guest writer, mental health, opinion

Men Must Stop Using Male Suicide as a Trump Card

Regular contributor Liam Atterbury discusses the frequent mis-placing of important discussions around male suicide and mental health. You can see more of Liam’s work in Issues 02 and 04 of Boshemia Magazine, available from our online store.

Six months on from the death of Anthony Bourdain and the topic of male suicide still lingers on the tip of our collective tongue. Horizon has since produced an incredibly articulate and sensitive documentary on the subject of male suicide, and institutions such as Samaritans and Verywell continue to raise much-needed awareness through prolific research and writing. As I lay in my bed, trawling through my Facebook or Twitter feed, I can see that the issue of male suicide is still very much at the forefront of conversation, yet I cannot remember the last time I saw an article on male suicide that did not refer to it as a gender-based issue. This is, of course, because male suicide is a gender-based issue, and has a rightful place in discussions of such. However, the topic seems to be surfacing in the strangest of places, and as a weapon. Continue reading

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art, Creative, feminist art, opinion, pop culture, Topical, voices of resistance

Art + Feminism // Wikipedia, Representation & Art

Can you name five women artists? Off the top of your head, no Googling or asking a friend. Put that smartphone away, please. No cheating. Take a minute. It is okay if their names do not fly to the forefront of your mind immediately. I’ll wait. If you can name five women artists, go ahead and do something for me. Bring that phone back out and tweet, Instagram, or post to Facebook (or whatever social media platform you dig right now) their names using the hashtag #5womenartists. Challenge others to do the same. Toss the question into conversations. Surprise attack people with it. Try, “the service at this restaurant was great, but I wish the food had been better. By the way, can you name five women artists?” or “I love you, too, but can you name five women artists?” Continue reading

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A Repeal From The People // Dispatches From The Irish Referendum

Every Monday feels like a new start and on this Monday, as I write this, I feel a sense of hope that I’ve not felt for some time. It’s the Monday after a referendum that will change the healthcare provision for people who can become pregnant in Ireland. On the 25th May 2018, the Republic of Ireland voted to repeal the 8th Amendment, a constitutional ban on abortions and ruling that meant the absence of safe and respectful reproductive healthcare.

Flying into Dublin this weekend, I didn’t feel much of this jubilant hope I feel today. Yet as those of us wearing ‘Repeal’ sweaters and ‘tá’ badges converged on customs, I allowed myself to start believing this change for the better would happen. Going back has always been a mixed bag of emotions for me. Anti-abortionist propaganda placed at child’s eye level was often the first thing I noticed as I walked through streets and the demonstrations and marches fairly standard. Abortion laws was a topic best avoided in most company.

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Author: Eileen E., Author: Sarah L, Collab, current events, Topical

International Women’s Day || What You Can Do

Today, Wednesday 8th March, is International Women’s Day. Today is a day for action, for awareness, for advocacy; a day for celebrating the achievements of women throughout history and for taking a step back to examine how much further we still have to go. Today is about what you can do to further the journey towards equality for women – all women. Here are a few ways that you can participate.

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Author: Eileen E., Author: Sarah L, author: sarah q, Bo-Birthdays, Collab

Bo-Birthdays || An Interview with E

It is our favourite Russian-American princess’ birthday! To celebrate reaching her 24th year, Q & L got to interrogate her.

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Author: Eileen E., Collab, current events, LGBT+, long read, politics

What Democracy Looks Like || Dispatches from the Women’s March on London, Washington, and These American Cities

On January 21st, 2017, millions of people around the globe marched in solidarity with women for a platform sparked by the guiding principles of the Women’s March on Washington. Estimated to be the largest one-day march in U.S. history alone, with three times as many people in attendance than at Trump’s inauguration, the Women’s March on Washington and the many sister marches of the world unified people from all walks of life under this platform: a call for civil rights, immigrant rights, reproductive freedom, LGBTQIA rights, environmental justice, and against violence. Women, nonbinary folks, men, and children took to the streets of every continent [thanks, Antartica!] to demand intersectional liberties and justice for all.

Here we have gathered photos and stories from American cities: New York, Pittsburgh, Santa Cruz, Seattle, and Washington, D.C, and of London, England. Boshemia staff writers Q and L share their experiences of marching on London together, and E reflects her experiences of marching on Washington, D.C.

This handful of testimonies is only a sample of the diverse lives who took to the streets of the world yesterday. We are grateful to our friends of the blog who have shared their stories and photographs with us.

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Author: Eileen E., Author: Sarah L, author: sarah q, Boshemia recommends, current events, Personal Essay, pop culture, Uncategorized

Boshemia Gives Thanks

It’s that time of year again.

Awkward family gatherings, a shit ton of turkey and pumpkin, and a general guilt amongst the white American population about the origins of the holiday.

Thanksgiving, no matter its origins, history or current associations, is a wonderful moment in the calendar year; a rare moment of widespread calm and togetherness. It is a time when Americans finally stop and take a moment to reflect on the things that they are truly thankful for.

With 1/3 of Boshemia being American,  it seemed only fitting to stop and reflect ourselves on what Boshemia is thankful for.

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