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    Book Review: What Is Sexual Capital? Dana Kaplan and Eva Illouz. Polity Books. 2022.

Book Review: What Is Sexual Capital? Dana Kaplan and Eva Illouz. Polity Books. 2022.

by Sevde Nur Unal

In What is Sexual Capital, Dana Kaplan and Eva Illouz (2022) present a thought-provoking debate around a sociological metaphor, namely sexual capital. The authors mainly argue that sexuality can function as a type of capital when it operates as a way to achieve a variety of (historically-specific) benefits, from economic gains in the commercial sex industry to […]

Returning to Paracas: a phenomenology of trauma

by Daniela Meneses

I must have been four or five, but I have always thought of it as something without a beginning, something that always already was. Every summer and every winter, I would spend the school vacations in Paracas, a small town by the Peruvian coast. I would stay there with my paternal grandmother, my brother and my cousin. […]

On/Off Her Way Home

by Wen Wen 

 

The legendary sea surfaces

That meteoric stones have rolled over

An establishing shot, takes only one flash

Thinking of you, murmuring to you,

Until some tears run dry, turning reddish

Dipping upon a dream (many nights)

Once thinking of you, she is

Across the water of no name

Looking out the way back to you, she is

Still writing in English (how?):

‘Travelling around the world

From the […]

Liminalities of time and its flashes

by Kashi Syal

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Blossom acts as a seasonal clock even before daylight savings. Spring comes and the days stretch. Every April, I think about T.S Eliot’s bankers walking over London Bridge trying not to jump, the minutiae of a life measured by coffee spoons, all of Plath’s unlived lives. Up Bond Street, Clarissa Dalloway has the oddest sense of being […]

Apostrophe

by Claire Wilmot

          i. polemic

Look I know this one hits different, but I’m writing to tell you I’m tired of asking is this it? with every new blip in crisis time, tired of waiting for the other shoe to drop only to realize that both have fallen already, might keep falling forever. And just cause […]

The X marks us all: the lingering, living liminalities we write with

by Q Manivannan
“The code-name losses and compensations

Float in and around us through the window.

It helps to know what direction the body comes from.

It isn’t absolutely clear. In words

Bitter as a field of mustard we

Copy certain parts, then decline them.

These are not only gestures: they imply

Complex relations with one another…”

 
All Kinds of Caresses, John Ashberry

I gather and bundle together the […]

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    A Tale of Two Obscene Publications Acts — A Brief and Incomplete Contextualisation of Obscenity Laws and Imperial Censorship in Sri Lanka

A Tale of Two Obscene Publications Acts — A Brief and Incomplete Contextualisation of Obscenity Laws and Imperial Censorship in Sri Lanka

by Senel Wanniarachchi

At a meeting held on 21 September 2021, the Sri Lankan Cabinet granted the nod to a new bill which, according to media reports, is being drafted to “prohibit any form of obscene publications, produced through information technology and other media.” Subsequently, clearance from the Attorney General’s Department appears to have been received for the Bill which is […]

Vibrant lockdown walks

by Daniela Meneses Sala

In March 2020, the government announced that individuals in England were allowed to leave home only for the purpose of shopping for basic necessities, medical needs, travelling to work where it could not be conducted from home, and for “one form of exercise a day – for example, a run, walk or cycle”. As a result […]

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    Who is afraid of the rainbow? The politics of LGBTQ symbols in Turkey

Who is afraid of the rainbow? The politics of LGBTQ symbols in Turkey

by Tunay Altay

On 14 April 2021, a group of students from Turkey’s Middle East Technical University (Ortadogu Teknik Universiversitesi, ODTÜ) gathered at a staircase on campus in Ankara. This staircase was no different from any other staircase on the 11,100-acre campus, yet this was the third time in a fortnight that the students had met at the same point, carrying […]

Viva la Vulva: the advertisement that divides Italian women

By Giorgia Baldi

It is ironic that a simple TV advertisement should create such a controversy in Italy in 2020. Nuvenia, a company producing female sanitary napkins, launched a campaign named ‘Viva la Vulva’ linked to the taboos associated with the female body. The TV advertisement shows diverse objects which represent the vagina (‘vulva’) such as shells, fruits, an embroidered […]

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