Womxn and the pornography industry have always had a tumultuous relationship as both consumers and active participants in the creation of videos. It is no secret that womxn masturbate, but society treats it like the biggest secret since the illuminati. As sexually active people, those who identify as womxn seem to face stigma at every turn. Whether it is the act of masturbation or having … Continue reading The Business of Patriarchal Passion: How the Porn Industry has let Women Down
In the popular American TV show Friends, two of the main characters, Chandler and Joey, accidentally find a free porn channel during one of the episodes. From the moment they see it, they develop an urge to keep it running – even if it means leaving the TV on for days. This addiction to porn is an increasing phenomenon due to, on the one hand … Continue reading It’s Time to Talk Porn
Recently, I came across a post about domestic abuse on Instagram. One comment was posted by a woman who bravely opened up about her experience with rape and coercion in a past relationship. In response, another commenter bluntly told her that her experience ‘didn’t count’ as rape, because she was coerced, not violently forced. This basic lack of understanding, as well as respect for the survivor, astounded me. Not only did this commenter not understand that coercion can absolutely constitute rape, they also invalidated the woman’s experience. Even for a comment left by an anonymous Instagram account, this exchange struck me as hugely disheartening. Continue reading Consent Education in School: Where the Improvements Need to be Made
In the era of technological domination, education through television is far from uncommon. We gain our facts and our opinions from a screen. As our eyes remain glued to the images that flash before us, our beliefs become shaped by various depictions of history. Whilst our perceptions are informed by our lived experiences, images and stories depicted in the media fill in the gaps. Where … Continue reading The Changing Face of British Television: How Small Axe Carved New Ground
“In terms of insights, I’ve found my world view has changed.“ – Georgia, Leeds University “…being on Erasmus FORCED me to see the world from so many different ways and it’s made me a kinder, more understanding person.” – Becca, Greenwich University Nicola Sturgeon described the government’s decision to pull out of the Erasmus programme as “cultural vandalism” in a Tweet on the day Britain’s … Continue reading Education Outside Europe?
An ITV study found approximately 5 million anti-vax followers in the UK. Couple this with the news that 1 in 3 people are exposed to anti-vax messages (as found by Kings College London) and frustration mounts. The vaccine is our only way back to normality. It is the sole means by which we can simultaneously protect the most vulnerable whilst lifting lockdown restrictions. The idea, therefore, that so many people are sceptical and resistant to the vaccine is problematic. It threatens medical progress, but also begs the question of why humans are psychologically inclined to believe in conspiracy theories that have so little supporting evidence, and why more so in times of crisis? Continue reading Conspiracy Theories: Why Are We So Susceptible?
During the peaceful Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests during summer 2020, the excessive response of police forces and the National Guard sent shock waves across the world. Unfortunately, it’s somewhat unsurprising that the violent mop which descended on the Capitol on Jan 6th, following the instructions of President Trump, did not provoke the same reaction. Continue reading Protest, Riot, Insurrection: The Weaponisation of the Language of Resistance
From a very young age, we are taught to recycle, to switch off lights when we leave a room, and to turn off the tap when we brush our teeth. As young adults, we are encouraged to take a reusable cup when we purchase take-out coffee, to consume less meat, and to cycle instead of driving short distances. Continue reading Bleed Greener: Is Individualised Climate Responsibility an Environmental Threat in Disguise?
Conflicting with their standing traditions, Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has struggled to narrow down their findings to a singular term for their annual Word of the Year. In precedented times, the word would stand as a tribute to the English language and a reflection of the most popular, and suitable summary, of the previous 365 days. Usually taking the form of the latest zeitgeist creation, … Continue reading 2020: A Year that Left us Speechless, Yet Indescribable in just One Word
Christmas – ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ December usually brings festive parties, dinners, and drinks with friends and family. It can often feel as though the world comes to a holt in order to celebrate the national holiday. However, due to COVID-19, 2020 has been a year unlike any other and with Christmas quickly approaching we can expect an unconventional holiday season. The … Continue reading A Very Covid Christmas