SEX

Can we save the heterosexual female orgasm?

Another year, another ‘breakthrough’ in better understanding the female orgasm. And against a backlog of speculation as to whether or not female ejaculation exists and broad figures that inform women how likely they are to enjoy sex, 2017 has not disappointed. In February, the BBC informed us that apparently heterosexual women have fewer orgasms than […]

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IN THE NEWS

The kidnapped brides of Kyrgyzstan

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine sent me an extremely frightening video from Russian publication In the Now. I watched as young women were being seized in broad daylight from the streets of Kyrgyzstan, central Asia, and thrown into cars. I watched in shock, and it wasn’t long before there were tears streaming […]

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GENDER

Gay conversion therapy is still happening

Pray the gay away, ex-gay ministries, and homosexual re-conditioning – all form a deceptive and dangerous homophobic rhetoric masquerading as medical treatment. These therapies claim to rid an individual of their perverse gay ‘demons’; a means to free them to pursue the ‘rightful’ union between man and woman. On paper, these concepts are hard to […]

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GENDER

What does being queer have to do with mental health?

Looking back at the numerous queer/trans people I’ve befriended and spoken to over the years, it’s become staggeringly clear that mental illness is something that occurs a lot within the LGBT+ community. Figures and studies from recent years show that queer people are more likely to experience higher rates of depression, anxiety, and suicidal feelings […]

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GENDER

What we talk about when we talk about trans people

Earlier this year, a professor at my university invited me out to drinks with herself and a visiting scholar. I don’t drink, but I went anyway because I was interested in the visiting scholar’s work on identity in games. When it came time to share what I researched, though, I grew worried. “Transgender representation,” I […]

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GENDER

Being asexual in a sexualised society

Author’s note: The ideas discussed below are subjective and refer to my personal experiences as an asexual individual. They in no way express the experience of every asexual individual but aim to raise awareness of being an asexual in a sexualised society. The act of discussing asexuality is not a new thing, but it’s an […]

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GENDER

The changing social status of India’s hijra community

The Trump administration’s regressive challenge to transgender rights, through trying to curtail US students’ freedom to use a bathroom of their choosing, isn’t just a setback in American politics. It’s a prominent reminder that from nation to nation, the fight to end discrimination continues. In India, trans communities have a renowned history. Hijra, roughly translating […]

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IN THE NEWS

On the Muslim ban that connected us

My personal thoughts on Donald Trump’s controversial Muslim travel ban have been diluted as I have been force-fed headlines and opinions announced across media outlets. I still hadn’t come to terms with the fact that the ban had come into fruition, let alone formed any personal judgement on it. I felt a whirlwind of emotions. […]

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GENDER

Challenging the need to come out in a heterosexual society

The act of coming out enforces heteronormative systems of classification that reduce gender and identity into a normal/not normal dichotomy. This isn’t good enough, writes Rhianna Goozee “Why the hell can’t society stay out of my happiness and stop tarring it with its own concerns that really have nothing to do with me or my […]

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