Sex is a Construct: Why the Male/Female Binary is a Myth

In primary school, we were all taught the difference between boys and girls. That boys were from Mars, and girls were from Venus; two different species thrown together into a muddle of butterflies and boners. We were taught that sex and gender were synonymous, and made to think that the reinforcement of stereotypes was natural. Anyone who has been on the internet knows now that … Continue reading Sex is a Construct: Why the Male/Female Binary is a Myth

‘USS Callister’: The Incineration of Introverts

In a period of tense political climates and rapid advancements in technology, I consider Charlie Brooker’s Netflix Original series Black Mirror a much-needed landmark in modern entertainment. This anthological series manages to thrill and shock audiences as they witness the detrimental consequences of science-fictional technology gone wrong. The fourth season of the show kicked off with the Star Trek inspired ‘USS Callister’, which follows coding … Continue reading ‘USS Callister’: The Incineration of Introverts

A Review of ‘The Cockroach’ by Ian McEwan

In 1915, Franz Kafka published his magical realism classic, The Metamorphosis, in which a man is transformed into a giant cockroach, putting understandable strain on his family. In this modern twist, Ian McEwan instead transforms a cockroach into the most important man in Britain: the Prime Minister. McEwan’s fictional cockroach cabinet unveil plans to overturn the British economy, isolating the country from the rest of … Continue reading A Review of ‘The Cockroach’ by Ian McEwan

Suicide in YA: A Review of ‘All the Bright Places’ by Jennifer Niven

**CONTAINS SPOILERS** Last week, to take a break from the Victorian novels that I’ve been swimming in for the last month at uni, I took to my library and found Jennifer Niven’s All the Bright Places, a contemporary YA story about two misfits who have strange relationships with death. Violet and Finch meet on the top of the bell tower at their school, each thinking … Continue reading Suicide in YA: A Review of ‘All the Bright Places’ by Jennifer Niven

“Are you a BOY or a GIRL?”

This article was published in Issue 2 (2019/20) of SCAN Lancaster. “Are you a boy or a girl?” It’s astounding the number of times strangers have directed this question at me. Even more frequent are the tentative addresses of, “Sir… I mean, Miss?” which are so innocent and well-meaning, but also a little disheartening. As someone who identifies as non-binary, I accepted a long time … Continue reading “Are you a BOY or a GIRL?”