Christine Heiyeon Myung Sydney student Christine Heiyeon Myung explains why she decided to take part in this extreme ceremony and what she learnt about her life.
Jacinta Tynan To be yelled at, sworn at and, at the other extreme, ignored on a daily basis is easier to excuse. But just as hard to take.
Colby Itkowitz "I didn't want to be dominated by anyone," the 116-year-old Emma Morano said.
Kate Iselin It still stings a little to see the same old stock photos used alongside media discussions of our work, writes Kate Iselin.
Olivia Clement "Contrary to my long-held beliefs, doing an imperfectly fine job isn't shameful or embarrassing. It's liberating."
Gea Sijpkes An innovative project is pairing university students with the elderly, creating a dynamic that benefits both parties.
Olivia Wilson Olivia Wilson has split from the person she married in NZ, but they can't get divorced until marriage equality passes in Australia.
Beau Donelly An Aboriginal man has published screenshots of racist slurs he was subjected to on a gay dating app to draw attention to discrimination in the gay community.
High school reunions
Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen As high school reunions come 'round, it's easy to get caught up in how much more others seem to have, or have done.
Kirrily Dear Too often we doubt our ability to have an impact; especially on the big, complex issues, writes Kirrily Dear.
Ally Garrett To build a career on a potentially devastating breach of trust, and keep rising when that breach keeps being thrown back in your face? To me, that’s inspirational.
Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen Despite great strides in mental health awareness, using anti-depressants is still too often seen as drastic action - or a mark of defeat.
David Leser "Until that moment I'd never questioned the inevitability, the inescapability, of sleep."
Lisa Bryant Healing my daughter doesn't finish with physical health. It finishes when that gorgeous brain of hers is functioning as well as it can be, writes Lisa Bryant.
Yassmin Abdel-Magied To my twelve-year-old self, physical strength was the only visible difference between men and women, writes Yassmin Abdel-Magied.
Olivia Clement *And the deeply cathartic process of disclosing them.
Christine Dinsmore In a time when women didn't have access to safe abortions, unsafe ones still happened, often with repercussions that lasted generations.
Clem Bastow Clem Bastow made a decision to stop feeling guilty about not having the time to cook for herself.
Patrick Lenton As much as people giggle when we tell them about our puppy shrink, the impact she's had on our entire lives has been astounding, writes Patrick Lenton.
Emma Jane Given that this coming Sunday is World Lymphoedema Day, I've decided to come out as a 'lymphomaniac'.
Benjamin Law "I now alternate between the services promiscuously, but I still want to see the taxi industry thrive."
Alice Williams Like children, creativity needs to be nurtured in order to thrive. Must women sacrifice one for the other?
Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen It's an odd kind of sorrow, losing someone you barely knew but who was such an important part of you, writes Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen.
Rosecrans Baldwin How embracing boredom can make the world seem all the more appealing.
Jenna Price 37 years after meeting her mother-in-law, Jenna Price is now on the other side of the fence.
Rebecca Shaw We can't stop drunken men on the street being awful. But we can stop participating in the vicious fatphobic cycle.
Madeleine Dore And this is what happened.
Koraly Dimitriadis: "I am warm, shy and timid. Yet if someone pushes my vulnerability button, I can explode."
Dani Fleisher "At some point, I'd decided I couldn't be OK until he was. I wanted to nurture us both back to life."
Mark Dapin Child soldier-turned-Blacktown lawyer Deng Thiak Adut who touched hearts with his 2016 Australia Day address says derogatory comments by a law professor in 2005 inspired him to succeed.
Dom Knight Dom Knight reminisces about the band he never had, and the rock 'n' roll dreams unfulfilled.
Janice Mac Avoy "To the world, I am a lawyer who had an abortion, and, to myself, I am a lawyer because I had an abortion."
Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen What Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen's fluctuating weight has taught her about thin privilege.
Rebecca Varcoe Why does the prospect of women sharing a home always come with the same warning?
Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen As a teen, Giselle Nguyen took pride in not being a 'typical Asian'. That is, until she learns a heartbreaking truth.
Benjamin Law As far back as i can remember, my new year's resolution has been the same. "From now on, Benjamin, you're going to keep a diary!"
Amy Middleton For Amy Middleton, 2015 was a year of loss, death and grief. And with it, booze and chain-smoking became a daily ritual.
Priscilla Blossom Losing her daughter after a highly traumatic hospital birth left Priscilla Blossom open to anything that might result in a diferent outcome.
Living in exile
Huda Al-Marashi "We wept without a body, without a grave site to focus our attention," writes Huda Al-Marashi.
Saman Shad Why Saman Shad is tired of laughing off pronunciation failures of the lazy and insensitive.
Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen "My heritage shines brightly in my life and yet, I've never been to this place that holds all of my history."
Jenna Price "Occasionally, a Roman will hear me say ciao and immediately start speaking in perfect English."
Sian Jones "When people ask about the work I do, it can be difficult to capture it in just a few words."
Self Made Project
Amy McNeilage When Parker Blain began taking portraits of transgender men, the project was as much about his story as theirs.
Natalie Rose Corrigan What does disability look like? This might seem like an absurd question. But here's why it matters to me.
Claire Vaye Watkins Claire Vaye Watkins admits she used to want people to say 'she writes like a man', which in our culture means 'writes well'.
Heather L. Hughes "I've never had wedding fantasies, not even as a little girl playing dress-up."
Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen "With every new hookup, it became less difficult to relax. I became more confident, caring less about people's opinions."
Girls to Men
Billy-Joe Newington Billy-Joe Newington has become the first person in the world to have phalloplasty surgery filmed and broadcast.
Lisa Bryant "I used to be a writer, an advocate, a consultant, and a mother. Now I am just a mother... I'm the intensive care mum."
Paul Chai Is it true that men are bad at making, and keeping, their friends?
Amanda Hooton: "I've developed what I call a "displacement identifier". I know I'm anxious when I become convinced I'm suffering a terminal illness."
If you have a problem with the way anyone speaks – lisps, accents, impairments or general fabulousness – you're the one with a problem.
The story of my life with a violent crazy man, who hit me, nearly killed me, psychologically destroyed me and mentally drained me, is true and very real.
Laura James Until I was diagnosed with high-functioning autism this summer, I had spent my whole life feeling different.
Koraly Dimitriadis Home is where the heart is - but a broken heart is in even more need of a home, writes Koraly Dimitriadis.
Jenna Price Jenna Price: "I had absolutely no idea what it is I wanted to speak to my mother about. Just that I did."
Maeve Marsden Maeve Marsen goes beyond those well meaning "get a bikini, put it on your body" memes in her first instalment of this summer countdown.
Britni de la Cretaz I'm writing this from an idyllic setting that many people would call "heavenly."
Diane Horvath-Cosper Diane Horvath-Cosper says threats and violence are not the appropriate way to debate.