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Expert chat: Enthusiastic Consent & Conditional Consent (Wed 21st February)

Hey everyone!

On Wednesday 21st Feb at 6.30pm, Sarah our expert, will be running an expert chat about Enthusiastic Consent and Conditional Consent.

Sarah is the co-founder of Scarlet Ladies, a community of women with the aim to destigmatise and normalise the conversation around female sexuality.

Suffering from post traumatic stress disorder after experiencing a number of traumas, including rape, Sarah is reclaiming her body by engaging in bodybuilding and powerlifting. Taking back control of her sexuality, she is currently remaining abstinent. Working and campaigning with other women for the sexual empowerment of women has been an integral part of her healing journey.

Come along and join us! Find out more here
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Vanilla features: have your say

As we move to our new boards software, Vanilla, we'll have a few new features at our disposal. We're keen to hear what you all think about them, so head here to have your say over how we'll use (or not use) some of the new features. Fill out the form before Wednesday the 21st to tell us your thoughts and have the option of joining our testing team!
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The Great Boards Migration

Great news! We're moving to new discussion boards software. Head here for the full announcement.
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Post of The Month

One-in-a-million is our Post of The Month winner voted by the community for the following post:

"Just a bit of fun here if you could create an advent calendar what would you put in it and why.

For me you would still get chocolate 😆😆
But inside each door is a task for the day. Something that includes you helping/talking to others, doing something festive and spreading Christmas cheer
For example

1. Tell your parents/carers you love them
2. Say hello when passing an OAP (that might be the only thing someone says to them all week)
3. Watch a Christmas movie
4. Help someone in need e.g put some spare change in a charity box, buy a warm drink for the homeless person who sits on the corner, dothe washing up ha ha ha😂
5 make hot chocolate
6. Visit your grandparents (if you donít already) They will more than likely love to see you.
7. Sing a Christmas song with a friend
8. Dress up in something Christmasy when you do your shopping.

You get the idea 😂😉 my reason for this is to get people in the mood and understand what Christmas actually means.

What would yours have and why."
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The Gallery (Poem, Trig Warning)

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  • The Gallery (Poem, Trig Warning)

    The damage was done long ago.
    Yet the scars still glow.
    A gallery thatís closed,
    For my own personal show.

    Itís a gallery I made.
    One I want to add to.
    But itís taking everything I have,
    Not to.

    The need screams,
    Can you hear it to?
    But to submit a new piece...
    Will cost you.

    Oh please.
    I canít afford this,
    Canít you just take it away from me,
    It needs to go.

    Tears come to my eyes,
    I don't know what to do.

  • #2
    Love this one! It's very relatable unfortunately, I guess the extended metaphor makes it an easier subject to talk about.

    Do you just come up with these on the spot, or do you have them written down somewhere and you share them? Either way, 'Poetry by Distraction' needs to be a thing : )
    Tough times never last, but tough people do


    • #3
      Aww thank you , I come up with them on the spot when I get into a bad situation, although I was thinking of posting some olds ones but not sure yet


      • #4
        I'd love to read any more you have!
        But poetry is an elequently personal outlet, and I get it if you don't want to post a window into your mind on the internet for everyone to read haha
        : )
        Tough times never last, but tough people do


        • #5
          It's actually nice that someone wants to read them so thank you. Aye, haha, I don't mind, I like putting them out there, I'll probably be posting more cos it's something to focus on. I've got one am putting up the now about my mother and a situation. Hopefully they won't all be dark and dingy lol.


          • #6
            I like dark and dingy poems, Wilfred Owen's one of my favourite poets haha
            Tough times never last, but tough people do


            • #7
              Isn't he a war poet? I think I've looked him up, I chose the Somme for my theme in college and I was looking a world war 1 poets, he came up, his great if his the same person am thinking of


              • #8
                Yeah, he died a few days before the war ended sadly. He wrote poems like 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' and 'Dulce et Decorum est'. My face lit with glee when 'Arms and the Boy' turned out to be the unseen poetry in my english exam last year, I A*'d that so I probably have Wilfred Owen to thank for that haha
                Tough times never last, but tough people do


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