Category Archives: Women

Wondering about Wonder Woman

Nerdgasm week for pop culture geeks the world over has just come to an end. Yep, Comic Con International 2014 happened over the weekend. Having travelled to San Diego for the epic 5 day adventure in 2012, I keep a close eye on the happenings at Comic Con every year.

One of the most talked about reveals of the convention this year was the unveiling of a solitary image of Zack Snyder’s Diana Prince (better known as Wonder Woman) from the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice flick. Gal Gadot, a mostly unknown Israeli actress, has landed the role as the most powerful and well-known female character in pop culture history.

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After cancer

By Kate Bickford – originally shared internally with ABC employees.
Kate Bickford went to hell and back when she was diagnosed with a rare form of cervical cancer. But the experience has galvanised her to help others, with a trip to Bhutan the next step in her journey. Why Skin Deep? A number of levels for us. You can’t necessarily judge a person’s health just by looking at them, nor do we always know the stories behind those we encounter each day. On another level, it’s also important that we take steps to look after the different aspects of our health and be thankful for each day.
KateTo look at me you wouldn’t know I’ve been battling cancer. You probably wouldn’t know that I take seven medications daily.
I still see doctors most weeks and I’m fighting back waves of nauseas and other side effects of the medication I take.
To look at me you wouldn’t know that my doctors have told me that if I had left my pap test for another 3 – 5 years my treatment would be very different: they would not be curing my cancer, they would only be prolonging my life.

Having a routine pap test saved my life.

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Fatty Number Two

Words: Alysha Herrmann


My body did nothing to you.


Does anyone else remember being weighed in PE class at school? Do they still do that?


I’m not sure, but I think this is where one of my high school nicknames began.

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Skin Deep presents: InsideOut

Warm lights fill the centre of a dark room, where two young mums stand in front of an intimate audience, to talk about the dreams they hold for their children. Self love. Positive male role models. The confidence to shake off the increasing mountain of images of models, photoshopped within an inch of their lives.

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For the Mother I Sometimes Meet

Words: Alysha Herrmann

As long as I can remember, my mother has always been overweight. Hovering usually in an Australian dress size of 22-26, she’s had to shop at plus size stores or generic department stores with their shapeless, blocky and unflattering designs. And it was always clear, without always being spoken, that she hated her body and by extension often herself.  There were many times she’d ask  ‘How can you love me, when I’m so fat and ugly?’ or “Do you think I’m ugly?’ or just state ‘I look horrible. Horrible and fat.’ Questions and statements that came from a deep and hurting place inside of her.

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Fat Talk Free February is over. So, what now??

Last week Fat Talk Free February drew to a close, and some of us will be wondering – “what next?”.

Well we’re here to tell you that although marked formally once a year, Fat Talk can be banished all year round!

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How speaking up has helped me quiet the noise.

Words: Rachel Warland 

I was inspired to write this following the tragic passing of Charlotte Dawson and the need to get out there the importance of treating and educating people about mental illness.

About a year ago some alarm bells set off for me after completing a Mental Health First Aid course and I decided it was time for me to get help. A year later (almost) and I am a lot better and manage my anxiety as best I can. Receiving ongoing treatment was the best thing I ever did – it has done wonders in aiding me to live with anxiety. I want to share my experiences to help others who suffer from mental illness and give them hope that things will get better if you find that light within, or confide in those you love wanting to help you. And get the help you need and deserve.

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Role models & world changers.

Words: Lauren Moss

The fabulous, talented, passionate and powerful Heywire crew, 'All Women'.

The fabulous, talented, passionate and powerful Heywire crew, ‘All Women’.

From Sunday the 9th February to the 14th February, I was incredibly lucky to join the winners of the ABC’s incredible program Heywire. I attended in the capacity of a mentor, representing headspace, a national organisation that I love, and for who I am a Youth Advisor. Heywire brings together approximately 40 young people from regional, rural and remote Australia every year to share their stories, and to work together on solutions that can be adopted by communities across Australia. Yep, it is an INSANELY huge opportunity for any young person wanting to make a change!

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Turn on the light. (Jess Cullen)

Quick! Get the MacBook out! I am feeling some words coming up! And I just took my watch off, so that’s a sign that I have a lot to say, right?!

I want to share a little snippet of my life with you, if you don’t mind. Skin Deep often shares the less positive body image stories (we’re all about honesty with some hope thrown in for good measure), but I have a feel-good one for you and this one is rising in my throat faster than I can keep up with. I just know I have to write something now, or the next unwitting stranger I see at the shops will cop an earful.

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Work it out: let’s get rid of fat talk in the workplace!

Our workplaces. Many of us spend close to forty hours a week in them, whether it’s an office, a site, the outdoors or else where. We spend over seven hours of our waking day with our colleagues. Often we share war stories with them, celebrate achievements, and the odd morning tea, lunch or cake. For some, the latter can strike fear in the heart of even the strongest.

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