Poetry Corner: We Are Not Made to Settle

Words by Fran Carruthers Our lives spun from flimsy threads Like spider webs, we danced, Chaotic with the possibility Of a dew-soaked morning, We climbed between rungs Willing storms to come. We were not made to settle. We were not made to create Silvery cocoons from kitchen spoons Or retire into dusty corners, To stare…

Normal People: intimacy, pain and THAT silver chain

Words by Emma McCormack Normal People was the hug we were all longing for. It was tenderly served up over 12 beautiful 20-minute portions, each one an authentic study of love, sex, gender balance and struggle. This salacious adaptation of Sally Rooney’s beloved 2019 Irish novel is testament to the potential of television as an…

A month in review: Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

Words by Rosily Roberts Reading Lisa Taddeo’s Three Women, it’s easy to forget that it’s a work of non-fiction. It reads as a novel, replete with the necessary cliff hangers and shocking twists that we now expect from bestselling fiction. Easily the most gripping book I read last year, I found myself hoping for red…

The ‘psycho ex’ trope: why is it so gendered?

Words by Stefanie Ferguson and Florence Reeves-White For centuries women have been called ‘hysterical’. From Salem to the Suffragettes, women’s feelings have been invalidated and ridiculed in the name of silencing them. The ‘psycho ex’ trope is repeatedly cemented in public discourse, with the bunny boiler in ‘Fatal Attraction’ providing an iconic example of how…

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Fashion Revolution Week: Reflections on consumerism in the midst of a crisis

Words by Rosily Roberts Fashion Revolution Week happens every year in the week surrounding the 24th of April, the anniversary of the 2013 Rana Plaza disaster, when a factory making fast fashion in Bangladesh collapsed, killing 1,138 people and injuring over 2,000 more. It was the fourth largest industrial disaster in history, and the vast…

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Working Women: Five minutes with Nyayo magazine’s editor

As part of our Working Women series, we spoke to the editor of Nyayo magazine, Gemma D’Souza. Gemma provides the perfect paradigm of young female success, and her story is all the more heartening after hearing about the sexism she’s overcome to establish herself. The word ‘Nyayo’ in Swahili directly translates to footprints. Gemma’s magazine…

A month in review: Zami by Audre Lorde

Words by Alex Newell Audre Lorde is self-described as a “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” and her writing powerfully reflects the intersections of her own identity. Zami: A New Spelling of My Name chronicles Lorde’s evolution from child to adult, heteronormative to queer, and from new partners to familiar heartbreak. Lorde masterfully invites you into…

Poetry Corner: Why Me?

Words by Maddy Bloxham Why?The question I ask myself weekly,daily,hourly. I look at you, up at your mesmerising facewhich I lose myself inI look again because I can’t pull my gaze away.one more lookand I’m still conscious and confused. Why do you choose to look at me?There’s no part of melet alone my face,for you…

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Comparison culture: Learning to resist in an age of optimisation

Words by Emma McCormack As the saying goes ‘comparison breeds discontent’ and never has this been more relevant, in an age where we can compare every aspect of our being to almost the entire planet, just by logging in.  Moving away from the narrative that you have to do everything with a sense of immediacy…