• In Defence of Kit Connor: The Danger of Misunderstanding Queerbaiting

    Ed Farley On Halloween, Heartstopper breakout star Kit Connor took to Twitter to come out as bisexual. In the tweet, he blames his fans for forcing him to come out, before he was necessarily ready. In this article, Ed Farley rejects the accusation that Kit Connor was queerbaiting and...
  • Closet Politics: The Ethics Of Queerbaiting

    On the 31st of October 2022, actor Kit Connor tweeted: “I’m bi. congrats for forcing an 18 year old to out himself. i think some of you missed the point of the show.” Caitlin Kelly examines what happened, and what could bring someone to release a statement like this....
  • “Whores in This House”: The Cardi B Track Empowering Women and Enraging Prudes

    Gloriously lewd and seeped in feminist sentiment, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s WAP has ridden controversy to the top. Whilst many have lamented its lyrics are too salacious for young ears, Miranda Harrington contends that the track is a vital celebration of female pleasure and sexuality. ...
  • “She does WHAT to herself?!” It’s Time to Break the Taboo Around Female Masturbation

    Attending a mixed comprehensive secondary school, I vividly remember overhearing the boys’ locker room talking about masturbation- it was a common and accepted thing. However, what I also remember were the rumours that went around about any girl even daring to do the same thing to herself, branding her...
  • 100 Vaginas: The Empowering Documentary Breaking Down Taboos

    The bold documentary explores the functions and importance of the vagina and the impact it has on the individual women interviewed. By touching on subjects that have largely been regarded as taboo or stigmatised, for example periods, female masturbation and the vagina itself, it aims to normalise conversation surrounding...
  • LGBTQIA+ Lifestyles and Struggles

    Many of us here at the University of Nottingham are either part of the LGBTQIA+ community, or we know someone who is be that a friend, family member or work colleague. The term LGBTQIA+ encompasses many identities with the acronym standing for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexuality/Aromantic,...
  • Is Victoria’s Secret outdated?

    Victoria’s Secret was founded in 1977 with a mission to change the fashion of the time for women to wear simple and ‘pragmatic’ underwear, and to leave anything more elaborate for special occasions like honeymoons and anniversaries. One of the objectives was originally to ensure that every woman, upon...