Category Archive: culture

Archer Asks: Candy Bowers, Performer, Producer, Activist

Sponsored post: One The Bear is a proud supporter of Archer Magazine. For more information about the show, including tickets, click here. Candy Bowers is a queer South African-Chinese-Australian performer, director, dramaturg, producer, activist-artist. She graduated from NIDA in 2001. As co-founder and co-director of the Black Honey Company, her many career highlights include touring her political …

The Bachelor: Understanding the attraction of watching the reality show

I notice the terminology immediately. The contestants frequently refer to the other women as “girls”, which makes me cringe. It’s not just the contestants, but also this year’s Bachelor, Matty, and Host, Osher Günsberg. Journalists are guilty of using this word, too; in recaps for news.com.au, James Weir writes, “In a humiliating moment, one girl …

Examining queer young adult fiction: Systemic discrimination in the publishing world

This is the third instalment of a four-part series on the state of queer young adult fiction in Australia. Read part one, and part two. The We Need Diverse Books movement has done a lot to highlight the need for greater representation of marginalised people and communities in young adult (YA) books. But with the …

BoJack Horseman and positive representations of asexuality

Three years into my six-year relationship, I realised I was (and am) asexual. I’d been grappling with my sexual identity for a long time before that, without really knowing what I was. I knew I wasn’t gay, but that’s about the only option outside of the suburban heteronormativity that I was aware of. I didn’t …

Life under shadow: Exploring bisexuality as an Arab-Australian

Bodies are like houses. Some are big and wide, some small and cosy, some old and broken. Like houses, bodies come in all shapes and colours, and we’re all conditioned to be judgmental about them: where we live, where we’ve come from, and the associated privilege of a postcode. More than that, our bodies, our homes, are the …

Q&A with Alok Vaid-Menon of Darkmatter

Member of poetry duo Darkmatter, Alok Vaid-Menon, chats to us about performance, faggotry and being freakishly queer. This is an excerpt from Archer Magazine #7, the THEY/THEIRS issue. Q: How has your trip to Australia been so far? Politically and racially, everyone has a different idea of what’s going on here. US frameworks around race, …

Straddling the gender binary: Clothes don’t maketh the man

It had taken my boss three weeks to comment on my new look. I was glad she liked my shoes, because although I’d only owned office-appropriate heels for a few weeks, I’d dreamed of wearing them for more than 20 years. This is me now. Rewind a couple of years, and this personal unveiling would have seemed like …

Culture Clash: Exploring cultural and sexual identities from Zimbabwe to Australia

When I was your age…” was how my Zimbabwean mother would often begin her lecture-sermons. “If God were to see you now,” she would say, in her rich and powerful African accent, and I’d know I was in for a long one. For many children growing up in the western world, the delivery of life lessons with a …

How to be a good slut: top 5 tips for all genders

It’s that time of year, in which we take to the streets to fight for their right to be sexual, human and scantily-clad. That’s right, it’s SlutWalk Melbourne, and we are big supporters of the right to reclaim the word ‘slut’, for those that want to. SlutFest, the annual SlutWalk fundraiser, is on this weekend. To celebrate, …

Archer Asks: Cash Savage chats to her wife, Amy Middleton, editor of Archer Magazine

Cash Savage is a country-blues musician and a Melbourne institution. Her new album, One of Us, is currently at #1 on the Australian community radio charts. Here, she is interviewed by her wife Amy Middleton, founding editor of Archer Magazine, about her national tour, being a woman in music, politics and married life. Q: Hi …

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