SHORT & SWEET

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Columnist - with DR MELISSA KANG

For 23 years, you were the ex­pert on Dolly mag­a­zine’s ad­vice col­umn, Dolly Doc­tor. Were the ques­tions real? That’s what

I get asked the most, and the an­swer is ab­so­lutely yes.

Did any ques­tion ever stand out to you?

Some did be­cause they were just so out of left field. They were bizarre, phys­i­cal things that I thought didn’t make sense!

Many re­mem­ber the sec­tion as sealed.

In the early noughties, it was un­sealed. Was that a good thing?

Well, I’m old enough to know it wasn’t sealed when I started writ­ing Dolly Doc­tor. It was only sealed for a few years. My view is that it never needed to be sealed. Seal­ing it makes it spe­cial and ex­cit­ing, but it can also be “You shouldn’t be read­ing this.” And that’s not the case. It’s not some­thing we should hide from.

What does it mean to you to have been the Dolly Doc­tor?

It was such a priv­i­lege and it’s so sad to have left that [Dolly closed in 2016]. Two weeks ago I was on a panel, and when I told the au­di­ence I’d been the Dolly Doc­tor, there was a loud gasp [laughs]. That was nice.

Wel­come To Your Pe­riod by Melissa Kang and Yumi Stynes (Hardie Grant, $19.99) is out now.

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