I’m just a girl who wants to be loved. But I was told, on more than one occasion, by a man who told me that he loved me, that he could not be seen in public with me. Could not introduce me to friends and family because I am trans. And not only because I am trans but because people can tell that I am trans, I am not ‘passable’ enough by certain standards. Some days, I wake up and I don’t feel good enough, because I’ve heard that over and over again. - Laverne Cox [x]
I need feminism because reactions to my females body related art has involved emails informing me that I am “inflicting self harm to my intellect” and “debasing my body.”Do you see yourself reflected in the media you consume? Parallel Magazine is all about providing an alternative to the airbrushing and the shaming, the heteronormativity and the gender binary we’re dealt as the only way. Life through a feminist lens, by women for women. Support our start-up feminist magazine at
Women’s Magazines are several million pound industry in the UK. With over 200 titles to choose from, women buy on average almost 7 million magazines every month, and 38% of women in the UK trust magazines. And yet magazines that claim to be for women or that are supposedly sex positive are churning out article titles such as “Ten lazy ways to lose weight” or “12 Little Things Every Guy Wants in Bed”. Their cover images are sexualised, their articles are derogatory and weight-obsessed, and their fashion editorials are so photoshopped that even the real life models no longer look like that. They evoke unneeded competition between women. And it isn’t just about body image, the models used, or size zero clothing. It’s about the stories and article written, the way celebrities are scrutinized, and what questions female actors and musicians are asked in their interviews. While there’s nothing wrong with wanting to be beautiful, desirable, sexy, or trendy, what is problematic is the obsession with these things about all else, to the point where being beautiful is seen as life’s greatest achievement and all else pales in comparison.
So we’ve decided to make a difference, in the form of a new magazine: Parallel. The title is a play on the idea that feminism and modern popular culture are currently running parallel to one another. In order to get feminism into the minds of the mainstream youth, the two things need to intersect and combine. And that’s exactly what we plan to do. Our magazine will cover subjects regarding race, gender, sexuality, age, liberation, women’s rights, activism, disability, and more, all tied up together in an aesthetically pleasing, contemporary women’s magazine. We will subvert the format of ordinary celebrity or fashion magazines to highlight key issues in today’s world. We will interview and talk to influential women about their opinions, highlight key feminist community groups that you could get involved in, and will review, discuss, and critique women’s role in the media.
Parallel Magazine will discuss achievements outside of fashion and beauty, will talk about community and activism and how women everywhere can make a change to the world around them. It will focus on everything from art to pop culture to history – all through the viewpoint of a modern young feminist.
what the actual fuck
see here…when he made that sally hemmings joke last year and many of us called it out for being tasteless and contributing to misogynoir, amongst other things, fandom quickly forgave him. some of us noted it and kept it in mind because his apology really wasn’t anything to write home about—and i figured that maybe he’d educate himself on rape culture, in particular when it comes to black women and other women of colour, but apparently not.
holy fucking shit
Henri J.M. Nouwen
I think I love this quote the most.(via anchor-for-sailor)
people who have gym first period
new zealand’s finest
do u have that one person who you kinda just
im so happy youre alive i dont care that youre miles and miles away i just love you a lot and care for you so much