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Review: Conversations with Friends (2022)

** contains mild spoilers for the series ** Sally Rooney’s 2017 debut Conversations with Friends is a book I read a couple of years ago and loved – and when I reread it before watching the recent adaptation, I loved it even more.  The 12-part BBC Three and Hulu series tells the story of university students, best friends and ex-lovers Frances and Bobbi, who become involved with … Continue reading Review: Conversations with Friends (2022)

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“We’re Not Even Together”: Why Talking-Stage Breakups Are Sometimes Harder

It’s 2022: The digital age has re-shaped romance and the dating scene entirely. Whilst heart felt letters and hand-picked flowers were once the currency of love, things are no longer as simple as back when our grandparents were dating. Whilst we may yearn for what we see in black and white films or wish we could do things “the old-fashioned way”, the dating game is now played out through a social media sphere. In fact, so much of getting to know one another takes place online, thanks to the rise of popular platforms such as Tinder, Hinge, Bumble and many, many more. Continue reading “We’re Not Even Together”: Why Talking-Stage Breakups Are Sometimes Harder

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Sex Toys: How to Add a New Dimension to Your Bedroom

One of the most frequent reactions to the idea of using adult toys for the first time is a feeling of reluctance, and potentially of discomfort. Many of us might not even completely register where our hesitation to experiment with sex toys comes from – oftentimes, it originates from fears associated with venturing into the unknown. In the modern age, stigma also stems from a … Continue reading Sex Toys: How to Add a New Dimension to Your Bedroom

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Sex on Screen

As part of SHAG week, RAZZ writer Lulu Bullman explores the depiction of sex on the big screen. Sex on screen can either set hearts racing or cause feelings of embarrassment and unease – especially if you find yourself in that awkward situation, watching a programme with the rest of your family, sitting in stone cold silence as you view a scene that no one … Continue reading Sex on Screen

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RAZZ Blind Dates 2022: Hit or Miss?

During last week, RAZZ hosted a series of blind dates for Exeter student singles. Did our matchmaking skills lead to successful matches? Was friendship on the horizon? Or, were the dates a miss? Anonymous headed to The Turk’s Head to meet her date. Was it a success? What were you expecting from your date? I was worried it would be awkward meeting a stranger but, … Continue reading RAZZ Blind Dates 2022: Hit or Miss?

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Can Pornography Be Useful?

Pornography is undeniably a sensitive and controversial topic, because despite how many people consume it, can be undeniably harmful, especially for younger people. Many of the porn videos include extreme content that is abusive and disrespectful. However, pornography can also have a positive role in adults’ lives, a topic that shouldn’t surprise, considering that everything has both positive and negative sides.  Continue reading Can Pornography Be Useful?

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Too Much or Not Enough? Navigating the Spectrum of Sexual Empowerment

at some point. Post night out, post first date, post random encounter at a festival, it feels like a natural follow up question. On the one hand, we’re very lucky that sex is such an open conversation nowadays. It isn’t shameful, it isn’t scandalous, and it doesn’t have to revolve around a relationship.  But I think there is also still a very formulaic approach to it. You either sleep with people or you don’t. In reality, I don’t think any one person has the exact same opinion on sex as the next, and so, the conversations around need it to be broadened. For something so deeply personal, is there really such a thing as too much or not enough? Continue reading Too Much or Not Enough? Navigating the Spectrum of Sexual Empowerment

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The Trials and Tribulations of Putting a Tampon in for the First Time

I have always been an early bloomer, something that was inevitable and happened to my parents too. In primary school, I was head and shoulders above the boys – which was slightly embarrassing for someone who also had braces and acne by the age of ten. When I was in year five, I had my first period, and by the summer before high school, it … Continue reading The Trials and Tribulations of Putting a Tampon in for the First Time