Łukasz Szulc Polish politicians from all major parties have suddenly become commentators on Conchita Wurst’s winning of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest on May 10. This is a striking preoccupation given the upcoming European Parliamentary elections soon set to happen on May 22-25. While foreign policy situations like Ukraine and industrial concerns like the […]
T.J. Tallie Eurovision, the annual continent-wide song contest, is usually a fairly predictable international spectacle. However, this year’s winner—Austria’s Conchita Wurst, a bearded drag queen who performed the popular “Rise Like A Phoenix”—has inspired a flurry of comment and critique both in and beyond the continent. Conchita Wurst is the […]
Jen Baker Last month it was announced that Charley the cat, hero of the ‘Charley Says’ British public information films in the 1970s and 80s, would return to television screens voiced by comedian David Walliams. Originally only six shorts were produced, each around a minute long, and used an unnamed boy and his […]
Onni Gust with Radhika Govindrajan Elections in India are drawing to a close with results pending. Amongst the 814 million eligible to vote are 28 000 gender non-conforming people, many of whom are hijra, who can now register as “third gender.” The competition for seats in the Lok Sabha, India’s lower house of Parliament, […]
Amy Tooth Murphy Part 2: The Case of the Vanishing Queen Regular readers may well be poised on the edge of their seats, awaiting the resolution of Tuesday’s nail-biting cliffhanger. When last we saw our middlebrow heroes, gruff butch, Marion Bradford, had met a grisly end at the bottom of […]
Amy Tooth Murphy Part 1: The Case of the Disposable Butch Over the last few months, on the recommendation of a friend, I’ve been working my way through the novels of Mary Stewart, a British post-war novelist of middlebrow fiction. Stewart’s 1950s and 1960s back catalogue is made up of […]
Researching prostitution makes Julia Laite more of a labour historian than a historian of sexuality.