This Woman's Pain Could Kill You
By Gemma Carey
There is an image I’ll never rid myself of: my mother clinging to a wall to regain her balance, lost to a brain tumor, crying and telling me I must be a more forgiving daughter.
I took a man to court and had him placed on the child sex offender register when I was seventeen, and I did it without telling a soul.
These are fragments of a story I’m still trying to work out how to tell.
• • •
I think about Lolita sometimes. I wonder about how much damage interpretations like this “older-man seductive-young-girl” cliché, do. Not just to whether people can hear, really hear, the stories of young women but also to how those women narrate those stories to themselves.
About the Author
Gemma Carey is an Australian-based researcher with a PhD in social policy reform. She has published Grassroots to Government with University of Melbourne Press (2016) and Creating and Implementing Public Policy with Routledge New York (2015), amongst other titles. She is the 2017 ACT Tall Poppy for Science Communication and winner of the Eileen Plant Medal for contributions to policy debate. Her work has been published in Croakey, The Mandarin, Insight and has been featured on ABC Radio and by Australia 21.
TO READ THE REST OF THIS STORY, BUY THE JANUARY 2018 ISSUE HERE