From pop culture

Why I’m Thankful for Janelle Monáe

Guest writer Anna has recently finished her undergrad in Edinburgh and is now pursuing female empowerment, advocacy, and human rights projects. She loves Marvin Gaye and glitter. _______________ Just when I thought Monáe the Bae couldn’t get any cooler after her incredible speech at Grammys earlier this year – she did. Back in January, Monáe…

How To Not Take A Joke // On Michelle Wolf, Smokey Eyes and Outrage

Political comedy has become a little stagnant recently. When the current US administration is such a joke it’s hard to make proper jokes about it. There was one evening in late night when literally every single late night host made the same joke. Don’t get me wrong, I still love Seth Meyers and Samantha Bee,…

Suck My Culture // riot grrrl punk in Plymouth

 Suck My Culture is a 5-woman punk band who are reigniting feminist discourse in Plymouth. Recently involved in a city-wide art exhibition, We The People Are The Work, and fundraising for domestic violence charities with their music, they have proven themselves to be not just cultured, but conscious and committed to the riot grrrl movement.…

Cornerstones of My Feminism // V’s Feminist Pop Culture Syllabus

Boshemia founders asked the staff writers to think about what pop culture creates their feminist practice. V shares her feminist syllabus. These are the feminist materials that have punctuated my life: my basic syllabus of feminist culture. It is by no means conclusive and there are many more pieces that I would recommend for in-depth…

Refusing to Perform Pregnancy is a Radical Act // Notes on Kylie Jenner

A personal note from E, reflecting on Kylie Jenner’s pregnancy.  On February 1, 2018, Kylie Jenner gave birth to her daughter. On February 4, she released this video, “To Our Daughter,”  documenting the private journey of her pregnancy, breaking the months’ long silence re: the mystery of her motherhood status. Directed by Tyler Ross, with…

So I Finally Slightly Pay Attention To Modern Music And This Is How Y’all Repay Me // Thoughts On The Grammys

Yeah guys, I get it, 24K Magic is a great dance song and every time it comes on, you know everyone is going to get turnt. No disrespect to Bruno Mars, but really? For those of you not lame enough to pay attention to outdated award shows, on Sunday night Bruno Mars won the Grammy for Album of the Year against stiff competition. Smart money was on Kendrick Lamar who, at this point, is owed several more accolades. DAMN was one of the best albums of 2017, and after his shameful snub to Faux-Country-Ivanka in 2015, we all thought this…

Boo-shemia Presents: 11 Things To Truly Spook You This Halloween

Elisha’s guide to a spooktastic Halloween season. It’s my favourite time of year again: Autumn. The air is crisp and carries the musky scent of falling leaves. The academics are working away at their studies. Many of us are plotting which costumes we will we wear for Halloween or which scary films we’ll watch to get in the Hallows Eve Spirit. There are a plethora of frightening activities and films to enjoy, but there are some real-life woes that are even more frightening. Want to feel truly spooked? Boo-shemia invites you to look no further than the psychological thrill of…

Cole Sprouse // Instagram as a Medium for Poetry

from Eve Jones — UK intern at Boshemia. Cole Sprouse may be known to you as Cody from Disney’s The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, he may be known to you as the kid from Adam Sandler’s Big Daddy, or even, most recently never-takes-his-hat-off Jughead from Netflix’s Riverdale. I too enjoyed his introverted character and, admittedly, his face in Riverdale, but after following his instagram account I was surprised by the nuance of his photography and poetic captions. There’s a lot of rubbish on social media; I don’t particularly care for a standard selfie, nor am I especially riveted by what…

Look What She Made Me Do // Taylor Swift and Marketplace Feminism

Yes, yes, I know – floods, Nazis, everything is terrible right now. But you’d be forgiven for not being entirely in the loop; as I’m sure you all know, there’s been a recent major international event that’s been permeating our consciousness. Taylor Swift has released a new song! (Wait guys, there’s more) The song has a video! Ring the alarms, the world’s gone crazy.