My story of self-discovery: I am asexual, and I am not broken

Image credit: AnonMoos [Note: this article contains mentions of ableism, sexual trauma, possible physical abuse and fractious family relationships. Due to the sensitive nature of issues discussed, the writer has chosen to remain anonymous.] My ‘discovery’ that I am asexual was oddly complicated. It is a surprisingly difficult matter for me to acknowledge because so much […]

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CONIFA: a score for the sidelined

In June this year, the world’s biggest football tournament will take place in Russia. Fans from all over the world will descend on the country to watch some of the stars of the game play against each other. There promises to be some scintillating match-ups, from Spain playing Portugal to Belgium challenging England. Yet this […]

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When is a vote for self-determination legitimate? – Catalonia, Spain and the 1st October referendum

On the 1st of October, Catalonia – one of Spain’s richest regions – had a referendum. It was quickly declared as ‘unconstitutional’ by Constitutional Court of Spain since the country’s 1978 Constitution affirms the ‘unity of the state’ – but this is hardly surprising. What is surprising, however, is that despite the initial excitement and commotion that it inspired, the referendum does […]

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Ritual, Identity, and Cos: Discussing Clothes with Rev. Dr Melanie Marshall

The Lincoln College Chaplain, Rev. Dr Melanie Marshall, is—in a word—effulgent. When I curl up to her rooms on a chilly Sunday afternoon, I unhesitatingly self-congratulate that this interview is the “best idea I’ve ever had.” And as Mel appears, my previously sceptical photographer immediately understands. Effulgent, remember? Mel grew up on the north coast […]

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