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Sleek #60

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The last four decades have been a rollercoaster in self-care jargon. Type “self-care” into Amazon, and hundreds of books appear with cloying names like You Are a Badass and Women Who Love Too Much. It’s easy to forget in our era of millennial self-care-as-a-badge-of-honour, that in the Seventies, it was a buzzword... ​​Read More

The last four decades have been a rollercoaster in self-care jargon. Type “self-care” into Amazon, and hundreds of books appear with cloying names like You Are a Badass and Women Who Love Too Much. It’s easy to forget in our era of millennial self-care-as-a-badge-of-honour, that in the Seventies, it was a buzzword for the desperate. Despite self-care now being one of the most popular hashtags on Instagram, as a chaotic 2018 looms to a close, the idea of bubble baths or cancelling plans as routes to self-actualisation is beginning to look a little shallow.

In this issue of SLEEK we wanted to explore self-help. But instead of recommending the perfect perfume or the best film to watch for a night on the sofa, we’re casting a side-eye at a worrying cultural phenomenon.

FEATURING:

Photographer and Instagram icon Nadia Lee’s portfolio looking at our contemporary obsession with the self

“Just Listen” an exploration of the work of human rights investigator and audio artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan

Man Booker prize longlisted author Sophie Mackintosh’s self-help inspired short story

An essay on “The Cult of Self-Care” by Kieran Yates


Sleek is an independent quarterly art and culture magazine, featuring interviews, short fiction, commissioned photography, opinion pieces, fashion editorials, photo essays and more.

Sleek is an independent quarterly art and culture magazine, featuring interviews, short fiction, commissioned photography, opinion pieces, fashion editorials, photo essays and more.