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Anna Louise Freeman

Journalist, copywriter, and social media editor & strategist

Location icon Spain

I write. I talk. I listen. About subjects that include, but are not limited to, sex, politics, internet and youth culture, tech, human rights and activism, pornography, sexuality, feminism and women, subcultures, art, photography, and film. I collaborate with brands as a copywriter, e-commerce marketer and social media editor, and currently work for Vice Media and Inditex conceptualising and producing e-commerce content.

Portfolio
Dazed
02/06/2016
Is Playboy's new SFW cover more problematic than its nude?

Playboy released their first non-nude magazine cover since 1972 this week following an announcement in October that the brand is gunning for a millennial readership. Having already made their website SFW last year, the print magazine over at Playboy Empires have decided to follow suit.

Playground Plus
02/06/2018
Exclusive: Women are experiencing sexual paralysis, pain and trauma after this common cervical...

The LLETZ (LEEP) procedure is performed to remove abnormal cervical cells that could become cancerous if left untreated, but a group of women say sexism in medicine failed to prepare them for the sometimes traumatic side effects On 2 August 2010, Asha*, a 33-year-old woman living in Hackney, east London, visited Homerton University Hospital for a 'minor' procedure to remove abnormal cells from her cervix.

Dazed
07/28/2015
Is Manchester the drag scene's new New York?

Drag culture in the UK, and internationally, has witnessed a cultural explosion of shade, lip-syncing and fierce queens in recent years, largely at the hands of RuPaul and his successors.

Dazed
04/10/2016
How to survive a slasher horror movie

Horror is often snubbed as sensationalised low-culture thrill by its critics, but it has always been a popular genre regardless. The teen slasher came into its own in the late 70s and quickly became one of the most popular sub-genres in the horror category.

Dazed
02/08/2018
Kylie Jenner and the ultimate performance of privacy in a post-selfie era

After months of speculation about whether Kylie Jenner was pregnant, the 20-year-old finally announced the birth of her daughter Stormi Webster on February 4th. Not only was the announcement enough to overshadow Super Bowl Sunday on social media, but it was a masterclass in how to publicly strategise the private and intimate phenomenon of motherhood.

Dazed
04/06/2016
Should art created by women be called feminist art?

What we define as 'feminist art' is nearly as divisive as feminism itself. There is a looseness around the term 'feminist art' because it is assumed that any female producing work should automatically be placed under the political microscope.

Dazed
11/25/2016
How vampire porn can demystify blood in sex

The literary vampire is an ambiguously coded figure, a source of both erotic anxiety and corrupt desire, and is one of the most powerful archetypes passed down to us from the nineteenth century. Neither dead or alive, human or creature, this abject figure occupies a liminal space that traverses the boundaries separating life and death; sex and violence.

Playground Plus
04/26/2018
Love him or hate him, Kanye West is the ultimate troll

After tweeting about his admiration and support for Donald Trump, the internet was on fire and his critics were quick to tear him down. But how much of the 'real' Kanye are we actually seeing? You don't have to agree with Trump but the mob can't make me not love him.

Playground Plus
02/06/2018
Exclusive: Women are experiencing sexual paralysis, pain and trauma after this common cervical...

The LLETZ (LEEP) procedure is performed to remove abnormal cervical cells that could become cancerous if left untreated, but a group of women say sexism in medicine failed to prepare them for the sometimes traumatic side effects On 2 August 2010, Asha*, a 33-year-old woman living in Hackney, east London, visited Homerton University Hospital for a 'minor' procedure to remove abnormal cells from her cervix.

Playground Plus
12/18/2017
Why I'm addicted to TV cooking shows

Why I'm addicted to TV cooking shows An onslaught of reality television programmes, documentaries and series' centred around food has got me hooked, and it's not just me A strange thing has happened to me. I have become a cooking show junkie.

Dazed
12/15/2016
Why do women go gay for pay?

Lesbians, or more correctly women acting as lesbians, have always had an enduring appeal for masculine heteronormative culture; the idea that females fuck, lick and pleasure each other is often treated as a fleeting sexual orientation that can be disrupted by a penis in the room.

Playground Plus
11/22/2018
A guide on how to talk to your Trump-supporting relatives this Thanksgiving

Afraid that your gun-worshipping, racist uncle is going to make your blood boil? Here's how to handle the situation Thanksgiving: a holiday sold to millions of Americans as a time to sit down with family, share food, and show gratitude for whatever version of history you were taught at school.

Dazed
05/05/2016
The new novel about drag teens, queers and lonely towns

In a world where literature is ever-becoming a passing trend amongst teens, it's refreshing to see an author tackling issues like queer identity, small town claustrophobia, and drag culture through fiction. Los Angeles-based comedian and actor Jeffery Self, best known for his cult US TV show Jeffery and Cole Casserole with artistic partner Cole Escola, is now venturing into writing with his first young adult novel, Drag Teen.

Dazed
08/03/2016
Your ultimate guide to Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman has spent most of her 62 years using her camera as a way to explore concepts of identity, sexuality, and largely, femininity. Starting out as a painter in 1972, she moved towards photography and began using make-up and costume to create images of herself as various societal archetypes.

Dazed
12/01/2017
The woman making sex work photography true to life

When Camille Melissa emigrated to the UK from Australia via Paris and entered the sex industry in 2005, she always knew that photography would play a crucial role as she navigated the complex structures - both visible and invisible - of this misrepresented community.

Dazed
01/02/2018
How AI-assisted porn could use your selfies against you

It feels like not a day - or even an hour - goes by that we aren't warned about the dangers and inherent threats of technology. Will there be a robot uprising? Could hackers start a nuclear war? Will sex robots replace intercourse between humans?

Dazed
07/06/2017
What is the real case for sex robots?

Yes people, sex robots are here and there ain't nothing you can do about it. The sexual revolution of the New World will be hardwired. I have been trying to figure out how I feel about sex robots for a while now, as strange as that might be.

Playground Plus
03/26/2018
CATALEXIT: Your A-Z guide on Catalan independence and Spain's political nightmare

Spain is facing its biggest political upheaval in decades - and it's only going to get worse It has been a tumultuous year in Catalonia and Spain. The Catalan government marched on with a vote of independence without permission from Spain's central government, the People's Party, or constitutional courts.

Dazed
12/01/2017
The woman making sex work photography true to life

When Camille Melissa emigrated to the UK from Australia via Paris and entered the sex industry in 2005, she always knew that photography would play a crucial role as she navigated the complex structures - both visible and invisible - of this misrepresented community.

Dazed
04/06/2016
The politics of celebrity in today's pop culture universe

There is no doubt that we're living in a celebrity-obsessed world. The rise of celebrity is an exchange of commodity: the relationship between consumer and consumed, performer and their public. Stardom and fandom can only survive through obsessive documentation of the lives, the loves, and the politics of our cultural treasures.

Dazed
09/22/2016
How to create a famous Instagram alter-ego

Becoming a celebrity is a complex process which is given little credit, as New York-based artist Leah Schrager will attest. The processes of building up a cultural empire from scratch is a full time job; there's no rest for the fame-seeker.

Playground Plus
06/27/2018
What is 'Big Dick Energy'? And do you have it? A definitive (ish) guide

It's not about having a penis - it's about your effortlessly cool vibe. 'Big Dick Energy' is not something you can fake, it comes from within You've either got it - or you don't. 'Big Dick Energy' is a concept sweeping the celebsphere and has spawned an incredible online debate about what criterion you need to have it.

Dazed
05/10/2017
How female pain is treated differently at the doctors

It's 2017 and we have made some serious strides for women's rights - but we're not done yet. While a pay gap between the sexes may be well-documented, the gender pain gap often goes unchecked.

Dazed
01/04/2017
Why reality TV is heading further into the void

At the end of 2016 it was announced that a Russian survival reality TV show that would reportedly allow murder is on its way while in the UK Honey G was a car crash people couldn't tear themselves away from

Playground Plus
12/01/2017
The business of spirituality: Are we buying into an age-old form of religious capitalism?

We ask whether the spirituality industry is the new face of money-making religious movements To complete our three-part series, we look at the ways capitalist drives are shaping our connection with spirituality Spirituality is big business. The burgeoning global market of self-fulfilment is now worth $2 billion annually, according to industry analysis firm IBIS World.

Playground Plus
03/23/2018
Unmasking the animal: Everything you've ever wanted to ask a Furry

Furry fandom and 'fursuiting' is commonly thought to be a sexual fetish in mainstream culture, but there is a lot more to this subculture than sex Furries - people with an interest in anthropomorphised animals, like Sonic the Hedgehog or Pokémon - have been the source of ridicule in popular culture for years.

Dazed
12/17/2015
Why we need to stop talking shit about our vaginas

Badass electro-punk provocateur, Peaches, exploded back into the limelight on Friday with the release of an extremely NSFW video for her new song . After a six-year break, and in true Peaches-style, the reawakening of this genderfuck giant was accompanied with hairy clits, public urination and stylised dick slapping; a perfect remedy for the gaping hole left in the hearts (and vaginas) of her loyal following.

Playground Plus
01/23/2018
'The one where Chandler got a coke problem': Reimagining Friends for 2018

It's 2018 in New York City, and the gang realise they can't just sit around and drink coffee all day After three years of hard graft, Rachel is still doing unpaid work for Ralph Lauren - food and travel expenses covered, though - as she tries to climb the ropes from assistant to senior assistant.

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