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…

Learning to Navigate White Friendships as an Act of Self-Preservation

by Halima Jibril
It was Thursday night, and I was indulging in one of my favourite late night activities, binge-watching The Bold Type. This is one of my favourite television shows of all time: not only does it discuss important topics such as the BRCA cancer gene, politics, feminism and lesbian i…

Taking Accountability Is an Essential Act

by Lilly-Mae Murphy
How quick are you to demand an apology from someone who you feel has treated you badly? Do you seek relief in them admitting that they were wrong and accepting responsibility? 
If your answers were along the lines of 'very quick!' and 'yes!' - why don’t you do t…

I Refuse to Let My Father's Shame Continue

by Tallulah Brennan
It was James Baldwin that said, “You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read.”
It’s hard to know where to start with Édouard Louis’s latest book, Who Killed My Father, but I could do worse than to refer to the genius …

No One Will Make You Feel Anything Until You Feel It For Yourself and Other Revisions

by Nicole García Merida
This is a reviewed and edited list from a tumblr post I wrote as an angsty 17-year-old. It accumulated over 10,000 notes which led me to believe I had something big and important to say. Now, as an angsty 21-year-old, I have chosen to add to it, because I still have big and…

I Stand Against the Barbaric Abortion Bills

by Isabel Rodger
You heard it on the news. You maybe scrolled past it on Twitter. But you certainly didn’t hope it was going to spark such a devastatingly regressive trend. First it was Georgia. “Six weeks?” I stammered to my mum. “That’s like realising you’re two weeks late for your period.” Toda…

I Don't Want to Feel Unremarkable

by Halima Jibril
Teenagehood, for all of its wonder, is a complex and intense part of everyone's life. We have thoughts that we can't explain and feelings that we would, frankly, rather not feel. We’re  fed a narrative through TV, films and music that we will eventually get to do all the e…