I remember the first time I listened to Melodrama; in the dark of my bedroom on release night, with the volume up full. When Lorde told us she was about to “make em’ all dance to it”, she wasn’t lying. Three years on, this is still an album I revisit regularly. With her vocals, song writing, and production melting together to construct a soundtrack of adolescent loneliness, Melodrama deserves all the critical acclaim it receives. Continue reading Melodrama and Me
‘Race and racism is a reality that so many of us grow up learning to just deal with. But if we ever hope to move past it, it can’t just be on people of color to deal with it. It is up to all of us – Black, white, everyone – no matter how well-meaning we think we might be, to do the honest, uncomfortable … Continue reading We Cannot Be Complacent
I actually hated Pretty Woman (1990) the first time I watched it. I was just coming into feminist consciousness when my mother put it on after years of raving that it was her favourite rom-com. I felt betrayed that she deemed it in any way romantic. Richard Gere with his male saviour complex comes along to sweep Julia Roberts off her feet? Yuck. These conservative sexual politics are what a lot of people dislike about the film thirty years on, or it’s the case that people like the film in spite of them. However, as I grew up and my initial repulsion evolved into critical and somewhat guilty enjoyment, I realised Pretty Woman’s biggest issue is not that it is outdated, but that it isn’t. In its approach to sex work, the film is as old hack as the current discussions surrounding sex workers’ rights. Continue reading The Capitalist with a Heart of Gold? And Hollywood’s Issue with Sex work
One of the best LGBTQ+ films to come out of Britain in the last decade, Pride tells the true story of the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) organisation who financially and publicly supported mining communities during the strikes of the ‘80s. Centring itself round the Gay’s the Word bookshop – which is still going in London to this day – this movie has … Continue reading Pride Culture Comforts: Pride (2014)
Princess Cyd is available to watch for free on Kanopy. It is a common trope in a lot of media that women’s self-worth is tied to their sexuality. They are judged for how old they are; how often they have sex, and whether they have sex with men, women or both. Furthermore, all too often female characters are punished for their exploits in contradictory ways. … Continue reading Why Princess Cyd Is So Refreshing in Exploring Female Sexuality
Girl, Woman, Other has already seen immense amounts of success for Bernardine Evaristo as the winner of The Booker Prize 2019 and the first female writer of colour to top the UK fiction paperback chart. As people work towards diversifying and decolonising their bookshelves, this seems to be a frequent favourite to start that journey. An aspect that I haven’t seen addressed as much though … Continue reading Pride Culture Comforts: Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
Nine to Five is available to watch for free on BoB. Whether you watch it for the comedy, the kick-ass female cast, or simply because of Dolly Parton’s classic hit song, there is no doubt that Nine to Five still appeals to us today. Especially on the back of its recent run as a Broadway Musical. But, forty years later, maybe we should be asking … Continue reading The Hours Might be Different, But How Much Has Truly Changed Since Nine to Five?
The last book I read was P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern. Telling the story of Holly, a young widow from Ireland, P.S. I Love You is Irish author Ahern’s debut novel. The story is centred around love and grief; it is both sad and happy, heartwarming and heartbreaking. Continue reading Reading Corner: P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
Queer Eye (available on Netflix) is the embodiment of a ‘Pride Culture Comfort’. Watching the “heroes” evolve is incredibly heartwarming: it is so special how the Fab Five enables their confidence to grow and equips them with tools to express their true selves. If you’re like me, most episodes will have you in tears – even the very first is a one-way ticket to Emotionville, courtesy of Tom’s massive (and lovable) transformation. Even if the hero isn’t queer themselves, the Fab Five’s backgrounds and life experiences allow them to connect and have meaningful discussions. This is not just through Karamo’s “therapizing”, but also through their relationships with: church and religion, homelessness, race, gender identity, strained family relations, business, bullying, health, and more. Continue reading Pride Culture Comforts: Queer Eye
The Eurovision Song Contest final is Gay Christmas.
It’s camp, glittery, and flamboyant; it’s a spectacle and, with the legendary commentary from Graham Norton, it’s a gift. For many reasons, the LGBTQ+ community gravitates towards this event and form a large proportion of its hardcore fanbase – one such reason being the competition’s central values of unity, tolerance, and diversity Continue reading Pride Culture Comforts: Eurovision