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Self-Isolation, Sex Work, and Stigma

With lockdown seeming to stretch on indefinitely, the nation has been coming together in common interests and activities, as everybody but key workers have been confined to their homes. Amongst this, a few key activities have stood out, from sharing instagrams of home baking to taking part in Joe Wick’s PE classes and, less wholesomely, pornography. Isolated from partners and dates, it’s no surprise that an increase in consumption of pornography has occurred. According to Pornhub’s own analytics, traffic increased by 18.5% on the 24th of March “when it was announced that Pornhub’s Premium service would be free to all visitors worldwide for one month to encourage people to stay at home and help flatten the curve of new Covid-19 cases.” Continue reading Self-Isolation, Sex Work, and Stigma

Coping with the New Long-Distance: Relationships in Lockdown

Long-distance is a daunting concept. More often than not this word is filled with myth and misunderstanding. During the current situation, many of us have now been thrust into (short-term!) long-distance relationships without a lot of choice which can be quite scary. But maintaining a healthy, sexy, loving relationship is absolutely possible from a distance – it’s just about adapting to your new circumstances. Continue reading Coping with the New Long-Distance: Relationships in Lockdown

Review: Love is Blind

Netflix’s Love is Blind (2020) places a handful of attractive singles in isolated pods to get to know each other over ten days, by talking to each other. Yes, talking. That thing you used to do before you realised swiping on Tinder was less effort. Conversations range from the inane (“what do you think about dogs in the bed?”) to the painfully deep (“I became my own masculine influence in my life”), and in a way only Americans can achieve (us Brits are far too emotionally repressed). People actually connect. Guys, there’s a proposal on day five. DAY FIVE. “I’ve had meals in my refrigerator longer than that. That’s crazy!” Amen. Continue reading Review: Love is Blind

Interview: RAZZ x Recognise Red

During RAZZ’s SHAG Week (Sexual Health and Guidance week), online deputy editor, Holly McSweeney had the wonderful opportunity to interview Campaign Manager Abigail Hartshorn and Publicity Officer Emily Black from the anti-sexual harassment campaign Recognise Red as an extension of our recent collaboration. Their discussion covered the origins of the campaign and getting it off the ground, the incredible work it does to sustain engaged discussion surrounding sexual harassment and the main challenges faced within that goal. One thing that seemed to come up across the conversations was the challenge of  making specific positive change on the Exeter campuses while remaining connected to broader national and international movements too. Their discussion follows: Continue reading Interview: RAZZ x Recognise Red

We Need To Have A Conversation About Sexual Assault at University

Content Warning: Sexual Assault; Mental Health; Personal Account

The worst day of my life was the day after I was sexually assaulted in my first term at university. Looking back now, it’s hard to imagine how I got through that time – I felt completely paralysed by circumstances out of my control, unable to consider a future in which things would be normal again. The overwhelming feeling wasn’t one of shock, or hurt, or even anger. It was fear: uncontrollable, persistent, debilitating fear. Fear that is unfortunately all too common among the women who study at the University, whether they are a first-hand survivor or are simply aware that it is something to be afraid of. 23% of women experience sexual assault at some point in their lives, a shocking fact when you consider that this equates to almost a quarter of the women you know. It has been over a year since I became a part of this statistic, and I am okay now – but the situation still is not.  Continue reading We Need To Have A Conversation About Sexual Assault at University

Interview: Dolly Padalia from Sexplain

As part of RAZZ’s SHAG (Sexual Health and Guidance) Week, Ellie Foulds interviews Dolly Padalia, from Sexplain. Committed to bringing sex and relationships education “into the 21stcentury”, Sexplain “support[s] young people & those working with them to ensure everyone has access to a complete, inclusive and comprehensive sex education.”. Dolly offers advice on a range of aspects to sex and relationships, from breakups to taboos around masturbation and sex toys to what it’s like to work in sex and relationships education. RAZZ appreciates the continued support from Sexplain. Continue reading Interview: Dolly Padalia from Sexplain

RAZZ Blind Dates: “I have the tendency to be awkward”

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.

Britt was looking for someone “who gets intersectional feminism” and will share her love of hummus and cats. Millie hoped for someone who would make her laugh and was also sensibly planning for the future, keen to date someone with “no silverfish in their house.” From the outset, they both seemed to be unified by a mutual dislike of tories. Was this enough for a successful date though?

First up, let’s hear from Millie… Continue reading RAZZ Blind Dates: “I have the tendency to be awkward”