We Need To Have A Conversation About Sexual Assault at University

Content Warning: Sexual Assault; Mental Health; Personal Account

The worst day of my life was the day after I was sexually assaulted in my first term at university. Looking back now, it’s hard to imagine how I got through that time – I felt completely paralysed by circumstances out of my control, unable to consider a future in which things would be normal again. The overwhelming feeling wasn’t one of shock, or hurt, or even anger. It was fear: uncontrollable, persistent, debilitating fear. Fear that is unfortunately all too common among the women who study at the University, whether they are a first-hand survivor or are simply aware that it is something to be afraid of. 23% of women experience sexual assault at some point in their lives, a shocking fact when you consider that this equates to almost a quarter of the women you know. It has been over a year since I became a part of this statistic, and I am okay now – but the situation still is not.  Continue reading We Need To Have A Conversation About Sexual Assault at University

RAZZ Blind Dates: “I have the tendency to be awkward”

RAZZ decided to celebrate SHAG Week (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance Week) by arranging some blind dates in the student community! Keep up with the series here.

Britt was looking for someone “who gets intersectional feminism” and will share her love of hummus and cats. Millie hoped for someone who would make her laugh and was also sensibly planning for the future, keen to date someone with “no silverfish in their house.” From the outset, they both seemed to be unified by a mutual dislike of tories. Was this enough for a successful date though?

First up, let’s hear from Millie… Continue reading RAZZ Blind Dates: “I have the tendency to be awkward”

RAZZ Blind Dates: “We just stood not really knowing what to say”

RAZZ decided to celebrate SHAG Week (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance Week) by arranging some blind dates in the student community! Keep up with the series here.

Ellie warned that she’s “very open so prepare to get to know a lot of personal information… especially after a few drinks”. Maybe a match with “bit of nerd” Katya who wanted someone she could talk to for hours?

Let’s see what Ellie thought first. Continue reading RAZZ Blind Dates: “We just stood not really knowing what to say”

RAZZ Blind Dates: “it was a particularly visual birth scene”

RAZZ decided to celebrate SHAG Week (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance Week) by arranging some blind dates in the student community! Keep up with the series here.

Johnny described himself as someone “soft”  with “good chat” (back yourself, I guess) and an interest in Mega Kebab. Would he live up to Edith’s hopes though of meeting “a sexy stranger to have a laugh with”? No pressure Johnny.

So what did Johnny think of the date? Continue reading RAZZ Blind Dates: “it was a particularly visual birth scene”

Feeling Marginalised in Your Own Body: Unpacking Male Dominance of Female Anatomy

 “From the earliest days of medicine, women have been considered inferior versions of men.” – Gabrielle Jackson.

For as long as medicine has been around, it has been created by men, for men. Medical research is significantly often carried out on male animals due to hormonal fluctuations in female animals causing discrepancies. Further, the female body has been treated largely as a reproductive body first and undiagnosed female health issues have been reduced to part of a “hysteria” discourse, first coined by Freud in the 1800s. Therefore, inequality in medicine stems from both a lack of knowledge regarding gender specific medical issues and a negative portrayal of hormonal differences between the sexes. Continue reading Feeling Marginalised in Your Own Body: Unpacking Male Dominance of Female Anatomy

RAZZ Blind Dates: “Why is Exeter so small?”

RAZZ decided to celebrate SHAG Week (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance Week) by arranging some blind dates in the student community! Keep up with the series here.

Jacob is a depop model who was looking for “someone to take my breath away”. Beatrice boasted that she’s a rugby lad predicted a 2:1 hoping to find someone with a shared interest in the length of a queue outside TP. We decided to put them on a date together.

Let’s find out firstly what Jacob had to say about the date… Continue reading RAZZ Blind Dates: “Why is Exeter so small?”

RAZZ Blind Dates: “We got kicked out”

RAZZ decided to celebrate SHAG Week (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance Week) by arranging some blind dates in the student community! Keep up with the series here.

This date will be staying anonymous but we can tell you that Player 1 described themselves with “I own a French coffee press” and that they were looking for someone interested in the arts. We’d thought they’d match up well with Player 2 who was also interested in the arts and was “just looking for some fun tbh” .

Let’s find out firstly what Player 1 had to say about the date… Continue reading RAZZ Blind Dates: “We got kicked out”

RAZZ Blind Dates: “HE’S NEVER BEEN TO TP”

RAZZ decided to celebrate SHAG Week (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance Week) by arranging some blind dates in the student community! Keep up with the series here.

Agnes was looking for someone who wasn’t a “dickhead” and wouldn’t force-feed her curly fries (she’s gluten free). Tom had high standards, hoping to find a match “who can hold a conversation” and someone who doesn’t have right-wing politics, arguably difficult to find in Exetah. Take a read to find out what happened when they went on their date together. Continue reading RAZZ Blind Dates: “HE’S NEVER BEEN TO TP”

Sexiest Non-Sex Scenes on Screen

What’s not to like about sexy, non-sex scenes? An unsung hero, they’re spicy enough to have you on the edge of your seat and carry a lower risk of a parent making an excruciating comment than the classic sex scene. From period dramas to comic book films, here are six of the sexiest non-sex scenes where the tension was through the roof. Continue reading Sexiest Non-Sex Scenes on Screen