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The Invisibility of Beauty

A quick Google search (AKA the most accurate of all the research methods) for ‘natural beauty looks’ brings up 19.6 million results. NINETEEN MILLION. That’s a lot. At some point as a society, we decided that a woman’s natural face was unacceptable, and thus makeup was born (probably. I’ve not …

The Art of Getting Bi: Feeling ‘Valid’ In Queer Spaces

Queer spaces are the most fun places I’ve ever been. Pride festivals, gay villages, social gatherings specifically for LGBTQ+ folk… there’s always a brilliant atmosphere, fantastic music and of course, copious amounts of glitter and rainbows. But something that often niggles at the back of my mind is the feeling …

Can You Believe How Fat She Got?

Trigger Warning: This article contains mention of eating disorders and depression. — Fat is a pretty heavy word. It is spat like venom, mouthed across rooms, and even gasped in horror. One syllable that has engulfed conversation after conversation, has pulled focus of the masses. “I feel so fat,” someone says …

Pockets Are A Tool Of The Patriarchy

“I love your dress” “Thanks, it has pockets!” How many times have you heard this exchange? Chances are if you’re a dress wearer you’ve probably exclaimed the latter yourself.  You also probably squealed in excitement in the store when you realised this item of clothing you already loved had the …

Virginity is a Social Construct

The concept of virginity is a shitty, heteronormative social construct and I’m going to tell you why. For many people, the definition of ‘losing your virginity’ is a penetrative act between someone with a penis and someone with a vagina. Physically, many would describe a ‘breaking’ of something. On a …

When Art is Lost: Overcoming Creative Block

As a person that writes and occasionally likes to make things, I know all too well the dreaded wall that creators occasionally hit–when the ideas stop coming and you question everything you’ve made in the past. I often look back on poetry or videos I have made and cringe because …

A Book of Women’s Work–Written by a Man

I inherited many things from my grandmother; antique scales, art deco sherry glasses, a widow’s peak and of course, a Household Encyclopedia, which is the subject of today’s conversation. The Household Encyclopedia (HE), edited by a Mr William H. Steer, is a one-stop shop for all of ye olde housewifery …

Up-cycle Your Style – Pearl Embellished Jeans

​I love fashion. I love my style, my pop culture inspiration and my collection of leather jackets (heavily influenced by Buffy the Vampire Slayer). The problem with being your own fashionista is that not only are your styles and tastes ever changing, but it can be damn well expensive to …

You Don’t Have to be a Girl Boss

I’m not ambitious. It’s one of those things that I’ll always admit with the tiniest bit of shame–it feels like a flaw or a shortcoming that I ought to keep hidden. My lack of aspiration definitely seems like it should be kept secret. Ever since I was young, people would …

Phone Sex with a Twist – An Interview with Nicole Solomon

Nicole Solomon is a Brooklyn based writer, filmmaker and phone sex worker who has managed to combine these skills to create award winning short film Small Talk, depicting phone sex work with a twist. Having worked in the phone sex industry for years, Solomon has taken that experience and turned it …