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We need to stop slut-shaming gay men

Do you know how many people you’ve slept with? 10? 20? Well, according to a 2010 study the average number of female sexual partners for men is 9.3. For women, the average is 4.7 male partners. I don’t know anyone who has had sex with .3 or .7 of a person but it does seem […]

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Why I love being trans: 5 positives about being a trans man

Coming out isn’t a new concept to me. In the past 6 years I’ve come out as a bisexual woman, a gay woman, a queer non-binary person, and now, a queer trans man. After all of this, I thought I’d experienced all of the responses a person can get after coming out: excitement, confusion, anger, […]

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Am I gay or just experimenting? On biphobia

We seem to live in a world where some people find it easier to believe in the existence of dragons (they’re just dinosaurs that breathe fire, after all!) than that bisexuality is a valid sexual orientation. Everyone has their own personal idea of what being bisexual is, but what does the term really mean? It’s […]

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A trendy time to be transgender?

Harmonie Faerielove strides into Angel’s The York pub with the air of someone who has oozed confidence from the moment of birth. With her arms outstretched she laughs openly, unashamedly filling the somewhat empty pub with the sound of her voice. “I haven’t been here for such a long time,” she exclaims. “Let’s get drinks.” […]

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Inside another’s skin: introducing non-binary sexuality

Society believes it has sexuality and gender all figured out. You can either be gay, straight or bisexual. You can be male or female. That all seems simple. Well, this is where society, and maybe you, would be wrong. There is, in fact, a whole underworld of sexualities and genders that most probably haven’t heard […]

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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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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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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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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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