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Draco - Causes We Care About Journal

The Draco constellation got its name from the dragon guarding the  golden apples in the gardens of the Hesperides in Ancient Greek  mythology. In our universe, both as a guardian symbol and as a  never-setting constellation that can be seen all year from northern  latitudes, it represents the causes that are closest to our hearts, our  ‘Causes We Care About’ section. 

LGBTQIA+

Inspired by our Mother Association, the Salon de la Sagesse, the ‘Our Causes we Care About’ sections are where our writers explore the Causes our Salon members are working on each year. These Causes are chosen to raise awareness about certain topics, to advocate for them and to make positive change. 

 

The movement fighting for LGBTQIA+ rights has seen some great progress over the last few years. In this section, our writers may explore all aspects of this colourful community, ultimately searching for ways our world ought to shift in order to be more compassionate and accepting. 

the Environment

Inspired by our Mother Association, the Salon de la Sagesse, the ‘Our Causes we Care About’ sections are where our writers explore the Causes our Salon members are working on each year. These Causes are chosen to raise awareness about certain topics, to advocate for them and to make positive change. 

Let us not beat about the bush. The environmental crisis is a pressing issue that needs attention, advocacy and action. In this section, read about everything environmental-related, whether it is a call to action or a lengthy read about changing lifestyles. Indeed, at the Journal, we believe in a sustainable and a better future for all. 

 

October 12, 2022

Edition IV. Fate and Choices

Of the proud and the prideful : Belgrade Prides as a moment of socio-political reflection for the Western Balkans

Anja Radonjic

A few Octobers ago, while I was still in Sixth Form in the UK, one of my best friends came out to me. We had just turned seventeen, and moved away from the small towns and the associated social expectations. In the moments between the hugs and tears, and “I love yous”, I realised the world shifted – I had a person in my life whose simple existence is despised by unnamed strangers, by dogmas, by political opportunists....READ MORE

Edition III. Waves and Paths

 

July 13, 2022

What Whale Earwax Can Teach Us about Ourselves

Hannah Kloft (Environment)

Starting in the 1950s, researchers began collecting foot-long cones of evidence, formed beneath the waves of every ocean on Earth. These story-preserving spires, while not unlike fossils, were not shells or bones. In fact, they were earwax!

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Edition II. Networks and Labyrinths

 

April 13, 2022

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Stuck in the Cis-tem: How Outdated Healthcare Systems Harm Trans People

Ell Welsford (LGBTQIA+)

For those trans people who seek to medically transition, access to gender-affirming healthcare is vital. Sadly, trans people are all too often shut out from the very systems of healthcare supposedly designed to help us.... READ MORE

Colonia Mundus: The role of ants in the Anthropocene

Hannah Kloft (Environment)

Honey-makers, plant pollinators, and the beloved mascot of cereals, the honey bee has gotten a majority of the press when it comes to endangered insects. Within the bee’s scientific order, Hymenoptera, however, lives a cousin who hasn’t always been quite as popular: the ant... READ MORE

 

Edition I. Origins and Birth

January 12, 2022

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Born this way? Considering Asexual Erasure and Essentialism

Elizabeth Rose (LGBTQIA+)

Asexuality remains an underrepresented sexual identity in media, marketing and medicine. In this article, Elizabeth considers the cyclical nature of misinformation and a lack of representation, the concept of “compulsory sexuality” that saturates our media and society, and the pros and cons of the essentialist assertion that we are “Born this (or any) way”, conflating sexuality and identity

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Mother Earth and Intersectional Environmentalism: Why we need to stop being material girls in a material world now!

Elizabeth Rose (Environment)

Considering language, consumerism, food, and waste, in this article, Elizabeth argues that the need for Climate Activism informed by intersectional environmentalism is not only important, but imperative. Acknowledging the inextricability of social and environmental issues, Elizabeth argues that there is everything to be gained by looking at ecological issues through a feminist lens...   READ MORE

Sappho of Lesbos as an Example of Queer Cultural Memory

Zsofi Lazar (LGBTQIA+)

In this article, Zsofia explores Sappho’s writing, and the prominent themes in it, as well as how it is linguistically relevant today. The article focuses on Sappho’s importance for queer readers today, and the sense of connection and identity that her work engenders in them...READ MORE

Causes We Care About Journal Authors

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Elizabeth Rose (she/they)

London