GENDER

What Crash Bandicoot taught me about internalised misogyny

As a child I loved being called a tomboy. Before the age of 12 I refused to wear dresses or skirts unless I absolutely had to (my aunt’s wedding, for example). I ran and shouted and traded Pokémon cards with my male cousins and little sister. What no-one called my rejection of all things feminine […]

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ARTS

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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ARTS

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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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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ARTS

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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IN THE NEWS

Dear Sirs, we need to talk about women

Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time there was a magic circle law firm called Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. In September this year the firm decided to bar its lawyers from starting emails and documents with “Dear Sirs”, instead introducing the more inclusive “Dear Sir or Madam”. And Lo, all the women rose […]

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GENDER

Is there a right way to do feminist rage?

Feminist rage is a double-edged sword. Women need it, and have needed it for as long as the world has been an unjust place for us. Without it, key battles for women’s rights wouldn’t have been won. Imagine what would happen if the women’s vote was withheld from the upcoming US election? Someone very kindly […]

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IN THE NEWS

Can start ups help bridge the gender pay gap?

Last week, the Institute for Fiscal Studies found that the gender pay gap in the UK was on average, 18%. When women become mothers, this figure widens over 12 years after the birth of their first child, only to end as a 33% gap in pay per hour. Plus, if you’re a male manager, you’re […]

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SEX

What we’re not saying when we talk about the female orgasm

The female orgasm has been talked about in the papers plenty in this past week. And for good reason: The Journal of Experimental Zoology published a study hinting at a breakthrough in determining its evolutionary origins. It seems it all began over 150 million years ago, from a mechanism in mammals when ovulating after sex. […]

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