Tough and Tender

Words by: Veronica John
Art by: Gabrielle Poh

In society, men are told to be masculine and to ‘toughen up.’  The longer the beard, the taller the male or the more muscles they have, the more women flock to their side. This phenomenon is baffling to me.  It is an unspoken fantasy society placed on males. Why should men be told to toughen up, when it’s okay to be tender?

Tough and Tender

Why it’s Time We Need to Stop Romanticising the Bare Minimum

Words by: Tiffany Forbes
Art by: Brooke Stevens


You know those moments? The ones where you look back and think ‘what the actual fuck was I thinking?’ I guess you could call it a kind of post-nut clarity, or some sort of clarif-dick-ation (thanks, TikTok), where without warning, that love bubble — fitted exclusively with a rose-tinted haze and the ‘they-can-do-no-wrong’ mindset — is popped, and you realise your partner isn’t actually all that? Yeah, well same.

Why it’s Time We Need to Stop Romanticising the Bare Minimum