SEX

Hollywood doesn’t want you to climax

When Blue Valentine was released in 2010 it was hailed as raw, honest, beautiful, and emotionally provoking. It was also rated NC-17 across American cinemas. That’s a rating reserved for pornographic content. Pornographic. As in full-on, explicit, and with an excess of nudity and sex. This was the rating which the board decided to stamp […]

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ARTS

The (com)modification of Frida Kahlo: when meaning gets lost

When art is commodified, it allows people around the world to engage with it beyond a gallery’s walls. But what happens when a painter’s core messages get left behind in favour of decoration, Emma Sutherland asks? Frida Kahlo’s face is everywhere. Though the Mexican painter and cultural icon died in 1954, her works have enjoyed […]

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ARTS

Women’s health on film: how Mike Leigh changed the game

Cinematic representations of women’s health conditions have a history of gesturing towards the abject and horrific. Mike Leigh’s Secrets and Lies (1996) reminds us that this way need not be the only way. Mike Leigh’s award-winning Secrets and Lies (1996) turns twenty years old this year and it remains a film about big ideas. The […]

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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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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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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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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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