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It’s Debatable: Gym Closures

For: 2020 has been an odd year in many, many ways, and for me, perhaps one of the oddest personal developments has been that I have become a Person Who Gyms. Regularly. On Purpose. Enjoying it. I cannot emphasize enough that if I went back and told 2019 me about this, she, along with everybody else I know, would have laughed very hard, for a … Continue reading It’s Debatable: Gym Closures

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Turning Down your Next Job in Cyber: Why the Arts Matter

At this point in 2020, watching the news is almost like watching a B movie with the ridiculous and outlandish headlines we’ve come to accept as the norm. It feels like there is little left that could faze us. Yet, the re-emergence of a somewhat patronising advert informing ‘Fatima’ that her “next job could be in cyber” still managed to shock. Which begs the question, how can we ensure their survival if the government isn’t going to? Continue reading Turning Down your Next Job in Cyber: Why the Arts Matter

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Bleed Greener: How to Talk about the Environmental Crisis

Introducing the topic of climate crisis into conversation is a risky game. Not uncommonly, the phrase will elicit a raised eyebrow, a smirk, or even a derisive comment. Similar to the way in which some people shy away from discissions about feminism and veganism, climate change is often considered an improper topic of conversation, and one that is taboo within polite company. Despite the fact that the environmental crisis is worsening at a greatly troubling rate, many people recoil from verbal announcements of its existence. In modern society, no-one invites climate change to a dinner party. Continue reading Bleed Greener: How to Talk about the Environmental Crisis

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Reproductive Justice: An Urgent Guide

As the 2020 US election has approached, the reproductive rights of American women have once again been called into question by the anti-abortion rhetoric in the power centres of the United States. Donald Trump and the majority of the Republican Party are vocally pro-life, while Democrat candidate Joe Biden is pro-choice and pledges to keep access to abortion safe and legal if he is elected this November. Abortion is one of the most divisive issues in American politics right now; 46% of Trump’s supporters and 35% of Biden’s state it as a ‘very important’ factor in how they will vote in this election. Continue reading Reproductive Justice: An Urgent Guide

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Reviews in Retrospect: Rafiki

Wanuri Kahiu’s 2018 feature film Rafiki is an intimate portrayal of forbidden love. Banned in Kenya for its representation of a same-sex couple, the film received global critical acclaim for its unapologetic and lyrical depiction of queer love in a country that criminalises homosexuality. Based on the Ugandan short story “Jambula Tree” by Monica Arac de Nyeko, Rafiki follows the story of Kena and Zita, … Continue reading Reviews in Retrospect: Rafiki

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How to Cultivate Positive Online Spaces where Women can Support Women

Being a woman on the internet is well known for its dangers. As a space where those who identify as women have freedom of expression, more often than not, they become targets of those who might oppose such freedoms. Continue reading How to Cultivate Positive Online Spaces where Women can Support Women

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Hair Discrimination: How Work and School Dress Codes Discriminate against Afro-Textured Hair

As a mixed-race woman whose tight afro curls are more than unruly, I know a little about what it means to be made to feel other as a result of something you cannot change. What I’m only just starting to learn is that these feelings aren’t misplaced or trivial; they are important and worth writing about because countless others are feeling the same way. Continue reading Hair Discrimination: How Work and School Dress Codes Discriminate against Afro-Textured Hair

Review: La Haine

La Haine, or Hate as it is known in the US, is a 1995 French drama following a day in the life of three young men wandering the streets of Paris. They are all reeling in the aftermath of their friend, Abdel, being arrested and experiencing severe brutality at the hands of the police. This triggers major riots throughout the city. One of the men, Vinz, played by a young Vincent Cassel, is ready to take his aggression and frustration out on anyone he meets, whether they be the police themselves, women, or other angry young men just like him. His hate and anger lead to deadly consequences for both him and his friends Said and Hubert. Continue reading Review: La Haine

Identities not Categories: Is there a Problem with BAME?

Over lockdown, I’ve been subjected to many a rant from my dad concerning how fast society is changing; usually an add-on to his lecture about how ruthless and toxic cancel culture can be. Now, to a certain extent I can sympathise. Our linguistics and what’s considered politically correct are evolving and changing at a rate that we’ve never experienced. A recent example of such controversy is … Continue reading Identities not Categories: Is there a Problem with BAME?

Cruise Ships and Covid-19: An Opportunity to Re-Examine the Travel Industry

Cruise ships represent the immensity of travel in the modern world. The access to oceanic space from the luxury and comfort onboard is part of the mass appeal for consumers, but there is a darker side to the glistening structures that line our waters. Often dubbed as ‘floating cities’, despite their testament to modern engineering, the industry is an environmental disaster. In the adversity of lockdown, there have been enormous economic pressures and questions over the future of travel across the globe. However, the current pandemic and suspension of most of the cruise industry’s activities have also afforded a unique opportunity to re-examine the environmental impact of these ships, and whether a green recovery is possible. Continue reading Cruise Ships and Covid-19: An Opportunity to Re-Examine the Travel Industry