Lucy O'Brien

BA English Literature graduate | MA Magazine Journalism student at City, University of London. Opinion Editor @ The New Feminist Magazine.

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“My weight is the least interesting thing about me”: In Conversation with TikTok influencer Florence Simpson

PRUDE sits down with TikTok influencer Florence (Flo) Simpson, as she chats all things changing narratives on body positivity, transparency and self-love. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without my jeans,” declares Flo Simpson, with absolutely zero remorse. And if you opened TikTok at any point during the first lockdown in 2020, you’ll know exactly the jeans she’s referring to. Light-wash blue with a classic silver button-up waist, and creased slightly in the way that all jeans do after they’ve

Gayle's Study of the Human Experience - | Interview

A 17-year-old American singer-songwriter turned overnight pop sensation, it’s safe to say that Dallas-hailing, Nashville-based GAYLE has been the artist on everyone’s lips (and TikTok For You Pages) as of late. And there’s no doubt that 2022 is looking even brighter for the young star. You’ll probably recognise her hit single “abcdefu”” – if you don’t, where have you been? – which went viral on TikTok after its release in August 2021. The single’s fearless and empowering “fuck you” message to h

Celebrating International Women’s Day with Mayim Bialik

“I am so proud to exist among young women, even though their feminism doesn’t necessarily look like mine. It’s so important to be part of a larger movement.” If this doesn’t sum up International Women’s Day, I don’t know what does. These are the words of Mayim Bialik – but you might know her best as the loveable awkward scientist Amy Farrah Fowler from the hit series, The Big Bang Theory. She’s a qualified neuroscientist, a mother, an author, an activist, a podcast host and an actor who helped

Amelia Moore: Enter a New Pop Challenger

For 21-year-old Amelia Moore, the world is a kaleidoscopic collection of emotions. Capturing the rawness of pain and recovery in her newest post-break up ballad “vinegar”, Amelia unapologetically confronts the realities of young love, self-doubt, insecurity, and the turbulent road toward emotional healing. In a harmonious blend of alt-pop/electro beats, offset by what can only be described as nothing short of Ariana-level whistle tones, Amelia has had no trouble establishing her unique sound. An

Highlight: Secretsundaze Turns 20 With a Bang

Kicking off on 30th January at Fabric and rounding off in a day/night party across several Hackney Wick spots on 9th July (so far), co-founders Giles Smith and James Priestly will anchor each party as they grace some of London’s biggest party hotspots. The full line-up is yet to be released, but already announced guests include Jeremy Underground, Paramida, Galcher Lustwerk, Ash Lauryn, Jamie Tiller and Shy One so far. Establishing its name as a renowned producer of parties, Secretsundaze has

Flesh is the UK's First LBGTQIA+ Camping Festival

The brand new Flesh Queer Festival has dropped exciting details of its bank holiday weekend event and location, with a lineup that champions diversity. The festival will take place on 28th and 29th May 2022 at Springfield Farm in St Albans – about 25 minutes from central London. Showcasing the best of up-and-coming House and Techno DJs, Flesh invites LGBTQIA+ individuals, their friends and allies to party the days and nights away. The impressive two-day lineup, of which 100% of the acts will b

How Sarah Everard’s Story Highlights the Crippling Culture of Victim-Blaming in the UK

How Sarah Everard’s Story Highlights the Crippling Culture of Victim-Blaming in the UK Happy International Women’s Month! Let’s celebrate how far women have come and continue to empower women to know their values and share their stories! Let’s continue to fight for equality and amplify our accomplishments! Oh, wait. We can’t. Because the fact of the matter is, women are still not safe. The recent news of 33-year-old Sarah Everard’s disappearance and potential murder after she was last seen wal

Are We Really on the Way to Ending Period Poverty in the UK?

Are We Really on the Way to Ending Period Poverty in the UK? On 24 November 2020, the Scottish government passed the Period Products (Free Provision) Bill, placing a duty on all local authorities to provide any and all of their citizens with free sanitary products if needed. It’s about damn time. Period poverty – the inability to avoid basic hygiene products and pain relief medication for dealing with periods – has, and continues to, burden millions of menstruating women across the globe. The S

‘Rosalind Franklin’ Mars rover completed ahead of Red Planet Mission

The assembly of the "Rosalind Franklin" rover is now complete ahead of its proposed mission to Mars in July next year. The ExoMars rover, a project of the European Space Agency (ESA) whose production combined the work of British, European and Canadian scientists, has finally been assembled. It will now be transferred from the Airbus factory in Stevenage to Toulouse in France for testing ahead of its proposed nine-month trip to the Red Planet in search of life. Named after Rosalind Elsie Frank