Category : Comment

Offensive Halloween costumes: not big, not clever

4 years ago / 0 comments

Imagine the most shocking thing you could dress up as, and then do it. That seems to be the mantra of some when Halloween rolls around each year. Halloween, originally themed around the ‘spooks and ghouls’ school of costumes,  is always shifting. Now the ‘monsters’ theme has been largely exhausted, people … Read More

Ebola doesn’t discriminate; why should we?

4 years ago / 0 comments

Ebola is scary. In the past weeks, we have been repeatedly informed that it is a deadly disease that has killed, and continues to kill people on a worrying scale. What ought to be challenged, however, is the coverage by some news agencies of the outbreak. It has been compared by some … Read More

Has Jeremy Clarkson ground our gears long enough?

4 years ago / 0 comments

Controversy has surrounded Clarkson for years. Over his career, he has managed to antagonise and offend a considerable breadth of cultures and people. Romanians, Mexicans, the gay community, the mentally ill: these are a few of the groups whom he has expressed his outdated and offensive opinions about on Top Gear. The most … Read More

It’s FCKH8 who are the problem, not little girls who swear

4 years ago / 0 comments

I don’t have a problem with seeing little girls swearing. Sure, it’s a bit tacky and clearly aimed at going viral through shock value. But my real objection is to what they actually say. The latest FCKH8 video to make the rounds completely ignores intersectional issues. They give the figure … Read More

Victoria’s Secret’s ‘The Perfect Body’ campaign shows how society encourages female body-shaming

4 years ago / 0 comments

Looking back at my adolescence, I remember a particular episode with great clarity: seeing cellulite on my legs for the first time when I was 19 and inducing myself into a state of panic. I went out and bought body brushes and moisturizers to try and tackle this unsightly, humiliating … Read More

Benevolent suspicion: The digital privacy debate

4 years ago / 0 comments

Imagine your normal morning routine: You wake up, turn on the TV or stream some music whilst you get something to eat; you text some friends, perhaps even make a phone call; you quickly browse the internet for the latest news whilst messaging friends via Facebook. It all seems fairly … Read More

Tuition fees: Investment in future or expensive library pass?

4 years ago / 0 comments

I pay £42 for every contact hour I have- Engineers pay only £18. Today, my two-hour lecture cost me £95, while their 5-hour day cost them £90. Who will earn more on graduating? As a History of Art student, I study what I love and enjoy my lectures. What I do … Read More

UKIP victory is a false dawn for British democracy

4 years ago / 0 comments

It cannot be denied that UKIP have had a good month. Not only has Nigel Farage been invited to take part in the party leader’s TV debate in 2015, but Tory defector Douglas Carswell was recently elected as UKIP’s first MP in the Clacton by-election- a serious blow for the … Read More

NHS workers were right to go on strike

4 years ago / 0 comments

It’s no secret that NHS workers are underpaid and overworked. Not many of us would agree to work 12 hour night shifts, unpaid overtime in a hugely stressful environment and earn between £21,000 and £27,000 to do so. Reports of budget cuts and chronic understaffing only serve to highlight the importance … Read More

Reflections on the Hong Kong protests

4 years ago / 0 comments

The events in Hong Kong are set to become a historic moment, as the people of the region do something which has proven deadly in the past – protest against the moves of the Chinese government. Some sources are already comparing recent events to the build-up of the tragic 1989 … Read More