Black Masculinity on the Silver Screen

by Marly Pierre-Louis The last time my partner and I went to the cinema it was to see Dope. We have a projector at home and flick between Netflix and torrents, so we’re happy to forego the cost of a sitter and enjoy our home cinema instead of going out. But we loved the trailer… Read More

The Courage of Zayn Malik and Why Strong Men Cry

by Huma Munshi   On the face of it Zayn Malik leaving One Direction shouldn’t really resonate. At 34 years old, I am past fawning over boy bands. Even when I should have been gripped by Take That fever, I had a lot more affinity with the music of old codgers like Bob Dylan and Leonard… Read More

“Sexy MF”

by Evan Romero-Castillo Sexy may sound like a silly word, but it’s one of the few that allow us – victims of lookism – to succinctly describe our favourite celebrities’ carnal attributes, their arousing magnetism, their sensual it factor, their blinding gorgeousness, their physical and often metaphysical je ne sais quoi without violating too many… Read More

International Men’s Day: What Are We Celebrating?

by Shane Thomas Today is International Men’s Day. According to the organisation’s website, International Men’s Day is, “…an occasion for men to celebrate their achievements and contributions, in particular their contributions to community, family, marriage, and child care while highlighting the discrimination against them.” While well-intentioned, I find any type of self-congratulatory discourse around men… Read More

I’m a Man (Part 2)

by Oivvio Polite Translated by Jennifer Hayashida From a Swedish horizon it is easy to identify the Swedish Left of the 60s as an identity project for bourgeois youth and to think of projects in other countries as more “real.” While the Swedish 60s were about identity, the global 60s were about real questions of… Read More

I’m a Man (Part 1)

by Oivvio Polite Translated by Jennifer Hayashida In our family album, the summer of ’64 stands out. My parents are simply attractive beyond belief in those pictures. Dad always in a suit, Mom in a knee-length dress that hugs her body. They were in Copenhagen that summer. Dad organized an art exhibition at “Den Frie”:… Read More

What’s R(ace) Got To Do With It?: White Privilege & (A)sexuality

by Alok Vaid-Menon  There is an absence of dialogue around asexuality and all of its associated critiques from many queer spaces I’ve been a part of. The first time I ever saw someone like me having sex was in a spam internet advertisement in India. “Hairy Mallu Boys.” And I may have followed the link.… Read More

An Open Letter To My Son

by Antoinette Scott My Dearest Son,  “DON’T TELL YOUR DAUGHTER NOT TO GO OUT. ASK YOUR SON TO BEHAVE AND RESPECT” When I read these words on a campaign placard pictured on the Southall Black Sisters (SBS) website, I felt compelled to learn more about the group. As I read on, I started wondering whether… Read More