The Therapeutic Gaze: Manon Ouimet and Photography

Firstly, could you tell us in only 10 WORDS about your photography? My photography’s about generating trust and capturing honesty from my subjects. How did you begin? I was asked by Bettina Arndt, an internationally well-known sex therapist, to take portraits of new clients. Her clients were people who were trying to find love, using…

Model Behaviour: A dark one woman comedy about the modelling industry

Issy Knowles’ show Model Behaviour has just sold out at the Edinburgh Fringe. David Walliams thinks she’s pretty great, as does Fleabag. Here is her tell-all, featuring her burping her way to success on stage. Firstly, could you tell us in only 10 WORDS about your show? It’s a dark one woman comedy about the…

Based On a True Story: An Interview with the Directors

Bella Spencer interviews twin filmmaking duo Jack and Gabe Whitehead about their latest short film, Based on a True Story. The short follows the story of Henri and Verity, two amateur photographers who chance upon a competition to take a photo of ‘The Truth’. A discussion of art and pretension, it delves deep into the…

A Stranger To Myself: Why can’t I remember my early youth?

Words by Ryan GrAy Art by Amanda La Forest “What is your earliest memory?” I guarantee you will hear some excellent stories if you pose that question to your friends next time you’re at the pub. Mine for instance, was walking in on my parents in the living room at the innocent age of 3 years…

Neuro-nonsense: Bending gender science

By Shaina Ford Artwork by Aurora Hawcroft It’s an exciting time to be a feminist. We’re in the fourth wave, and the air is electric. In one way or another, everybody’s talking about gender. We’re challenging structures, questioning norms and breaking down binaries. But times of reformation are times of unknown – they come with…

Playwriting for Dummies: What would Harold Pinter think?

‘Oh look! A competition for a play… I write, I can write a play, can’t I? Yes, easy, I’ll just dash it off over the summer… Right, fresh word document, clean desk, let’s begin. The beginning…so… Where shall I start?’ Following the example of Julie Andrews, I began at the very beginning – a very…

We Need Better Language to Talk About Inequality

By Toubab Amouma Xaliss Art by Julia Oborne It’s a privilege to not get killed by the police, it’s a privilege to have a passport that allows you to travel to more than five countries visa free, it’s a privilege to have social security, it’s a privilege to not be a house servant or a…

Encountering Value Beyond the Certainty Machine

By Albert Woods Art by Ella Chedburn (Instagram: @echedburn) I am sitting in a car, in the passenger seat. I’m tired, sad and a little bit pissed off. It’s been a demanding week, a funeral followed by a wedding. My sister is driving us back to London from the wedding and I finally feel able…

Why We All Deserve Better Sex

TW: heterosexual sex + relationships Words by AmeliA CONWAY Art by Abi Bruce The other day I became enthralled in a facebook debate between two young women, arguing about the recent Aziz Ansari case written about on babe and the woman Grace* who had chosen to tell her story. Whilst one woman stated this was sexual…

Something we should really KNOW about in Ecuador

Words by Rex Fisher Art by Janina Gude (Instagram: janinagude) “Give it a cry!” sneered my gobby sixteen-year-old brother, Patrick, as the both of us poked fun at Ross Kemp “givin’ it a cry” somewhere deep in the Ecuadorean rainforest. We were watching a late-night repeat of ‘Ross Kemp: Battle for the Amazon’, in which…