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Talking About Sexual Consent

Posted by Erin Fischer on

Sexual consent has become a big topic of interest and only more so with the “me too” movement. More recently it has made news with new consent laws coming into place in NSW. Which poses the question will all the other states follow suit?

Sexual consent is the permission given to do anything of sexual nature. In Australia, we have laws regarding sexual consent including the age of consent. These laws are set by each state and slightly vary. An example of this is the age of consent. In all states except for Tasmania and South Australia the age of consent is 16, in Tasmania and South Australia however the age of consent is 17. This means that it is against the law to have sex with someone who is under that age and doing so is a criminal offence. 

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Dear Evan Hansen: What it Gets Right and Wrong About Mental Illness

Posted by Erin Fischer on

Mental illness has long been a topic of movies and as was mentioned last week, TV shows. This week another film can be added to the list of movies using mental illness as a theme, Dear Evan Hansen. This is the film version of the Tony Award Winning musical of the same name.

The basic storyline of the film/musical is that Evan Hansen (played by Ben Platt who was the first to play the role on Broadway) is a teenager suffering from social anxiety disorder and his therapist has asked to write letters to himself to boost his self-esteem. One day while writing one on a computer in the school library he accidentally presses print and it’s discovered by Connor, a student who is also suffering from his own mental health battles who takes the letter moments after signing Evan’s cast to prove that they both have friends. A few days later Connor kills himself and his parents find the letter and believe that Connor and Evan were friends, and that Connor was the one who wrote the letter for Evan as a final note. Evan decides to go along with this assumption and even embellishes it to make it seem like they were best friends. Evan finds the love and acceptance he’s always wanted but it’s built on a lie.

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Mental Health Profile: Jocelyn

Posted by Erin Fischer on

Starting today and over the coming weeks and months here at Barty we will profiling people who have either gone through mental health struggles, going through struggles or have a unique perspective on mental health. This is because it can be hard to spot those who are going through mental illness and in order to reduce the stigma surrounding it we must talk about it. 

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Is Coffee Science Plateauing?

Posted by Nathaniel Fleming on

With a limited range of brewing, roasting, and processing technology (and ways of using them), coffee science needs innovators and breakthroughs to grow our collective knowledge. Just like any innovation in science, without breaking the rules, our coffee knowledge could plateau and fizzle. Without new innovations, we are reaching a plateau with traditional brewing methods: espresso, drip coffee, and everything in between. Sure, there are some bright minds who will blow us all away with genius takes on traditional methods, such as Tetsu Kasuya’s 4-6 Pour Over Method, but there is a human extent to perfection when using the same tools...

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How to Notice When Someone is Struggling

Posted by Erin Fischer on

In this day and age, it can be so easy to be focused on yourself and not notice when people are struggling. It can also be hard to notice when people are struggling as let’s be honest no one wants to ask for help or look like they need it. There are some signs to look for that can indicate if someone is struggling and while it might take a while to see them to begin with, eventually it will become second nature to you.

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