Less Sexualisation, More Sexual Freedom

by Blanca Reyes
Please, stop me if you've heard these alarmingly commonplace assumptions about women before. If you’re a virgin, you’re a prude. If you’re sexually active, you’re probably a slut. Historically, society has seen these ridiculous standards be applied almost exclusively to women a…

Rana Habeeb's Death Failed LGBTQ+ Viewers

by Charlotte Davies
“All my love, always,”
Rana Habeeb whispered to her partner Kate Connor as the last moments of her life slipped away, trapped under the rubble of the Underworld factory collapse on their wedding day. Once again, the bury-your-gays trope has reared its ugly head on one of televis…

Body Image, The Self and Being: Nia Beynon

Nia is a 23 year old freelance designer specialising in illustration and print design, currently working full time as Creative Artworker for Bravissimo and using her free time for freelance work.
Having graduated in 2016 with a Fashion Promotion and Design degree, Nia has been freelancing her work …

Finding My Strength As a Young Muslim Woman

by Shahed Ezaydi
I was raised to know I’m different to men. It has been instilled in me by pretty much every single family member, both here in the UK and back home in Libya. Whilst I understand why my parents have decided to carry on their culture, traditions, and ideologies down – it’s just the …

The Lasting Legacy of Bikini Kill and the Movement They Came From

by Lilly-Mae Murphy
Content Warning: mentions of rape and harrassment

I was fifteen the first time I heard Kathleen Hanna’s shrieking voice, screaming about rape, victim-blaming and abortion. I’d never before heard someone with such purpose and anger in their voice; I thought, this woman must have…

An Ode to The L Word, The Lesbian Drama That Let Us Live

by Nali Simukulwa
If you are a queer woman in the 21st century, chances are you have at least heard of (if not religiously binge watched) the iconic lesbian drama The L Word. Chance also has it, that you, like me, are buzzing with excitement at the announcement of the show’s reboot, largely starri…

The Life Outside of Your Comfort Zone is Beautiful

by Steph Hebdon
I harbour a growing hatred of New Year’s resolutions. By now, it seems as if everyone you know is thoroughly in the swing of their ‘best year yet’. Diets are begun. Newfound, and endlessly thrilling projects are well underway, and delving into any form of social media feels like wa…

Top 100ism: Navigating 'Must-Read' Culture

by Louise Evans •  We compulsively make lists. Bookshops and the internet alike are rife with guidebooks, notebooks and articles advertising the top 100 places, films, and things to do before you die. This is impossible to avoid when it comes to literature. Readers are constantly being shown lists…

Mia Rodriguez: I like to focus on the bizarre, awkward and essentially dreary situations that come with having feelings

Microfiction by Mia Rodriguez
•  "The following excerpts were written in the months that followed a break-up. I was inspired by Dan Rhodes’ brilliant short story collection Anthropology and Jessie Cave’s self-deprecating and hilarious illustrations. Love, sex and dating are a messy bunch. The…