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Protecting our Protests

Our right to protest has been a fundamental part of our democracy here in the UK for a long time. Chartism and protests for working rights were widespread in the nineteen-hundreds. The early twentieth century saw first-wave feminists campaigning for suffrage and, eventually, achieving it. The Rebecca Riots took place in the dawn of the Victorian era in South Wales, eventually leading to the South … Continue reading Protecting our Protests

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The Responsibility of our News Presenters

Should opinion have a place in news reporting? In an ideal world, objective reporting would allow people to make up their own minds about current affairs. But from the off, this isn’t realistic. There’s a sliding scale when the media engages with political and personal biases, and Sky, Channel 4, and BBC’s news programmes are not immune to this. Openly political news reporting such as … Continue reading The Responsibility of our News Presenters

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Curtain Call in COVID-19

The last time I saw live theatre was back in late 2019, when I was sat watching Paul O’Grady in drag performing in the pantomime version of Goldilocks. Despite my preconceptions of watching a pantomime as an adult, it was surprisingly rude and worthy of genuine laughs out loud. I left the theatre entertained and desperate to tell any unlucky acquaintance about the past two hours of sex and bum jokes I had just witnessed. Over a year later, it looks like theatres will finally be able to reopen to half capacity on 17 May 2021, and full capacity on that fated day in June 2021. But with the cinema industry hit hard enough to bankrupt Cineworld, things don’t bode well for the theatre industry. Continue reading Curtain Call in COVID-19

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Is Vanilla the New Frigid: TikTok and Coercion

Is ‘Vanilla’ the new ‘Frigid’? Having now been on TikTok for a while I was unsurprised when a section of the app called KinkTok or FreakTok came under fire in a recent VICE article by Lucy Robinson, and 19-year old Lily, interviewed for the piece, made this link between the terms. This thriving subculture on the app may have originally started as a safe place for the Kink community to share experiences and tips but it has recently been overrun with some very problematic and even dangerous content. Some of the top videos in this community often cover knife play, choking and rough sex of all levels and there have been frequent instances of the term ‘Vanilla’ being used as an insult. This term may not be familiar to those not in the kink community or in the younger generations, but we will all be familiar with the insult ‘Frigid’, a fan favourite of secondary school boys everywhere. But really, what is wrong with liking non-kinky sex? Continue reading Is Vanilla the New Frigid: TikTok and Coercion

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Reboots: Old Stories and New Faces

Sex and the City and Gossip Girl have defined the adolescence of millennials and Generation Z alike. Whilst we may like to know what happened next, is it a better idea to stop while you’re ahead? Both shows are being remade by HBO Max. No one can deny the success of both shows. They have both had a significant cultural impact and boast a huge … Continue reading Reboots: Old Stories and New Faces

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Why Small Talk is Becoming a Big Problem

Small talk is perhaps the most important aspect of communication in modern-day society. It allows us to express our individuality in conversations, be this with our friends, or with complete strangers. In the age of zoom meetings, breakout rooms, awkward silences and technical hitches, however, it is sadly the fallen soldier of in-person social interaction for many people. Studies carried out by the BPP University … Continue reading Why Small Talk is Becoming a Big Problem

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Framing Britney Spears: The Faustinian Fall of the Female Celebrity

I am of the generation who’s resounding image of Britney Spears is 2008’s “Breakdown Britney”. Even in 2017 this image was regurgitated with an onslaught of online memes relating to Britney’s “breakdown” to, once again, remind the world of the media constructed “crazy woman”. They are given the same tragic and inevitable fall like those designed for men of early modern plays but, unlike those … Continue reading Framing Britney Spears: The Faustinian Fall of the Female Celebrity

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Poetry and Politics

As the striking young woman in the vibrant yellow coat approached the podium at the presidential inauguration earlier this year the world held its breath. Amanda Gorman represents the voice of a new political era, an embodiment of hope and a testament to the potential for change. Her words were not the empty promises of populist leaders but were enthusiastic declarations of joy and purpose. … Continue reading Poetry and Politics

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Interview: Art Society Discusses Lockdown Life Drawing

It’s an overwhelming understatement to say that it’s been a difficult year, for very obvious reasons. Everything, in our personal, professional, and literally physical existences, has become increasingly strained and under pressure. Approaching the year anniversary of our first lockdown, this pressure is building more than ever. This also means that it’s been almost a year since societies have been able to run any regular events. In-person events are crucial to the running of many societies and with guidelines changing all the time and the country moving in and out of lockdowns and tiers, the impact has been far felt. However, COVID-19 has had a particularly dramatic impact on the art community in Exeter, with restrictions preventing perhaps the most personal of in-person events, the life drawing class. Continue reading Interview: Art Society Discusses Lockdown Life Drawing

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RAZZ Recommends: How to Cope with Your New Housemates aka, Your Parents

So, we have entered a third national lockdown. After the announcements in March and November, you would think that Boris Johnson and his Government would have a checklist of important information to include in a lockdown briefing. Unfortunately, this list seems to have been lost, mistakenly taken on a trip to Waitrose, leaving Boris to babble behind his podium, staring at a post-it with fruit, veg and toothpaste scribbled on it. Once again, university students were left puzzled on 4 January and were presented with a choice: to return or to stay home. Continue reading RAZZ Recommends: How to Cope with Your New Housemates aka, Your Parents