"Politics, fashion, mainstream media and journalism are just a few examples of industries that sex workers and porn stars find themselves transitioning into throughout and after their careers. So strap on your helmets kiddies, we're about to bust some of those preconceived ideas about porn stars. "
When someone goes into an adult store they often don’t know how they should act. It’s cool. Take a deep breath and keep these tips in mind.
We speak to Dr. Anne-Frances Watson about the importance of discussing female sexual pleasure in high school sex education and the affect it may have on female sexual agency.
We had a chat to the Founding Editor and Publisher of Archer Magazine about sexual diversity, gender, identity and running a magazine.
In the past porn has largely been tailored to the sexual desires of heterosexual men. But now the idea of ethically produced ‘fairtrade’ porn is gaining momentum.
Tinder dating can be a minefield. But if you are travelling it can also be your ticket to interesting and varied entertainment in a city you don’t know. But ultimately, all your travel tinder dates will fall roughly into these six categories.
Whether you’re opening up an existing relationship or dating someone (or someones) new, this relationship style requires some groundwork.
"The Unisex Douche had a no-frills charm about it that made me feel comfortable and at ease about things. Everyone does need to be fresh." Anthony talks douching.
We all remember our sex ed classes in school: the birth videos, the condom balloons, all good times. The problem is though, most Australian youths are still woefully unprepared for the journey of sexual awakening.
Are relationships with a female submissive and a male dominant inherently sexist? Can you live and act as feminists and still want to be dominated sexually?
But as disgusting and (genuinely) confusing men are IRL, they reach a new low online. In the last few months, I got the app Grindr to see what it was like. It made me look at all of the men I’ve dealt with in various online spaces in a whole new way...
"We celebrate pride, because being proud of your queerness is something we’re told not to be. No one is telling you not to be straight, so just be quiet." Anthony Nocera on the the emergence of "straight pride".
Check out our interview with, Brisbane based artist, Holly Bates whose work focuses on ideas of female sexuality, masturbation and same-sex relationships. *nudity
"As I watched American Pie what struck me was a complete absence of queer characters. So I want to give you a slice of gay pie. My gay pie.."
For Anthony's sanity and your much-needed education, here are his five strategies you can employ to improve your relationships with your queer friends.
"The Doctor prescribed me medication that she said would make me nauseous, but that was the only side-effect (a lie). There was one side effect that was very real and long lasting that she neglected to mention: my dick wouldn’t work."
"The thing that shits me about some straight people is how invested they are in their opinions about queer sexuality. Nothing upsets them more than when you are gay and boring."
"What happens when you’ve seen the same naked body every day, twice a day for fifteen years? Does it become as stimulating as brushing your teeth?"
Emily Chapman spends two weeks on the search for sexual enlightenment; rifling through the blissfully filthy, the quick and easy and the downright disgusting.
"Why do I find blonde men a little spooky and disturbing, but brunette men are like big, juicy, provocative steaks playing tease at the supermarket." Emily Chapman ponders why we are sexually attracted to certain 'types'
"This year for Christmas I received the gift of body positivity and it’s a gift I want to share with you. These are some of the incredible women I’ve met this year that have helped me love myself. I hope that in some small way they’ll help you like they’ve helped me." - Anissa Roberts,
mous. magazine explores the fine line between pleasure and pain, and why pain can send us into a state of orgasmic euphoria.
"There is still much hoo-ha about which sprucing style is most alluring- freshly mowed, or left to grow. Women in particular are scrutinised with no restraint on their vaginal grooming."
Make Love Not Porn is pro sex, pro porn, and pro knowing the difference. It's also apparently "the etsy of sexy".
When you’re in the closet, you imagine coming out to be this really transformative experience. I was told that ‘It Gets Better’, and I thought that would mean that I would get better, too.
We catch up with Sexologist Juliet Allen to discuss the exciting launch of her new Hot Sex + Powerful Intimacy e-course, a sexual journey towards mind-blowing, transformative sex.
"Poly is a culture of acceptance, but there is still such a negative stigma attached to their free-flowing lifestyle. Some traditionalists seem to have this bastardised vision of how everything ought to be."
Juliet Allen has a passion for sex. The renowned Brisbane sexologist had a chat with mous. this week about just what it’s like to live, breathe and teach sex.
We talk to a sex industry professional about all those things you think are really cool and charming, and how they actually just make you look like a wanker.
We had a chat to the creators of Tiny House Company about their 18 square metre home that combines immaculate design and minimised environmental impact.
Welcome to the Daydream, The Vallentine Project’s new line, is reminiscent of warm summer days, good books and sleepy daydreams. Yes please.
We had a chat to Chela Edmunds from Guild of Objects about running a small business and the expulsive and magnetic appeal of being an artist.
As a homage to Australia’s native flora and fauna, Alice Nightingale has released a new mini-collection today with pieces inspired by wombats, wattle and koalas.
We caught up with Mia Parcell, the creative mind behind lumedécor, to have chat about her bright geometric designs and how to turn a project into a business.
We had a chat to Brisbane based fashion designer and crafting extraordinary, Alice Nightingale, and took a look inside her lovely creative space in Brisbane.
We caught up with Andy Matsinos, one of the creative minds behind Made by Flint, to chat about inspiration, collaboration and concrete.
We had a chat to Oliver Burscough the Director of Woodsters, a Brisbane based carpentry company dedicated to producing clean, simple and functional designs.
Limb is an emerging fashion label out of Melbourne that is dedicated to slowing down the pace of fashion.
mous magazine had a chat with Sydney-based ceramic artist Milly Dent who creates tableware that is as beautiful as it is functional.
mous chats to Matty and JoJo Smith, the founders of unique Brisbane-based furniture design practice Smith and Others,
"Taking the ‘double date’ concept to the next level, two couples fused their passion for creativity and functionality in the form of timepieces; AÃRK was thus born in a whirlwind of minimalist quirkiness."
What is modern Scandinavian design? It’s all wood, white and minimalism right? Well, the 2015 collection from up-and-coming Copenhagen design house Frama seems to suggest otherwise.
Spanish designers Jacabo Salvador and Maria Rosenfeldt are unashamedly inspired by all things fake and horrible but you wouldn't guess it from looking at their latest collection.
Douglas & Bec are a family run furniture design business based in New Zealand, with a shiny new store in Collingwood, Melbourne.
Emily King made the move from Hawaii to Melbourne on a quest to design swimwear that captures her unique style of rebellion and femininity.
West 57th is a residential/commercial tetrahedron designed by architects Bjarke Ingels Group, and we think it's some pretty sexy architecture.
With sleek, minimalist design reminiscent of Hans Wegner furniture, it is no wonder that Barnaby Lane has become a talking point in Melbourne. We had chat with Barnaby Lane designer Rae Maxwell.
mous. magazine takes a look inside the Pop & Scott workshop with Co-founder Poppy Lane.
Check out how the boys from award-winning furniture studio Y.S Collective, are transforming the design industry in New Zealand with their new brand Think & Shift.
"The adaptable series of chairs, tables and storage each have timeless and enduring qualities that are equally suited to blending in or standing out..."
We had a chat with Kathryn Tyrrell, the founder of The Goodnight Society about their range of ethically sourced, quirky pyjamas.
Originality is hard to come by, which is why it is hard to look past Em and Ivan of Tread and Pedals, who craft all of their pieces from old bicycle parts.
Sheets on the Line combine ethically sourced luxurious textiles with simplistic designs to create a bedding range that would fit perfectly into any home.
"Aimed at the girl who isn’t into frills and sequins, Kabel’s most recent collection is inspired by plants and their interaction with sun light."
A series of five humerous stories about the reality of working in the hospltality industry in your 20s.
Whether you attribute your need for plants to the aesthetic, to the sweeter, cleaner air they create or to the practicality of harvesting your own herbs and fruit, learning how to take care of your little green buddies is vital if you want them to behave well.
Why not arrange ten new tinder dates for the same time and place, and watch chaos ensue as the poor gents/ladies turn up to a communal table for ten.
In less than a month I turn 30. You might say I have been kinda, maybe, definitely stressing out over this. But the stress has not been without its positives – mainly what I have learnt this year.
Although it is a new year, I’m hearing a lot of people making the same health resolutions- to “lose 5kg” and “quit sugar”- they’ve set (and consistently abandoned by February) for the past 5 years. But is there a healthier option than a restrictive diet?
So it’s two days till Christmas and you haven't done your Christmas shopping. Well don’t worry guys, we’ve got you covered. Here are our five favourite places to shop in Brisbane this Christmas if you’re running out of time and want to shop local.
So it’s that time of year. You’re five days out from Christmas and have bought literary nothing yet because you haven’t nailed adult-ing. Don't worry we've got you.
Come with us on a journey, a bookstore-crawl, through the many book stores that Brisbane has to offer.
Contemporaries is a new Sydney based membership group offering exclusive art experiences and money-can’t-buy access to intimate art world events and launches. Sounds neat huh? We think so.
We had a chat with Tommi PG (aka Katie Parrish), comic artist and art editor at The Lifted Brow about drawing, careers, cerebral junk food, and narrative lube.
"Sometimes I forget to take my meds and it feels like everything is fading in and out of focus. It’s like that feeling of having a rug pulled out from under you, but all in your head."
"Like the lovers of history before me—Romeo and Juliet, Tristan and Isolde, Bert and Ernie—I too have a tragic tale to tell of woe and redemption..."
We had a chat to the Creative Director of The Push Bianca Annamie about collaboration, education and representation.
Before hitting up this year’s Zine and Indie Comics Symposium in South Brisbane, I couldn't have told you what a zine was, let alone how to pronounce it (I genuinely thought it rhymed with 'vine', it just never clicked for me)
We spoke to Raymond Williams, co-director of Jungle Love Festival, about event and festival planning, cracking the business and what we can expect from Jungle Love number two.
We have a chat with Tatanja Ross, founder of creative company On Jackson Street and artist in her own right, about her photography project Thanks For Having Me which invites people into the creative spaces of artists.
"My boyfriend asked me to quit with him. At first I was horrified at what he was asking of me but when someone you deeply love asks you to stop slowly poisoning yourself to death, it is hard to say no."
If you’re Australian you’ve undoubtedly heard of the Reclaim Australia movement, but now we need to make sure that the loudest voices are not also the least informed.
"Nestled in the leafy backstreets of Paddington, Fox & Rabbit is sitting pretty on Kennedy Terrace, easily identified by the adorable window decal featuring a rad fox and rabbit duo."
Bri’s very existence kicks stereotypes to the curb. Now, with her interview series Hot Chicks with Big Brains, she’s demolishing the pesky pigeonhole – one girl crush at a time.
Melbourne based graphic designer and creative all-rounder Tess McCabe has recently launched her own independent publishing company, Creative Minds Publishing. We spoke to her about all things creative in our recent interview.
"The miniskirt is a revolutionary piece of clothing. It was a tangible manifestation of the changing attitudes of women in decades past and even now." Zara talks miniskirts and feminism.
"Journalists by trade, Sanja Grozdanic and Tess Martin designed Krass Journal to be savoured, pondered over and questioned by its’ readers..." Check out our chat with the founders of Krass.
"It is too simplistic to divide our emotions into categorical ‘positive’ or ‘negative’ when experiences of nostalgia are also existent." Marianna talks defining nostagia.
Dick Smith of Dick-Smith-the-pilot-slash-millionairebusinessman fame has crawled out of his cave and has announced plans to compete with Tony Abbott. So what's this all about?
"You drink wine at dinner, no matter what: Attempts to protest that you’re on antibiotics is met with a sigh and a half a glass being poured by your slightly insulted host." - Marianna talks French stereotypes.
Perched on Vulture Street in West End, Junky Comics holds an amazing array of alternative comics and zines. Check out our chat with owner Vlada.
We all know the symptoms of PMS; mood swings, complete irrationality and irritability, but the crazy thing about the universally accepted ‘truth’ of PMS is that, according to scientific evidence, for most women it isn't even real.
The Swedish recycling system is renowned for its impressive 1 per cent landfill rate, however, looking critically into the Swedish recycling system shows us that their system may not be as perfect as it seems.
We had a chat to one of the organisers of ‘Bring Them Here- Sounds of Change’, the Brisbane music festival that is protesting the treatment of refugees detained in Australia’s offshore holding camps.
Space research has been developing rapidly with new heights being reached every year. So what exactly was achieved in 2015? And will 2016 take us even further into the unknown?
Currently in Australia, eSports is generally one of those subjects you don’t bring up at parties because it’s not “cool” or even well known. Like a lot of things, Australia is yet to catch up with this.
Once you wade through the cesspit of media sensationalism, unflattering cartoons and outraged Facebook comments and start to take him seriously as a candidate, what does Trump really stand for?
What is it about a group of women, meeting in the park without shirts that sends the misogynists into meltdown?
"Mary is the subject of evocative short documentary Junk Mail, which chronicles her daily life as a senior citizen in Pennsylvania. Although the subject of the film is beyond our borders, it prompts us to take a long look in our own backyard."
Cole Miller also joins a much longer list of people who have fallen victim to Australia’s insidious culture of violence, whether it be alcohol-fuelled, domestic or sexual violence.
"While any attempt to shine light on the issue of violence against women can hardly be viewed as negative, there is one glaringly obvious omission in the government’s apparent commitment to the cause."
Vaping has become more prominent in the past five years or so. We all seem to have at least one friend who occasionally totes a slick mechanical gizmo and sucks on it with gusto, belching massive clouds of smoke. However, the safety of e-cigarettes remains a point of contention. Felix Garner-Davis breaks it down: to vape or not to vape?
Elise takes a look at the world of craftivism that focuses on the idea that "voicing opinions through creativity makes your voice stronger, your compassion deeper and your quest for justice more infinite".
There has been a lot of support behind the introduction of over the phone administering of RU486. But will this actually make abortions more accessible for most Australian women? Well, probably not.
New research suggests that we might be able to perceive music in a scientific sense allowing us to measure how 'good' certain music is through chemical reactions in the brain.
It does appear that Bronwyn Bishop relished her powers in a relatively villainous fashion, but was she really any worse than her predecessors? Well, yeah kinda.
James takes a look at the myriad of issues raised in Orange is the New Black which are very real for many American and Australian inmates.
"The only explanation I can come up with for these Unbelievers is that they’re so terrified by this threat that their only option is to deny it."
"How do we control the people behind sites such as Silk Road or UGotPosted? How do we create a sentence for something that’s gone ungoverned for so long?"
To help you in your quest for the latest and greatest news, we've put together a list of places you might want to check out.
If film is your game, but you lack a bit of horse sense, ‘entertainment economics’ may be the answer you're looking for.
"We are taught not to speak ill of the dead from a young age. In a way it's a denial of humanity – refusing to acknowledge the flaws and mistakes that put us all on the same level."
As the yearly budget rolls out, everyone likes to have a whinge about what the evil politicians have deduced. But one thing has really stuck out against the usual cuts: the over $100 million cut, that’s six zeros, to the Arts sector.
"Despite archaic notions that renewable energy is too expensive to invest in, Telsa's advancements may make the renewable dream a reality."
"The word ‘organic’ is so hot it’s practically meaningless with overuse. Does ‘organic’ mean chemical and pesticide free? Does it mean GM free? Is it a new type of street drug?"
"First services ceased, shops were closed, clinics, schools, and lastly, the most important service for a remote community, the watchdog, the police station packed up.The plan is to do this to 150 more remote Aboriginal communities in WA...."
How is the next do-or-die document shaping up? Remember, this is a document that has to turn around the iceberg-prone, barnacle-encrusted ship of state that is the Abbott government.
"In terms of shitty things that happen to women, this is way, way down the list. But at the heart of it is the media, once again pushing stories and angles that de-value and trivialise anything even remotely associated with femininity."
The Coalition is selling its metadata retention proposal as a national security measure, which feels a bit uncomfortable. So, is their purpose at all justifiable or are we all just being fucked here?
Emily Chapman talks "self governance", the Panopticon, and its resemblance to modern society.
"Young Queensland Lefties are cheering, partially because we no longer have a LNP government and partially because it made voting before going to Laneway worthwhile. But, there are definitely some questions left unanswered." Bonnie Stevens talks the State Election
We had a chat to the talented young humans behind multidisciplinary creative hub the taable, whose work takes ordinary objects and reimagines them in new and creative ways.
West End is about to get an innovative new art space! House Conspiracy will be empowering artists of all domains through the provision of free residencies, workshop, and showcase spaces.
We chat to Julien Pacaud the artist who uses collage techniques to create serene, dreamlike and contradictory universes.
This month we take a look at the captivating debut work of fiction from Brisbane writer Nicholas John Turner, Hang him when he is not there.
Delve into the latest successful creative campaigns on Pozible, where Australian artists, musicians and film producers are promoting some seriously fantastic up-and-coming projects.
Check out our chat with comic artist Nicky Minus where we talk about sex, shame and comics.
In Residence is hosting its first exhibition this weekend, and we're feeling pretty excited about it. Check out some of the amazing artist being featured.
Don’t you hate it when you love and appreciate art and want to share it with the people you love but you can’t afford to buy it? Well Art Money is aiming to make owning art possible for anyone who loves it. Not just those that can afford it.
We had a chat with Mariano Pascual about what floats his boat and motivates his work and his answers are as poetic as his art.
Julian Glander agreed to temporarily halt building his colourful 3D empire, and chat with us about the inspirations and methods behind his growing portfolio and internet fame.
After a successful first year in 2014, Jungle Love returned this year with a festival that truly exceeded expectations. Check out some of our happy snaps from the festival.
We had a chat to the ever-talented mind behind Savvy Creative, Savannah Van der Niet, and took a look inside her lovely creative space in Brisbane.
We had a chat with Lisa Guy, the talented crafter behind Made in Lisa Land, about creating and bringing people together through craft.
Ambivalently Yours is more than a single anonymous artist, or an online space–it is a revolution in indecision.
We had a chat to the Latvian artist Oskars Pavlovskis who dabbles in a variety of art forms ranging from comic strips to illustrations to 3D game art.
We have a chat with Monika Correa, a Brisbane based graphic designer, illustrator, pattern maker and all-round rad creative, about her involvement in the The Design Kids X Print All Over Me collaboration.
We caught up with the editor of Woolf Pack zine, Rebecca Cheers, in our Bardon office to talk DIY zine culture and feminism.
Alex Garland’s film Ex Machina may well be what the internet refers to as a problematic fave. Imogen Baker looks at why this is so.
"You could comfortably call The Babadook a horror film, but it was never actually Jennifer Kent’s intention to scare anybody." Felix reviews the 2014 Australian film The Babadook.
"The human image has for decades found its feet and fought for its right to express a new sensibility through the artistic medium."