Author: Sarah L, boshemia magazine, Personal Essay

Growing Up Poor

I grew up very poor.

Saying that feels like ‘coming out’ as poor. It’s a hard thing to admit, and an even harder thing to own. It’s only really been in the past couple of years that I have fully recognised and accepted my identity as ‘working class’, and being ‘from a poor family’. Every time I talk about growing up poor I feel horrendously guilty and ungrateful, as though I am insulting and criticising my parents by acknowledging it—but that’s part of the whole problem.

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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.

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(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: Eileen E., Letters to June

letters to June // to the sea, again

E returns to the Letters to June series, musing on the power of sea and self.  Photograph by Jordan McQueen.


Dear June,

Let me tell you what it’s like to come to the sea after too long:

Long strides along the Rehoboth Avenue in the early light. Walking more quickly along the street as the glimmer of the shore overtakes the horizon. A quickening of the pulse. A quiet gasp. The final break where street meets boardwalk and boardwalk leads to sand and sand leads to sea. The rush with outstretched arms, like reaching toward a loved one waiting in the terminal at the airport: thank you for meeting me here. Sandals cast off behind, the first steps are splashes in the foamy tides. The sting of salt and cold water around your legs: an embrace. The slate grey sea has waited for you, indifferently, but has waited all the same. You are here.

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author: becca, historical

Unsex Me Here // On the Power of ‘Evil’ Women in Macbeth

‘Unsex me here, and fill me from the crown to the toe topful of direst cruelty’ (Act 1, Scene 5, lines 39-41)

Halloween is here and something wicked this way comes. B discusses the real power of ‘evil’ women in Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

William Shakespeare’s Macbeth is not only a gritty and gruesome drama perfect for spooky autumn nights, it’s a performance of male versus female ambition and how their differences are praised and punished. Macbeth’s main theme is the destruction wrought by unchecked ambition, which is most powerfully expressed in the dichotomy between Macbeth and his female counterparts: Lady Macbeth and the three witches. Intriguingly, female ambition and male ambition is depicted differently and seem to fall into two separate definitions. Macbeth’s portrayal of masculine ambition revolves around cruelty and an insatiable desire for power. While the women of the play also desire power, their ambition reveals itself through their cunning and calculated machinations. They’re far more sophisticated than the troubled Macbeth himself, and yet their cleverness is overlooked and they are remembered in history as being evil. This 17th-century play grimly reveals the conflation between powerful women and evil women.


Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth, by John Singer Sargent (1889). On display at Tate Britain.

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girls of summer, guest writer, opinion, pop culture, review

Lorde’s ‘Melodrama’ // On Vulnerability & Power in Pop

Eve Jones examines Lorde’s latest album, Melodrama. Eve is a 19-year-old writer and waitress from Plymouth. Obsessive by nature, she’s always in pursuit of some delicious syntax. This is her first article for Boshemia.

Lorde: explorations of youth and power

In 2013, Lorde, aka Ella Yelich-O’Connor, released her debut album Pure Heroine. Its popularity was hailed by Clash as proof that ‘there’s still an intellectual, polished and important place for pop [music]’. She was 16 at the time. Four years on, Lorde launches back into our minds with Melodrama, which still buzzes with that potential energy—though it hasn’t all been plain-sailing. In a recent interview with The Guardian, she likened her fame-riddled celebrity friendships to ‘having a friend with an autoimmune disease’—‘there are certain places you can’t go together. Certain things you can’t do’. The insensitive analogy received backlash from fans, prompting Lorde to apologise on Twitter. While her conduct has been controversial, her music continues to question youth and power in a dynamic habitat of scorched harmonies, flinty 80s keyboard and lyrical wit.

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‘Melodrama’ by Sam McKinniss


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