinion. You know the way it goes. A person says something that is perhaps inflammatory or offensive, a handful of people provide an argument to the contrary and the original comment-maker says “Well, I’m entitled to my opinion!” or something along those lines. They use it with authority, as if their opinions are sacrosanct.

Sometimes, you shouldn’t be “aloud” an opinion.

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This is a guest post written by Felicity Frankish from The Baby Vine.

The Death Chat

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Parenting is full of hard (and hilarious) conversations. The first one that springs to mind is usually The Talk- the good old “how are babies made” chat. But another important talk might come up sooner than you think. The conversation about the end of life. It could be the loss of a beloved pet or the death of a special family member. Or it could be as seemingly innocuous as a dead mouse on the road…

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