Identity

Ben Stoten: The Shark-diving, Weight-lifting Double Amputee

Meet Ben Stoten – the shark-diving, weight-lifting double amputee DtL: Hi Ben, Could you tell us a bit about your story so far? Ben: On February 3rd 2012, as I was going to the aid of another soldier who had been wounded in Afghanistan, I was caught by an improvised explosive device. I awoke three

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Learning to Love Your Body: Lessons from Life Models

We talked body positivity, self-love and naked selfies with three life models who subvert dominant ideologies, and unapologetically bare all to a room full of strangers on a regular basis. Amy, Caitlin and Olivia all make a living posing nude for artists; they tell us what it is really like to be the muse behind

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‘Disability Does not Mark the End of a Dream – I Wouldn’t be Playing for England now, if I Hadn’t of Suffered a Stroke’: Paralympic Footballer Matt Crossen

Paralympic Footballer Matt Crossen on suffering a stroke at 23 years of age, qualifying for Rio 2016 and masculinity in sports I was just a typical 23 year old man. I played football semi-professionally for Marske United in the northern league division, I went to the gym, enjoyed going out with my mates and was

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“We Googled the Word ‘Muslim’ and the Images We Found Were Horrifying”: Hanan Challouki & Taha Riani on Smashing Stereotypes

We interviewed Hanan Challouki & Taha Riani, co-founders of Mvslim.com – an online space that unites people from different backgrounds and cultures, not only to create a strong community of Muslims, but to make the world of Muslims more accessible to others. DTL: What were the motivations for setting up Mvslim.com? Hanan: We started searching

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‘I Wear Makeup and Dye my Hair but I Feel I am Masculine’ – Matty Bovan

Designer Matty Bovan talks makeup and masculinity When I was younger I didn’t have a particular ‘style’ or ‘look’; it wasn’t until a bit later that I started experimenting with my appearance. I guess I had always admired subcultures, and I knew I wanted to physically manifest the spirit of my own individuality, but it’s

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‘Just Two Weeks After Losing My Arm, I was Back DJing’: Matt Howes

We interviewed DJ Matt Howes Matt Howes is an unofficial world record holder, charity ambassador and, amputee. In 2011, he was in Greece when his moped was hit by a car; he survived the accident but lost his right arm in surgery. Just two weeks after the accident, Matt was back behind the decks, despite having

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Girl Power: Meet the Women Planning World Domination

Meet the GRL PWR Gang, a collective of girls set for world domination. We interviewed Artist/Designer Elizabeth Ilsley, Photographer/Director Millicent Hailes and Marketing Consultant Jessica Riches; just three members of GRL PWR Gang, a collective of influential women who have joined forces to promote female empowerment and support other women working in creative industries.  Founded

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Sexism and Skateboarding

Viviana Gomez-Morales is a member of Nefarious; an all-female skate crew based in London, who are defying gender stereotypes I grew up rollerblading and had always wanted to try skateboarding. I remember being 8 years old and begging my mum for a board, but it wasn’t until last year that I decided to buy one

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Sex on Camera: the Porn Industry and its Effects

An ex-worker blogs about her experiences in the sex industry, the reality behind the videos, and the effects of such material on the younger generation I have sampled the sex industry in its full and varied diversity. And in that time, I had taken two overdoses, been raped twice, consistently manipulated and became a functioning

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What is it Like to be a Gay Muslim?

Social Activist and gay Muslim Ejel Khan on reconciling his religion and sexuality, cyberbullying and making a difference through activism. I describe myself as ‘culturally muslim’; in that, I am not so concerned for the dogma that is tied to religion, but I still have faith, regardless of my sexuality. Reconciling my religion and sexuality

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