The Dizzy Limit

The thoughts, ideas and imaginings of Monique Mayze

Sunday

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August 2014

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I’m a Feminist. No buts.

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“Are you a Feminist?” an audience member asked the panel of women on Q&A. What?  My jaw hit the floor. I couldn’t believe it. What woman would not identify as a Feminist? Who wouldn’t want equal rights for women? I guess it’s understandable why some women and men in today’s world might think access to […]

Monday

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May 2014

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Intelligence before ideology

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I was talking to someone at a party once and mentioned concerns I had with the Howard Government’s treatment of asylum seekers. “What are you?” said the man. “A bloody, tree-hugging Leftie?” I was shocked. I didn’t think of myself as anything in particular. I’d never been a member of a political party and had voted across […]

Friday

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March 2014

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The kindness of strangers

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For a long time, I’ve been filled with great sadness – even shame – at our successive governments’ treatment of people who seek asylum in our country – and I had wanted to write a post lamenting the state of things. But I haven’t. I haven’t written such a post because for some reason my […]

Monday

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March 2014

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Not ambitious enough?

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Recently I was watching an episode of the ABC’s ‘Family Confidential’ about a prominent Australian family, when suddenly I heard the narrator say, “Therese was too ambitious to be a stay-at-home mum”. Pardon? Here is the English Collins Dictionary’s definition of ‘ambitious’:  having a strong desire for success or achievement necessitating extraordinary effort or ability […]

Wednesday

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January 2014

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An Ode to my ABC

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Ever since Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi called for the ABC’s funding to be cut and again today with Prime Minister Tony Abbot arguing that the ABC is taking ”everyone’s side but Australia’s”, I have been reflecting on the ABC and what it means to me. And it means a great deal, as it turns out. […]

Wednesday

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November 2013

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Before mothering

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I came to this motherhood thing late in life. I was 41 when I had our daughter. And if you’re wondering – no, this wasn’t the plan, but that’s what happened. A two-decades-long career later, I found myself at home with an infant engaged in the drudgery and repetition that seemed to define – at […]

Tuesday

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November 2013

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Beauty unconstrained

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I was recently at a café with a girlfriend and while we were at the counter ordering a muffin, a waitress approached my friend and simply said “I think you are pretty”. That was it, nothing further. My companion was completely baffled by this. She couldn’t seem to understand why someone would compliment her on […]

Saturday

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November 2013

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It can be trying, all this trying

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I really don’t understand these people who announce they are ‘trying’. You go out for a drink and before you know it, they are telling you that after their Easter holiday, they are going to start trying for a baby. Apart from this being far too much information, what is the appropriate response to such […]

Saturday

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November 2013

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Too busy to queue

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Today in a bookstore the girl behind the counter told me she is regularly confronted by customers who ignore the queue to pay for their book because they say the just don’t have time to line up. How can this be? People who are so busy that lining up to make a purchase is time […]