Everyday Isms

Today we march

By Isla Whateley Content note: Donald Trump, mentions of sexual assault, rape, incest and abortion Today, women from all over the world will unite in a march of solidarity, in order to prove just how important women’s rights are and to prove to the new Trump administration that they cannot ignore us. The main march…

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Bi Community

By Fee Grabow It took me a really long time to come into my bisexuality. This will sound strange to anyone who knows me because I love being bisexual. But I didn’t always. And it wasn’t even the usual qualms about the word, how it evokes an extremely sexualized image and stereotypes about greedy, privileged…

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Neopronouns and clickbait

By Pip Williams Content note: transphobia An article from notoriously poorly-edited and sensationalist student news outlet The Tab somehow wormed its way onto my Facebook timeline yesterday. The article was titled “Oxford University students allegedly told to use ‘ze’, not ‘he or she’ to stop transgender discrimination”, and, unsurprisingly, the comments were a transphobic mess.…

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The Orlando shooting: Alternative media

Brought to you by Powered By Girl Trigger warning – Orlando shooting Here is a page dedicated to all those who lost their lives in the Orlando shooting at Pulse night club. 49 people were killed on Saturday – the biggest mass shooting in recent US history. They were queer people, predominantly Latinx queer people. As the…

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The shade(ism) of it all

by Sam Holmes It took me a minute to process what she had just said. It was pretty straight-forward, but I struggled to really wrap my mind around it. She paused, and then repeated herself: “I want to study outside, but I can’t afford to get any darker. This is as dark as I am…

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Talk to Her: Waria in Indonesia

by Dee Putri Waria is a term used in Indonesian for assigned-male-at-birth (AMAB) transgender people. It originally comes from words wanita (woman) and pria (man). (Indonesian loves to make acronyms, I’ll tell you.) Seeing waria on the street is not strange; I see them everyday working as pengamen – street performers. They usually sing in intersections or near food booths. I’d…

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The Black Girl Conundrum

by Sam Holmes I will never forget the noise that my mother made when she first saw it. We were navigating the streets of New York on a busy Saturday in 2011, running late for a hair appointment. She was walking so briskly that I struggled to keep up. But then she stopped dead in…

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H&M: Use Plus Size Mannequins In Stores!

by Georgia Luckhurst When I interviewed Jennie Runk over the summer about her phenomenol campaign with H&M, I was lit up with excitement about the future of plus-size representation in the modelling industry.  Here at SPARK we’re not only dismayed but horrified by the body-shaming girls face everyday, and it’s our mission to try and…

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