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I don’t mind if the man pays on the first date… Does that mean I’m not a feminist?

Having recently downloaded Tinder for the first time, I was thrust into the muddy waters of creeps, “nice guys”, cheesy pick-up lines and illicit photographs. With the occasional rare gem who actually wanted a deeper conversation than an aubergine emoji or ‘DTF’ message sent late at night; a date eventually ensues. Whether it goes well or disastrously, the awkward moment with the bill is guaranteed … Continue reading I don’t mind if the man pays on the first date… Does that mean I’m not a feminist?

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Creative Corner: ‘Love is a pink candy floss gremlin, hiding under a rock.’

They say: love is mysterious, love is beautiful, love is iridescent and glittering, something ethereal and sublime – and hey, who am I to say that it’s not? But for most of us, being the imperfect obsessive creatures that we are, love has a little stubby turned up nose like a bat and glinting pointed claws and fur sticking up in spikes. Skittering, scattering, sniffling … Continue reading Creative Corner: ‘Love is a pink candy floss gremlin, hiding under a rock.’

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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

How to Overcome the January Blues

The festive season has come to an end, money is tight, and the workload is piling up: dreaded January has made its return. Typically, this month is one we seek to merely ‘get through’ as opposed to enjoy. We often forget to look after ourselves, staying up late to then getting up early, hoping that morning coffee will keep our eyes open.  Although we cannot … Continue reading How to Overcome the January Blues

Creative Corner: ‘A Strange Morning’

He wakes up like any other day: with a jolt from a dream. Today it was odd, but the memory slips from him the more he tries to grasp it. After a few moments, he sits up in his warm bed, slowly pushing off the many layers of blankets. He stands up on unsteady legs, the kind that only come from waking up too quickly … Continue reading Creative Corner: ‘A Strange Morning’

Creative Corner: Recurring Dream

I’m in a wood and it’s dark. Trees compete to thrust their limbs Above the earth. Their branches twine and tease, Threading my hair into knots, Wet as moss. I’m in a wood and I’m running, And the leaves lash out harder than my pace. They smack me like shadows, Full of reproach, Carrying the night forward, onwards, forever. In the shortest breath, I hear … Continue reading Creative Corner: Recurring Dream

Edward Colston: A Problematic Legacy in the People’s Hands

On the 7 June 2020, against a backdrop of conversations surrounding the treatment of Black people in light of the tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minnesota, protestors in Bristol graffitied, tied up and toppled a statue of Edward Colston, a slave trader whose fortune helped to build the city. The whole world watched as the bronze memorial, which had stood by Bristol’s harbour since 1895, was thrown into the water amidst cheering. Four days later, it was retrieved and put into storage by Bristol City Council, who later said they planned to display it, graffiti and ropes intact, at the city’s M Shed Museum. The news of the statue’s toppling was met with disdain by many, including Home Secretary Priti Patel, who branded the action ‘utterly disgraceful’, while others celebrated it as an act of justice. Continue reading Edward Colston: A Problematic Legacy in the People’s Hands

Review: Beneath the Waves

As the mornings grow colder, the nights longer, and it feels like there are perpetual grey skies threatening months of rain, sometimes all you can do is put on your most threadbare pyjamas and snuggle up with a good book. However, with deadlines looming and online University being weirdly more stressful than the real thing, considering I’m attending in said pyjamas, what I really need is a slither of a good story. A short story, so to speak. Sculpting a believable and captivating world in a handful of pages is a difficult thing to get right, but fellow Exeter student Daisy Ella does just that in her first self-published story, Beneath the Waves. Continue reading Review: Beneath the Waves

Cher Under the Microscope: What Defines a Rom-Com Cool Girl?

Clueless (1995) is undeniably a classic chick flick and its protagonist Cher Horowitz is a typical rom-com cool girl. But what exactly does it mean to be one of these characters? Which other romantic comedies feature cool girls? And how central is the figure of the cool girl to the romantic comedy as a genre? Continue reading Cher Under the Microscope: What Defines a Rom-Com Cool Girl?