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The opposite of a heart emoji.

A man sits down and begins to play the piano. Next to him is a sign that says he is heart-broken. He is playing because he wants to win back his ex-girlfriend. According to the press, these are the facts about Luke Howard, the internet’s latest opinion piece.

People go nuts for love stories (especially ones that end badly) because it allows them to project themselves onto the situation. Love and heartbreak are universal, right? Until they aren’t. This is someone’s life, their experience doesn’t belong to us.

Twitter is up in arms about the story, with some people stating…

“You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.” — Oscar Wilde

Australian’s will soon vote in support (or against) marriage equality. The journey of how we got here is long and complicated and shows Australia has a long way to go towards equal rights for the LGBTIQ community.

If you believe that all couples should be equal (regardless of sexual preference) please register to vote or update your postal details.

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“friendships between women are often the deepest and most profound love stories, but they are often discussed as if they are ancillary, ‘bonus’ relationships to the truly important ones.” — Emily Rapp, writer

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See more on my Instagram.

A book is not an isolated being: it is a relationship, an axis of innumerable relationships. — Jorge Luis Borges

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Like many people living in the modern era I spend at least 7 hours of my day in front of a screen, whether it’s on my computer at work, or on my phone texting friends or scrolling through social media.

In the endless ocean of content I am overwhelmed by snippets and headlines. I flit between discovering answers to my ceaseless questions, watching a funny YouTube video, finding a new recipe and stalking a mutual friend on holiday in Europe…

What literature tells us about forgiving, forgetting and vengeance.

Forgiveness is a concept most of us are familiar with. When someone has wronged you, whether its to break your heart or your phone, the virtuous way to deal with it is to forgive and forget. Right?

Forgiveness is a psychological concept, enshrined in religion and foisted upon us as a positive characteristic by society. From the Bible to Pride and Prejudice, betrayal and forgiveness are common literary themes that demonstrate the character’s natures or act as a lesson for readers.

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Iago and Othello: Tales from Shakespeare (Philadelphia: Henry Altemus Company, 1901)

Literature teaches us that in order to heal, those who…

We need to talk about the Australian women’s movement and white privilege.

Let me first clarify that I am a white woman and regardless of my upbringing, personal struggles or history, I am unequivocally white in a society that accepts white as the norm. I am passionate about equality and because of this, I get into a lot of conversations about feminism, equal rights and racism in Australia.

I recently got into a discussion with another white woman; Stacy*, and a woman of colour; Kiara*, about how it feels when people ask ‘where do you come from?’

Kiara was…

Carmen Angerer writes

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