REPEAL THE 8TH MARCHES

REPEAL THE 8TH MARCHES

REEK perfume speaks to people across the UK and Ireland who marched in solidarity with their sisters to repeal the 8th amendment abortion law. From toddlers to grannies everyone was out with one message, repeal the 8th.

“My body! My choice,” was chanted by thousands of pro-choice protestors as they marched from the Garden of Remembrance on Parnell Square to Dáil Éireann on Saturday, September 30th. The streets of Dublin were filled with music, cheers, and an overwhelming atmosphere as members of the community came together to recognise the long years Irish citizens have lived under the Eighth Amendment, which criminalizes abortion.

“It was extraordinary,” said Charlotte Lee, a student studying in Dublin. “It was amazing to see so many people across all genders, ages, and nationalities turn out.”

Under the 8th amendment, women and their doctors are barred from ending a pregnancy by choice. Those who choose to have abortions must instead go to another country, taking on the cost of the procedure, travel, and lodging themselves.

Students from many countries came to support the effort spearheaded by Irish citizens, who have fought for over three decades to repeal a law, which they say causes much more harm than good and unfairly targets poor communities. A group of hundreds of students started in front of the Campanile in Trinity College campus in Dublin and marched across the city to meet the other protestors in Parnell Square.

The atmosphere was friendly, and excited. The theme of this 6th Annual March for Choice was Time to Act, and that’s exactly what was called for. The chants of, “Pro-life is a lie! You don’t care if women die,” were impassioned and yet hopeful. Calls for a separation of church and state called into question the legality and ethics of preventing women from choosing abortion.

The thousands who turned out to participate, in their matching shirts and colorful signs with clever slogans, believe the end of barricading women from reproductive rights is near. If today’s march showed anything, it is that the community support for legalizing abortion is strong in Dublin, and it truly is time to act. – Jennifer Seifried, Dublin

Dublin was not alone – the brilliant bitches below share why they were marching to repeal the 8th today. Thank you all for your wise words, pictures and superb sign making.

DUBLIN

 

“Once again, the people of Ireland marched to repeal the 8th amendment.

If the government thought that by announcing that there will be a referendum next May or June would appease the pro choice movement, the thousands who marched today told them that the many want true repeal, not another watery wording that will block safe and legal abortions from happening.

The loudest group were the Union Of Students in Ireland. With the youth on board, another fudge will be defeated.” Ultan Monaghan

“Today was the 6th annual March for Choice in Dublin and hopefully the last. Taoiseach Leo Vradkars announcement that a referendum might finally take place next year should mean that 30,000 won’t have to take to the streets ever again to march for women’s rights to abortion in Ireland. The sun was out and the mood was hopeful. People talked about last year and how the rain echoed the mood at the time, but this year it was more joyful, progress is being made, the citizens assembly have spoken.” – Sorcha Nic Aodha

“It’s incredible. Absolutely huge turn out. Amazing atmosphere so great to see so many men turn out.”Heather Finn

“One step. We stop. Another step. We stop. A few more steps and finally we’re on our way marching through Dublin city. People. People with handmade signs. People with bicycles. People with prams. People with walkers. Young, old, in-between, students, teachers, single people, families.

We rally through Dublin. There’s singing, drumming, stamping, singing, and optimistic conversation. People are seeing each other after long periods, catching up, discussing local work to repeal the 8th.

Finally we reach Merrion Square. There’s speeches, stories and singing. People laugh. People cry.

“Remember this feeling of kinship and comfort”. People smile, happy but knowing we haven’t won yet.

“Remember this moment”. Happy but knowing there’s work to do yet.

“Turn to the person beside you, shake their hand and say ‘I support you’. This is your congregation”.Gas Blue Hanley

BELFAST

As an American living in Dublin, I came to the march on my own, but as is always the case with Irish people, I was befriended almost immediately by two lovely women. The march was peaceful, with only a few religious counter protesters on O’Connell. Equality towards women (particularly women of color and immigrants) is in a shameful state in Ireland, but the massive turnout clearly shows that this is not how people really think, but is simply a holdover from a time when the church had a stranglehold on the country. Being able to witness, as a guest in this country, people rising up to demand these changes to bring Ireland forward was an honor.” –  Holly Smith

GLASGOW

“Glasgow is over 200 miles from Ireland’s capital but that distance doesn’t cause complacency amongst those who know there’s a fight to be fought. Irish, Scottish and many other nationalities stood side by side today to protest in solidarity with the women in Ireland. Who are forced to relinquish control of their own bodies to an oppressive state.

Every person has the ability to make a difference to the injustices they see others face. Today we saw this take shape outside Buchanan Galleries in the form of banners, flags and poetry with everyone in attendance doing what they could to tell the Irish government that words are not enough and that we demand action.

Chants of “Not Church, Not State, Women Must Decide Their Fate”  carried out across The Dear Green Place in reminder that People really do Make Glasgow.” Ellen Patterson

LONDON

“The atmosphere was beyond great, with people of all ages proud to be there. With chants, speeches and spoken word. One of the pieces brought me to tears, and I could see people all around me were emotional at the terrible realities facing women who have to travel for abortion, both physically and psychologically. To see so many people come out to support the women in Ireland to repeal the 8th was overwhelming. There was such a strong feeling of sisterhood and solidarity.” – Fleur Moriarty

HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED 

https://www.abortionrightscampaign.ie/repealthe8th/

http://www.repeal.ie/

https://www.facebook.com/repeal8/

#repealthe8th

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ALICE RABBIT - DOWN HER RABBIT HOLE

                      ALICE RABBIT – DOWN HER RABBIT HOLE

We speak to Alice Rabbit, Scottish drag performer, creator of The Rabbit Hole and mother of three about the Scottish drag scene, her favourite smells and biggest style inspiration. She’s such a smelly bitch and we love it…

Who are you, Alice Rabbit?

Alice Rabbit is a hard-working mother of 3, Edinburgh’s queen of queens and a full time people pleaser. She will literally do anything * wink wink *

Tell us about drag and how things are changing?

Things are getting to a point where there are performers within the UK & Scotland getting recognition from each other and from some Ru Girls, however I think with drag becoming more and more popular it is a lot harder to be noticed by show producers. That is healthy though as it encourages everyone to  step it up. As drag becomes more mainstream things will get even more exciting.

What’s your biggest inspiration?

My biggest inspiration are styles from the 60s, 70s and 80s. I love the shapes and the prints and I try to incorporate that into my own style.

What women or woman influences you?

Well I don’t know about ” women ” but my biggest influence is Divine, I just relate a lot to how he felt about wanting to be a star, being in love and entertaining people. I also really appreciate his body of work and how hard he worked to get somewhere. I also feel very inspired by women like Brittany Howard and Adele who are, in their own ways, different from the pack. Their talent shines through and they are both amazing women – I love their style.

What equality campaign is most important to you?

Pay women an equal wage. Fuck the pay gap.

Is there something you’d like to change?

The Drag and Queer Community needs less in-fighting. I, myself can attest to this and I worry a  lot that we spend more time fighting each other over things that are not important to the bigger picture. We should be able to put our differences aside to take on the real enemies who are taking away our legendary venues and trying to stop Drag and Queer performance being visible.

What are your favourite smells?


I love the smell of bacon frying in the pan, but if we are talking scents for a perfume I’d love to smell like chocolate so I could encourage the world to take a bite.

Are you a witch or a bitch?

I am both. To me the word Bitch is empowering: for me it means being strong and powerful and not letting people walk all over you and most people who call someone a bitch secretly wish they had the strength to be bold. In terms of being a Witch I associate that with creating remedies to life’s situations and building a happier life. I always need that empathy otherwise I’d go crazy.

What makes you a DAMN REBEL BITCH?

What makes me a Damn Rebel Bitch? My existence. There are a lot of people I walk past on the street who either don’t understand me or don’t want me to be out in the open. I live a life where they don’t have that authority over me and hopefully seeing a fearless bad bitch like myself, well, maybe they can take something from it.

We are celebrating 2 years of The Rabbit Hole TONIGHT, 26th September with a 9pm- 3am party, with drag, burlesque live music and constant hilarity at CC Blooms, Edinburgh. For details click here : featuring Crystal Lubrikunt and Rococo Chanel from Brighton as well as the Rabbit Hole residents and hosted by Alice Rabbit.


BITCHES UNITE WITH SOKI MAK

                 BITCHES UNITE WITH SOKI MAK

Fashion stylist and creative director Soki Mak speaks to REEK perfume about body confidence, girl gangs and her favourite smells. Starting her career as a fashion assistant at Dazed & Confused  Soki now styles a long list of brilliant bitches, from personal styling to editorial publications.

What smells remind you of femininity? What are your favourite smells and why?

I love when you walk past a woman and you get hit in the face with their perfume, there’s nothing stronger or sexier than the smell of our based perfume’s, It’s quite a masculine smell and is a real smell that only fellow women appreciate which is why I salute ladies who wear it. Its predominantly found in more arabic perfumes.

My favourite perfume is Diptyque, Do Son. I spray it all over my clothes and body.

Do you feel pressure to act/look a certain way to fit in with the ideals of female beauty?

No. I personally love seeing people being different, flaws are beautiful and we each have our own, that’s what differs us from the others. I guess I don’t really understand perfection because it’s not reality and working in the fashion industry is like being at school, you either bother or you don’t. It’s your own mindset and interpretation of beauty, I like to feel good so I work out and try to eat well which then results in a better metal attitude towards your own confidence. I don’t let these things take over my life, there’s more to life than that.

How well do you feel the UK beauty industry represents women through advertising? In terms of size, age and race.

I think that things are definitely changing. I see more and more brands that are trying to represent a wider range of beauty. I think that in the UK, especially in fashion, there is a lot further to go. In fact, everywhere there is a long way to go, but there is a much bigger movement right now with brands representing different sizes/races and ages but I do feel at times it’s all a big scam and they’re jumping on the bandwagon. I’d like to believe that the world is better than this but time will tell. It does make me feel proud to be a women where I understand risks women take to fight for this. Society has been diluting the minds of the younger generation for too long, we have to love ourselves for who we are and be proud.

What women do you most identify with from history to the present day that have also inspired you to push further in your career or your personal life?

This is a tricky question. I would have to say the women who surround me day in day out. I am really lucky to have so many strong and powerful women in my life and we all push each other to go further, supporting each other along the way. I am also going to say my mum, but I bet everyone says that don’t they? Yeah, but still, my mum.

What signifies female strength to you?

Fighting for what you believe in, never giving up when times get hard or shit, or you can’t pay your rent or eat/you’ve been dumped. Whatever it is remember we’ve all been there. These hard times are so crucial in setting you up for what other shit life throws at us. (that’s life eh) Be true to yourself, be kind to others, stand up for what you believe and never put someone else down in order for you to look better. Every single woman has it in them to be strong (we were built to give birth!)

What makes you a DAMN REBEL BITCH?

Because I hate doing interviews/ I’m terrible at writing but I support this movement enough to write this (lol) I worked really hard to be able to make a living off my work, i cried a lot and got myself in some terrible situations but it made me appreciate life and people and that’s the most important thing.

www.sokimak.com


Bread & Butter Berlin

Bread & Butter Berlin

Rachel Shepherd, Berlin-based photographer, make up artist and damn rebel bitch hit up Berlin’s style fest Bread & Butter earlier this month. Here are her top 5 picks.

Bread & Butter Berlin, September 2017

 

The General Public

 

The street style was impeccable and inspiring. My pick was a woman who wore a bright leather green skirt, red lipstick and a flawless YSL over-the- shoulder handbag. People celebrated who they were as individuals and this was empowering for both sexes. More than anything, the attendees really made the event.

 

Nike

 

Nike’s stall installation was urban cool and eye catching, with an excellent female empowerment message. The stall had a section where you could customise your Nike trainers, which made for a lot of interaction among the Nike community as people decided what to put on. Fancy a shot? You can do it online here: https://www.nike.com/gb/en_gb/c/nikeid

 

Seeing Rin Rap

 

Berlin rapper, Rin, was amazing live. Rapping in German the energy alone and atmosphere was incredible. Hip hop and dance music is hugely popular in the city and Rin is an upcoming rapper with a unique aesthetic and attitude -definitely one to watch. https://www.facebook.com/pg/RINTHETHING

 

VIKTOR & ROLF FASHION SHOW

 

Dutch designers, Viktor & Rolf specialise in creating conceptual and avant-garde designs and put on an awe inspiring show including reclaimed materials being used in an extravagant Couture way. Eco-friendly, it was great to see designers taking responsibility. The audience was blown away by V&R’s interesting colour palettes and contrasting patterns. Pics posted here: https://www.instagram.com/viktor_and_rolf/

 

Mint & Berry

 

Mint and Berry had an excellent message – the world needs more romance. Their hashtag #moreromance was launched at the event. One focus point of the campaign is how to deal with hate speech on the internet – the aim being to raise awareness of the issue, to advocate understanding, and promote constructive conversation online. Their ‘Wall of Romance’ featured an installation made up of the sentence „The World Needs More Romance“. The first four words were constructed of negative tweets, while the last word (romance) invited visitors of the event to stick post-it notes onto it containing positive messages in response. Winner. The World needs more romance merch here: https://www.mint-andberry.com/en/

Instagram – @madamedaze


DAREfest

DAREfest

Ashley Stein and Lou Mclean set up feminist, one-day event, DAREFest to encourage women into the music industry. It kicks off on 23 rd September 17 in Edinburgh. We interviewed them about their brilliant idea, the smells they love and of course, what makes them damn rebel bitches.

Tell us about DAREFest?

LOU: DAREFest is a one day event co-founded by Ashley and myself. During the day we will be running workshops aimed at helping all women break into the music industry and build self confidence and skills for music performance and feminist activism. In the morning we will have a feminist pin badge making workshop run by the Women’s Aid project Speaking Out- In the afternoon Ashley will run DIY tour management, then I will present ‘how to be a bad-ass’. The title is a bit tongue in cheek but what I want the workshop to demonstrate is that we can all be the bad ass versions of ourselves. Women are taught to be quiet and apologetic all the time, but you don’t have to be. It’s about finding that confidence, and I’ll be sharing techniques I’ve learned through experience to address sexism and handle confrontation.

ASHLEY: We are trans and non binary inclusive. Girls Rock School Edinburgh (where we met) enabled us to become empowered through music and from there we embraced the principles of making noise and taking up space to become more confident, capable and bad-ass; a skill set that we are eager to pass on to other women. Organising a tour can be really stressful the first time round because you don’t have a clue what you’re doing and it’s easy to get ripped of when it comes to fees. I used to be a freelance booking agent so know how difficult it is to organise gigs in other cities and what goes in to planning a full UK tour.

What inspired you to start up this project?

LOU: I was really inspired by the sense of community. I ran songwriting workshops for women and found that the all-female creative environment was productive and inspiring. So many of the songs the girls were writing were about feminism, or activism-related experiences: a lot about emotional abuse, about being sexually harassed, or underestimated because of our gender. I started thinking about the possibility of making an event for women in relation to music, but not about learning how to play instruments. But something so that women who weren’t necessarily musical could take the lessons we learned and use them in whatever way they felt they wanted to. When Ashley and I met, it was obvious we had really similar interests and plans. Our skillsets matched up and we decided to make it happen! It’s been such a ride and I can’t believe it’s happening this month!

ASHLEY: I have a degree in Music Business so my background is in events. I used to run a monthly band night for female identifying, gender queer and non-binary performers called Revolution Girl Style Now. In uni I organised a few panel-based events where I had women from the music industry talk to an audience about their experiences. Since then I had wanted to do that on a larger scale but had never found anyone else who I felt I could pull it of with. After chatting with Lou a few times we decided to go for it! We have both realised recently that the best way to get stuff done is to do it yourself. You have to create your own opportunities. Participants can expect to learn a lot and have fun. Hopefully the music industry can expect to have a lot of angry  women banging on their door ready to fuck things up and tear down their archaic tendencies.

How can people get involved?

LOU: COME TO THE EVENT! I can’t stress enough how important it is to show up. I think in these days of social media activism we all think that clicking ‘like’ and sharing will make a difference (and by all means please share and like our event and pages, cos this is important!) but activism is about showing up! We can change the world but the revolution will not be televised! We want to create a network of real live women to create art with, to write with, to make noise with and to change our communities for the better. If you can’t afford a ticket, or are anxious about accessibility or turning up to a room full of radge punks, drop us an email! I guarantee we will be able to help you out with discounted tickets or buddy you up with someone who will understand your fears.

ASHLEY: Aside from coming along on the day or to the gig: Right now we are trying our best to spread the word as far as possible so social media shout outs and retweets are great. Know the best place to put up posters? Let us know! Want to hand out some flyers – come get some! We are also open to ideas for collaboration with other feminist events or organisations so are happy to hear from people if they have an idea. Anything that sees us assisting other women, we are down.

What gender equality issues matter to you most, personally, and why?

LOU: I think violence against women in all it’s forms needs to end now. Sexual assault is hugely important to me in particular, and the perception of victims is so deeply rooted in our culture. We blame women and it is so disgusting to me to hear anyone, including other women, criticising or disbelieving women because they don’t fit society’s profile of a ‘good victim’. This is something I strongly believe needs to end. There has been research on society’s false perceptions of sexual assault since the 1980’s, really there is no excuse for the media to still perpetuate these falsehoods to the detriment of survivors everywhere. Let’s focus on the perpetrators, not the
victims.

ASHLEY: For me its gender-based violence too, specifically emotional abuse. I was in a horrendous relationship some time ago now but have only recently been in a place where I can deal with it. Before I was able to get counseling, music was the only way for me to express my pent up rage, if I wasn’t in a band I don’t know how I’d be coping. Also, having a community that I could go to and talk these things through with was so empowering for me. Sharing those experiences in a truly safe and inclusive space helped me build my confidence. I don’t know what I would do with out the support I get from Lou, the other women on the GRS committee or the girls in my band. They lift me up and make me feel powerful and supported. I hope that’s what women will walk away from Darefest with; a feeling of belonging and sisterhood.

What women do you identify with from the past and the present day?

LOU: Amy Winehouse. I relate to Amy so much, because she was a guitar-obsessed, singing, funny weirdo, who was very introspective and shy but had an overwhelming need to make music and get attention! She was brash, and not ladylike, and didn’t give a shit about what other people thought her writing should be like. Her lyrics are beyond anything and she spent hours creating them, which is my favourite part of making music. I love finding funny rhymes. Her style influences mine a lot too. I just love everything about her and I am still devastated that she passed away. I have a sign on my front door that says ‘Do it for Winehouse’ so every day when I go out, I’m reminded that life is fleeting, and it inspires me to keep writing and make good choices.

ASHLEY: Oooooh that’s tough! I’m gunna cheat and say Patti Smith past and present! I’m re-reading her and one defining moment in her life “The swan became one with the sky. I struggled to find words to describe my own sense of it. Swan, I repeated, not entirely satisfied, and I felt a twinge, a curious yearning, imperceptible to passerby, my mother, the trees or the clouds.” Not shitting you, that exact same thing happened to me when I was about 12. I was on the bus to school and as we passed a field I could see through the battered hedge a swan run through the dirt and then take flight into the morning sun. It was fucking beautiful and I was overcome by my inability to describe it and I’ve been trying ever since.

What are your favourite smells and why?

LOU: The salty smell of the sea reminds me of my hometown of Kirkcudbright. I love the smell of muddy riverbeds in the summer, and the forest for the same reason. It reminds me of being a wild little kid! Walking past the chippy in winter is a great one. In fact, all of Edinburgh in autumn/winter smells fantastic. Really sharp, frosty air, decomposing leaves, smoky fires, and candyfloss from the Xmas market. Love it. ‘Chance’ by Chanel, as it reminds me of my mum. My nana’s house smells great, like cooking, flowers and cosyness! I also love the smell of petrol!

ASHLEY: I love lavender, I have some in a little bag with some smoky quartz under my pillow to help me sleep. Also that musty ass smell that you get in charity shops, the stronger the better! Reminds me of my gran. Sun moon and stars perfume, such a childhood smell. I think my mum had it and I loved it. And that smell when someone comes in from the cold? When my cat smells like that, it’s very familiar and nostalgic and reminds me of all my cats, past and present.

Are you a witch, a bitch or a bit of both?

LOU: When I was in highschool I had a keyring on my backpack which said: BITCH: Babe In Total Control of Herself. I’d forgotten about it until I read this question and I now realise how important that mantra has been for me! I am very opinionated and quite frankly, that’s because I know quite a lot about different things. I’m also very sure of what I want, how I’m going to achieve it and how I am perceived (though sometimes I need my friends to prod me into relaxing for 2 mins!) So yeah, I’m a bitch! I do believe in the power of stating intention to make things happen… I’ve had some pretty spooky coincidences throughout my life so maybe I am a bit witchy. Hopefully Ashley can help me re-discover my witchy side, post DAREFest.

ASHLEY: Right now I am working on being both! Iv always been interested in witchcraft and have bought a lot of books on it recently. I’m teaching myself how to read tarot cards, which I love. On the bitch front, I have always been so scared to confront people on their shit for fear of not being liked. Recently however I have learned to deal with that and now that I know I can handle it I feel empowered and awesome. Witch bitch for life! That’s me and Lou’s next project; start a coven.

What advice would you give your past self about DAREFEST?

LOU: Ask other people for help earlier, you’ll be amazed how many people want to lift DAREFest up! Keep your head up grrrl!

ASHLEY: It’s going to be hard work but it will be worth it because you will be making a difference to the lives of other women. Slay my qween, slay.

What makes you a damn rebel bitch?

LOU: I’m confident and uncompromising about the need to empower women. I don’t care what you think I should be doing, or how I fit into your worldview. I want to be who I am, and use that to help other women. Confidence in yourself is the most liberating and rebellious thing you can do!

ASHLEY: I’m organised, driven, ambitious as fuck and ready to change the world.

Website – https://darefestedinburgh.wixsite.com/darefest

Eventbrite pagehttps://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/darefest-edinburgh- tickets-35303290091utm_campaign=new_event_email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=eb_email&utm_term=viewmyevent_button

Facebook pagehttps://m.facebook.com/DAREFestedinburgh

Twitter – https://mobile.twitter.com/DAREFestEd

Portrait of Lou by Sarah Donley


DOUGLAS GREENWOOD

DOUGLAS GREENWOOD

Journalist and editor of Frowning, Douglas Greenwood answered all the bitches’ questions about feminism and smells.

What first made you take an interest in fashion writing?

Is it bad to say The Devil Wears Prada? I saw the film version in a multiplex movie theatre as an 11-year-old kid, and I remember thinking that that world seemed so luxurious, if slightly unattainable. I’ve always been a bit of a fantasist in that sense. My goals have never felt like they were in easy reach, and so I thought “Fuck it, I want to work at a magazine one day”. It just so happened that I had to make Frowning to get there! I write about everything now; fashion, cinema and music mainly. But fashion has always had that fantastical place in my heart. Streetwear takes

I write about everything now; fashion, cinema and music mainly. But fashion has always had that fantastical place in my heart. Streetwear takes hold, because I love that democratised, slightly rough around the edges element to it. The discussion around it is so intriguing too, because it’s something that can be owned by a rich, influential figure and a semi-broke fashion student. I love that disparity, and how the two parties style in their own way.

Tell us about some of the women who have inspired your career?

I think women have been instrumental in shaping my creative side, which ultimately became my career. It goes back to my mother, who pushed me to read books as a kid, and my grandmother who used to call me up on a Wednesday evening to ask which magazine I wanted her to bring the following day. It gravitated from comic books to Vanity Fair over the space of a decade, but all the while I was reading incessantly, and that shaped me hugely. Neither of those women are with me now, but they’re the ones, along with the rest of my family, that I truly work hard for.

My sister’s an artist and had a keen interest in fashion when she was younger. It was her who taught me about designers when I was a fascinated 12-year-old! She’s my buddy for everything now: cinema, concerts, exhibitions, and I like to think we teach each other lots.

And although she’s not family, Hanna Hanra has been a mentor-like figure for me for the past year or so. She runs this kickass music zine called BEAT and headed up the i-D and Chanel project The Fifth Sense, which focussed on the sensual power of female creativity. She’s now (deservedly so) the digital director of i-D. Hanna was the first editor to ever commission me to write as a professional after I slid into her Instagram DMs to ask her advice on how to run a zine properly! Thank god she replied. She’s my saviour in journalism, and I wouldn’t be half the writer I am today without her. Where do you find inspiration for your own style?

Where do you find inspiration for your own style?

Ask anybody I went to high school with: I’ve been dressing like an attention-seeking loon for a decade! Nowadays, my style is much more pared back and subtle, but I love statement pieces, and mixing streetwear with more tailored pieces. My go-to outfit tends to be a Gosha Rubchinskiy t-shirt, a pair of wide legged tuxedo trousers and a pair of sneakers.

I guess my inspiration comes from everywhere: outfits I see skateboarders and streetwear kids wearing; Instagram; shit my dad used to wear. I think there needs to be an element of narcissism in style. You want to look good and stand out to a degree, which is super important. I feel a sense of disappointment when somebody says I’m dressed “normal” some days. It fucking sucks! What gender equality causes mean the most to you personally and why? I write a lot about cinema, and the blatant dominance and preference for the work of the middle-aged white man still troubles me greatly. Sure, an experienced director who fits that bill can make great or even masterful cinema, but there’s not a lack of female directors; it’s just a case of who’s getting funding to make more films.

There’s an embarrassing photo from the Cannes Film Festival this year, in which a line-up of Palme d’Or winners is a sea of grey white men with the brilliant Jane Campion tagged on the end. In the festival’s 70 year history, she’s the only woman that the juries enlisted felt was worthy of that prize, and that’s troubling. It’s an issue that permeates so many subsections of cinema; people of colour and the queer community experience similar discrimination. Look at the listings for your multiplex cinema on any given day, and there’s a 95% chance that there won’t be a woman director on that list. Is that not fucked up?

I suppose this issue affects me personally because some of my favourite filmmakers and cinephiles are women, and these issues aren’t even subtle to them. It’s blatant everyday sexism that they have to face, and once you see things from their perspective, the industry looks bleak.Do you identify as a feminist? Tell us how that is received?

Do you identify as a feminist? Tell us how that is received?

Of course – I reckon you can’t fully trust the opinion of anybody who isn’t a feminist these days.

The thing that gives me hope is that people my age (those born in the early/mid nineties) have feminism in their blood. We’ve been influenced by the world around us to believe that this is an important issue to follow, and it’s now second nature to so many. That doesn’t mean the problems solved, it just means that the pool of allies fighting the cause is growing, which can only be a good thing.

I mentioned I was doing this to a few people, and they laughed off the idea of me being a “feminist writer”, but I do consider myself to be one, even if it isn’t the label slapped on everything I do. As a writer, it’s my job to seek out the stories that need to be told, and the issue of feminism is always something I’m conscious of when pitching to places or curating the magazine. Frowning is dominated by amazing female voices and artists, and I’m really proud of that!

What are your favourite smells and why?

• Lavender, because it reminds me of spending Saturday nights at my grandmother’s house with a hot water bottle as a young boy. Even now, I’ll always pick lavender flavoured/scented everything first.

• Molten sugar, because there’s genuinely nothing that’s smells as delicious as that.
• Fresh air, because as a writer it’s something you rarely get to experience!
• Roses, because it took me so long to warm to them and now I’m making up for lost time.

Are you a witch or a bitch?

I reckon 90% of my mates would say a bitch, but I mean my snide comments to them in good humour! Bitch has connotations of power, being headstrong and knowing what you want, so fuck it
– call me a bitch!