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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SEX

Why sex isn’t a compulsory part of being a woman

There is a common theme that exists throughout most Western popular culture and media productions that surround us on a daily basis: the sexualisation of women. Chart-topping songs, high-grossing films, award-winning television series, and many more aspects of popular culture lean into this proclivity to depict women as only good for one thing. Sexualisation damages […]

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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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SEX

Proposed porn ban seeks to censor women’s pleasure

Among the other junk that happened in November 2016, legislation was considered by parliament that would regulate the world of online porn. And by regulate I mean ban a number of selected “non-conventional” sexual acts. I get it: let’s all cough loudly, look the other way and pretend this has nothing to do with us. […]

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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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SEX

Sex robots could usher in a dark time for women

2016 has been a bit mad. Don’t worry, this isn’t going to be some sentimental look back on the (almost) gone year; on what has and what could’ve been. As we look onward to 2017 however it’s hard not to reflect on what a ride 2016 has been. I mean, this will most likely be […]

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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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GENDER

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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