In the latest instalment of her column, Disability Looks Like This, Ellie Redpath describes her experience of dyspraxia and examines how disability intersects with gender. Illustration by Emer Sukonik.
In the second instalment of her column, More than a Fairytale, Jess Steadman examines the interplay between gender and heroism in medieval folklore. Artwork by Chen (Cornelia) Chen.
“Well, our storytellers have always been slightly uncomfortable with the possibility of a woman selfishly having any kind of physical power. I say ‘selfishly’ because in folklore and fairytales, the male hero is unapologetically narcissistic and egotistical… and for centuries, we loved him for it. Unfortunately, we still kind of do.”
Bethan Draycott debunks the myths surrounding the “feminist” femme fatale, questioning – is she really a symbol of female empowerment or a social rejection of it?
Alice Garnett explores the phenomena of ‘post-nut’ clarity and the ‘dick haze’, and the problematic stereotypes they reinforce.
Dorian Electra’s latest album critiques gamer and incel culture, and puts queer sex and love at the foreground. Thomas Savage reviews. (CW: explicit discussion of sex and sexual themes, homphobia)
Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s hit single normalises female sexual pleasure, corrupts the male gaze and sends a message of female empowerment. Music Editor Katie Bunney discusses three months of WAP.
Gender-based violence is not a new problem in South Africa, but it has reached a fever pitch during the Covid-19 pandemic, with hundreds breaking lockdown restrictions to grieve the violent murder of Tshegofatso Pule, a 28 year old pregnant woman, in early June. The president Cyril Rampahosa addressed the nation in response, and last year pledged a further $75M in order to address the gender-based violence pandemic. The problems, however, are far more culturally and systematically entrenched, requiring solutions which reach beyond just legislation and funding, a challenge all the more exposed during the Coronavirus pandemic.
‘The ability of trans people to self-identify may legally be hanging in the balance, but no government can take from us the ability to speak up.’
Jenny Elizabeth Scoones writes about the profound impacts of the government’s plans to scrap reforms to the Gender Recognition Act.
Emma Rath explores how society both perpetuates and facilitates sexual abuse and gender inequality.
Think 1536. A Tudor king poses in a gold-embroidered cloak and his finest jewels. Hans Holbein furiously paints countless rows of pearls onto what would become the most iconic portrait of Henry VIII. In the 21st century, however, it’s no longer ruby rings and feathered hats that shout hyper-masculinity, it’s heavy chains and gold mouth Read More…