WOJO celebrates and explores the  lives and interests of grown up women.

Intelligent and visually exciting, WOJO investigates the female gaze and the rich diversity of the female voice.

Privileging the experience of women whose interests and capacities are wide-ranging and deep, yet are sometimes excluded from popular media.

With regular articles about life, art, the body, food and the environment as well as interviews  and new writing, WOJO is the online magazine for engaged and curious women everywhere.
Each issue of WOJO will be themed by its main feature;  in this issue, we're talking about Good Girls and Sluts; in the next we'll be discussing Home: Making, Movement and Migration.

May 2018 



Issue #2      

In this issue we're exploring our relationship with the word 'slut' .  In doing so we're considering conditioning and expectation in relation to female behaviour, slut shaming and SlutWalks, competition between women, domestication and the environment, as well as indulgence and nutrition, the books that have described and changed our understanding of women's sexuality and behaviour, and contemporary female artists who are making work about, and using,  the space between their legs.

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Sluts and Good Girls; In Celebration of the Trollop

Celia Johnson discusses the social conditioning that seeks to control women's behaviour, and asks why the word 'slut' still wields such negative and destructive power, not only in relation to sexual behavior and stereotypes but to isolate and exclude.    Considering the containing and damaging expectations on women to be 'good girls',  she suggests healthy ways to embrace your inner slut and talks to a designer whose clothes celebrate the body, and an artist whose work challenges stereotypes and labels.

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 'I wouldn't dream of saying that'

  Emma Rawlins asks what slut means to you.
'I don’t think that women and men should have to behave differently.  I have always felt that in reality women can easily have more sex than men because they are the ones who are empowered.''
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 The Space Between/Within

 Natalie Ramus introduces and curates the work of women artists who use the space between  their legs to open dialogue and take back power.
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A Seasonal Feasting

Gill Fothergill rejects a simplistic definition of the sluttish to embrace the indulgent and nurturing pleasures of cooking a feast for the late Spring and early Summer.  She shares her recipes for a celebratory menu that includes  Slow Roast Shoulder of Lamb, with Middle Eastern Spices; Le Puy Lentils, Wild Garlic Leaves, Smoked Paprika; Smoked Aubergine Labneh as well as Chocolate Mousse and a fabulous Hazlenut Cardamom cake.

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Looking after the Environment – Something Else to be “Good” About?

'Behind my motivation to make decisions based on my own moral code rather than that which could be imposed on me by traditional conventions of female behaviour or advertiser driven consumption, lies a deep aspiration to live in closer harmony with the natural world'.  Informed by her inner trollop, our environment editor considers ways to live less toxically.
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The WOJO Interview

This month,  Wendy Cotton talks to Kate Gathercole – Herefordshire environmental professional and co-ordinator of the Herefordshire Green Network.  
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The Book Page

Pushing boundaries: book by book

Helen Finch looks back over books that challenged her own 'good girl' thinking.
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In Conversation.

Taking Flight: Celebrating the Body, Sexuality and Taking Back Power.

Celia Johnson talks to designer and founder of FairyLove, Shelley Hayes Williams - aka ShelleyFairy - about her life and the transformative power of her wings.
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In Conversation.

Signals, Slut-Shaming and Competition.

Celia Johnson talks to artist David Saunders about his experience, views and work in relation to the power of labels generally, and 'slut' specifically, the patriarchy and the competition between women that underpins slut shaming.

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Photo- Story

​Tottie Aarvold's photographs in response to Sluts and Good Girls.
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I have tools to catch
a witch. I'll pinion
her wrists in silver
clamps, use pins,
and scissor shuttles
from her bones for lace.

New Writing

Bad Girls: Introducing new poems by Sarah-Jane Crowson and a (very) short story by Celia Johnson.

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