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Popping the cherry: Debunking the myth of virginity

CW: rape/sexual assault  Everyone has a unique and personal relationship with virginity, which is greatly shaped by the cultures we grow up in. Even in communities that are most “liberal” about the concept, there remains a certain ambivalence over whether ‘losing our virginity’ is something to be proud or ashamed of. On a global scale, Read More…

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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…

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Nice To Meet You, I’m A Slut!: Ask Me Anything!

How do you figure out if you want to be casual or serious in relationships, or stay entirely single? Ah, yes, the age old question; we stare despairingly at ourselves in the mirror and demand to know “WHAT DO YOU WANT?”. With choices as limited as they are at the moment, it is even more Read More…

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Nice To Meet You, I’m A Slut: Monogamy, Is It Dead Yet?

Had you asked me this question three months ago I’d have answered vehemently with a definitive: “YES.”  Because why would I – a young, beautiful 21 year old in her prime – limit myself to one partner?! The notion seemed ridiculous. As I’ve mentioned in previous pieces, at secondary school I was a serial monogamist. Read More…