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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ARTS

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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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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GENDER

Starting out with self-care for gender minorities

Most of the time when we think about self-care we think of fluffy Tumblr posts about drinking green tea and taking a lot of baths. And while there’s nothing wrong with those tips for feeling better (each to their own!), self-care for gender minorities is a thing that is a little more complex than that. […]

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GENDER

On masculinity, sexuality, and inequality in India

The problem Indian society has with women is complex and firmly embedded within cultural norms. In working towards change we need to untangle what it means to be masculine in India, writes Rupinder Dhaliwal India has suffered from a long history of gender inequality but sadly this remains very much an issue today. Female infanticide, […]

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GENDER

I’m transitioning into a transphobic world. Here’s how it’s going

Being a minority in modern day Britain can be tough. You face transphobia, homophobia, biphobia and heteronormativity/cisnormativity on every level. Because of this, it’s understandable that coming to terms with your identity in a society that still praises those who fit the mould can be quite the challenge – and it can take a serious […]

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GENDER

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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