Image-Based Abuse: The Phenomenon of Digitally Manipulated Images

Image-based abuse, colloquially referred to as ‘revenge porn’ (‘revenge porn’ is a misnomer) is an umbrella term. It refers to the non-consensual sharing of intimate images. Contrary to popular belief, there is much more to image-based abuse than the textbook ‘revenge porn’ scenario of the ‘jilted ex-lover sharing nude photos of their ex without consent’. Image-based…

Wibbly Wobbly Girly Whirly: Sci-Fi and Girl Power

Words: Jessica Sheridan Whovians are all astir this week following the BBC’s casting announcement for the next Doctor. It’s typically an exciting time for fans of Doctor Who, whose central character has the ability to conveniently regenerate into a new body every couple of seasons. It’s a clever plot device, and perhaps the main reason…

Trading Pleasure for Consent

Let’s get one thing straight: stealthing is sexual assault. You could be forgiven for not knowing what stealthing is, except that is part of the problem. Recently the HuffPost claimed stealthing was a ‘new sex practice’, but since then people all over the world have been coming forward and telling their stories, implying there is…

Poem of the Week: 13 Reasons Why Not

13 Reasons Why Not One If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it I know it feels it But you aren’t broken I promise Two Cakes alright I spose Sometimes it’s dry and bland And crumbles apart in your hands And it leaves a bad taste in your mouth. But sometimes You’re given a slice That’s…

Is Body Neutrality the New Body Positivity?

The body positivity movement encourages women, of all different sizes, shapes and colours to love their bodies. The movement inspires women to practice self-love – undeterred by body shaming and all the harmful, unattainable and unrealistic expectations and standards of beauty placed upon women in this looks-obsessed world that we live in. It also teaches women that they are…

Mental Health Police: Thirteen Reasons Why You Should Stop

CW: The following article deals with themes portrayed in Thirteen Reasons Why including mental health, suicide and sexual assault. Please read on at your discretion. Have you seen it yet? What tape are you up to? Have you seen Clay’s tape yet? HAVE YOU SEEN CLAY’S TAPE YET?! Whether you’ve actually seen it or not…