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In Conversation with Active Together 

Over the past academic year, Exeter University’s Education Incubator opened up a call for student-led, anti-racism projects, announcing that they were “looking for students at Exeter who [wanted] to develop innovative ideas and approaches to enhance the anti-racism agenda both within the University community and beyond.” Subsequently, five student-led projects were awarded funding to develop their collaborative, student-centric, anti-racism projects. I had the chance to speak to the faces behind one of these projects: Nina Cunningham, a third year BSc Sociology student, Rhianna Garrett, a Master’s student of Technology, Creativity and Thinking in Education, and Manan Shah, a first year LLB Law student. Together, they launched Active Together, which aims to tackle the culture of racism and microaggressions that can be prevalent within University societies.  Continue reading In Conversation with Active Together 

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Princesses at War: Racism and Sexism in the Media

When the lives of the British royals are put under the microscopic lens of the UK tabloids, there is no-where to hide, not behind the palace gates nor behind the false pretences of a ceremonial title. A master of manipulation, the British press possesses the capability to harness the minds of the masses through a few simple words, a power once reserved for leaders and the royals themselves. Continue reading Princesses at War: Racism and Sexism in the Media

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Coping with Lockdown Libido Loss

It has been a year of actively avoiding physical touch. When we walk through the supermarket we duck and dodge the elderly ladies with inexplicable death wishes, we cringingly recoil from welcoming hugs offered by old (and apparently stupid) friends, and, like Lady Macbeth, we relentlessly scrub at the library desk before we sit down to prevent touching others by proxy. So, it only makes sense that touching sexual partners has somewhat lost its appeal. Continue reading Coping with Lockdown Libido Loss

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#Everyone’sInvited – The Clue is in the Name

Everyone’s Invited, the Instagram page that everyone is talking about. Over 32,000 people to be exact. The page, created by 22-year-old Soma Sara, is a much-needed space designed for everyone and anyone to call out rape culture. The testimonials section, where people can anonymously publish their experiences as either a witness to or victim of rape culture has, finally and rightly, brought the engrained culture of misogyny out from the well-concealed enclaves of schools and universities. Continue reading #Everyone’sInvited – The Clue is in the Name

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Best Lockdown Buys: Themed Nights

Lockdown upon lockdown has either made time fly or crawl. One silver lining of this added time indoors is the necessary demand for creativity. Although, admittedly, much entertainment came from Netflix and alcohol… some stand out purchases really helped us through. Want company but housemates are at deadline central? No worries, just settle down with “Bones Jones” – our niche new housemate. This plastic skeleton … Continue reading Best Lockdown Buys: Themed Nights

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Best Lockdown Buys: Hair Scissors

With hairdressers closed and my boyfriend and me both desperate for a trim, I decided to take matters into my own hands and order the cheapest hair scissors I could find off Amazon in February. Although the scissors arrived within no time, it took us a few more days to bring up the courage to make use of them. While I was bombarding my boyfriend … Continue reading Best Lockdown Buys: Hair Scissors

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Shame and the Body: Reducing Anxiety about the Body that Sustains You

Society’s toxic body politic has transformed the human form into a site for unscrupulous judgement during the 21st century – worsened by the over-saturation of toned ‘influencer’ bodies on our social media feeds. Sadly, it’s becoming all too common for young people to feel uncomfortable in their own skin. As Psychology Today states; “there is a societal body-shaming that is so ingrained that it can feel like the truth”. Indeed, being self-critical has become almost ‘second-nature’ for a lot of people – myself included. Yet, this shouldn’t be something that is normalised. Continue reading Shame and the Body: Reducing Anxiety about the Body that Sustains You

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Art Therapy: An Under-Valued Method of Increasing Mental Wellbeing

The complexity and subjectivity of emotion makes it a difficult topic when it comes to communication. Within the realms of mental wellbeing, it is therefore critical that people have methods of emotional exploration and a way of conveying how they feel to others, to increase empathy and understanding. Artistic representations of thought and feeling can be used to express emotionality when words fail. Continue reading Art Therapy: An Under-Valued Method of Increasing Mental Wellbeing