five young gay men at a pride celebration
author: alex n, film, LGBT+, pop culture, reccomendation, recommendation, review

Does the Perfect Gay Rom-Com Exist?

Boshemia columnist Alex Nolan is on a quest to find the perfect gay romcom.

I love classic romcoms. Give me every iteration of Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lopez, Drew Barrymore and Kate Hudson you can and I’ll still eat it up. Those films are great because they make you feel good. Queer romances, however, tend to be on the depressing side. Someone dies or goes through something horrific, and while there’s a place for these stories, it can be a slog. So where are the fun light-hearted flicks? Do they exist? I’m gonna take a dive into Netflix/my catalogue of ancient DVDs and see whether I can dig up a good old gay movie that’s gonna make you smile.

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pop culture, reccomendation, Toots & Boots

Toots & Boots // Last Week in the World

Here again to share what got Boshemia’s passions and frustrations flowing last week, it’s our pop culture toots and boots!


New York Magazine‘s cover of Parkland survivor Anthony Borges

New York Magazine featured survivors from school shootings from 1946 to 2018 in their latest issue. Anthony (pictured on the cover) saved the lives of 20 classmates and survived being shot 5 times.



Dressed: The History of Fashion podcast, “Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up” episode

It’s a deep dive into the history of Frida’s self-construction as an artist and how she presented herself to the world, from her iconic red lipstick and monobrow to her traditional indigenous textiles.

Vanity by Alfred Agache

Agache’s wonderful painting was seen this week by one of our designers but instead of Vanity we’d like to rename it Power; the woman depicted is staring down her painter (and viewers), knows she’s hot, and has no fucks to give.


The new Carly Rae Jepsen song, Party For One

The Queen of Gay Icons has done it again! When we needed it the most, she’s released a genuine bop about heartbreak and self love. Our musical leader is back!

Philosophy Tube on witches, gender and marxism

A one-man channel exploring all the obsessively interesting politics, ethics and (you guessed it) philosophy you didn’t know you wanted to know about. Here, an appropriately haunting episode: it’s witches, bitches.

The oral history of Werewolf Bar Mitzvah

Continuing the halloween theme we have this gem from Laist.

@makedaisychains Boring Self-Care

This instagram illustrator gifts her followers with simple motivations to do the ‘boring self-care’ that we all need but that mental health can often make difficult to carry out. Her pride in completing everyday tasks such as taking medication as prescribed or going outside, remind us to be equally kind to ourselves.

boring self care



(Though short, our boots are in zero ways sweet. Bootability 1000/10)

This horrendous 72 hours of hate crimes and white terrorism in America

And Trump still played Pharrell Williams’ Happy. We ain’t.

Autumn fast fashion / only being able to afford fast fashion

These $10 scarves are great but the environmental cost is not.

Seasonal depression showing up again and pissing everywhere


by @petunia.byisatg



author: sarah q, opinion, pop culture, Q's Queue, reccomendation, review

Don’t Trust The B In Apartment 23 || Hot Messes & Having It All

As a pop culture junkie, I thought I may as well get some articles out of this crippling addiction. In Q’s Queue, we’ll be having a look at some of the hits, hidden gems and horrors found on my Streaming list, all through a feminist lens. Today’s venture: Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23.

Apartment 23 recently dropped on UK Netflix and I could not be more stoked. I’ve long been a fan of Kyrsten Ritter, from her days as tragic junkie Jane on Breaking Bad, to her starring vehicle on Jessica Jones (both shows just happen to be available on Netflix. Catch up gang). Both shows highlight her dramatic chops, but in Apartment 23 she is straight up hilarious. Created by Nahnatchka Khan (Fresh Off The Boat, American Dad,) Apartment 23 tells the tale of June (Dreama Walker), a naïve Midwestern girl who moves to New York in the pursuit of a job opportunity. The job ends up being a bust, and she’s left homeless and penniless. Enter Chloe (Krysten Ritter) with a spare room and some seriously questionable morals. Along with BFF James Van Der Beek (James Van Der Beek in his best role), shenanigans ensue and gender stereotypes are broken. The show originally aired on ABC in 2012-2013, and for some reason, it never managed to find a devoted audience. After constant time-slot changes and episodes airing out of order, the show was mercilessly cancelled; now with Ritter’s increasing popularity, and the wonders of streaming, hopefully, it can find the audience it deserves.


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Author: Sarah L, historical, reccomendation

Badass Women in Literature You Never Knew Existed

Unless you studied English Lit any further than GCSE level (that’s high school for you readers across the pond), there’s a fairly good chance that if I asked you to name as many women writers as you could your list would look something like this:

Jane Austen; the Brontë sisters; J K Rowling.


If you’re lucky, maybe even add Harper Lee or Virginia Woolf to that list. Now what if I asked you to name male writers?

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