ARTS

Review: Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s

There was a time in my life when all I thought or cared about was art. Having idolised the confident, ephemeral gestures of the abstract expressionists at uni, I savoured every ounce of intellectual fodder the world of high modern art allowed. I chewed on concepts as if they were an endless stream of sugarfree […]

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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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IN THE NEWS

Double standards, not science, are holding back the male pill

Acne, soreness, and mood swings. These are some of the side effects of the recently trialled contraceptive for men. They are also some of the side effects experienced by women who use birth control. Only the latter is publicly available. The trial comprised 320 men in ten different locations worldwide who received injections to reduce […]

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IN THE NEWS

Dear Sirs, we need to talk about women

Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time there was a magic circle law firm called Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. In September this year the firm decided to bar its lawyers from starting emails and documents with “Dear Sirs”, instead introducing the more inclusive “Dear Sir or Madam”. And Lo, all the women rose […]

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IN THE NEWS

Civil partnerships: we need the right to reject marriage

It’s mid-morning on a Friday, and we’re in a registry office in Douglas – the capital of the Isle of Man. Two witnesses are present for the civil partnership ceremony of an opposite-sex couple, Adeline Cosson and Kieran Hodgson. They are the first heterosexual couple to get a civil partnership in the British Isles after […]

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GENDER

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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GENDER

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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GENDER

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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GENDER

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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