Sex workers change the script: Calling ourselves ‘workers’ Sex workers change the script: Calling ourselves ‘workers’

Sex workers change the script: Calling ourselves 'workers'

Sex workers change the script: Calling ourselves 'workers'

Referring to the most stigmatised workers in the world as ‘workers’, then, also feels like a kind of ‘Fuck you!’ to the labour market.

Sex workers change the script: Calling ourselves 'workers'

Sex workers change the script: Calling ourselves 'workers'

Referring to the most stigmatised workers in the world as ‘workers’, then, also feels like a kind of ‘Fuck you!’ to the labour market.

Learning that you’re autistic as an adult: Big feelings Learning that you’re autistic as an adult: Big feelings

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Being diagnosed as an autistic person was the best thing that has ever happened to me. It just didn’t feel like it at the time.

Learning that you're autistic as an adult: Big feelings

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Being diagnosed as an autistic person was the best thing that has ever happened to me. It just didn’t feel like it at the time.

How allies can support LGBTIQA+ people How allies can support LGBTIQA+ people

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The crux of the campaign is to illustrate that it’s not just on LGBTIQA+ people to support each other – allies should be supporting us too.

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The crux of the campaign is to illustrate that it’s not just on LGBTIQA+ people to support each other – allies should be supporting us too.

Archer Magazine #15 – the FRIENDSHIP issue Archer Magazine #15 – the FRIENDSHIP issue

Archer Magazine #15 - the FRIENDSHIP issue

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This edition of Archer Magazine features articles on friends with benefits, loneliness, intergenerational friendship, and chosen family.

Archer Magazine #15 - the FRIENDSHIP issue

Archer Magazine #15 - the FRIENDSHIP issue

This edition of Archer Magazine features articles on friends with benefits, loneliness, intergenerational friendship, and chosen family.

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I love how sex workers call themselves simply ‘workers’.  “Are you a worker? I’m a worker.” Even clients say it: “My ex-girlfriend was a worker.” It’s both a code name for the most stigmatised work in the world, and a rebuttal against the assertion that our work isn’t “real” work. To say “I am a …

Have you ever seen a bird fly into a window? They don’t try to slow down or brace for impact, because as far as the bird is concerned, there’s nothing there – until there is.  My window, my invisible wall, is a grimace of annoyance, an exasperated sigh, an awkward silence after I speak.  A …

As a bit of an oddball child, I didn’t have a lot of friends. I was teased for a sexuality I didn’t yet realise, and for a gender identity I couldn’t yet fathom. It wasn’t until my teens, when I found my fellow queers and self-proclaimed weirdos, that I experienced a sense of community. Again …

Content warning: This article contains details of gendered violence and discussions of suicide.   When I first bled, I was sitting on my bed wearing yellow floral underwear. The pattern matched my soul. I was 12, and mature enough to know what it was. At school, students like me were taken to the dark and dusty …

Content warning: This article contains details of police violence and sexual assault.   In early 2018, I’d just experienced my bisexual awakening. It came as a result of immersing myself in several aspects of queer culture, though I didn’t realise I was doing so at the time. For years prior to my awakening, I watched …

Porn as sex education

I don’t remember how I found queer porn. Maybe an ex told me about it? I do, however, remember the first time I watched it. I’ve never gone back to the specific scene, but I remember the gloves, the sweat, and how it made me feel: hot and bothered, sure, but also like I was …

Content warning: This article discusses transphobia and domestic and family violence.   I have been learning through voraciously consuming lived experience narratives and reflections on trans lives for years. I have remained alert to how trans identity is covered or erased in academia and research activity. Soaking up lived perspectives was part of my quest …

In 2019, I managed to get myself out of a situation that was onerous but not uncommon. It involved a man who I thought was the love of my life. I knew many individuals to exhibit the traits he displayed throughout our relationship. However, I was unaware of just how typical my experience was for …

The name is Wakim. That’s Wak-eem, not Whack-em. My childhood was filled with tabouli and hummus, and punishment was a smack with the wooden spoon. I’m Lebanese, and my features show it. The thick, curly hair on my head is what most people first notice about me. This hair was a catalyst for breakdowns in …

Content warning: This article discusses sexual assault.   During my formative years, my self-esteem and social skills were damaged by pathetically inadequate sex education and the generationally perpetuated notion that teaches young girls that their worth is dependent on male attention and validation. I endured long-term trauma during high school, which induced complex mental health …

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