The politics of… the tooth gap

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The politics of… is a new series exploring and dissecting, well, the politics of various social phenomena that don’t quite explain themselves.

Before I got braces I wasn’t much into my gap. That’s my teeth gap, not thigh gap (although my pubescent body allowed one of those too). My daily jam sandwiches made sure they had some extra freedom in that 3mm space before seeing their end in my stomach and looking like a buck-toothed nightmare isn’t the best way to start your teen years. Or so I thought.

It wasn’t until my braces fully closed my spacey gnashers I started to realise how much I lusted over that gap. And as it goes, I began to have my eyes open to all the greats who have generous air-filled spaces between their canines – medically and less glamorously known as a diastema. Jane Birkin, Samuel L. Jackson, Lara Stone, Lindsey Wixson, Mac Demarco, Lauren Hutton, Brigitte Bardot, Anna Paquin, Vanessa Paradis, Abbey Lee, Amy Winehouse, Willem Dafoe; the list goes on.

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We must start giving free tampons to poorer women

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It just doesn’t make sense. From as young as aged eight until the fifties hit, women and girls have to use sanitary products like tampons and pads to avoid bleeding everywhere we go. On average, a generic Western uterus will cost over £18k each in a lifetime.

Meanwhile condoms are thrown at everyone who’s ever ducked into a walk in like candy, as if a youth riddled with chlamydia and sobbing, resented babies is more terrifying than a clan of red ladies free-bleeding around the world. I’m unsure which consumes me with angst more, but the war on menstruation is real.

The tampon tax, a 5% VAT placed on all sanitary products, sucks. But the extortion majorly targets those most in need – lesser advantaged women and their daughters, sisters and mothers. And the aftermath has been critical.

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The politics of… blow jobs

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The politics of… is a new series exploring and dissecting, well, the politics of various social phenomena that don’t quite explain themselves.

If a citizen from the Victorian era somehow turned up in the bedrooms of rampant young couples today, I don’t even know how they’d react to the sizzling sex before them. They might wince at the sight of a girl getting her head pushed down to her boyfriend’s dick, like she has been for the last year; they could wonder what the hell that thing is in the shape of a 69; they may well wonder why there’s a third person watching; they could ponder why there are genitals inside of… mouths instead of other genitals.

When it comes to oral sex, blow jobs, according to culture and society, come first. Traditionally male crotches have been prioritised, because, as fucked up as it is, women’s pleasure still often remains largely taboo. Oftentimes growing up, you learn about BJs on the playground long before becoming enlightened that both (and all) genders can be gone down on.

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I spoke to a male sugar baby and it’s not what you think

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Sugar dating is a rising global phenomenon, seeing young people opting out of traditional hook-ups and into arrangements whereby a (usually) older person provides various things that cost money in turn for company. Leading sugar daddy app Seeking Arrangement claimed to have over a quarter of a million UK students on its roster and more are joining to curb their sugar cravings.

Since writing about sugar dating and its firmly rising relationship status three weeks ago, a male sugar baby got in touch. A less common pairing but nevertheless significant, Martin, a 22-year-old Masters student in Paris tells me he has a female “sugar mama” 20 years his senior.

Being a male sugar baby isn’t like what the stereotypes say. (Image: Embassy Pictures)

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Why This Orgasm Bible Could Liberate The Female Pleasure Taboo

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They say we’ve never been more progressive. They may be right, but apparently in a system fuelled by pink-faced penis-owners there are still a lot of things to work out when it comes to female pleasure, in particular masturbation. The female orgasm, in all its centuries of mystery still remains a vastly taboo topic and gals getting off just isn’t talked about enough. Unless you’re one of my friends.

Pop culture routinely likes to discriminate against vaginas – cisgender female pleasure is habitually condemned by movie certification boards in comparison to males’ and female nudity is often branded more offensive than violence. But most worrying is the thought that there are actual girls and boys out there who don’t know how to work a clitoris. If this is true – and rumour has it, it is – that sucks.

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Kirby Dick’s eye-opening 2006 documentary This Film Is Not Yet Rated uncovered the US film board MPAA ‘s tendencies to give movies showing women receiving oral pleasure much higher ratings than those with men getting off. Other than the possibility of female cumming faces (acted ones) being considerably more terrifying than men’s, we call this sexism.

Even though Diary of a Teenage Girl was aimed at legit teen girls to encourage education surrounding sexuality, the flick was unfairly certified by the British Board of Film Classification as an 18. Let me emphasise who it was made for: teenage girls. The movie’s directer Marielle Heller condemned the all-male panel for being biased against women’s sexuality, when boys are taught from the off that “whatever they feel sexually is normal”.

This isn’t an isolated situation. Strangely, women are more likely to be shown on-screen naked, but this usually means no sign of a vulva. Not even a flash of pubes is normal. Yet it’s totally acceptable to show a copious amount of breasts (providing they’re sexy ones) for viewers to lap up but any undertones of girls exploring sexuality or – god forbid – experiencing a sexual awakening (as illustrated in Diary of a Teenage Girl), society is unreasonably partisan.

An educational startup might be about to curb this culture of double standards and redefine how we view sex with teachings on the perplexing universe of the female climax. It’s here: a bible for clit dummies.

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Chick-Chat: To Erase Slut Shaming, We Have To Get Sluttier

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When did being slutty get so bad? When did sticking your butt out in clubs get so dirty? When did wearing heels and hot pants become synonymous with sex? Why does wearing fishnets translate to “I wanna fuck”? Why does the word ‘slut’ make my mum wince?

We’ve got a catch 22 issue that isn’t fading: if a girl doesn’t have sex, she’s a nun; if she’s promiscuous, she’s a slut. Despite numerous think pieces and global campaigns to miraculously bust slut shaming altogether, it’s still rampant and infecting everyone’s knickers.

Being slutty ain’t a bad thing! (Photo: Ellen Von Unwerth)

Being slutty ain’t a bad thing! (Photo: Ellen Von Unwerth)

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A Love Letter To Neil From ‘Art Attack’ On Its 25th Birthday

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He hasn’t got back to my email yet but I’m assuming he’s reading the countless other love letters he’s sure to be receiving on this grand day. While I feel really old that one of the best kids shows from the 90s is now hitting its 25 year anniversary, it’s impossible not to look back on all the good pritt-sticky times Art Attack and its poster paint poster boy brought us.

Airing its first episode on June 15, 1990, the CITV (oh, the nostalgia) show penned by Neil Buchanan, who knew what was and what wasn’t an “art attack”, the important years of our childhood could now be spent making crocodiles out of paper mache and gazing as our favourite art presenter showed us how to fill our house with crap that dripped PVA glue onto our mum’s precious furniture.

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Hot boys smoking weed

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One half of model power couple Jarlos introduces a new zine celebrating the highest holiday of the year

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4/20. A countercultural holiday celebrating cannabis culture and stoners gathering in their hundreds to do what they do best: smoke weed. In honour of the global phenomenon, HIGH, a new zine from Carlos Santolalla, the multi-talented millennial model, DJ and one-half of models-of-the-moment couple Jarlos, is being released. Born out of his photo project snapping hot guys breathing in some good old THC, the California Bay-native tells us he is naturally inclined to the subject, feeling hot stoned guys are something that the world deserves to see. “Marijuana culture has been ingrained with me since I was a closeted homo in high school,” he says. “I always thought marijuana turned me gay. The first time I ever hooked up with a boy was because he rolled a perfect blunt for me and I found that to be an extremely attractive talent.”

The zine contains photos of such aforementioned gorgeous stoned boys embedded amongst important facts about the beneficial legalisation of marijuana, in the hope to clarify stoners aren’t bad people – as well as educate the wider population, and naysayers, on their culture. Santolalla explains: “The war on drugs isn’t meant for all drugs and in this case it’s a huge misuse of resources. The mistreatment of peaceful, casual weed smokers in America is downright amoral.”

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