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Editorial 3: Amena

“Roses are red. Violets are blue.

Smashing the patriarchy makes me super attracted to you.”

(Credits go to activist Suey Park)

And that’s how you transition from an “Activism” themed edition to a sex one – and possibly how you can approach a particular someone. There’s probably a couple hundred other ways you can get close to that someone if this doesn’t work for you, but regardless of what works, there’s one thing you need to validate (and prelude) those advancements – and that’s called consent.

It’s the line between sensual play and sexual assault, between pleasure and pain, between what is mutual and what is unshared. There is a very real need for this conversation, considering we’re surrounded by unhelpful, unhealthy messages across various sections of society that sometimes pierce through our social circles – and poisons everyone in the process. I shall spare you examples of such messages, but what I do want is for us to have this discussion, because its implications have the power to fracture the integrity of society, but have just as much power to mend these fissures. Ultimately, it ought to maintain, raise awareness and protect one’s right to consent and govern their own body.

This edition explores this area in greater depth. We’ll be raising concerns, issues and topics thought to be taboo, uncomfortable, or embarrassing. But before we get to the good stuff…

Thank you to my co-editors, Amy, Andrew and Shalaka. To Lachlan, for his creative mind, energy and execution, and to Tom and Nic who come by the Lot’s office, making my day just that much more entertaining. Thank you to the readers, sub-editors and contributors, because you help us lay the foundation for every edition’s success.

A little less thank you to the uneasy weather, cause the rain and wind aren’t very fun to be with.

About Amena Ziard

I’m Amena, a 3rd year Arts student studying communications and international studies, torn between pursuing masters in law or international relations. I’m a third culture kid with a sweet spot for social justice and a radar for micro aggression. I enjoy contemporary poetry; Nayyirah Waheed, Warsan Shire and Lang Leav are my staples. Occasionally, I write poetry too. Other times, I MUN, or try to MUN! You’ve probably seen me galloping in high heels around Clayton campus, and if you haven’t, it won’t be long till you do!

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Amena Ziard

The author Amena Ziard

I’m Amena, a 3rd year Arts student studying communications and international studies, torn between pursuing masters in law or international relations. I’m a third culture kid with a sweet spot for social justice and a radar for micro aggression. I enjoy contemporary poetry; Nayyirah Waheed, Warsan Shire and Lang Leav are my staples. Occasionally, I write poetry too. Other times, I MUN, or try to MUN! You’ve probably seen me galloping in high heels around Clayton campus, and if you haven’t, it won’t be long till you do!

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