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The Pregnancy Diaries: Part Two

PREGNANCY: WEEKS FOURTEEN TO TWENTY-FOUR I’m a feminist but… I’m a feminist but (#theguiltyfeminist) I’m quite enjoying the fact that people (mostly men) want to lift, move, get and do stuff for me because I’m pregnant. And even though I’m perfectly capable of lifting, moving, getting and doing, I’m accepting all offers because I believe […]

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Book Review: Slutever (Dispatches from a Sexually Autonomous Woman in a Post-Shame World)

OK, first of all, it seems (unfortunately) we’re not quite ‘post-shame’ yet, because when I asked my dad to enquire about this paperback he returned empty handed claiming he was reluctant to say the word ‘slut’ out loud at Waterstone’s. Perhaps if enough of us read this semi-autobiographical compendium of sex anecdotes, one day we’ll […]

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8 Reasons Mhairi Black is the baddest babe on the isles

There’s never been anyone like Mhairi Black in UK politics, or anywhere else as a matter of fact. Here’s why everyone from Stornoway to St Ives should know who the hell she is. 1) No one puts baby in the corner Mhairi is the youngest person to take a seat in Parliament since Christopher Monck […]

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The Pregnancy Diaries: Part One

EXPECTATIONS V REALITY I was going to be a sensual Earth mother who only put wholesome organic things into my body. My hair was going to be radiant and my skin was going to glow. I was going to be the best version of myself. The reality has been that I more closely resemble a […]

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Fatima Al Qadiri: Queen of my Art

I don’t know where to start with Fatima Al Qadiri. I’ve been fascinated by her for going on five years, for reasons including and aside from her work. I’ll try to give you the bare bones of it. Back when I was working as a content moderator on an ‘x-rated’ gay dating channel, my colleagues […]

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Erika Lust’s X Confessions: Finally some porn I want to watch

I’m well up for porn. Though having an extremely vivid imagination means I can frolic with John Boyega and the cast of Magic Mike unimpeded by firewalls, and while the joy of a solo orgasm occasionally suffices without so much as a nipple crossing my mind, pornography still has a place in my life. When […]

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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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