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Ruby is a sex educator who works for sexual health charity Brook, runs pleasure and sex toy workshops, and Body Love Sketch Club with Rosy Pendlebaby. Georgia Mitchell spoke to Ruby about her mission to refocus pleasure in conversations about sex...

'Sexual play can be infinite':

A Conversation with Ruby Stevenson

A photo-series by Sophia Adnyana...

Your Asian Fetish

As a society, we’re obsessed with virginity.

 

It’s a hot topic in secondary school with whispered conversations at lunch on who’s ‘done it’, at pre-drinks during freshers’ week where some of us fess up to not having ‘lost it’ yet, and it can even crop up years later over drinks with friends...

Debunking the Virginity Myth

When you have a chronic illness and disability, you become accustomed to dealing with other peoples unwanted pity. You're often viewed as a ‘poor thing’ rather than a sexual being, when in reality it's not a dichotomy. I am a woman living in a less able body and simultaneously a sexual being with desires. It's really not a difficult concept to grasp. The societal projection of people with chronic illnesses and/or disabilities... 

Sexuality isn't reserved for the Able Bodied

The name Self Esteem appears to denote a project with clear intentions - about empowerment, perhaps, and self-knowledge, definitely - but pop artist Rebecca Lucy Taylor tells Georgia Mitchell that when she came up with the moniker, it was just ‘a great band name.’ Rebecca’s music under ‘Self Esteem’ demands introspection, not only from its listeners, but from the artist herself...

The Second Life of Self Esteem: An Interview with Rebecca Lucy Taylor

Sexuality and Culture: A Love Story photoseries by Bilan Suliman...

Sexuality and Culture: A Love Story

Kink, an umbrella term with fairly satisfying phonetics, is often used interchangeably with ‘BDSM’ - a multi-lettered acronym that Wikipedia helpfully describes as “erotic practices or roleplaying involving bondage, discipline, dominance and submission, sadomasochism, and other related interpersonal...

QUEER KINK

Through film, the overflowing supply of romance novels in the “women’s section” in every bookshop, romantic love is cast as the centrepiece of a woman’s world; it is where all her aspirations eventually converge. The attainment of romantic love satisfies many essential human needs. It offers emotional and financial support in the form of tax...

Friendship as Resistance to Patriarchy

Mutations of the Body is a project of evolution. The sequence of photographs studies the uncomfortable state of nakedness, unveiling the categorization of a gender non-conforming individual, which occurs based on their genitals. Bodies are situated as “sexed” in the biological approach, establishing either the male or female...

Mutations of the Body

‘Before I knew any lesbians’ is a portrayal of my younger self and her disconnect to queer life and culture. As a young gay woman, queer possibility models are also pop culture idols. Teenage fandom becomes a lifeline...

Before I Knew Any Lesbians

Today we start like this. My body is wide and broad over you. My groans deep and heavy. My tits spike down brushing yours - I'll keep my t-shirt on this time..,

To Campbell, From Billy

A photoseries by Melakas...

3D Intimacy

A stunning photoseries directed and styled by FEM Editor-in-Chief Mia Maxwell exploring...

ENAM ASIAMA

In 2012, Ryan and myself joined forces to launch a vintage shirt and t-shirt company. The idea for that I guess came from many trips to Thailand sourcing unique clothing and accessories for the boutique I also owned at the time in our home town in Coventry.

We developed our brand, moving away...

Family Business: An Interview with Elsie and Fred

I was sitting in a bar with two female friends, describing a pattern I’d noticed. Recently, I’d started to take note of how solicitous men opened conversation with me. I thought back over flirtations in bars and pubs, and reread old Tinder conversations, all starting the same way. Each of these men began, by asking me where I was from. My theory was bolstered a few minutes later, when a man in the queue for drinks questioned my... 

'Where are you from?'

Staying at home, by Precious Opara, is a series about getting to know yourself and becoming your own friend when you live alone...

Staying at Home

A photoseries, directed by Mia Maxwell, featuring Maggie and Rene Matic...

What Not to Say to Married Dykes

If I had the right sex education, what would I have known earlier on? What could I have avoided?

 

I don’t like to play the blame game, but I think its fair to say that school, as well as my upbringing, did fail me when it came to...

What I Wish I Was Taught Growing Up

If like me you’re a massive Tami T fan, you’d know how exciting it felt to find out she was finally dropping her first album. Many queer people that I know of for the last couple years have loved, partied and cried to Tami T’s music, even incorporated it in their art. Tami has a truly unique voice in music, her bold lyrics and extraordinary music makes... 

High Pitched and Moist: An Interview with Tami T

KA: Have you always been confident? 

CA: I wouldn't say I have always been a confident person, especially in the early years because I was young and lacked experience. I didn't know how to make sense of self love. I think the turning point for me was when I decided, I was happy with myself. I choose to do what makes me happy and if what I'm doing doesn't physically affect others, then why should I deny myself that happiness?...

Conversations with my cousin

Florescent lights and cobalt blue walls; that was the setting, when I met my love. Over a sea of faces and voices in waves cascading around me - the universe presented him to me. I was eleven years young, and unbeknown to me, this human would play a role in my future (deep inhale.) How beautiful and precious is that moment? At that moment, as significant as it remains...

Love in Black and White

The idea of colonised desire is rooted in the structural and systemic construction of desire. It’s rooted in systems of meaning that operate within our society. These systems of meaning are oppressive. Desire is an intersecting network of power which decides whether or not you are loveable or worthy. It’s insidious because you think it’s natural; because you think you chose your partners...

Colonised Desire

I've always been the type of person that quite enjoys 'educating' people about disability. I like that people feel comfortable asking me questions about my disability because to me it means they are not judging, they are curious. As I got older the question of 'sex and disability'...

Ask Me Anything

Grace Jackson’s ‘Intimacy Diaries Volume 4’ grew from her ongoing project One in Five, which gathers the testimonies of women who are survivors of rape...

Intimacy Diaries: Volume 4 (TW r*pe)

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Erotic Poetry by Womxn

KIN

In a time of commodification of self, our experiences of sex, sexuality, and love have, of necessity, hardened into weary transactions. Discarding the emotional, sensual, and spiritual aspects...

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