When actual dynamite babe Gabrielle Alexa, founder of Bi Girls Club, posted that she’d spoken to Refinery29 about what it means to be “bi-curious”, I was super excited. Even when Gab and I don’t see eye to eye (which is, admittedly, rare), I always find her thoughts — particularly those on topics linked to bisexuality — a springboard for interesting and productive conversations. This brief interview was no exception. What follows here is a brief post in response to the Refinery29 article; not seeking to argue a case but simply to put forward my own views on some of the…


I know Glossier Play just launched today, and the rest of the Glossier stalwarts are probably of little conversational merit as a result, but I continue to plough on with my reviews of the swiftly-becoming-cult beauty and skincare brand.

This review is the fourth in a series (parts 1, 2, and 3 here) and, as the name suggests, will cover the relatively recent addition to the Glossier family, Zit Stick. That’s not the only delight I have in store for you, however, as I’ve also got plenty to say about the even newer Milky Oil cleanser, and the single piece…


Before you dive into this new blog post, I recommend you check out parts one and two of my Glossier reviews. In the time since writing these, I have noticed a real change in my makeup and skincare routine, and in my attitude to cosmetics as a whole. I’d be lying if I said Glossier wasn’t central to this personal paradigm shift.

When I first tried a Glossier product, I was wary of their dewy, Cali-girl aesthetic. Their entire shtick seemed to be beauty products for people who were already beautiful! I struggled to believe I’d want to replace my…


What implications would the application of Peter Singer’s ethical theories would have for animal testing in the development of medical drugs for humans?

Peter Singer by Leif Tuxen. Photograph from Peter Singer’s website.

This is a piece of work I produced in 2012 as part of my International Baccalaureate. At the time I was 17 years old, and hoping to apply to study veterinary medicine the coming year. I ignored all advice to choose a biology-based Extended Essay subject, and the philosophy essay I produced is still one of my proudest pieces of work. Additionally, the knowledge I gained in its research and writing has continually proved relevant throughout my veterinary degree.

Abstract

In this country, animal testing is a required step in the procedure of developing new therapeutic drugs for humans. This…


There’s so much I want to say in this blog post, yet it’s simultaneously something I don’t want to do at all. It’s complicated, and I was hoping it wouldn’t be necessary, but a “deeds not words” approach can only get you so far through the restrictive porthole that is social media (I’ve written about that before, so I’m going to try not to rehash too much).

The most important part is an apology, and if you’re pissed at me (understandably), I don’t expect you to read the rest. I’m sorry for being thoughtless, and flippant, and causing harm and…


This article was originally submitted as a reflective log as part of my final year clinical rotations at the Royal Veterinary College. The brief given was: “a reflective log on the factors that contribute to stress and anxiety within the veterinary environment and options available to reduce these.”

Commitment to reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness in the veterinary profession has only strengthened over my time at university. However, it doesn’t always stretch to destigmatising the formal support structures many of us rely on throughout our careers.

We are individuals, not just the token “one in four”, and as someone…


As someone who mostly blogs about social justice and music (and sometimes both at once), I couldn’t have expected the amazing response to my last Glossier review. Thanks to everyone who acted on my recommendations, I was able to try a bunch more of their products and come back for review round two. I’ll be honest, my take on the brand is broadly the same: Glossier products are either fantastic, or excruciatingly disappointing — there’s not really an in-between. Read on to find out what I reckoned were the big hitters and which left me completely cold.

Before I start…


2018 is a great year to be bi. From Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s resident bisexual Rosa Diaz (played by openly bisexual Stephanie Beatriz) to Harry Styles’ lowkey coming out through new song “Medicine”, we’ve got more mainstream cultural touchstones available to us than ever before.

On Friday, Rita Ora dropped star-studded new single “Girls”, featuring Cardi B, Charli XCX, and Bebe Rexha. It’s pretty unambiguously queer, with all four artists chiming in on the chorus: “Sometimes, I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls.” Cardi B gets more explicit, talking about having a girl “down with the scissor”, whilst Rexha and XCX sing…


Why do we consider this “performative” the ultimate insult? What is “performativity”, and is it really so bad?

If you’re vocally involved in leftist circles on the internet, chances are you’ve been called “performative” at least once. Intended as an insult, “performative” is used to imply that there’s no substance to what you share on social media — that your activism begins and ends with a few retweets and some carefully curated hashtags.

Even though little has changed about how I use social media in the past few years, it’s only recently that the accusations of “performativity” have started to…


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Like many people in a queer relationship, I regularly find myself in that weird situation where strangers feel entitled to ask invasive questions about my sex life. A favourite is the incredibly broad “what is lesbian sex, anyway?”

Nosy heterosexuals aren’t the only people looking for answers to questions about lesbian sex. As a young bisexual coming to terms with my own sexuality, I had no idea what sex with a woman would entail.

Clip from Skins with Naomi and Emily discussing lesbian sex

When you Google “lesbian sex”, the entire first…

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