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Netflix’s Sandman: A dream of inclusion and equity come true

Neil Gaiman, the acclaimed writer of books like “American Gods,” “Stardust,” and the co-writer of “Good Omens,” is known widely for his legendary comic series: “Sandman.” Although Gaiman’s books and stories have been adapted to television, cinema, and theatre, none of them was as highly anticipated as “Sandman .”Netflix released Sandman’s first season at the beginning of August. This literary adaptation has sparked the usual debate: how loyal are the series to the comics? In this case, the changes make ...
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Margaret Atwood and Laura Bates on Men Who Eat Women

I was instantly intrigued by the title of Margaret Atwood’s first published novel. “Edible” looms threateningly over “woman” like a predator sizing up its prey. ‘The Edible Woman’ in question is Marian MacAlphin, a young woman who works a normal market research job in 1960s Toronto and is engaged to the similarly normal Peter Wollander. As Marian surrenders to the soul-destroying regularity of her conventional social role, she descends into an identity crisis and becomes unable to eat.
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Bridgerton: an alternate universe of Regency-era London where racism never ...

Bridgerton is one of the most popular Netflix shows, with its second season, which premiered last month on the streaming platform, having broken the record for most-viewed English-language show in a week on Netflix. The show, which takes place in Regency-era London, depicts London’s high society, known as the ton, during the social season, when debutantes are presented at court, also known as the Queen Charlotte’s Ball, in order for the aristocratic and upper-class young women to be introduced to ...
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The day I chatted with a (possible) sex offender

It all starts with an innocuous “Hey”. The person on the other side of the screen is unknown and probably not who they say they are in their bio. The pictures on their chatroom profile are some kind of anime character or a generic icon. Names like “Dddy4UA” and “PdoLuvsFem” pop up in my DMs and I wonder, “What the actual…?” I realise I didn’t specify my age and that supposedly means only one thing.
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Euphoria’s depiction of teen sexuality frames sexual abuse as sexual ...

Euphoria is one of the most popular television shows at the moment, with its second season having recently wrapped up airing its episodes. The American drama show is about a group of teenagers, dealing with a wide range of issues, such as drug addiction, and exploring their sexualities.
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Excavating transphobia: In conversation with Jules Gleeson

Transphobia continues to rise in the UK, permeating marginal groups to mainstream media outlets like the BBC, who have published asinine and outright inaccurate commentary that endangers trans people. Juliana Gleeson tells us that what was once considered a hard-line anti-trans position is now relatively acceptable in some circles. However, Gleeson points out the fact this hasn’t hindered the growing acceptance of trans people in wider society. 
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The Freedom of Four Walls and Beyond

The recipe is simple. Start with a floor, a ceiling, and four walls. Add decks, a DJ, and a sound system. Then, open the doors and let the pilgrims flow. Garnish as necessary. This mixture of space, sound, and soul has the potency to outlive the night, the power to influence life not only on the weekend, and the potential to change society for the better, for good. Let´s join us in this journey to discover the freedom behind four ...
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Bechdel Test: the struggle of female representation on screen

Growing up, I always looked to female characters on screen, to someone who looked like me. And even if it is true that women characters are present and featured in nearly the majority of films, that does not mean that it is a perfect representation. Looking at the characters on screen, I often felt like something was missing: as if they wouldn’t fully capture the complexities and nuances that I could see daily in the real women in my life.
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The Importance of Representation; and How Sex Education Nails It

(This post contains minor spoilers for season 3 of the Netflix show Sex Education) Content warning: mentions of sexual assault, gender identity and sexuality.
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The phallic centre of Sex and the City

The amount of disposable income Carrie and her friends seem to possess – enough to buy $400 Manolo’s on a whim – is unfeasible. As they are all single and living alone in one of the most expensive cities on earth, even in the nineties… well, it makes no sense. The only way it would make sense was if their families were secret Russian oil oligarchs. Spoiler alert, they’re not. In fact, at multiple points in the show, Carries runs out ...