ARTS

Man tears, lad chat, and Men Cry reviewed

When we talk about feminism, we’re talking about a lot of things. We’re talking about women, of course; of their oppression and how we can fight to have them seen in equal stead to men in every which way. We’re also talking about men, which sadly is something most people either don’t know or deny […]

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GENDER

An open letter to pink (the colour)

Hey pink, I’d love to know how it feels to have been made what seems to be the universal colour of ‘girl’. I’m not really sure how it happened, but anything to do with you is almost always smeared with adjectives like ‘girly’ and ‘feminine’. You’re the colour of flesh; the natural canvas which holds […]

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GENDER

What’s the big deal about branded feminism?

Feminism — or rather, a selective reading of it — is pretty on trend at the moment. With ‘celebrity feminist’ becoming a more mainstream term, pop culture makers injecting more and more feminist currents into their work (shout to Queen Bey), this bright horizon may seem the one that’ll finally sway the masses to our […]

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ARTS

Strange and familiar reviewed: clever cliché at the Barbican

Photography has always been a medium I’ve struggled with. By nature, it’s a tool imbued with more seeming authenticity than other forms of art — a lens for documentary that doesn’t express the same subjectivity of, say, a canvas made choppy in the name of abstract expressionism. What I struggle with is what I’m meant […]

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ARTS

Can dick pics be art? Meet the good, the bad, and the ugly

From invisible to funny, and abusive to bewildering, there are spades of words used to talk about dick pics. Yes, the ‘cheeky’ snaps boys take of their willies to send to other people — usually unsolicited, typically unwelcome. But as well as being an evergreen talisman of garish lad culture, unwanted dick pics are expressions […]

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GENDER

Is it really a choice? On our ‘right’ to be domestic

An article was recently posted on a website called the The Odyssey Online, and the title of it made me really mad. So mad, in fact, that I put off reading it for a few days until I was hungover enough to soften the searing frustration I knew would ensue from doing so. The article […]

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ARTS

How to write like a girl: 5 things I learned from feminist writing

As anyone who labels themselves a feminist knows, the second you attach that word to yourself things change. Friends and colleagues may look at you differently: some with admiration, but most typically with a curious, slightly unsavoury kind of surprise. “I didn’t know you were political”, they might say. “Why are you so angry?” As […]

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IN THE NEWS

Decriminalise prostitution? Why we agree with Jeremy Corbyn

I know, at first it sounds bad, right — decriminalise the sex industry. Make legal the exploitation of women who need the money, make it ‘okay’ for access to their bodies be something that’s bought and sold? Sounds an awful lot like condoning both the existence of the sex industry, and what it’s about. So […]

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