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The Queer Community and the Female Icon

by Alex Nolan.  In queer circles we fervently idolise certain female celebrities, but why? What qualities do these women share that make them a beacon to us? Perhaps there is commonality among them, or perhaps The Gays™ just have the best taste.  I’ve selected some personal favourite icons, and tried to find the links. Lady…

Toxic Relationships

by Rosie Lawrence. CW: suicide, toxic relationships. Photography by Maria Ballester. Amber and I became friends when I was in year 8, and she was in year 9. We met through a mutual friend and quickly became very close. We would text each other all the time, hang out at every break and lunch time,…

From the Balcony

by Ropafadzo Mugadza. Ropa writes of her childhood friend and coming of age in Zimbabwe. Photography by Dari Depriakhi. ZBC was the only channel that was left on Zimbabwean television, unless you could pay for cable.  All day long they played propaganda. Most of the adverts used this melancholy song that had a woman wailing…

A Self-Care Approach to Mental Health Isolation

by Kelly Ronaldson. Photo by Naomi August. This time last year, I was halfway through my first year of university, living in the heart of my favourite city, and on my way to securing my dream career. Things weren’t perfect, but I had an incredible group of friends, a revitalised love for writing and a…

Anatomy of a Gay Icon: Judy Garland

“Is he a friend of Dorothy?” This phrase dates back to at least World War 2 as slang for “what sexual orientation is he?” When acts of homosexuality were still criminalised, slang was needed to discern the gays from the str8’s. But why friend of Dorothy? Who is Dorothy, why does she have so many…

Before It Happened

CW: sexual assault.    you have to understand who i was before it happened.   youth surged through my veins seeped from every pore filled my sanguine lungs laced every breath. young and fun and a little dumb, in my prime.   age five, high tide some cloudy beach each collapsing wave dissolves into glitter…

Mayo In Memoriam // Mayo It RIP In Peace

We are gathered here today to mourn the loss of mayonnaise. The humble condiment was taken from us, cruelly and unnecessarily by the millennials. In collusion with “””””””””identity condiments””””””” this all American Hero was taken from us in the year 2018. Mayo it’s memory live on forever. In case you haven’t been able to ketchup…

Blood Memory

CW: sexual assault, rape. Photography by Claudia Soraya.   I could not open like a flower I clenched, unblooming I writhed   A kind relic from days of glass thermometers and mercury medicine squeezes my hand, holds my wrist the attending doctor bracing herself on my inner thigh, her head between my legs as she props…

How A Women’s Razor Company Is Working To Defeat Body Hair Stigmatization

Guest contributor Madison McKeever is a writer and increasingly radical feminist who is obsessed with gluten free cinnamon rolls, conspiracy theories, Zadie Smith, living vicariously through The L Word, and incessantly ranting about the orgasm gap. Her work has been published in Atlas, Reading A Bit, Shapes, and Slutmouth Magazine. She probably wants to ask…

In Media Res: Notes from My Eating Disorder Relapse

TW: eating disorders, body image [NB from Q: This was written about 2 months ago in the midst of an ED relapse – it was barely even written for the blog, but we’ve decided to share it anyway. I’ve since “recovered,” so let’s all agree to view this as a historical relic]   My perception…