IN THE NEWS

On the Muslim ban that connected us

My personal thoughts on Donald Trump’s controversial Muslim travel ban have been diluted as I have been force-fed headlines and opinions announced across media outlets. I still hadn’t come to terms with the fact that the ban had come into fruition, let alone formed any personal judgement on it. I felt a whirlwind of emotions. […]

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SEX

Why sex isn’t a compulsory part of being a woman

There is a common theme that exists throughout most Western popular culture and media productions that surround us on a daily basis: the sexualisation of women. Chart-topping songs, high-grossing films, award-winning television series, and many more aspects of popular culture lean into this proclivity to depict women as only good for one thing. Sexualisation damages […]

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SEX

Proposed porn ban seeks to censor women’s pleasure

Among the other junk that happened in November 2016, legislation was considered by parliament that would regulate the world of online porn. And by regulate I mean ban a number of selected “non-conventional” sexual acts. I get it: let’s all cough loudly, look the other way and pretend this has nothing to do with us. […]

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SEX

Sex robots could usher in a dark time for women

2016 has been a bit mad. Don’t worry, this isn’t going to be some sentimental look back on the (almost) gone year; on what has and what could’ve been. As we look onward to 2017 however it’s hard not to reflect on what a ride 2016 has been. I mean, this will most likely be […]

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ARTS

Review: Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s

There was a time in my life when all I thought or cared about was art. Having idolised the confident, ephemeral gestures of the abstract expressionists at uni, I savoured every ounce of intellectual fodder the world of high modern art allowed. I chewed on concepts as if they were an endless stream of sugarfree […]

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IN THE NEWS

Double standards, not science, are holding back the male pill

Acne, soreness, and mood swings. These are some of the side effects of the recently trialled contraceptive for men. They are also some of the side effects experienced by women who use birth control. Only the latter is publicly available. The trial comprised 320 men in ten different locations worldwide who received injections to reduce […]

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IN THE NEWS

Dear Sirs, we need to talk about women

Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time there was a magic circle law firm called Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. In September this year the firm decided to bar its lawyers from starting emails and documents with “Dear Sirs”, instead introducing the more inclusive “Dear Sir or Madam”. And Lo, all the women rose […]

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IN THE NEWS

Civil partnerships: we need the right to reject marriage

It’s mid-morning on a Friday, and we’re in a registry office in Douglas – the capital of the Isle of Man. Two witnesses are present for the civil partnership ceremony of an opposite-sex couple, Adeline Cosson and Kieran Hodgson. They are the first heterosexual couple to get a civil partnership in the British Isles after […]

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