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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,…

Cornerstones Of My Feminism // R’s Feminist Journey

I believe that to some degree, I was a feminist from a very young age. I grew up in Zimbabwe and something that I remember clearly is that me and many other young girls resisted the ideals that the culture restlessly encoded within us. The idea that boys had more value than girls. Older women…

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 For those of you not lame enough to pay attention to outdated award shows, on Sunday night Bruno Mars won the Grammy for Album of the Year against stiff competition.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…

V’s Guide to Charity Shopping Your Wardrobe

by V. The concept of ‘fast fashion’ encourages, like so many things in modern society, disposability; you could walk into a charity shop today and find last month’s trends hung up on the rails. We have created an accelerated demand for fashion that is wasteful, environmentally destructive and socially damaging. This is why I choose…

An Identity in Flux // Notes on Genderfluidity

P writes about her experience of genderfluid identity.  In June I, very slyly, came out as Genderfluid in a piece which was published on Boshemia Blog as part of the “Letters to June” series. In the millennial age, a range of newly accepted sexualities and gender identities are becoming more widely accepted, but from my…

What a Soldier Is and Isn’t // Personal Thoughts on the Soldier’s Creed

I am an American Soldier. NOT: I am a heterosexual, white, male Soldier. I am a Warrior and a member of a team. NOT: I am a judge of my teammates’ life choices. I serve the people of the United States, and live the Army Values. NOT: I choose who I serve and when. I will always place the mission first. NOT: I will put my personal feelings ahead of the end goal. I will never accept defeat. NOT: I will give up when my comrades are targeted. I will never quit. NOT: I will allow discrimination to go unchallenged.

An Island in the Rain

L muses on July in her love note to the sea and the sublime. ___________________ I’ve been feeling melancholy this July— yet also euphoric. The anticipation of change as autumn clambers closer is invigorating me, I think, but it dulls all within the interim.