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August 7, 2016

★★★★★ Author: Warsan Shire Publisher: Flipped Eye   Some of you may know Warsan Shire as the young woman who wrote the words that accompanied Beyonce’s Lemonade. What some of you may not know is that Shire was the first Young Poet Laureate for London, and she is also a voice for the marginalized. In […]

July 24, 2016

Women’s bodies have not been ours for a long time; they are commodified, traumatised, taken as ‘spoils’ during wartime, and sterilized without consent. We bear the sole responsibility of contraception, yet we still cannot decide if and when to terminate a pregnancy. When I think about all the times I’ve had to defend abortion as […]

May 29, 2016

My Complex Relationship with Trigger Warnings   I’ve woken up, had a cup of tea, and am making my way through this morning’s slew of emails. There’s one from a sociology lecturer at Auckland University and it reads like this: “Yes, there is a lecture tomorrow, with the topic being contemporary pornography. There’s a ‘trigger warning’ […]

May 8, 2016

Sarah Batkin delved into the realm of sexual pleasure, and spoke to an expert about how we could all improve in communicating about, learning about, and having more pleasurable, sex.   1960 marked the beginning of the sexual revolution: the American FDA approved the first oral contraceptive pill, the Stonewall Riots heralded the inception of […]

May 8, 2016

★★★★★ Author: Oliver Sacks Publisher: Knopf Doubleday   Oliver Sacks made the medical world, neuroscience in particular, accessible and interesting for thousands of people through his books. The first book I ever read of his was The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, a touching and deeply fascinating series of stories in which […]

April 17, 2016

★★★★★ Author: Adrian Tomine Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly   This graphic novel is short, but it packs a punch. Beautifully understated, black and white drawings accompany dry wit and a plot that will resonate with most young adults on multiple levels. Ben Tanaka and his girlfriend Miko are in the midst of relationship turmoil; Miko […]

April 3, 2016

I revere Missy Elliott for several reasons. Not only is she one of the greatest living rap artists, she is also inadvertently responsible for my obsession with sex toys. I won’t go so far as to proclaim she’s my spirit animal, but getting her album This Is Not a Test! for Christmas was a momentous […]

March 6, 2016

★★★ Editors—Claudia Pond Eyley & Dan Salmon Publisher—Auckland University Press     Biographies can be disappointing. They rarely keep their promise of allowing you to vicariously experience genius, fame, scandal. Some are salacious and self-aggrandizing (see: Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis). Others are bland and insincere. What I found enjoyable about Inside Stories, however, is […]

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