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Disability Looks Like This: On Sensory Overload, and making public spaces kinder

In the second instalment of her column, Disability Looks Like This, Ellie Redpath describes her experience of sensory overload, and examines how we can make public spaces kinder and more mindful. Artwork by Emer Sukonik.

“Usually I absolutely love a trip to big Tesco – who doesn’t – but if I am alone there or having a particularly bad day it all becomes too much, and not only because the eerily silent and bright lower floor is inherently quite a spooky, liminal space. It’s happened to me since childhood because of my learning difficulties – being neurodivergent means that I’m more sensitive to becoming overwhelmed.”

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Nice To Meet You, I’m A Slut!: A Rough Guide to BDSM

CW: consent, BDSM BDSM: bondage and discipline, domination and submission, sadism and masochism – a fun little acronym for “spicing things up in the bedroom” (if you err on the side of euphemism). Let me begin by gently reminding you that BDSM is more than just gear; there’s more to it than floggers, cuffs, rope, Read More…

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Nice To Meet You, I’m A Slut!: An Ode to Boundaries

Many of us will be familiar with the concept of ‘drawing boundaries’ – with friends, family, or partners – in acts of self-preservation. Therapists will lecture you on the importance of boundaries and how we, as adults, are responsible for creating them as well as adhering to them. But it’s all so much easier said Read More…

Health and Wellbeing Opinion

Pain, pain go away: Endometriosis and the battle to be heard.

“There is still an enormous amount of work to do before we can even start to comprehend this widespread and damaging disorder, and such a task does not just fall to the scientists – we all have a part to play in educating ourselves and others about endometriosis, by raising awareness and encouraging people who menstruate to seek help and push for diagnoses.”

Rebecca Hopper examines the societal taboos surrounding endometriosis.