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Lessons in Love

Sometimes, I don’t tell people I love them enough, or at all. If anything, I tell the wrong people I love them. I tell the people who don’t love me back or who have a curious and cruel concept of love. I mostly find myself proclaiming the infamous ‘L-word’ when I’m infused with gin and have smudged mascara because I am surrounded by those who … Continue reading Lessons in Love

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RAZZ Blind Dates: “We just stood not really knowing what to say”

RAZZ decided to celebrate SHAG Week (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance Week) by arranging some blind dates in the student community! Keep up with the series here.

Ellie warned that she’s “very open so prepare to get to know a lot of personal information… especially after a few drinks”. Maybe a match with “bit of nerd” Katya who wanted someone she could talk to for hours?

Let’s see what Ellie thought first. Continue reading RAZZ Blind Dates: “We just stood not really knowing what to say”

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RAZZ Blind Dates: “it was a particularly visual birth scene”

RAZZ decided to celebrate SHAG Week (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance Week) by arranging some blind dates in the student community! Keep up with the series here.

Johnny described himself as someone “soft”  with “good chat” (back yourself, I guess) and an interest in Mega Kebab. Would he live up to Edith’s hopes though of meeting “a sexy stranger to have a laugh with”? No pressure Johnny.

So what did Johnny think of the date? Continue reading RAZZ Blind Dates: “it was a particularly visual birth scene”

Finding the Joy in Sex Again

Content Warnings: trauma, sexual violence, abuse Trauma can hit us in a number of ways. At its core, it is a huge ordeal to our minds. It can make the everyday feel like a marathon, and something that used to be totally normal to us be a representation of everything we now completely fear, even down to a certain smell or place. What is often … Continue reading Finding the Joy in Sex Again

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Feeling Marginalised in Your Own Body: Unpacking Male Dominance of Female Anatomy

 “From the earliest days of medicine, women have been considered inferior versions of men.” – Gabrielle Jackson.

For as long as medicine has been around, it has been created by men, for men. Medical research is significantly often carried out on male animals due to hormonal fluctuations in female animals causing discrepancies. Further, the female body has been treated largely as a reproductive body first and undiagnosed female health issues have been reduced to part of a “hysteria” discourse, first coined by Freud in the 1800s. Therefore, inequality in medicine stems from both a lack of knowledge regarding gender specific medical issues and a negative portrayal of hormonal differences between the sexes. Continue reading Feeling Marginalised in Your Own Body: Unpacking Male Dominance of Female Anatomy

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Arty Nudes

There goes the age-old art centric debate; what constitutes nude and what naked? Nudity is often viewed as the artful posing of the naked human form, whereas nakedness is often perceived as more vulnerable, unrefined and bare – in such a sense nudity is often elevated to a higher artistic and cultural standing, with nakedness being largely associated with censorship and stigmatisation. The terms are often used interchangeably, and while this may not be 100% linguistically correct, I would argue that it is important to destigmatise the taboos surrounding nakedness; a naked body is just that, whether it can be perceived as sexually attractive should not be central to the manner in which we address it. As demonstrated, both words mean the unclothed human body, so how did such a differentiation in contextual understanding occur? Art critic John Berger previously argued the meaning of the nude has changed over the years; in his 1972 book ‘Ways of Seeing’  he says that the nude has been continuously utilised to portray the female body in a manner that is sexually pleasing to the viewer, whereas a ‘naked’ piece of art depicts a sitter embodying their own space and pleasure. Whether this is true is dependent on the subjective opinion of the viewer, something that has undoubtedly changed throughout history. Continue reading Arty Nudes

RAZZ Blind Dates: “Why is Exeter so small?”

RAZZ decided to celebrate SHAG Week (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance Week) by arranging some blind dates in the student community! Keep up with the series here.

Jacob is a depop model who was looking for “someone to take my breath away”. Beatrice boasted that she’s a rugby lad predicted a 2:1 hoping to find someone with a shared interest in the length of a queue outside TP. We decided to put them on a date together.

Let’s find out firstly what Jacob had to say about the date… Continue reading RAZZ Blind Dates: “Why is Exeter so small?”