Forgotten Women: Zora Neale Hurston

by Kitty Wenham

Forgotten Women is an exclusive series for Aurelia that aims to shine a light on the women who have been consigned to the margins of literary history. 
This week’s spotlight is on Zora Neale Hurston, 1891-1960. 
Zora Neale Hurston began having visions when she was seven years old. Sh…

It's High Time for an Advertising Revolution

by Lily Bichard-Collins
Almost a year after the ASA brought about new reforms to stamp out gender stereotyping in adverts, how much of a difference has this really made?

I look forward to the day that I turn on the television and don’t have to encounter Nicole Scherzinger re-enacting a certain scen…

Fuck You, Donald Trump

by Nicole García Merida

Last week, Donald Trump’s visit to the UK was marked by nationwide groups of protesters taking aim at his presence, his policy, and his personality. 100,000 people marched the streets of the UK on Friday the 13th, with signs that commented on everything from his tiny hands to…

Poetry: The Night's Song (Is a Sad Song)

by Lyla Massey
There is darkness tonight. Everything is slipping away. 
I think this as my child cries in the corner. Rocking chair passed down from my mother. It is solid oak, with dark patches all over. I placed my child there an hour ago. She has been crying since 9 pm.
There is a sadness in the a…

Living Inside A Body That's Not My Own

by Steph Hebdon
I still remember the day I first became ill. Comparable only to a morbid anniversary I’d much rather forget; I was eleven years old, just begun Secondary School, and by all accounts, I’d had a perfectly normal day. My only complaint was the large bruise I’d acquired having clumsily …

There Are No Excuses for Abusive Men

by Lilly-Mae Murphy
Why do people find it so easy to separate the ‘art’ from the ‘artist’ in the cases of abusive men? On the 18th of June, 20-year-old rapper XXXTentacion, born Jahseh Onfroy, was shot dead in Florida. Immediately, all of my social media feeds were filled with people, mainly men, e…

Incredibles 2: Undertones and Gender Roles

by Nicole García Merida
The Incredibles, released in 2004, championed many admirable movements; inclusivity, visibility and equality. The premise of Supers (as superheroes are called within the film) being illegal and forced to go into hiding echoed many minorities’ struggle with political hegemony …