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A Semi Reverent List of Oscar Host Suggestions

Happy Oscar Season, Gays (and pretentious straights)! With the release of the Golden Globe nominations and the general little gold man smell in the air, I’m sure we’re all counting down the minutes for us all to waste 6 hours to see Gaga’s gracious-but-disappointed-with-the-loss-face (I’m sure it’ll be stunning). But wait, what’s that I see…

We Were Not in Love

Gail Webb wrote this poem during Boshemia’s Made-in-a-Day Zine workshop with Dizzy Ink. The theme of the zine was Nostalgia. Look for more of her poetry in the upcoming ORIGINS issue of Boshemia Magazine.    WE WERE NOT IN LOVE We were not in love  Though we listened to 10cc Day after day it gave…

Toots & Boots // Michelle Obama, Black Friday and Christmas rom-coms

Michelle Obama discusses her memoir with Oprah, Vanessa Hudgens does a Lindsey Lohan (not the messy version), and Boshemia reflects on the morality of American holidays – all in this week’s Toots & Boots. TOOTS 🎉 @Askapoc This instagram account is described as a ‘safe space for Non POC to ask questions to a community of…

The Land of Milk and Honey

by Ropafadzo Mugadza. Photograph by Tim Johnson. My aunt and uncle found my brother standing outside the coach station. Naked. His body rattling like wind chimes in a storm. A year later my sister and I were stood in the same Johannesburg coach station. He left it with nothing but his life. We were determined…

The Way Out

Short story by Boshemia columnist Alex Nolan. Clearing was a town in a wide-cut circle of space, among an ocean of trees that spanned miles. Clearing was town where people were born and where they died without ever seeing beyond its borders. No one knew what, if anything, was outside the forest’s borders. It was…

Toots & Boots // Beautiful Boy, Ocasio-Cortez, and #ThisIsNotConsent

Artful cinema, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s insta, and victim-blaming in Irish court have Boshemia all talking this week. Read below for this week’s instalment of Toots & Boots. TOOTS 🎉 A Star is Born Lady Gaga is killing it in the recently released A Star is Born. This is her most extensive foray into film (although she has…

Vintage Cuts // Analog Collage with Jordan McKenzie

Jordan McKenzie of San Jose, California is an analog collage artist. Drawn to sharp cuts and vintage aesthetic, Jordan’s pieces are an ode to print culture. To see their work and inquire about collaborations, see @alldaydirt on IG.  “I connect the most with pieces that are derived from my idea of a woman being a…

Nudity Redefined // Feminism and the Male Gaze in the Nude Portrait

by Selina Macias (@afrogyps). Photography by Victoria Dewey (@tori_ventures).  Patriarchal ideology has long defined how we perceive feminine nudity, modesty, and sensuality. Through this male gaze, the nude self-image of women becomes distorted and controlled, and traditional masculine interpretations of modesty become a means of restraining the female body. American poet and feminist Adrienne Rich…

The Pleasures and Pains of the Small Screen

by Eve Jones (V). Photograph by Sven Scheurmeier. I’ve never really had on-screen romantic crushes, but I remember from a young age having this ache when watching my favourite actors on screen. Watching Rachel McAdams in The Time Traveller’s Wife, Rose Leslie as Ygritte in Game of Thrones, and most recently Kiernan Shipka, who plays…

Toots & Boots // This Week in the World

Fabulous elections, depressing budgets, generally lovely music… Boshemia are here again to take you through their pop culture peaks and troughs with Toots & Boots! TOOTS 🎉 The Rainbow Wave So much emotion followed the American Midterm elections this week, but as well as democratic gains and an amazing voter turnout, we have to give…

The Rainbow Wave // Women of Color & LGBTQs Who Won the Midterms

by E. Photo by Mario Tama. I woke up at 4 am London-time to check the results. Scrolling through the news in the pale dark of almost morning, my face lit up as I read the headlines declaring historical firsts. The youngest woman ever elected to Congress. The first openly gay representative. The first Muslim…

A Brief History of Fake News

by A. She joins Boshemia as our US political correspondent in Washington, DC. Photo by Anders Norde. This year’s midterm elections hold the possibility of shifting the power balance in Congress, and will be a key factor in how our congressional voting districts are shaped in favor of the ruling party until 2030. Many Americans…