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Life: The Unofficial Ugly Painting Contest

Canadian author Sheila Heti is about to release a new novel called Motherhood, but since I can’t get my hands on it until May it seems like an opportune moment to look back at her acclaimed novel How Should a Person Be? (2010) and remember how awesome it is.   Part memoir, part novel, part […]

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My Vaj Is Destroyed But I Beat Cancer

On June 6th 2017 the world fell out of my arsehole. Well, that’s what it felt like when I was told I had stage 2B cervical cancer. It wasn’t a shock really. I knew it was coming. Despite my GP’s best efforts to convince me I was just having a really heavy 6-month long period, I […]

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The American Dream and Shirin Neshat

Iranian-born artist Shirin Neshat Last year I went in search of my American Dream®, and taking a flight from Gatwick (wearing ridic summer clothes for September) my boyfriend Sam and I found ourselves in LA.  It was more about locating an In & Out Burger than finding ourselves, and we went in pursuit of the […]

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Complicated Females and True Wo-mance: Redefining the Coming-of-age Genre with Lady Bird

“I wish I could live through something,” laments the titular character in the opening scene of Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig’s solo directorial debut. Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) is a 17-year-old girl teetering on the brink of “adulthood” – inverted commas required here, because I am over a decade older than Gerwig’s protagonist and […]

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Close ties: An Interview with Shibari Rope Bondage Model Sophia Mindus

Sophia Mindus’s Instagram feed is a glorious eye-gasm in celebration of the female form. The majority of the posts which you can admire here are of her tied up and sometimes suspended, because she practices the Japanese art of Shibari rope bondage. The simplicity of the shapes her body creates when tied in rope are satisfying on […]

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Cold snap: 6 women designers to warm up your winter wardrobe

December is upon us. That means the sunset-orange glory of Autumn is over for another year. Trees which once resembled Beyonce in mustard yellow Roberto Cavalli now look more like the child-catcher in his ragged black tailcoat. Gone are the outfits where your scarf’s function was 93% aesthetic; layers are now essential. You probably fall […]

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Frill seeker: 7 reasons to love fashion designer Molly Goddard

Frills are the fun-est thing ever to wear. They inspire visions of Kirsten Dunst rubbing cake into her face as a powdery-wigged Marie Antoinette. Or the worryingly flammable Disney Princess gown your little brother liked to twirl in at birthday parties, accompanied by bemused eyebrows from Uncle Simon. All in all, frills are extravagant, camp, […]

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Homage to Collage: An Interview with Artist Ellie Vandoorne

I was pleased to find Ellie Vandoorne, the artist in question, sat by the window. Armed with my microphone, she hid any hint of disapproval at the suggestion of an impromptu interview. Specialising in mixed media collage work, Vandoorne creates stylised female portraits worthy of the description, “iconic”.

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Full Frontal: An Introduction to Samantha Bee’s Satire Extravaganza

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee is a hard left-leaning news satire extravaganza and is hosted by former Daily Show correspondent Samantha Bee. Thirty minutes long, it features no desk or guests but rather field pieces and standing monologues. Emmy Award-winning for its writing, its first season achieved a rare 100% approval rating from the American review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes. Canadian born Samantha Bee began her career acting and doing sketch comedy.

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An Interview with The Founder of Salomé Magazine

We sat down with Jacs, The Founder of Salomé Literature, a magazine and online community set up in the name of supporting upcoming female writers. ‘It is a message of empowerment, being fierce and brave’, she says. I wanted to create a community as well, I didn’t just want it to be just a magazine.

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