Rad Bitch Round Up

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It's cold as heck outside in Melbourne this weekend - the perfect weather for staying indoors and catching up on a whole dose of internet.

Here's what I've been reading and listening to recently.

Reading

My friend Penny recently wrote this piece for SBS Sexuality about struggling with internalised bi-erasure, and trying to figure out how and where she fits in the LGBTIQ+ community when she's not in a same-sex relationship.

This is something I've been pretty conscious of in myself - especially during the lead up to the national postal survey on Marriage Equality in Australia. Trying to determine how relevant my voice was, wanting to amplify the voices of others instead of my own and not over-step the bounds of the privilege I enjoy in a straight relationship was real. Penny's words reflect a lot of my own thoughts and feelings, and I definitely recommend reading this piece.

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I've been listening to The Trauma Cleaner on Audible over the past week, and this is an exceptional book and I've pretty much been recommending it left and right. It's a beautifully gut-wrenching biography that not only charts the life of trauma cleaner Sandra Pankhurst, but in doing so covers the history of the gay scene in Melbourne; the lived realities of sex workers; and the rights of transgender people in Australia.

Reading

The story of a dog who pays for treats using leaves, and the store attendant working to avoid leafy inflation.

Listening

Back in the days when I still listened to Triple J (or the radio), I made no secret of how much I hoped that Myf and Zan could just take over and host every show, While that dream never came true, we've been blessed with something even more pure - the Bang On podcast.

'Bang On brings together two of ABC Radio’s most respected and most loved music journalists and presenters – who are also great friends, with your one stop shop for all the conversations you need to be across this week (but just don’t have the time to read a think-piece about).'

Complete with singing, musical interludes, giggles, and faarshion news updates, it's everything I could have hoped for back in my radio listening days.

Reading

Tom And Abby From ‘Queer Eye’ Are Married Now So I Guess Love Actually Exists

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It's ‘Vascular Birthmark Awareness Month’, and I want to take this opportunity to bring your awareness to the fact that I was (and still am) cute as heck and happy as pie - hemangioma and all.

At two years old, my strawberry mark was near it’s reddest and most swollen.

It was still impacting my ability to swallow food, and to breathe through my nose (I really only got the hang of that in my teens, and I still tend to breathe through my mouth by habit), so I still had a feeding tube at this stage.

Birthmarks are cute.

Facial differences aren’t bad or scary.

Some of the ways they can impact our lives probably don’t seem that fun. 
Tbh I don’t remember having a feeding tube (I do remember the hospital stay when it was removed 8 months after this photo was taken), but I sure do love the second bellybutton I have as a result!

* I think VBM awareness month is only a US thing, but I’m jumping on board.

It's worth hopping over to Instagram where Crystal Hodges is drawing a portrait of a person with a Vascular Birth Mark every day for the whole month of May.

I also plan on sharing a few posts throughout the month, too!

Reading

Self-help gurus like Tony Robbins have often stood in the way of social change

Since the 17th century, self-improvement schemes have reliably been rooted in the belief that weak individual will — not social malaise or structural inequality — is at the heart of all problems, from poverty to extra pounds to sickness to sexual assault. It’s called self-help for a reason, and taken too far, this ethos can tend toward solipsism at the expense of social change.

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How Women Are Driving the Dungeons & Dragons Renaissance

So more people are playing D&D than ever before, but so are more types of people. Women now make up close to 40% of the D&D community. While the goal is still for that number to fully reflect the wider population, it’s a huge leap from 2012, when women made up 20–25% of players.

A big reason for that jump in female players goes back to the popularity of streaming, and the visibility of other women playing. Women have a huge presence in the D&D being streamed online, and the team at Wizards of the Coast has no doubt that the representation that provides has had an impact on women feeling more confident walking into their local game store.

xx

Kym

On Radio Silence

On Radio Silence

I've taken an unintended, and exceptionally long break from writing on my blog, or updating my business Facebook page, The Rad Bitch Girl Gang, and from coaching in general for pretty much the entirety of this year so far.

To be perfectly honest, part of that is procrastination, and another part of that is fear of not knowing how to put my thoughts into words that really make sense. But the biggest part of why, is that I've needed the space to process, to reflect, to heal and to learn.

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On Doing What Must Be Done

On Doing What Must Be Done

Working super hard on something that you're super passionate about can be incredibly exciting and inspiring, but when your reality doesn't meet the expectations you'd set for yourself, it can be absolutely soul-destroying.

So what do you do when that happens?

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On Making Sure No Girl Gets Left Behind

On Making Sure No Girl Gets Left Behind

In The Girl Gang, we often highlight the importance of Rad Bitches Looking Out For One Another, but after everything that's been happening in the world lately it can be challenging at times to remember that the world is predominantly filled with awesome people who are looking out for each other.

Looking out for one another is something that girls in particular are taught from a young age...

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On Dating and Healthy Relationships

On Dating and Healthy Relationships

If you're finding yourself repeatedly disappointed by partners who just aren't ready to commit, you're in no way alone. This might be a good opportunity to step back, reflect on what's going on for you, and how you might be able to change things up and break away from the same old pattern that's been getting you down.

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On The Importance of Taking Time Out

On The Importance of Taking Time Out

It was starting to become clear that both my boyfriend and I were long overdue for some time out of the house and away from our desk - with a few little technical glitches popping up and testing my patience to prove it.

Taking an extended break isn't a priority for us right now, but we weren't about to let that stand between us and a relaxed few days together.

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On What I Wish People Knew About Strawberry Marks

On What I Wish People Knew About Strawberry Marks

A lot of things have happened since I first started writing about and sharing my experience of growing up with a birthmark that covered most of my face when I was young. When I first decided to study Life Coaching and set up my blog, I hadn't even considered that my strawberry marks would ever become a point of discussion - let alone something that would become such a central point of WHY I believe so strongly in what I do.

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On Women Who Don't Go to The Police

On Women Who Don't Go to The Police

Maybe it's just the lack of good quality sleep I've been dealing with over the last week, but my anxiety has been on high alert lately. I spent a good chunk of yesterday in my pyjama's, listening to the music that got me through my 20's, feeling too many feels, and crying on and off.

Of course, it may have also had a lot to do with the near constant yelling and arguments that have been going on outside our apartment for almost a week...

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Self Care Sunday: On Maintaining A Beautiful Space

Self Care Sunday: On Maintaining A Beautiful Space

With the beginning of the New Year, I'm committing to a new special series here on the blog, dedicated to Self Care Sunday. Each week I'll share about what Real Self Care looks like in practice for me. And I'm starting off with something which may not actually seem like a self care practice: CLEANING HOUSE - LITERALLY.

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On 2015: A Year In Review

On 2015: A Year In Review

I'm not really one for big New Years Eve parties, and to be honest I hope to spend the night at home with a couple of my besties watching Madonna movies and drinking Sailor Jerry's in my pyjamas.

But before any of that happens, I like to spend some time reflecting on the year that was. I think that this is really important, because it's really easy to just allow the days to float on by with indifference, but when I stop and take stock I'm always struck by just how much has happened.

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On Things to Do When You're Feeling Just A Little Bit Shit

On Things to Do When You're Feeling Just A Little Bit Shit

So on the back of the icky and stressful feeling week, I decided to share some of the things I like to do to boost my mood and make myself feel like a bit more of a Rad Bitch. Some of these are big things, and some of them are quick and easy wins, because let's face it, when we're feeling a just a little bit shitty is not always the time when we're at our most patient - well I'm certainly not anyway!

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