‘This is the first of many’: Behind Manchester’s illegal raves

Around 6,000 people went to the first wave of illegal “quarantine raves” that took place in Manchester two weeks ago. On Saturday the 13th of June, thousands of people joined together to attend an illegal rave at Daisy Nook Farm in Oldham. Police arrested a man in connection to the rave, the assumed organiser. The…

Limiting success to gender: female leaders in the coronavirus responses

by Nicole Leslie Charria As Boris Johnson’s coronavirus-based opinion polls slide down the scale, many activists on Twitter, TikTok and Instagram are moving the conversation to the female leaders currently succeeding in their battles against Covid-19, posting videos, zines and memes about the women winning the fight. One that stands out, in particular, is Leathermyjoe’s TikTok — a…

Signed, sealed, and delivered…in a pandemic

Inadvertently becoming a key worker: a memoire piece on working in a sorting warehouse while COVID-19 spread through the UK. By John Ogundele 2020 has like Harry Potter been marked since birth. Harry, however, had an arc that was crowned with the realisation of his greatness. 2020 remains, it seems, cursed. In January, wildfires engulfed…

The curious world of female masturbation

Masturbation. It’s something we all discover at some point in our lives. Be that through a late-night run in with your bedroom pillow, or a curious sensation from a shower head. Let’s be very candid here. Many people enjoy masturbation in all of its sexy, weird and wacky forms. But as a womxn, I have…

Locked down & depressed, imprisoned in my home & head

by Ruth Stewart Keep two metres apart. No gatherings of more than five people. Stay at home. As a sufferer of social anxiety, these rules were like music to my ears. Finally, my preferred way of life was government-mandated.  That was how lockdown started for me: blissfully.  I could relax when leaving the house, safe…