Gaga: Broken Bones and Beauty Standards

By Evie Edwards Artwork by Tasnim Isma This article is part of our ‘UNKNOWN’ series. Next piece to be published on 11th December. Forty minutes into Chris Moukarbel’s new Netflix documentary, we see a young woman lying on a sofa, crying out in pain as a physiotherapist massages the right side of her body. We…

Never Mind Strength and Stability: The Progress of Brexit

By Charlie Smith Artwork by Louis Byrne This article is part of our UNKNOWN series. Next piece to be published on 4th December. Brexit. That old chestnut. Its name is now familiar, but its progress is slow. There are many things to sort out concerning the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, yet recently negotiations…

WE NEED YOU: The ‘unknown’ series

… Here’s something to perk you up as the icy winter approaches … Plathoes Cave is organising a series of articles surrounding the theme ‘UNKNOWN’. This is for you to interpret as you wish; it could be simply introducing our readers to anyone from an artist or poet to a filmmaker or comedian who is…

Bernie Sanders and a Beer: A Lesson on Improving the Country

Art and Words by Harriet Speed In many ways I know that I am incredibly privileged: I am white, British, and reasonably well educated. But this week I had an experience that furthered my awareness of just how privileged I in fact am. I study furniture design and making at a small college in Oxford…

All Quiet on the Theresa Front: Tories vs. Labour on LGBT policy

By Joey Parker Drawing by Livvy Mac If GCSE English taught me anything, it is that a comparison of two texts can reveal so much more than reading something in isolation. When one novel explores an issue in depth, and the other barely touches on it, you can infer a lot about the author and…

Pepsi and the Diversity Checkbox

Words and art by Joey Parker Advertising is a difficult industry to work in. I used to underestimate how every little aspect of the work we created would influence the general population in some way or another. Advertising relies on a connection with the consumer and whilst advertising agencies are painted as villainous corporations it’s…