Formerly freelance, I'm currently Staff Writer at HUNGER Magazine. I have bylines at Dazed, i-D, Elle, Garage, The Guardian, Nylon, Elephant, The Independent, AnOther, Refinery 29, Cosmopolitan, Vice, Noisey, Huck, Notion, Little White Lies, SLEEK, Indie, Bustle, Wonderland, METAL, Oyster, Screen Shot and more.
In 2019 I won Young Journalist of the Year at the PPA Scottish Magazine Awards.
In 2018, I completed a first class undergraduate degree in English Literature and Spanish at the University of Edinburgh before going on to attain an MSt in Modern Languages with distinction at the University of Oxford. I am currently undertaking a PhD at UCL.
In addition to journalism and academia, I have professional experience in PR, Copywriting and Digital Marketing. I'm currently working as a freelance creative, focussing on Instagram, at content agency Adjust Your Set.
Dorian Electra might be primarily known as a musical artist but they're an educator first and foremost.
Eco-porn: the movement that says sex can save the planet Eco-porn: the movement that says sex can save the planet Ecosexuals and eco-porn producers are trying to make the environmentalist movement more sexy and fun - but is that what the movement needs? "We are the ecosexuals. The Earth is our lover."
Sign of the Times © Fiona Cartledge Sign of the Times was a stall, that evolved into a shop, initially located in Kensington Market. Owned by Fiona Cartledge, throughout the 1980s and 1990s it sold and promoted items by local London designers and dressed the city's ravers.
With British sex workers striking on International Women's Day and strippers unionising in increasing numbers, individuals across the industry are fighting for their right to hold employers accountable, demand better working conditions and safeguard their livelihoods. Many view the fight to decriminalise sex work is a labour rights issue, but Scottish politicians see it differently.
Thanks to today's hyper-visual society, a shit-tonne of sexualised images in the media, and all that time spent scrolling on Instagram, we've been practically reared for porn consumption. Now, most of us have a tried-and-tested recipe for orgasm involving a quick delve into RedTube, a spritz of wishful thinking and a dash of "self-love"...and that's about it.
With August upon us, everything seems to be happening at once. The tourist season fully in swing, and Edinburgh's streets enlivened with fresh faces from around the world; it's one of the most exciting times of the year. Yet it's also a month of odd uncertainty, with one foot stuck in summer and the other edging towards the golden leaves of autumn.
Words Megan Wallace Image Courtesy of Louche Magazine Words Megan Wallace Image Courtesy of Louche Magazine What football is to cis-het men, Drag Race is to queer people: meaning that its influence is practically inescapable for anyone under the LGBTQIA+ umbrella. As a result of its runway success (see what we did there?)
Alessandro Michele, Creative Director at Gucci since 2015, loves to talk about "freedom." At the beginning of his tenure, he defined his ideal Gucci woman as sexually and creatively liberated: "A woman whom you'll never know if she has a boyfriend or a girlfriend, a woman with great freedom of expression."
Words Megan Wallace Cover Image Dom Smith Words Megan Wallace Cover Image Dom Smith Fatima Al Qadiri is known for grime-infused compositions that quiver on a tightrope between music and conceptual art.
"Porn film festivals is that they act as a way to celebrate work and communities that are rejected or devalued by the mainstream."
In this age of information overload and algorithm-generated playlists, music has become increasingly forgettable. Viral hits pop up one week and disappear the next, while a steady stream of artists achieve a certain level of industry buzz before being relegated to our internal catalogue of Oh yeah, I think I ' ve heard of them.
Isa Mazzei broke into the public consciousness last year with CAM, a critically acclaimed horror film about a camgirl whose online identity and livelihood are stolen. Promptly snapped up by Netflix, the movie provided one of the first (and thus far best) media representations of webcam models.
Giant Swan is the brainchild of Bristol-based musicians Robin Stewart and Harry Wright born, kicking and screaming, into the contemporary techno scene. Paying little heed to the posturing that has become commonplace within the genre, the life-long friends have made a name for their see-it-to-believe-it improvised sets.
Words Megan Wallace Cover Image Tilman Brembs Words Megan Wallace Cover Image Tilman Brembs For techno fans, visiting Berlin has become something of a spiritual pilgrimage - but the nightlife isn't restricted to musical purists. Everyone knows that Berghain's wraparound queues are half-comprised of tourists who can only guess that Panorama Bar is at the top of Alexanderplatz's TV Tower.
words Megan Wallace images Courtesy of Gramercy Pictures and Olive Films words Megan Wallace images Courtesy of Gramercy Pictures and Olive Films Whatever your personal appraisals of their work may be, you have to admit that Lana and Lilly Wachowski- who stood at the helm of The Matrix franchise and V for Vendetta - have had a pretty singular impact on Y2K film.
Last month, the theme for Met Gala 2020 was. To widespread bemusement, it was revealed that Anna Wintour's invitees would strut the red carpet in ensembles inspired by "time" (we can already imagine stylists desperately brainstorming outfit ideas that put a couture spin on clocks).
Photography Julie Lauritzen Words Megan Wallace Photography Julie Lauritzen Words Megan Wallace The child of two classical musicians, a future in music was practically encoded in Sunniva Lindgaard's DNA. In fact, the Norwegian producer's formative musical memories are located deep within her subconscious, from a time before she was even born.
People say that today's teens are ahead of their years, but reading up on Mali Larrington-Nelson you realise that Gen Z doesn't have a monopoly on entrepreneurship. At the age of 13, when most of us didn't even know how to compile a decent playlist, Shy One was already playing London's community radio.
"This time last year I'd just moved to London and was really struggling with the loneliness, and this mounting anxiety that everyone was either having a much better time than me or was much more successful than me. When I was alone, in order to try and slow down these thoughts, I'd hunker down with my headphones and some ambient techno."
Juno Roche's Queer Sex, released in 2018, is still in the charts despite its "niche" subject area: queer sexual pleasure. The reason for this is immediately apparent to anyone whose bodies and intimate desires lie beyond the lines of propriety drawn by the powers that be.
Words Megan Wallace Cover image Juniper Fleming, "Bar at Folies Bergère", courtesy of the artist Words Megan Wallace Cover image Juniper Fleming, "Bar at Folies Bergère", courtesy of the artist "All I had seen in art and culture was sex work being presented as titillation or as a 'problem' or 'debate'" says Alexis Heller, the curator of new exhibition "ON OUR BACKS: The Revolutionary Art of Queer Sex Work".
If you've been on the Internet in the past month, you'll likely have come across two words: "OK boomer".
“I thought it’s about time we Reclaim a space that should have always been for us!”
As you no doubt saw on social media Jane Fonda, the lifelong silver screen queen known in 2019 for Netflix's Grace and Frankie, has been arrested outside of Washington DC's Capitol Hill as she demonstrated against climate change. Fonda made her intentions clear during an interview in the Washington Post, in which she announced her protest plans.
Words Megan Wallace Photography Heather Glazzard Words Megan Wallace Photography Heather Glazzard Few terms typify the malleability of language quite as well as queer. Once a dehumanising slur aimed at LGBTQI+ individuals, today the word has been reclaimed and is more commonly used to describe people who don't fit heteronormative moulds.
Anyone familiar with London's art and club scene will be aware of BBZ, equally for their parties and for exhibitions such as the BBZ BLK BK alternative graduate show. Similarly, Pxssy Palace has become one of the city's best-known club nights: within the queer community and out with it.
Today marks the release of FKA Twigs' (née Tahliah Debrett Barnett) much-anticipated second album MAGDALENE, five years after her career-defining debut, LP1. With her painstaking precision, chilly vocal delivery and the moments of silence populating her tracks, she has always seemed to hold her fans at an arms' length.
words Megan Wallace main image via @samsmith on Instagram words Megan Wallace main image via @samsmith on Instagram On Saturday 9 November, singer-songwriter Sam Smith posted an image of themselves wearing a draped blouse, long-line blazer and wide-leg trousers by Spanish brand MANS Concept Menswear to the LOS40 Music Awards.
As a much commented-on episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians shows, Kim's wet-look, Thierry Mugler Met Gala look caused a rift in America's most famous household.
Younger cash-strapped women entering mutually beneficial romances with rich businessmen is nothing new, but what about lesbians and queer women who are looking for their perfect match?
With a history of problem drinking in my family, I was reluctant to hit the bottle throughout my teens. Only when I entered university for the first time and was confronted with the 'drink: or else' atmosphere of undergraduate life did I undergo my baptism into binge drinking culture.
It's unsurprising that some students studying away from home suffer with their mental health - but what support is there to stop things from spiralling?
"How many more straight white male authors do we actually need to read?"
It's hard to be filled with faith that the year 2018 might be an improvement on 2017 when we're throat-deep in such global mayhem. Yet, as January rolls around we find ourselves drawn once more to the insidious appeal of the New Year's resolution.
Amongst the queer community, the cat-loving lesbian is a pretty well-established trope. Ironically, what's ultimately less clear-cut is what it means to identify as a "lesbian".
If feet aren't your thing, you might not have realised that foot fetishists are thriving on social media. In fact, there are currently over 44,000 posts catalogued under the "feetish" hashtag on Instagram, a clear indicator that IG is a hotbed for foot content.
Fans of will be well aware of its highly anticipated return to TV. But will the show achieve the same cult following as it did when it began in 2004, when it had a captive audience of representation-starved queer women?
When applying for further study, prospective art students are often dogged by teacher's unwanted opinions on how creative degrees will do nothing to prepare them for the 'real world', nor conveniently set them up with a stable 9-to-5 job. A word to the wise, however; neither do most other degrees.
"Drag": a word which conjures up a world of lipstick, lip-syncing and not-so-ladylike behaviour.
Last summer marked 50 years since the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, a landmark ruling which decriminalised homosexuality in the UK. In this relatively progressive year of 2018, fully understanding the extreme social stigmatisation and police persecution which reigned at that time is difficult.
With UK Prime Minister Theresa May recently vowing to abolish conversion therapy – a cruel practice that consists of psychoanalytical or behavioural therapy aimed at curbing same-sex attraction – and with two films set in conversion therapy camps being released this year, the issue has never been more present in the public consciousness
An essay speaking to Scottish sex workers and members of East London Strippers' collective about Holyrood legislation that could lead to a de facto strip club ban
Little White Lies was established in 2005 as a bi-monthly print magazine committed to championing great movies and the talented people who make them. Combining cutting-edge design, illustration and journalism, we've been described as being "at the vanguard of the independent publishing movement."
Skoliosexuality is a way of recognising the beauty beyond binary definitions of "man" and "woman" in a world that says that you can only ever be either/or.
In the Peter Strickland's latest effort, intense human cruelty is projected onto a deceptively innocuous red dress.
June is in full swing once more, meaning that Pride parades are taking place from San Francisco to Sao Paulo. For the LGBTQIA+ community it's a time of celebration but also of reflection: rejoicing at the advances that have been made in recent years but also casting an eye back to the event's...
You'd be forgiven for thinking that straight, cis men dominate the gaming world. This isn't helped by widespread movements like "Gamergate" - an aggressive online campaign against feminist and progressive gaming figures - which still linger menacingly in public memory. In reality, though, a rise in queer and feminist online spaces is helping to introduce gaming to a...
Before I get started, it's important that I get this out of the way: I've had a mental illness for as long as I can remember. Eating disorders, anxiety, depression - you name it, I have it.
We speak to a cam girl about "Cam" - the recently-released Stephen-King-approved horror providing a humane insight into the daily reality of online sex work
Forget Clueless. Gen Z wants more diversity on screen, and rightfully so.
Few people have had as defining an impact on Scottish dance music as Keith McIvor.
On being inspired by evolving black youth culture, authenticity and maxing out her phone storage with new ideas
Perhaps unsurprisingly then, she cites interdisciplinary artist Laurie Anderson as a key reference. Anderson is familiar to many as the partner of Lou Reed, but with her 1981 sneak-hit single'O Superman', she contributed an early artistic exploration of the transhuman experience through distorted, tinny vocals spliced up with quotes from her answering machine.
We speak to Sharon Van Etten about her latest album Remind Me Tomorrow, the importance of writing about attainable happiness and her aspirations to one day become a counsellor
An interactive, collaborative project for today's Venus
The Westminster grad on creating dramatic historically-inspired fashion for a queer, trans and non-binary audience
Avant-garde filmmaker Vex Ashley answers our burning questions on what it's like to go it alone as a woman in the adult movie industry
I interview art critic and writer Gary Indiana for SLEEK's 59th issue
Due to her own experiences, she felt something of a kinship with artists who made music while struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues, and didn't feel an obligation to gloss over the tough elements of their experience. "You gravitate towards the people you feel quite akin to.
For Schön! Magazine's 35th edition, I interviewed teen sensation Jacob Sartorius
As an exhibition of her intuitive paintings and sculptures opens, the London creative discusses the necessity of fusing fashion and art together
Introducing the all-female DJ collective championing women in music. "You can wait around for a job or love but you can't wait around for change. Our generation is DIY" says Ludo, one half of record label and collective Femme Culture. Looking at London's nightlife scene, this seems undeniable.
"I'm a college dropout!" Sigrid Solbakk Raabe (known mononymously as indie-pop singer Sigrid) exclaims, somewhat bemused that she's been chosen as the cover star for The Skinny's student guide.
"Before I started this research, I could barely think of any historic or pop cultural trans masculine figures," admits artist and bookmaker Izzy Kroese, who initially started work on what would become @transmascstudies whilst studying Fine Art at Goldsmiths University.
We sit down with the theatre-maker behind one of the Fringe's most important shows.
To coincide with the release of his new short "Fish", New York actor/director Adomako Aman talks diversity on screen and the democratising power of the internet
"Any project, voice, or work out there vowed to telling stories organically are important stepping stones in the fight for the eradication of stereotypical storytelling," says researcher, producer and model Djali Brown-Cepeda.
Nora Nord and Heather Glazzard's photo series and zine Porridge XXX is a playful and tender study of queer love and gender-diverse bodies-By Megan Wallace
Queer cultural output, which has traditionally been censored and sidelined, has officially made its entrance into mainstream art institutions in recent years, but it's hard to ignore the power dynamics at play. Why is it necessary to be validated by the establishment, and what kind of stories are being privileged?
The Nordic model doesn’t offer an “ethical” framework for criminalisation, because ethical criminalisation just doesn’t exist
Scotland's best-loved sitcom has bowed out. Here's how its hilarious blend of Glasgow banter and bunnets captured a nation
"Masculinity is inherently constricting: expectations, dominance and power, emotionlessness. So, men come to me to escape this societal prison."
Despite the failure of the 2014 Scottish independence referendum, Brexit fatigue could be breeding another generation of Scottish nationalists.
During an episode of Piers Morgan's Life Stories recorded this weekend, Melanie Brown delivered a revelation that might change how some people view the Spice Girls. In a clip which has since whipped the media into a frenzy, the pop star disclosed that she previously slept with bandmate Geri Horner.
I rejoiced last Thursday when US television network Showtime confirmed the long-awaited sequel to lesbian drama The L Word - with members of the original cast, no less. It's been 10 years since the original aired its final episode and yet the community hasn't moved on, and Shane references still abound.
No one is easy to love but I can admit I'm a particularly tough case. On paper, I'm passable enough: I have decent taste in music, can be pretty thoughtful given half the chance and generally deserve a second date. Get to know me properly, however, and you'll find that the veneer of stability is fragile at best.
When Primark slap "Love is Love" on a T-shirt, is it positive representation or pinkwashing?
Another week, another Ariana Grande drama. Whether it's the ' small charcoal grill' tattoo fiasco or accusations of plagiarism and cultural appropriation in '7 rings', it seems like she's permanently just a stone's throw away from a Twitterstorm.
We've all dabbled with ouija boards and palm reading, but there's no denying that witchcraft has now well and truly gone mainstream. Previously associated with social deviance, errant sexuality, and anti-establishment values, witches strike a note with the modern woman.
It's time to think more critically about the real collateral damage of our social media-facilitated conspicuous consumption: the long-suffering planet
Earlier this month, Rita Ora dropped the video for 'Girls' a summery party tune about kissing, you guessed it, girls. There's a lot to critique about this song, and we're not just referring to the nonsensical metaphors for lesbian sex.
As a queer person in my early twenties, Tumblr was a vital part of my teen experience. Fiercely closeted, completely removed from the LGBTQ+ community and frankly frightened of some of my sexual impulses, Tumblr provided the DIY sex-positive landscape I needed. The same won't go for the next generation.
This astute political analysis is buoyed by wordplay, shrewd storytelling and pop culture hot-takes on everything from Balamory to Dr Who-themed porn.
Often pigeon-holed as a "queer girl band" MUNA's sophomore album Save The World demonstrates their artistic range: launching from the tender moments of opening track 'Grow' to self-love jam 'Number One Fan'.
With its slipshod costume changes, alternative Australian national anthems and plethora of rhinestones, Reuben Kaye’s cabaret explores the endless creative possibilities of bad taste.
It may be Sindhu Vee's debut show at the Fringe, but she's no comedy novice.
A polished antidote to cancel culture.
As BANKS, California native Jillian Banks released a series of slow-burn alt pop hits like 'Beggin' For Thread' and 'Gemini Feed' from 2013 to 2017. Then, abruptly, the music stopped. Now, after two years of soul-searching, the singer-songwriter is back with her aptly titled third album, III.
The artist Jesse Darling revisits canonical Christian lore at Tate Britain
Back in 2014, Shura, aka Alessandra Yakunina-Denton, caught our attention with a soft-lensed, pastel-hued video of queer couples kissing. Lush and dreamy, the aesthetics skated over the trip-hop sounds of single 'Touch' as whispery female vocals sang verses dripping in a quietly melancholic nostalgia.
The Seattle post-punk band returns with a more melancholy sound
Sacred Paws' debut album, Strike A Match, was created over a distance of 400 miles, with guitarist Rachel Aggs living down south in London and drummer Eilidh Rogers residing up north in Glasgow. These circumstances contributed to an eclectic sound; a varied corpus of songs darting across, and bringing together, indie and Afro-Beats.
Omar Banos is very online ™. Part of a new wave of DIY bedroom musicians, he's a self-taught Chicano producer, singer and song-writer that has reached millions of streams and viral fame with his catchy, lo-fi beats and irreverent attitude.
Support Loud And Quiet from £3 per month and we'll post you our next 9 magazines As all of us are constantly reminded, it's getting harder for independent publishers to stay in business, which applies to Loud And Quiet more now than ever, 14 years after we first started printing a magazine that we've always given away for free.
The indie porn mags exploring queer sex and food, plus-size beauty, and sex robots you need to know
When Elan Gale and his girlfriend broke up in 2014, they stayed on surprisingly good terms. 'Surprising' because they broadcasted their post-break-up messages publicly on Instagram - in a fashion which eerily anticipates the recent relationship meltdown between Noah Cyrus and Lil Xan.
After dropping a succession of EPs ( Game Over and Six Paths) in the past few years and topping the charts with Funky Friday in October, anticipation has been building for UK rapper Dave to release his first full-length.
From Pedro Almodóvar's sexy mile high antics to Francesc Bellmunt's Catalan frolic, we round up film's steamiest orgy scenes for your viewing pleasure
We round up our fave ponytail looks of recent years to celebrate the imminent release of Ms Grande's next album...
The Brisbane native picks 9 songs influential to her creative development
Given that social media has replaced “enjoyment” with mere representation, Davidson’s self-care picks are less face masks and more full-out resistance. Including a Japanese anime exploring virtual reality and a book exposing the hidden cost of stress, listen up to start gathering your tools for the next revolution.
On the 50th anniversary of historic Stonewall Inn riot, lead curator of the exhibition "Art after Stonewall 1969-1989," picks key works that unravel the significance of the rebellion on the LGBTQ+ liberation movement.
Has your Insta homepage been taken over by Bird Box memes, 10 year challenges and the Kylie Jenner v egg feud? Us too. In recent months, it seems like Instagram has gone from scrolling safe-haven to quagmire of stale content - and don't even mention the horizontal swipe betrayal.
Rainer Werner Fassbinder's seminal 1972 psychodrama The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant is best known for its depiction of sapphic obsession, sexual jealousy and sado-masochism. The claustrophobic power struggles within an all-female landscape, restricted to the huis clos of Petra's bedroom, have gone on to influence later films like Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria and Peter Strickland's The Duke of Burgundy, among many others.
YouTube removed 102 clips associated with drill music from its platform last month. As reported by Evening Express , the Metropolitan Police requested that the Google-owned platform remove 129 videos linked to the genre. As of January 2019, 102 have been deleted.
The composer features alongside leading Asian and Asian-American cultural figures, including playwright David Henry Hwang and author Jenny Han. Ryuichi Sakamoto has been cast in Opening Ceremony's AW19 ready-to-wear lookbook. An exploration of Asian identity, Sakamoto was lensed by photographer Sebastian Kim alongside the likes of playwright David Henry Hwang, author Jenny Han, artist Chella Man, actress Greta Lee and designer Anna Sui.
The news comes after the musician provided the soundtrack for Abloh's AW19 runway show earlier this year. Fresh from showcasing his AW19 collection at Paris Fashion Week Men's, Virgil Abloh has dropped a third line for pre-fall 2019.
New Jersey's Lofidelic Records has posted a recording of a rare Aphex Twin live set at Limelight NYC. Audio from one of Aphex Twin's Limelight NYC performances has surfaced on SoundCloud. Posted in December 2018 by New Jersey vinyl store Lofidelic Records, the recording captures one of two performances, taking place in either 1991 or 1992.
The Conversations with Nick Cave tour will see him answer questions posed by audience members and perform piano renditions of songs from his back catalogue. Following on from the sold out dates across the US, Australia and New Zealand, today (18 February) it has been announced that the Conversations with Nick Cave tour will be coming to venues across Europe and the UK.
This is America has made Grammy history by winning both Record and Song of the Year. The 61st Grammy Awards took place last night (10 January), with Childish Gambino's This is America (aka Donald Glover) winning prizes for Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Rap/Sung Performance.
The musician reportedly has a history of emotionally manipulative and sexually inappropriate actions. Over a dozen colleagues and seven women have come forward for a New York Times report, alleging that musician Ryan Adams has a "pattern of manipulative behaviour in which Adams dangled career opportunities while simultaneously pursuing female artists for sex."
The song in question is Patterns in Nature from Jeff Mills' EP Str Mrkd, initially released on 17 January. The first release from Jeff Mills' new sub-label, Str Mrkd, wrongly attributes a song to Jeff Mills. Issued alongside Albali, Helix Nebula and Aquarius as the EP Str Mrkd, the track Patterns in Nature was actually created by Swedish techno producer Julien H Mulder.
In a series of tweets the musician compared the UK Prime Minister's rule to the "early days of the third reich." This morning (8 February) the Radiohead frontman tweeted Theresa May with a series of criticisms levied at her leadership style and handling of Brexit negotiations.