Decensoring Sex Work

Content warning: Sexual violence. Vixen Temple should terrify you. She is an unstoppable force. She’s a performance artist, an activist, a writer, a podcaster, a sex worker, and a self-proclaimed Satanic sex witch. She’s single-handedly founded an online community for sex workers and allies — one of many which is being targeted by international anti sex worker laws. Vixen sat down with Critic and discussed her experience of...

Take My Breath Away: The normalisation of choking during sex

Marie’s* boyfriend didn’t ask before choking her during sex. She was 18 at the time. “Looking back that was a red flag,” she said. “At the time I went along with it and he kept doing it [whenever they had sex] so I thought, huh, this must be normal. I didn’t really think about whether I liked it.” She’s now realised she’s “not into it” and “I make that clear before having...

The Wack, The Cringe, and The Wholesome: Your best and worst Tinder stories, compiled

From a big bowl of minestrone to two cases of tonsillitis, Critic Te Arohi has collated the wackiest, cringiest, and most wholesome stories from Otago students on dating apps for your enjoyment. Let’s be honest though. More often than not stories we hear from these apps, and dating in general, are about people (mostly men) doing and saying rather awful things. It’s worth recognising that the dating landscape can look rather bleak, and...

Sexual Awakenings and The On-Screen Characters That Inspired Them

Embarrassing to some, enlightening to many, the moment of sexual awakening is an almost universal experience. For many of us, our first crush was from a show or a film, and often defied logic in every way. Some people were turned on by turtles. Some by women old enough to be their mum. Critic collected a handful of sexual awakenings from students, and here are a few of the best.   The Lion King I’m pretty sure everyone can...