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Freya Bennett is the co-founder and director of Ramona Magazine for Girls. Freya is a musician, artist and writer from Melbourne, Australia. Peek into this green, caffeinated city and you will find her writing and playing music, making colourful art, and discussing the virtues of feminism. Freya has a passion for youth issues and has been studying Youth Work during 2017 with the hope to be a mentor and help youth (especially teen girls) to overcome any obstacles they are faced with. To combat her own obstacles of anxiety and hypochondria, you can find Freya boxing, practicing yoga and swimming in the ocean. She believes in opening up about mental health struggles and shining a light on what is not spoken about. Freya welcomed her first daughter, Aurora into the world on the 21st of November, 2017 and is smitten! She hopes the Ramona community will surround Rory and give her so much strength as she grows! With a passion for grassroots activism and creative community, Freya began Ramona Magazine as an alternative to boring, image-obsessed teen media. The magazine is founded upon Freya’s core values of creative expression, equality and kindness. Visit Freya’s Soundcloud and follow her on Instagram @freyasadventures.

Posts contributed to by Freya Bennett

THE BUST BOUTIQUE REVIEW

Review by Freya Bennett // There has been a huge gap in the market for clothes that fit busty yet small babes like myself.

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The Name Game

Writing by Freya Bennett // Illustration by April Phillips // The butterfly effect this tradition has on society’s view of women is huge and the continual loss of the matriarchal line contributes to the devaluing of women and girls in society.

 

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AMAZING BABE: Ramona

Interview of Ramona Sharples by Freya Bennett // One of the things I treasure about my experience transitioning is that I had to learn how to make an enormous life change in the face of extraordinary pressure not to.

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REVIEW: Self Care With Bopo Women

Review of BoPo Women by Freya Bennett // I won’t go into the difference in appearance because that is not what this is about (although my skin was way less dry and felt pretty damn soft) but the difference in how I felt and acted towards myself was pretty beautiful. 

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BREAST BUDDIES: JBC Review

Review by Freya Bennett // The lush fabric and stretchy waist means I can chuck on some trackies and feel ultra comfy and low key but the cute lace and velvet front means they are also super beautiful so I feel like a bit of a goddess.

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Fairtrade Femmes: Pyne and Smith

Review by Freya Bennett // I want to introduce you to Pyne and Smith. If you want to join the slow, ethical fashion movement and want a few versatile pieces then look no further.

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AMAZING BABE: Noora

Interview of Noora Dastournezhad by Freya Bennett // What I love about being a girl and a woman is that no matter how long they’ve wanted to shut us down and tell us we don’t matter we keep fighting and anything we do becomes an act of rebellion.

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MEET OUR AUGUST INTERN: Meredith

Interview of Meredith by Freya Bennett // In five years I hope that I am working for a magazine who’s main mission is to empower teenage girls.  I hope to work for a magazine that does this through fashion, art, and activism.

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FAIRTRADE FEMMES: Lonely Lingerie Review

Writing by Freya Bennett // Growing up and seeing ads in Dolly or Girlfriend for the cute bra and knickers sets I was meant to get just made me feel depressed and like my body was wrong. It’s taken this long, but at 31, I feel part of a club. Or even more accurately, part of a movement where no one is excluded. Go check out Lonely Lingerie. You won’t be disappointed.

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BREAST BUDDIES: Marvell Lane Review

Review by Freya Bennett // The thing that really sold me to Marvell Lane is this is a bikini for big boobs that’s actually youthful! At age 31 I’d given in to a lifetime of wearing old lady bathers (not that there’s anything wrong with old lady bathers but I just really want to feel youthful for once!)

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BREAST BUDDIES: Meloncup Review

Review of Meloncup Swimwear by Freya Bennett // Meloncup have the cutest labels for each cup size and when I received my size ‘gorgeous’ bikini it actually made me smile and feel confident even before I put it on.

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Wire Free For Me

Writing by Freya Bennett // Photograph by Clemence Leclerc // I am all for you wearing what you need to feel comfortable, confident and supported and if that means underwire, then go you good thing but I feel like we need to embrace the soft, the natural and create bras that support a comfier existence.

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BREAST BUDDIES: Welcome

Writing by Freya Bennett // Illustration by Helena Ravenne // I mean we can talk about boobs until the cows come home and we’d still have endless themes to cover right? If you’re a boob owner or just a card-carrying member of the boob appreciation society, welcome, pull up a giant novelty boob chair, and read on.

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Q & A with Ash of Zombee Boobs

Interview of Ash McGee by Freya Bennett // About 4 years ago I embarked on a journey of self discovery and reflection, that cultivated this strong desire to learn and appreciate myself more as a African American women. During this time, my eyes were opened to a lot of social injustice that’s consistently effecting our communities.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Sol Bela

Interview of Sol Bela by Freya Bennett // I just started in this crazy world and the only advice I can give you is to do what you like, no matter what others say and you will see that with hard work and consistency, you will get what you are fighting for.

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Sweating It Out

Writing by Freya Bennett // Photograph by Makeda Sandford // From the first class, I was hooked. I ended up doing boxing twice a week and a Yin yoga class to balance everything out and wind down. My anxiety all but disappeared and I think I discovered that for me, I need to get myself to exhaustion in order to help my brain relax.

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AMAZING BABE: Silvi

Interview of Silvi Joseph by Freya Bennett // Feminism is important to me because it is about standing up for what I want and not what society/people want me to be.

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BABES IN BUSINESS: Ambivalently Yours

Interview of Ambivalently Yours by Freya Bennett // The more I learned about feminism, the more I understood that sensitivity is related to weakness because it is associated to femininity, and in a patriarchal society anything feminine is seen as inferior. Once I understood that, I realized that feeling emotions could be a radical act of feminist defiance.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Nadia Akingbule

Interview of Nadia Akingbule by Freya Bennett // Identity is a huge theme that runs through all of my work, I think being of mixed heritage explains why it’s constantly on my mind!

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ARTIST FEATURE: Lucy Roleff

Interview of Lucy Roleff by Freya Bennett // Social media and the human tendency to ‘compare and despair’ can make you feel like you need to take enormous strides to be any good and that can be very overwhelming. Do it because you enjoy it and find a style and definition of success that is true to you!

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MEET OUR INTERN: Thea

Interview of Thea Pettifer by Freya Bennett // I have always loved being part of movements and Ramona to me is a movement of culture and youth. Ramona presents itself as this platform where young girls and women can go to express themselves freely, without judgment and seek empowerment in their struggles and triumphs.

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AMAZING BABE: Sid

Interview of Sid Marcos by Freya Bennett // I got this idea as a kid that being disabled meant that you should hate your body and yourself. But I didn’t feel that way—I didn’t hate my body, I didn’t hate myself, and, in fact, I really liked being disabled.

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BABES IN BUSINESS: Emah

Interview of Emah Fox by Freya Bennett // I’m a musician, songwriter, video artist, producer, singer, writer, editor, and studio supervisor at the incredible Melbourne Electronic Sound Studios. 

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AMAZING BABE: Jyotika

Interview of Jyotika Pruthi by Freya Bennett // Every individual has a creative side that needs to be explored as that helps to achieve improved levels of cognition. Our perspective gets broadened and self-confidence is added.

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ADVICE FORUM: Lost in the Stars

Advice by Freya Bennett // Illustration by Ayelen Lujan 

And how can you ever really know if someone is right to spend the rest of your life with?

 

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ARTIST FEATURE: Libby Phillips

Interview of Libby Phillips by Freya Bennett // A while ago, after failing to convey a point to somebody in words, I sketched a little drawing to demonstrate my point – almost immediately, I was understood. Illustrations are a more engaging way to express yourself, I suppose.

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AMAZING BABE: Joy

Interview of Gomez Kolber by Freya Bennett // Life is short, so do whatever you want to do, work hard and just go for it. Always be open to learn from others.

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GIRLS WILL BE GIRLS: Interview with Claire and Tennessee

Interview of Claire and Tennessee by Freya Bennett // We pit women against each other every second of every day, and it’s very important to me to support other people who are fighting the good fight. It’s unhealthy, destructive and simply misogynistic to compete against other similar communities.

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überRICH: Interview with the Makers Behind the Film.

Interview of Christine and Manon by Freya Bennett // I think for Christine and myself, as women of colour, it is important to ensure equal representation across all aspects. Australia especially, is a truly diverse country and I think it’s important to honestly represent the many faces that make up Australia.

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WOMEN WE LOVE: Frida Kahlo

Writing by Amanda Attanayake // Illustration by Freya Bennett // There are many things I love about Frida Kahlo. She was a woman, liberated sexually and politically, in the 30’s 40’s and 50’s. Kahlo wasn’t held back by convention or expectation; she simply did what she wanted.

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AMAZING BABE: Hannah

Interview of Hannah Driscoll by Freya Bennett // I find it really important to educate myself on the inequalities that exist and to then actively cultivate peace and do what I can on my part.

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MEET: Amanda

Interview of Amanda Attanayake by Freya Bennett // I love the fun that I have being a girl, which mainly comes from me having a “solid girl gang” (spoken about in Fight Like a Girl by Clementine Ford). It’s pretty hard to describe the counselling, support, advice, love, friendship and laughs I get from them.

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AMAZING BABE: Georgia Fields

Interview of Georgia Fields by Freya Bennett // Writing songs is how I make sense of the world inside and outside of me. It started as a compulsion, something I just felt like I had to do.

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MEET: Richa Gupta

Interview of Richa Gupta by Freya Bennett // I believe that teaching students about the human mind from an early age will help raise awareness about one of the most important facets of our life: positive mental health.

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Amazing Babe: Becca

Interview of Becca Brown by Freya Bennett // Women make each other stronger. It kills me to see cattiness in female friendships. I think we need to be better to each other as humans in general. I love educating young people about feminism, too.

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MEET: Grace

Interview of Grace Dekay by Freya Bennett // I don’t see myself anywhere in particular in five years. I could be cycling around Australia, I could be trekking in Spain, I could be living in a self-sustainable boat or tiny house in the mountains.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Miss Marley

Interview of Miss Marley by Freya Bennett // On the surface a lot of my work can appear to be cute and almost child-like in ways. On closer look there are deeper meanings and connections, more complex ideas and emotions.

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AMAZING BABE: Lachrista

Interview of Lachrista Greco by Freya Bennett // Introverts can do a lot as activists. I often think digital activism is perfect for introverts as you can do it from the comfort of your own space and at your own pace!

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MEET OUR INTERN: Raisa

Interview of Raisa McLean by Freya Bennett // Feminism is important to me because it’s just common sense! I feel like there are a lot of people who have completely misinterpreted the meaning of it!

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BABES WHO BRUNCH: Freya Meets Kyla

Interview of Kyla Bartholomeusz by Freya Bennett // Illustration by Joy Gomez Kolber // Kyla Bartholomeusz is a dancer, singer and actress who has been touring Australia in shows such as Dirty Dancing and We Will Rock You.

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MEET: Khushi

Interview of Khushi Gupta by Freya Bennett // Intersectional Feminism is important to me because feminism should be inclusive to everyone. Feminism cannot achieve its goals without intersectionality.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Arielle Jennings

Interview of Arielle Jennings by Freya Bennett // As an introvert, I wouldn’t know the first thing about speaking about these issues in a public crowd. Art allows me to be as blunt and as loud about issues I care about.

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MEET: Grace

Interview of Grace Jarvis by Freya Bennett // We, as a society, have made great strides in the fight for gender equality but a lot of the time it seems to me, there is an internal monologue that mocks women just for being women and it makes me super mad.

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MEET: Melissa

Interview of Melissa T by Freya Bennett // This will make me sound like a huge geek, but I’m not going to deny it. I love learning. I love discovering new things, learning how something works then connecting the dots to view the big picture.

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REVIEW: Modibodi Period Underwear

Review of Modibodi by Freya Bennett // If you had told me a couple of years ago that there was some new technology for dealing with periods, I couldn’t have even imagined what you were talking about! 

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ARTIST FEATURE: Magic Steven

Interview of Magic Steven by Freya Bennett // Generally it’s an intuitive, improvised process. I don’t know where the ideas come from. It’s an interesting question to think and theorise about, but I’ve never found the answer.

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I Do Not Consent To President Trump

Writing by Sophie Van Bastelear // Illustration by Freya Bennett // He wants to reject bodies, change bodies, deport bodies, convert bodies, degrade bodies, ignore bodies, use bodies.

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Interview with Larissa from One Girl

Interview with Larissa Ocampo by Freya Bennett // One Girl is a non profit committed to changing the world by educating girls. We believe that every girl on the planet has the right to an education.

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Q&A with Harry Young

Interview of Harry Young by Freya Bennett // Music is such a powerful force; the way a song can change how you feel almost instantaneously is remarkable or how a song can transport you immediately with such power back to a certain time and place.

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MEET: Lucy

Interview of Lucy Haley by Freya Bennett // I am passionate about helping people, especially young girls struggling with body image.

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The Other Side of Loss: The Quiet Calm

Writing by Freya Bennett // Photograph by Mara Saiz // I want to talk about the other side of loss. The side that is okay. The side that isn’t often talked about because we are meant to remain sad, devastated victims.

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Interview with the Cast of Bloom, The Short Film

Interview of Lasharne Anderson, Georgia James, Candassie “Dass” Liburd, & Lizzie Roberts by Freya Bennett // Bloom is a new coming of age short film about four teenage girls. Their world is a mélange of school subjects, dance routines, music, and the looming issue of sex.

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AMAZING BABE: Sophie

Interview of Sophie Don by Freya Bennett // I’m a 25-year-old actress from Sydney, my overnight suitcase is my best friend, and this question is seriously hard to answer.

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AMAZING BABE: Maria

Interview of Maria Raposo by Freya Bennett // Feminism taught me that I can do whatever I want without fear of being judged.

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Advice Forum: Moving Out at 16

Advice by Freya Bennett // Photograph by Lucía Pereyra

You don’t get along with your parents and want to move out, but your parents don’t support your wish to move to boarding school. Now what?

 

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In Conversation with Tarang Chawla

Interview of Tarang Chawla by Freya Bennett // I think that as a society we’re becoming more aware of the prevalence of men’s violence against women, and that’s a useful first step.

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In Conversation with Craig Stott

Interview of Craig Stott by Freya Bennett // I would like people seeing Holding the Man to come out with the realization that love between the same or different gender/s is completely the same concept.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Jo Nixon

Interview of Jo Nixon by Freya Bennett // I also work in the fine art printing field which is a great inspiration. I am able to see an array of local and international talent come through, and indulge my love of print and lovely paper surfaces.

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Interview and Giveaway with Kip & Co

Interview of Kate Heppell by Freya Bennett // We really believe that colour and texture can affect mood. In fact, last year we looked into colour therapy and how important it can be in mental health.

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A Chat With Ngaiire

Interview of Ngaiire by Freya Bennett // I wanted to be a pilot but realised I was too short so I moved my sights to aeronautical engineering. Music eventually consumed me.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Holding the Man

Review and illustration by Freya Bennett // Based on the true to life cult-classic memoir of Tim Conigrave and John Caleo, Holding the Man tells the tale of two Melbourne school boys falling in love in the unforgiving 1970s.

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WOMEN WE LOVE: Laverne Cox

Writing and illustration by Freya Bennett // To have someone so successful stand proudly and say, “I am trans and trans is beautiful” is such an important thing not just for trans kids, but for everyone else as well. 

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ARTIST FEATURE: Erin Cookson

Interview of Erin Cookson by Freya Bennett // There is something gratifying when you hold up an object or image that you have worked hard on. A feeling of accomplishment.

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Interview with Tinpan Orange

Freya Bennett is the co-founder and director of Ramona Magazine for Girls. Freya is a musician, artist and writer from Melbourne, Australia. Peek into this green, caffeinated city and you will find her writing and playing music, making colourful art, and discussing the virtues of feminism. Freya has a passion for youth issues and has …

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Being on the Outside

Writing by Freya Bennett // Photograph by Nunzia Lollo // I’ve always felt a little bit on the outside. I’m not sure where this comes from exactly, but perhaps it’s from being an only child from a single parent family.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Coco Star Sims

Interview of Coco Star Sims by Freya Bennett // When I am stressed I usually grab one of my smaller sketchbooks and a fine liner, stick my headphones in and just walk for a while and find somewhere nice to sit down and draw.

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Interview of Gretta Ray

Interview of Gretta Ray by Freya Bennett // Performing is a different thing entirely, that’s when it all falls into a place of overwhelming joy.

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Advice Forum: Year 12 Exhaustion

Advice by Freya Bennett & Sophie Pellegrini // Photograph by Catarina Inacio

How do you get through the last few weeks of year 12 when you are utterly exhausted?

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A Transgender Experience: A Conversation With Ashley

Interview of Ashley by Freya Bennett // As the world is becoming more and more aware of transgender issues and people are becoming more educated or are open to being educated, things will become easier for us, slowly, but steadily.

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Interview of LANKS

Interview with Will Cuming (AKA LANKS) by Freya Bennett // In unusual style, LANKS’ songs evoke folk storytelling within the framework of electronic music.

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Advice Forum: Gay? Bi?

Advice by Sophie Pellegrini & Freya Bennett // Photograph by Camila Tomaz

Does having fantasies about a girl make you lesbian?

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Travel Journal Number One: You Are Still YOU When You Travel

Writing and photographs by Freya Bennett // I wanted to write a few articles whilst travelling instead of after, because my memories of experiences are rose-coloured as compared to how I felt when I actually was travelling. I want to address anxiety, depression, and expectations while travelling.

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WOMEN WE LOVE: Anne Frank

Writing and art by Freya Bennett // Anne Frank was a diarist and a writer. She was born on the 12th of June in 1929 and she died of typhus in early March 1945. She was 15 years old when she died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

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WOMEN WE LOVE: Malala Yousafzai

Writing by Freya Bennett // Illustration by Rosie Hendry // Malala has been campaigning for girls’ educational rights since she was 11, in her hometown of Swat Valley in Pakistan where the Taliban banned girls from attending school.

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Nudity: Society’s Double Standard

Writing by Freya Bennett // Photographs by Leanne Surfleet // In our modern society, where the female body has become more and more of an object to sell products, we need to stop and look at our relationship with the naked female body.

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Conquer Your Cramps

Writing by Freya Bennett // Photograph by Leanne Surfleet // Cramps can vary from mild to excruciating, and I think it’s fair to say most people don’t find them enjoyable.

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LOVE Your Period

Writing by Freya Bennett // Photograph by Alia Thomas // I am constantly surprised and disappointed with how much period negativity we have in our society (and societies around the world). You just have to open a magazine or watch an ad on “feminine hygiene” to know that the world isn’t loving your period. 

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