An Update

It’s been a while since I last made a blog post, and so I feel like I need to made a big update post to let you all know what I’ve been up to!

So let’s start off with the big project of the year: Parallel!

Parallel is a magazine that I’ve set up with about 25 other women from throughout the world, from Britain to Australia.

Parallel is a new quarterly women’s magazine that focuses on life through a feminist lens. Aimed at late teenage to young adult women, Parallel is a magazine that can introduce young women to the concept of feminism through the use of informative articles, which works alongside references to modern pop culture i.e. music, films, fashion, and art. It hopes to subvert the format of modern celebrity-centric and fashion-oriented magazines in order to discuss relevant issues in modern society.

Parallel is liberating, and empowering. It talks about activism and achievements. It features strong women who are really making a difference in this world. It is intersectional in its content, discussing race, gender, sexuality, and disability. The key aim of Parallel is to initiate feminist discussion within mainstream society.

We released our first issue in January with a big launch party featuring some awesome female musicians – The Tuts, Annabel Allum, and Colour Me Wednesday. Below are some of the photos I took at the launch:

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Our first issue was a huge success. Issue 1, “Liberation”, features: interviews with Kate Nash, Hanecdote, Big Joanie, Harnaam Kaur, and the Clandestine Collective; pieces on Carry That Weight and the Good Night Out campaigns; reviews of Girls Get Busy, The Chapess, and Body Talk zines; and work by Nicci Peet, Alayna Cole, Sarah Vickery, Sian Irvine, Lilly Vigna, Megan Pattie, Robin Nichol, Janine Booth, Giselle Morgan, and of course the fabulous Parallel team themselves. We talk about everything, from politics to body image; from race representation to the Spice Girls.

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Issue 2 has just been released too: Issue 2, “Taboo” features: interviews with Dr Marci Bowers, Annabel Allum, The Petrol Girls, and Sarah Westgarth; pieces on women in music and comic book representation; articles about body hair, menstruation, cultural appropriation, abusive relationships, sex, porn, pregnancy, and disability; and work by our wonderful submitters as well as the Parallel team themselves. We talk about everything, from sex to shitting; from sexuality to gender.

Parallel Issue 2

Here are some of my photos from issue 2:

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Both issues are available to buy online here! (click click click)

We also went along to DIY Cultures Fair yesterday which was absolutely amazing! There were so many fabulous people and the vibe of the whole thing was fantastic. So much creativity and so many activists and politically-minded folks! Truly inspiring.

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We’re currently working on Issue 3 and we’re also setting up a fundraiser which will take place on the 16th of October. Keep the date free! It’s going to be a good ‘un.

So what else has been going on?

In March I set up my very first solo exhibition, called “Public Property”. Public Property is a feminist exhibition featuring work that discusses modern culture with regards to marriage, rape, and body ownership.

It was a mixed media exhibition, with photography, textiles, and a video. Below is some of the exhibition material:

“White Wedding” conveys a young girl playing dress-up at being a bride. The images aim to contrast against the stark reality of forced child brides in the Middle East, Africa, India, and Asia. Whilst in Britain a young white child has the privilege of only playing at being a bride, less privileged families around the world are not allowed this choice. Of the 140 million girls around the world who will marry before the age of 18 this year, 50 million will be under the age of 15.

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“Catcalls” uses the femininity of bunting to discuss sexual harassment on the street. Juxtaposing the pure white, girly, childlike bunting, against the gritty aesthetic of areas where catcalling would usually occur, draws attention to the sordidness of the messages.

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“Boundaries”

is a series of images investigating society’s limitations on femininity and sexuality. Images and motifs that are frequently seen in advertising are subverted into raw and honest photographs of the female body, printed on a large scale to make the audience feel awkward or uncomfortable.

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There was also a zine and video.

Well, I think that’s about it of my year up until now! But I have a lot of things coming up. I’m heading to the Things & Ink event in collaboration with The Feminist Library next Sunday, then to the Anti-Austerity Demo on the 20th of June and London Pride on the 27th. Should have lots more photographs to share with y’all soon! Plus a few blog posts that I have got planned.

If you have any questions regarding Parallel, please email admin@theparallelmag.com.

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