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We Are Here: British BME Women reviewed

If ever there was a perfect time to examine the complexities of the various curds Britishness has congealed into, it’s now. Racism and hate crimes are spiking alongside rising popularity of the alt-right. Just the other day I retweeted a video of the Tories cheering as their vote denied public sector workers a pay rise […]

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Does monogamy count as free love? Future Sex reviewed

“I was single, straight, and female”, Emily Witt begins. She is setting the scene for her compelling and cerebral pursuit of free love; of what it means to be truly sexually satisfied in today’s — or tomorrow’s — day and age. In Future Sex, satisfaction is more than just pleasure, it’s synonymous with liberation. It’s […]

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5 LGBTQ+ authors you should get excited about

The world is not an easy place to live in if you’re a woman; even less so if you’re a woman of colour (WOC) or part of the LGBTQ+ community. If you’re all of the above then it’s practically impossible to live anywhere on this planet without some form of discrimination or oppression. Unless you’re […]

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Trans and non-binary writers to watch

When I decided I wanted to create #Trans, a creative nonfiction anthology, I had one goal in mind: to find as many like-minded trans and nonbinary writers as I could. I’d been working as a freelancer for about three years, focusing mostly in genre fiction, poetry, and nonfiction articles for feminist publications. I’d been accepted […]

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Review: You are a badass (unless you’re fat or mentally ill)

Late last year I went through a particularly tough time. Confidence-wise. Motivation-wise. Just about anything-wise. And so, one day, whilst hurriedly doing my last-minute Christmas shopping, the bold words You Are A Badass caught my attention from all the way across the store. These beckoning words came from a bright yellow book, with the words […]

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Badrinath Ki Dulhania is a must-watch for all feminists

From a very young age, Bollywood films have always played a huge and pivotal role in my life. I have grown up watching them with my dad, mum, and other family members. I had the world’s largest cassette collection from almost every Bollywood film that was released in the 90’s. I know the lyrics and […]

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The ‘problem’ of Sofia Coppola

The trailer for Sofia Coppola’s latest film The Beguiled was released last week amidst much hype. A reimagining of the 1971 Don Siegel film starring Clint Eastwood, this newest work from Coppola will inevitably be divisive, not only because it carries pre-existing cinematic weight on its shoulders, but also because Coppola is a figure that […]

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Review: Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s

There was a time in my life when all I thought or cared about was art. Having idolised the confident, ephemeral gestures of the abstract expressionists at uni, I savoured every ounce of intellectual fodder the world of high modern art allowed. I chewed on concepts as if they were an endless stream of sugarfree […]

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The (com)modification of Frida Kahlo: when meaning gets lost

When art is commodified, it allows people around the world to engage with it beyond a gallery’s walls. But what happens when a painter’s core messages get left behind in favour of decoration, Emma Sutherland asks? Frida Kahlo’s face is everywhere. Though the Mexican painter and cultural icon died in 1954, her works have enjoyed […]

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