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An interview with Anteros – the bitter dream pop band making waves

By Sophia Simon-Bashall I spoke to Laura Hayden of the band Anteros recently…   Hi! Can you please introduce your band to people who haven’t heard of you before? Hi, we’re Anteros. We make bitter dream pop.   It’s nearly the end of 2017 – what have the highlights of this year been for you?…

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4 Body positive books to read right now

By Sophia Simon-Bashall Body positivity – or ‘bo-po’ – has been gaining mainstream momentum in this past year. In some moments, this has seemed wonderful. It is heart-warming and inspiring to be able to scroll through Instagram and see people showing their bodies some appreciation. Conversations have been started in publications and between people that…

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Happy Playland webseries review

By Anna Hill Do you like musicals? And stories that centre women loving women? Then oh boy is this the webseries for you!! Made by the incredible Candle Wasters who have also made great and queer inclusive adaptations of the Shakespeare plays A Midsummer Nights Dream, as BRIGHT SUMMER NIGHT, Much Ado About Nothing as Nothing Much To Do and Love’s…

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The literature of hope #2

By Anna Hill Sorry for the 8 month break this series took, but hope is a pretty scarce resource when the whole world is on fire. But I’m back and ready to share some hopeful bits and bobs with you. Hopefully you can find something that nourishes you and renews your faith in yourself and…

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Five YouTube feminists to check out after unsubscribing from Laci Green

By Pip Williams Laci Green taught me a lot about my own body and sexuality when I had no one I could turn to in life. As a teenager at an all-girls boarding school, coming to terms with my bisexuality was difficult. The school servers blocked all content flagged as having explicit keywords, meaning I…

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Summer reads 2017

By Sophia Simon-Bashall It’s that time of year again. If you’re lucky, the sun is out and shining gloriously down on you. If you’re British, it’s occasionally poking through the clouds a bit – and you’re chasing the patches of light whilst simultaneously groaning about the ‘heat’. Oh yes. It’s Summer. The best thing about…

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Queer pop goddesses are dominating (and I’m loving it)

By Christiana Paradis There are a fair amount of music snobs in the world and while I love many of them, I find myself constantly having to defend the amount of female talent that exists in current pop music. “Autotune? Ew.” “It’s just teeny bopper crap.” “Are there any real instruments in that?” “Why don’t…

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13 reactions to 13 Reasons Why

By Christiana Paradis Content note: mental health, suicide, sexual violence I, like the rest of the world, just finished binge watching 13 Reasons Why, a new series on Netflix. I must preface that I was hesitant to watch this show. I had read the book two years prior and upon finishing felt woefully uncomfortable. I…

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