Emma Jane This is a story about a surprise vagina-ectomy. It's also a story about an abnormal pap smear.
Hannah Betts Dinner parties can often be a bore, but there are few things more tedious than being the lone renter at the table.
Benjamin Law My superpower is: I can make things disappear.
Jenna Price If you appreciate the people who look after you – in any way – let them know.
Melanie Maizels Hysterectomy. Mastectomy. Mammogram. These are words that have never been part of my daily vocabulary until now.
Andrea Catherwood I was in my 20s, and I thought it was the perfect symbol of my time in Asia. You know how the rest goes.
Ruby Hamad Rule number one of 'brag thread': Brag must be directly about you. None of this deflection B.S.
Benjamin Law It's so disorientating visiting your old high school as an adult. But it can also be a pleasant surprise.
Lonnae O'Neal Sometimes we lie about what we want because we don't know whether we have what it takes to get it.
Chelsea Brunckhorst It started with period pains. Not the kind you mask with a false smile and pop of Panadol, but the sort that leaves you in a crying mess on the floor.
Benjamin Law By the end of the day, I'd learnt a lot, but also felt embarrassed by how little I'd known about my own country's First People.
Carly Findlay Much to some well-meaning folks' surprise, constantly being mistaken for someone else can be tiring.
Bitchy resting face
Clem Bastow Should you correct your 'resting bitch face' or celebrate it?
Frank Bruni The one thing guaranteed to make you bond with friends and family.
Jenna Price Anyone who has ever experienced racism will know how terrifying Border Force's Operation Fortitude could be.
Ruth Tam We are increasingly interested where are food comes from. Surely, that should extend to a meal's cultural roots, right?
Maggie Galehouse After living decades as a Hasidic Jew, Leah Lax started dreaming of a different life.
Rebecca Schatz "I remember what it feels like to be single, because it wasn't that long ago."
Susan Berg Susan Berg's life was torn apart when her family drowned in a boating accident. Here, she describes her slow journey back to happiness.
Rosemarie Milsom Jessica Rowe has endured a challenging childhood, personal setbacks and public humiliation. But she won't be kept down.
Benjamin Law I left my first day at the American Museum of Natural History with a grin on my face. But I also felt weirdly melancholy.
Carly Findlay "I learnt there was a wider world out there - and people were nicer than I'd experienced at school," writes Carly Findlay.
Maeve Marsden A shot at $250,000 and overnight fame isn't as lucrative as it seems.
Jo Hartley Jo Hartley can identify with Modern Family actress Ariel Winter's decision to have breast reduction surgery.
It gets better
Benjamin Law "My 'youth' years were my ugliest, an era in which I'd scan every room I entered and ask myself whether I had the worst acne in the room."
Julie Stevens* To see the grey area in drug addiction can be overwhelming. But that is what I ask here.
The joy of ageing
Dominique Browning This line is about to become my personal mantra, writes Dominique Browning.
Louisa Pritchard Louisa Pritchard is full of admiration that Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan have helped to break the taboo surrounding the loss of a baby.
Jennifer Klinec "In Iran, there are women for fun and women for marriage. I was not in the latter category."
Claire Cohen When it comes to family hierarchy, we all have our set roles. Which is why I'd gladly change places with any younger sister.
Ruth Skilbeck Dissociative fugue is a rare psychological condition that causes people to forget who they are, their past life, where they come from, and their family.
Amy Middleton *From someone who's been there.
Jamie Brickhouse I was a proud gay man, but I hid a terrible shame. I came out slowly until I could do the unthinkable: Tell my dad.
Elizabeth King After almost four years of estrangement, I've let my older sister back into my life again.
Kasey Edwards A new study reveals the psychology behind the domestic work divide.
Carly Findlay Growing up, Lilith Black was the face of a large disability organisation. But the experience was ultimately damaging.
Hoa Pham "I have had two postnatal psychotic episodes. The first when my eldest child was six weeks old. And another after my second child was born."
Helene Young Helene Young has given up flying, but her heart still soars at the memory of her days as a pilot.
Best Friends Forever
Robyn Doreian and Erin O'Dwyer Why do some friendships endure? Robyn Doreian and Erin O'Dwyer talk to BFFs who have gone the distance.
Clem Bastow How the answer affects your happiness and self-worth.
Maeve Marsden "People are so conditioned to equate 'fat' with 'bad', they can't tell a woman she looks good without providing size-based commentary," writes Maeve Marsden.
Maeve Marsden Maeve Marsden won't be watching the Matildas on Saturday, but when it comes to actually playing sport, she's an evangelist.
Janice Fuller-Roberts Understanding the mindset of a victim of domestic violence is almost impossible to do. Unless, like this writer, you’ve been one.
Carly Findlay Carly Findlay: "You've inspired me to think about disability and genetics and the value of a life."
Beck Eleven Naomi Jacobs, 32, woke up one morning thinking she was 15. And she'd forgotten her son.
Benjamin Law While my clumsiness can come across as hilarious, it can actually hurt those around me.
Keira Baker The best thing about not being a "screenager" is that I don't have an online persona to keep up.
Catherine Rodie Meet three women who transformed their lives after the milestone of turning 40.
Kate Doak Although awareness and acceptance is growing, transgender women like Kate Doak remain under immense pressure to pass the appearance test.
Daniel Flitton Domestic violence is almost a uniform experience in families where Indigenous children are removed from their families.
Sarah Whyte Walls might not talk, but the objects we adorn them with are a window on our personalities.
Kristin U. There's just one little word we use to undermine ourselves.
Mia Timpano Even after we grow up, navigating friendships can be a political minefield.
A Shared Body
Katie Racine These aren't my hips, breasts, calves, skin, or hair. They don't tell my story.
Benjamin Law It's not a coincidence that I stopped partying around the time my friends started having babies, writes Ben Law.
Lindsay Nicholson It's only when you confront imminent mortality that you appreciate the blessings of an ordinary day at the office.
Benjamin Law My body may be young, but my soul is that of an irritated pensioner named Beryl.
Jo Stanley No matter how happy we might be, it's impossible to summarise our life into a tidy top-three achievements.
Jane Rocca Turning 60 does not have to mean joining the sensible shoes and slacks brigade. Meet three women who walk on the wild side.
Adele Levine As the non-biological one of two mums, Adele Levine will take any praise she gets (even a Father's Day card).