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Ray O’Neill

Everyone was talking about micro-cheating in online entanglements last month, but there’s a fine line between macro control and harmless flirting.

“No one should be thought-policed into only being allowed wank about their partner.

Last month the internet was alight with the term ‘micro-cheating’ – “a series of seemingly small actions indicating a person’s emotional or physical focus on someone outside their relationship” – concentrating especially on online entanglements. This read like another Storm Ophelia in a tea-cup, with discussions fixated exclusively on male behaviour within hetero couplings. It felt more like a macro controlling by the sexual thought police, whose anxieties of fantasy and desire incessantly regulate ‘sexuality’.

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Will St Leger contrasts the disparate standards of sexual health services offered in Ireland and the UK; five of the LGBT+ community's most ardent female activists speak with us ahead of International Women’s Day; Ciara Mc Grattan catch-up with the gladiators of the Gay Games 2018; we coax some members of the Bear community out of the woods to tell us about their cuddly culture; PLUS all the best news, gossip, comedy and much more!