Author: Becki Jayne Crossley

Bisexual Identities, Erasure and Representation: An Interview with Nichi Hodgson

At Student Pride 2018, The Nopebook had the pleasure of sitting down with Nichi Hodgson, journalist, sex educator, ex-dominatrix and one of the panellists for the event’s bisexuality discussion on bi representation, erasure and allyship. As a public figure and openly bisexual woman, Nichi offers her insight into bisexual representation, erasure …

Celebrating the Under-Represented at Student Pride

This weekend marked the 13th annual National Student Pride festival, hosted at the University of Westminster in London during the UK’s LGBTQ+ history month. With panels tackling issues such as LGBTQ+ homelessness, bisexuality and being beyond the gender binary, Student Pride centred the often under-represented letters of the LGBTQ acronym at the event …

Does ‘Kink’ Belong in the LGBTQ+ Alphabet?

A ‘K’ has been added to the LGBTQ+ alphabet, and not everyone is particularly happy about it. The ‘K’, added onto the full acronym LGBTQQICAPF2K+, stands for ‘kink’, and while no one is against kinks and fetishes in general (as with anything, as long as it’s safe and consensual then anything …

Start Your Engines… A Brief Introduction to Drag

As a cis queer woman and a fan of drag performances, I thoroughly enjoy drag as a form of entertainment but wanted to find out more drag culture, looking into the origins and talking with drag queens about their experiences and opinions. Over a series of articles, I’ll be looking at …

J K Rowling Chooses Not What is Right, but What is Easy

Trigger warning: this piece contains discussions of abuse, assault and the allegations against Johnny Depp. Here follows an understatement: I am mad. J K Rowling today broke her silence on the casting, and continued casting, of Johnny Depp in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – the spinoff of …

Here’s to the Silence Breakers (and the Dawn of a New Age?)

There’s a question that’s been asked in hushed, don’t-jinx-it tones since the Weinstein case broke and the floodgates opened. Something that we’ve always thought out of reach, because it was just ‘the way things are’, but is now starting to seem like a plausible reality. On social media platforms, in …

Great British Bake Off Recap: The Final

Hands up who’s still sporting their I Survived Halloween 2017 Without Prue Leith Ruining the Bake Off Final For Me badge? It’s Channel 4’s debut Bake Off Final and, before it’s even started, someone’s already dropped a clanger (and it wasn’t Kate this time).  It’s a shame, although it did …

Great British Bake Off Recap Semi Final: Patisserie

It’s the semi-final of the Great British Bake Off, and in honour of the occasion Noel is urging a chicken called Michael to lay an egg. You know, I really wasn’t sure going into this, but I really have come to appreciate Noel as a Bake Off presenter. Not sure …

52 Films by Women: Halloween Special

Every month our writers will be submitting their fave films written and/or directed by women, one for every week of the year – and for October, we’re looking at our favourite horrors! Have any suggestions? Tweet us @The_Nopebook with the hashtag #52FilmsbyWomen or email our Screen Queen at media@thenopebook.com Buffy the Vampire Slayer …

Is Skinnypigs Fitness Empowering or Demeaning Women?

Trigger warning: Discussion of weight loss — At the beginning of the week, you probably hadn’t heard of Newcastle-based women’s fitness company, Skinnypigs Fitness. Thanks to a questionable banner and subsequent backlash on Twitter, however, that may now have changed. Earlier this week, an image of the fitness company’s banner circulated …