2016, it’s fair to say, was a pretty shit year for humanity in general. For me personally, though, it was pretty good. I’ve published the most freelance work I ever have, and I’m writing this from New York City, where I’ve been seeing out the apocalypse (the Mayans were wrong: 2016 is the end of their calendar and, thus, the world) for the past two months. Here are some of my favourite things I’ve published this year.
“Beyoncé Makes Us Want to Be Better People” & “The Kardashians Are Better Than You”, The Vocal.
Some of the most fun I’ve had writing was for The Vocal and I think these were two of my best pieces. I love writing about controversial issues and controversial women, and these two subjects certainly tick those boxes.
“Kim Kardashian: Our Modern-Day Monroe”, The Big Smoke.
Similarly, what’s more controversial than comparing perhaps the most reviled woman in contemporary culture with the iconic, though equally disdained, Marilyn Monroe?
“In Defence of Eva Marie”, Calling Spots.
And in the wrestling world, who is more controversial than Total Divas star Eva Marie? I wrote in defence of her for Calling Spots magazine.
“Whorephobia & Misogyny in Wrestling: Still Real to Me, Dammit”, Harlot.
Short-lived feminist site Harlot let me write about what a travesty it was that woman wrestler Chyna wasn’t inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame. She died a month later.
“The State of Women’s Wrestling”, SBS Zela.
Writing for SBS’s now-shuttered women’s sports site Zela was one of the defining moments in my career. A writer and editor I’ve long admired (but who I thought didn’t even know I existed!) recommended me to Zela editor Danielle Warby to cover the women’s wrestling renaissance. My favourite piece was an overview of the year in women’s wrestling up to that point in one of my last articles for the site.
“Nia Jax: Not Like Most Girls”, “Smack Talker! Daniel Bryan’s Tiresome Vocal Misogyny” & “A Woman’s Place Should Be in the White House—And in the Cell”, Intergender World Champs.
With Zela and Harlot shutting down, I was without a place to write about women’s wrestling for a time. Then along came Intergender World Champs, for which I’ve written an assortment of things.
“Why Celebrities Prefer Empowerment to Feminism”, Daily Life.
I’d long been thinking about “women’s empowerment” and what it even means, and I got to write about it for my first piece for Daily Life, an outlet I’d been trying to crack for years.
“Trading in the Beauty Economy”, feminartsy.
I’d been pushing words around in this piece for ages and feminartsy allowed me to publish it.
“The James Deen Allegations: How Porn Sets the Example for Responding to Sexual Assault”, Archer.
My first piece for Archer was a look at the rape allegations against James Deen and what mainstream industries can learn from porn’s response to them.
“This is the Most Devastating & Political Season of Orange is the New Black Yet”, Junkee.
Getting paid to write about things you enjoy doing is a pretty good gig.
“Women of The People VS. OJ Simpson“, The Big Smoke.
“Why An Australian Woman Felt Compelled to Go Door-to-Door Campaigning for Hillary Clinton”, Daily Life.
Though not my last published piece for 2016, what better way to cap off a tumultuous year than by writing about volunteering for Hillary Clinton?!