With love, from us to you!
Here we bring you a round-up of writing from Sophie Lewis, Katherine Angel, Leslie Kern, Natasha Lennard, and more! As well as some of our archive essays from Emma Dowling, Dalia Gebrial, and Kathi Weeks.
See also: our 50% off Red Day flash sale.
"Low-income women, trans women, & women of colour are priced out.. When moving isn’t an option, women can remain trapped in abusive or untenable relationships for the sake of a roof over their heads. So much for love".
Leslie Kern on how urban architecture has expanded and constrained women's freedom to live independently and without men.
Good sex shouldn't depend on faultless self-knowledge. Katherine Angel puts forward the case for desire's emergent and contextual nature.
Despite its flagrant impossibility, heterosexuality can inspire a utopian love of difference in those who choose to follow its path, argues Sophie Lewis. Just don't look to the 'straight camp' of Love Island for inspiration.
Natasha Lennard reflects on the enduring necessity of marriage in order to prove one's love to the state.
Marie Edwards' powerful feminist manifesto from 1974.
From our Valentine's Archive:
Dalia Gebrial examines the colonial scripts that encode people in and out of the possibility of love. Embedded within the constituent discourses of love – of desirability, emotional labour, support and commitment – are codes of social value assigned to certain bodies; of who is worthy of love’s work. The labour of decolonising these representative paradigms is structural, and involves addressing their material histories.
On Valentine's Day, Emma Dowling makes a powerful case for thinking about the structure of social relationships rather than simply 'the one'.
Kathi Weeks draws on 1970s feminist critiques of romance to investigate the contemporary management discourses of love and happiness at work.