Femmes Omitted: Wu Zetian

As controversial figures go there are few more divisive than Wu Zetian, the first and only female Emperor in the history of China. She was the concubine that rose to power, but her legacy is one of wickedness. Was one of the most powerful women in history a callous tyrant, or just another victim of...

The Callousness Of A Casual Cocaine Habit

I’m sure many of us have lost count of the number of times we’ve had a few drinks and suddenly fancied the white stuff. It first occurs at the start of a house party when riding that early gin fuelled wave of social excitement and expectation. But as we always inevitably discover, it will only...

Picasso 1932: The Master And Misogynist

Before entering the Picasso 1932 exhibition at the Tate Modern, I knew Picasso was a bit of a prick, and I knew that a look at ‘Love, Fame and Tragedy’ was going to display that in all its glory. But I also came with anticipation; I love modernist art and Picasso is a master, some...

Femmes Omitted: Hatshepsut, The Forgotten Pharaoh

Female role models can be difficult; not because there isn’t a plethora of women to inspire, but instead we are force-fed stories of great men and their endless achievements. Women are conditioned to aspire to qualities like beauty and celebrity, but that wasn’t what I wanted. I want women who have achieved greatness, women who...

Behind Patriarchy Looms The Spectre Of Tacky Lesbianism

There’s a specter haunting patriarchal beauty standards: the specter of tacky lesbianism. For the purpose of this article, I am going to self-identify as a someone who is: nonbinary butch a lesbian, and (in this case, most importantly) habitually tacky.   I am not going to attempt to define tacky lesbianism in this article, as...

Clothes Horse

I used to be a total clothes horse. Throughout high school, if a day came when I had nothing new to wear, I’d throw something together, or staple something together, or safety pin it. Upholstery fabric was easy to wrap into a sari. Retro polo shirts became skirts. Anything ­– a boy scout uniform, a nurse’s...

On Subjectivity & What We Call Bipolar

There is no contesting the very real ways that Moods have molded me. Mania has marked my life with heightened creativity, incredible sensitivity, and boundless energy; the madness that follows has brought broken hearts, financial worries, totaled cars, and disordered eating. It has, oh so often, been the gates to depression which pulls me out...

Pigtails And Poppadoms

Stories about the coolness of my hair, my food, and my culture. As a brown girl born and raised in Bangkok, pigtails were a permanency growing up. They were easy for my mother and my myriad of aunties to quickly weave together. They would melodically repeat the same phrase over and over again, that pigtails...

Single Fat Female

“Why can’t I just be in a fucking relationship” I find myself whinging to my friend probably for the 57th time this year. She then suggests I join tinder for what also seems to be the 57th time this year. Now there are two reasons I find myself refusing to download such app; one being...

Taking Life Advice From Twitter Bots

  Twitter is a multi-dimensional patchwork of human detritus. It’s easy to skid your way across a whole ocean of wasted time, cresting on a wave of half-baked hot takes and RuPaul reaction gifs. As on any social media platform, users express themselves to the extreme: building friendships, catching feelings and getting into screaming arguments...

Soft Heart, Tough Heart

Who taught us to see softness as a weakness? Who is teaching us to harden up, to be tough? Who is teaching us that the only way to be strong is to not feel, to be devoid of feelings, whether those feelings are good or bad? Why have we accepted to live like this? Why...

I Swear To Always Be Your Pretend Lesbian Lover

Have you ever seen that meme saying something along the lines of: “as your best friend, I swear to always pretend to be your lesbian lover when you get hit on by some ugly asshole in a bar”? If you haven’t, then let me explain that it’s been circulating for a while now and the...