We Are Not All Slum Dogs: the problem with our response to POC in pop culture.

Zoya Patel recently left our shores for opportunities abroad. She is the founder of Feminartsy, and previously worked as Editor-In-Chief of Lip magazine. 

Patel has been writing about feminist issues for over a decade, and has had work published in a number of publications including Right Now, iD.co, Junkee and more. She was Highly Commended in the Scribe Publishing Non-Fiction Prize 2015, was the 2014 recipient of the Anne Edgeworth Young Writers’ Fellowship, and was named the 2015 ACT Young Woman of the Year. 

Same Path, New Perspective

Narges Hakimi is a university student majoring in Middle Eastern Studies and International Relations.

In this piece Hakimi explores her cultural background and the Afghani and Australian influences behind her decision to undertake a Bachelor of International Studies.

Big Hair, Did Care.

What's your relationship with your hair? Are you judgemental of your own curls? 

Untangling the turmoils of the beauty standards set by society and the pressures we put on ourselves, Tali's adventure through the trials and tribulations of hair care have lead her on a journey of acceptance.


"Aesthetically and conceptually [my cultural heritage] influences me. It didn't initially. If I look at my work over a decade it’s slowly becoming more and more stronger. I think that’s because when I was younger I wasn’t as comfortable with my otherness as I am now. There was a point where all the women looked very white and also had very Anglo frames, I’ve noticed that the images are becoming more like me and have progressed with how much more confident I’ve become in being myself."

The Marginal Man

M.M. is a young Lebanese-Australian man caught between culture and individual identity. M.M. shared his story with The Pin of coming to terms with the difficulty of expressing his sexuality within the confines of cultural expectations, for this we are truly grateful.

Anchoring: How media and politics persuade

In 2014 Alphonse Mulumba ran as a Labor candidate for the Parliament of Tasmania. While unsuccessful, Mulumba's popularity exceeded the expectations of many and cemented his presence on the Tasmanian political scene. 

In this piece Mulumba reflects upon his experience as a political candidate and the power of language in media and politics.

From Father to Daughter

In this piece George Kanjere explores the complexities of being the biracial father to his young daughter, and his understanding of the barriers she will face as women who may or may not be considered, and who may or may not consider herself, a women of colour.

What Makes An Aussie?

Peter Drew is an artist changing our perception of the Australian identity one poster at a time. 

In 2015 Drew travelled around Australia pasting posters in the streets of ours cities and towns with the slogan 'Real Australians Say Welcome'. This campaign was in response to Australia's treatment of asylum seekers.

Drew's current campaign 'What is a real AUSSIE?' explores the Australian identity and our idea of what it is through a series of photographs, sourced from the National Archives of Australia, to change our perception of the Aussie identity and celebrate those less celebrated.

All Three and None

Melbourne poet and self-described love rat. Born and raised in the outer suburbs of Melbourne, and of mixed heritage, Giuliani explores the complexities of love, family, life and identity through poetry.