Losing My Sex Drive on Antidepressants

by Nicole García Merida
I was the slut in high school. I was the girl that would get side eyed and ignored the night after a big party once rumours had circled their way around the courtyard. I was learning things about myself every day! Apparently she sucked him off, they’d say. Oh, did I? Must’v…

The Necessity of Literature's 'Flawed Woman'

by Steph Hebdon
Women’s presence in literature is the most prominent it has ever been. Not too long ago, talented women writers were forced to write under pseudonyms, and today, women writers are now able to dominate best-seller lists.
The women who exist within fiction itself have also accumulate…

Sex, Shame and Seventeen Year Old Girls

by Nali Simukulwa
I have had the privilege of coming of age surrounded, almost exclusively, by girls. Since the age of 11, I’ve attended an all-girls school and subsequently, socialised mainly with other young women. Despite the narrative of ‘bitchiness’, with which we are all too familiar, I’ve f…

'Blink'

by Jennifer Hayashi Danns
Is that a mucus plug? I am scared but my pelvis aches and my husband’s shoes don’t fit anymore. Pineapple juice. Raspberry leaf tea. At last, bloody show.  We cram the hospital bag neglected until now. There is no money for a taxi. “I shower, you ATM.” Something is wrong …

Approaching Things Softly: Talia Laing

Talia is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Liverpool currently exploring the art of collage. 
Since graduating University last year, Talia says, "it's been hard trying to focus on making work with the pressures of real-life creeping in. As a child and teen, I made collages out of magaz…

We Should Spend More Time Alone

by Casey Logue
‘I wondered why it was that places are so much lovelier when one is alone.’
It can be hard to be alone. To be alone is to be singular, noticed, vulnerable. We don’t have the protection of a group, or of another person. We don’t have a defence, a second opinion, a wall between us and…

Sasha Grey Taught Me About Kinks and Real Pleasure

by Kya Buller
I spent a long time being virtually obsessed with the very concept of sexual kinks. If you’re not entirely familiar with the term, a ‘kink’ is any kind of sexual fetish, desire or activity outside of our collective understanding of what is ‘socially acceptable’. 
My fascination with …

I Love the Silences of ‘Lady Bird’

by Kaylen Forsyth
A night of transitions spent alone. I was in and out of the tiny toilet at the bottom of the corridor, accompanied by a UTI that seemed to come and go out of nowhere. Journeys back and forth, small transitions as a backdrop to larger ones. A dug out path. Kitchen, toilet, kitchen…

Navigating My Grief, A Pain I Had Thought Impossible

by Ali McClary
As I write this, I listen to the rain outside. I also listen to the house shift like a boat on rough seas. I imagine water dripping down the chimney, seeping through the mortar in the walls. And tonight I feel fine about going down with the ship. There’s a little bit of peace in tha…

The Serial Monogamist: Lessons in Life and Love

by Jenna Campbell
The end of my last relationship felt like utter freefall, and also marked the end of what I often refer to as my reign as the serial monogamist. Until late last year I had spent the best part of a decade coupled up, to varying degrees of success; with some of my relationships act…

Sexiness On My Own Terms

by Kaya Purchase
I’ve always had a weird relationship with sex and, more directly, the concept of sexiness. Sex and me together always seemed like a slapstick comedy duo – ridiculous, embarrassing and hilarious – certainly not aspects that make me feel empowered in the bedroom. I guess growing up …

I Can't Watch the News, I'm Sad Enough Already

by Steph Hebdon
Sitting on a bus not so long ago, I found myself mindlessly scrolling through social media; a distraction from the banality of the journey, and the impending appointment I was reluctant to attend. It was around the time of the abortion bans in both Georgia and Alabama; and, as a re…

We Need to Talk About Women Explorers

by Kaya Purchase
Women explorers: I am obsessed with them. My obsession originally came from reading books written by Victorian travellers such Nellie Bly; a pioneer of world exploration when blank spaces still existed on the map, waiting to be filled. 
Nellie Bly, journalist, inventor and industr…