From Gender & Sexuality

Sound Byte: Chasing Phantoms

“I was so beautiful before grief” – Amaal Said Sorry about the radio silence. It has been a whirlwind. I have been falling in and out of love with time, space, and myself. I have been contemplating small shit and forgetting big stuff. I have been trying to commit to myself with an effortlessness that…

Do The Work: Reproductive Health

“Communities and countries and ultimately the world are only as strong as the health of their women.” — Michelle Obama If you didn’t already understand that the American president doesn’t care about women’s bodily autonomy from his infamous “grab her by the pussy” line, there are plenty of other signs of impending legislative doom for…

Dear One Night Stand

Dear One Night Stand, I’m staring at my phone waiting for you to call…to text…to want me. At night, the desire particularly burns. I knew that we wouldn’t become anything special. I knew that your desire was more about conquest. There was no passion. There was no regard. Our exchange had nothing to do with…

Miss Black and Beautiful: A Review

Shoreditch is synonymous with gentrification in London — a cheap area in a rough neighbourhood, usually occupied by immigrants, slowly becomes a hub for artists and students who can no longer afford the rent in the city centre. The grime and rust of the area adds to their legitimacy as ‘struggling’ artists, but the voices,…

Cultural Appropriation 101: A Discussion About Bring It On

Remember Bring It On, the teen comedy that came out in 2000? The one with Kirsten Dunst and Gabrielle Union as cheerleaders competing for recognition as the best cheer squad in the district? Remember, it was the one about cool girls kicking ass and cute geeky boys winning? Remember the one that was lighthearted and…

In Conversation with Ann Friedman

Confession: I am a bit obsessed with Ann Friedman. It all started when a friend suggested I check out Call Your Girlfriend, the hilarious podcast Ann co-hosts with her bestie Aminatou Sow. As soon as I heard these boss ladies discuss the Benghazi hearings and Justin Bieber with equal seriousness, I was hooked. Then I…

Thinking About What Another Ten Years Will Bring

I met a new friend for lunch. I sat there staring blankly at him—he had all the answers. He would make a woman out of me. Or so I thought. As we ate, he persistently asked questions. But one echoes and stops the flow of our discussion: “Where will you be in ten years?” I…

“Sexy has no expiration date”: American Apparel and Advertising the Postfeminist Subject

The above American Apparel advertisement is like any of their others: a female model, clad in skimpy lace underwear, posing suggestively next to text, declaring “Meet Jacky” – except Jacky O’Shaughnessy is a grey-haired 62 year-old. American Apparel is infamous for its sexually explicit advertising, which often features “real people” such as their employees—a tactic…