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Billie’s Body: The Culture of Body Shaming

Billie Eilish has exponentially risen to fame in the last few years, renowned for her ‘baggy’ streetwear style as shown by “her gender-neutral style to the Grammys with a neon green, crystal-embellished Gucci bowling shirt and jogging pants” (Lindsay Weinberg 2020). In an interview for Calvin Klein’s 2019 campaign, “I Speak My Truth In #MyCalvins”, Eilish divulged that her style sparked from her desire for … Continue reading Billie’s Body: The Culture of Body Shaming

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Adapting Queer Romance: Maurice

Maurice is one of my all-time favourite novels. E. M. Forster’s tale of emotional and sexual awakening was written in 1913-1914 but published posthumously in 1971. In Edwardian England, an explicitly queer narrative with a happy ending was out of the question. To please mainstream audiences, queer (or queer-coded) relationships in 20th century literature and film were conventionally doomed from the start, often with one … Continue reading Adapting Queer Romance: Maurice

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Reviews in Retrospect: Wales Bonner Spring 2021 Collection

British fashion designer, Grace Wales Bonner’s Spring 2021 Menswear collection is a beautifully retro, jewel-toned tribute to her Jamaican heritage. The Central Saint Martin’s graduate regularly explores black culture through her designs, and her most recent collection takes inspiration from early-1980s Jamaica, and dancehall and reggae culture. Wanting to put her own spin on this, she looks to her upbringing in London and adds a British twist to her Jamaican roots. Continue reading Reviews in Retrospect: Wales Bonner Spring 2021 Collection

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How to Capture an Individual in Words: The Benefits and Limitations of Life-Writing

Life-writing, that is biographies and autobiographies, are not a recent phenomenon. However, now more than ever these works of literature dominate the bestsellers list with the writing of Barack Obama, Steve Jobs, and more selling millions of copies. But what makes these books so appealing to a modern audience? Is it the mere explosion of ‘celebrity’ admiration or is there something more complex than this at hand? Continue reading How to Capture an Individual in Words: The Benefits and Limitations of Life-Writing

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Education in Isolation

*written before the latest government announcement* I am sure that anyone reading this will have already been bombarded with statistics and horror stories about students in halls – everything from being forced to eat cold suppers day after day and being barred from any form of human contact or communication. So, I will do my best not to devalue some of the quite horrific situations … Continue reading Education in Isolation

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Review: Knives Out

Knives Out (2019) directed by Rian Johnson (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) is one of those films that reminded me of the exquisite quality of modern acting, writing and editing. As a lover of old classics, usually bought second hand at charity shops, my viewing repertoire of late has been sorely limited to scratchy action flicks and cringe-worthy romances, and so it was a breath of fresh air to cuddle up with a coffee and a first-rate murder mystery that left me feeling that maybe there is hope for humanity. Continue reading Review: Knives Out

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Interview: Save the Children Society Supports Moria Refugee Camp

Online Editor, Miriam Higgs, had the wonderful opportunity of interviewing Save the Children society’s President, Alex Madden, and Campaign Officers, Poppy Pearce and Juliet Jarvis regarding their Moria Refugee Camp support programme. They discussed the foundations of the campaign and getting it off the ground, how COVID-19 has changed the face of donating and giving aid, and how Save the Children and charity societies more broadly are so important in establishing a support network within the student community. Their discussion follows: Continue reading Interview: Save the Children Society Supports Moria Refugee Camp

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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

Anti-Racism@Exeter

As term one is now in full swing, RAZZ would like to take this opportunity to look back at the much needed and valuable anti-racism work that students and societies at Exeter carried out over the summer period. Over the course of lockdown, many varied and dynamic societies performed important work that RAZZ believes is important to reflect on. We would like to use this termly article as a space where we can bring together and collate the anti-racist work occurring across many varied groups and societies at the University. Whilst we have advertised this space as a place where campaigns and projects dedicated to this movement can be highlighted, we acknowledge this is by no means a comprehensive list. If you or your society are curating a project, launching a campaign or just speaking up in any way about the systemic injustices wrought on our communities by institutional racism, we want to hear about it. Please email razzmag@gmail.com with information about your campaign, we will publicise it on our social media platforms and will document and reflect on the work that has been done at the end of term one in the next Anti-Racism@Exeter article. Having these discussions and endeavouring to diversify our community is something we should all be passionate about at Exeter, and we hope you will be inspired by the work of these groups and get involved with this movement yourselves in whatever way you can. Continue reading Anti-Racism@Exeter

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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