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October 1, 2018

The internet has given us communities like we’ve never seen before. But what are the consequences? Katie Meadows investigates. CW: the shit parts of the internet. Discussions of suicide, eating disorder, incels, and Donald Trump. When did you first get the internet? When was the first time you realized you could be whoever you wanted […]

October 1, 2018

My mother’s favourite saying is, “I’m gasping for a cuppa tea!” This usually means she’s had a very long and stressful day, and can’t wait for the warmth of a steaming mug of English Breakfast in her hands to mimic the feeling of human contact, without the annoyance of said human contact. However, I have […]

September 24, 2018

Meet Daphne Commons. She’s your typical student, bright and bubbly and excited to see the world. She’s studying abroad, trying to get her diploma in massage therapy, worrying about passing her exams and getting good grades, and which hot young doctor she could go out with. Oh, and also World War One’s going on. No, […]

September 24, 2018

On the wall outside my sister’s room, there’s a painting that looks like a cross between a coffee table and a penis. It’s a flesh coloured shape on a black background, with little veiny oil paint wrinkles. I can remember Bill asking me what I thought the painting was of, though I can’t remember what […]

September 24, 2018

Turn off that radio I can’t hear myself above the drums of flava 106 I want to tell you about where I came from Specifically: Karamea St, the “nice end of Spotswood” (We weren’t part of a suburb till 2008 when the new subdivision came in and we were officially Whaler’s Gate, before that Mum […]

September 24, 2018

CW: Child abuse, sexual violence I don’t really remember the night I was sexually abused. Oh, I remember bits and pieces. I remember my dad sliding a glass of wine across the table, imploring me to drink it. I remember his drunken gaze, lewd smile, his body gently swaying back and forth in tipsy anticipation. […]

September 17, 2018

CW: discussion of pornography, underage sex, BDSM, assault As I lay in bed with the lights dimmed, my phone on incognito mode, a vibrator in my hand, and a video playing on my screen entitled “Bound teen in fishnets teased with vibrator, fingered, denied orgasm”, I can’t help but feel a strange mixture of arousal […]

September 17, 2018

When it comes to sex, pretty much all of us have heard the word consent thrown around a lot in the last five years or so. But, due to inadequate and abstinence-focused NZ sex education (#eyeroll), all we may have picked up about it is that it’s a “thing” and that it’s probably important. But […]

September 17, 2018

CW: gross descriptions *Names and identifying details have been changed for privacy. After ending an intense two-year relationship late last year, being on Tinder and drinking a bottle of wine a night became the usual. Not because I was looking for a rebound or trying to fill a void, but because I was FINALLY single. […]