Talking Frankly reflects the maelstrom of a modern woman’s mind.

There is opinion, commentary and observations on everything from housework to human rights.

  Because at the end of the day – it all matters. 

Dear Terrified of Turramurra

Dear Terrified of Turramurra

Dear Al, I’m suffering from anxiety and depression caused directly by Donald Trump. I am losing sleep, and have no idea where to turn. My friends just laugh at me. What should I do? Terrified of TurramurraDear Terrified of TurramurraWell firstly - your friends...

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There were no gay people at my school

There were no gay people at my school

Not one.I went to a Catholic school so it's entirely possible they were all expelled because they would have made it hard for me to learn English, or fail maths, or any of the other things I did at school.It was really great that I grew up with no gay friends too...

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Laugh and the world laughs with you

Laugh and the world laughs with you

Cry and you cry alone.  Unless the cumulative effect of various external factors leaves you sobbing like a loon to The Notebook while you're flying on a plane FULL of people between London and Sydney.  In which case, your crying is so excessive they don't...

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This body of mine

This body of mine

Fact: This body of mine is overweight. It is overweight because at this current point in time I don't exercise enough, drink too much and eat erratically. I think way too much about this body of mine. The marketing tells me that I don't think about it enough.This body...

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Those other mothers (World Refugee Day)

Those other mothers (World Refugee Day)

The fact that it’s World Refugee Day and the US has pulled out of the UN Humans Rights Council is abominable.The fact that when Australia ratified the UN’s anti-torture protocol last year they specifically excluded our off-shore detention centres is abominable.The...

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It is called Depression

It is called Depression

*Trigger warning - suicide, suicidal ideation, depression, anxiety* My feed last week was full of people talking about Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain’s deaths by suicide and encouraging people who are feeling suicidal or have suicidal ideation to reach out. To...

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Feeling uncomfortable? Me Too.

Feeling uncomfortable? Me Too.

In a conversation recently, a friend said that she was finding the whole #metoo thing a very discomfiting experience. She noted that every time somebody spoke out, spoke publicly about the abuse they had experienced, or outed one of her celebrity crushes – she felt...

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Dear Celebrity

Dear Celebrity

I see you in the magazines and on the internet and on posters and in movies and basically everywhere and I know that I don't know you at all even when I feel like I do.I know that being famous doesn't mean you're rich, and that being rich doesn't mean you are...

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Dear Parents of Teens

Dear Parents of Teens

Dear Parent of Teens,A quick historical recap to start. As you know, teenagers were only invented in the post depression era, coming into their own post-WWII and were of course, they were American to start with.  The evolution of the teenager as we know them...

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Not everyone is a prick

Not everyone is a prick

I'd like to start with the good news.  The world is more full of Yassmin Abdel-Magieds, Behrouz Boochanis and Magda Szubanskis than it is the spineless jerks that troll them.It's just that sometimes hate is spewed at us in so many different ways, from the mouths...

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Short hair. Yeah. Nah. Yeah

Short hair. Yeah. Nah. Yeah

My seven year old daughter got her hair cut short on Friday afternoon. She's now rocking a super schmick pixie cut. She looks amazing.It wasn't something we suggested. She'd been thinking about it for a while before she asked to do it. She chose a style she'd seen on...

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The end of a generation

The end of a generation

Death is a mysterious beast in the western world. We don't like to think about it, plan for it, and by no means can we be honest with our children about it.But the fact is, death is a fact of life. We don't know whether we are going to live until we are 101 or die...

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Me, Steven Bradbury, Giselle Bundchen and parenting

Me, Steven Bradbury, Giselle Bundchen and parenting

A friend asked me recently what I thought of THIS article. Now I want you to be very clear that she only asked me because I am an EXCELLENT parent and never make mistakes.  I am such an excellent parent that my kids don't drink juice because that shit has sugar...

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It’s the little things

It’s the little things

If you're a parent, you'll remember in the period of time between when you found out you were expecting and the birth of your child/ren that you read up on every single milestone possible. In that first year, you obsessed over every single one of them, sure that their...

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