Posts in Social Issues
Does the Colour Pink Really Effect Our Ability to be Strong?

During the Women's World Cup I came across a story that had my eyebrows raised in intrigue, but also in speculation. A photographic art piece by Juno Calypso captured bloodied and bruised female football players in a millennial pink changing room for ULTRA’s ‘Art for the Women’s World Cup’ shown at the J Hammond Projects Gallery in London. The piece was based on Norwich City’s controversial move to paint their away changing room pink for the 2018-19 season. This was in a bid to lower their opponents testosterone levels, therefore making the football team calmer and easier to defeat.

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Are Women’s Magazines Today Less Feminist Than in the 18th Century?

One of the first female targeted magazine’s in Britain, and arguably the most successful of its time, was entitled ‘The Lady’s Magazine: Or Entertaining Companion for the Fair Sex Appropriated Solely for their Use and Amusement.’ Running from 1770-1832 in a time before any indication of an attempt at gender equality in Britain, the magazine in its first few years was actually surprisingly dissimilar to many gossip women’s magazines we see today and beared more resemblance to our modern independent zines that are often based around feminism.

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Alabama's Anti-Abortion Law: The Alabama Senate vs Human Rights

1 in 4 women have had an abortion. To put that into perspective, that’s about 7 of your classmates at school or university, 37 people in a full movie theatre screening, or 20 people on a full double decker bus. It could mean one person in your friendship group or one person in your immediate family. It means several of your school teachers, your neighbours and your colleagues at work. It means that a lot of people you know have sought medical care for an unwanted pregnancy and they have every right to do so.

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We Should be Proud to be ‘Crazy’ Women in Sport

There’s a common misconception that women are not as competitive as men and therefore a lot of female sporting competitions are not regarded as highly as men’s. Being competitive is seen as a ‘manly’ thing. Getting sweaty, passionate and angry are all stereotypical images associated with a man, and when women respond in the same way in sport they are seen as overreacting or as acting ‘too masculine’. Women are told by our society that we are supposed to be demure and composed and sport stereotypes do not allow for that.

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An Open Letter To Travel Influencers (And Their Working Class Followers)

Most of these celebrities and influencers probably wouldn't travel as much as they do if it they weren’t paid or provided with subsidised accommodation. They’re travelling for BUSINESS, they’re getting paid thousands to travel. Some of us don’t have that same privilege. I urge you (the travel influencers) to stop telling people to “just save up and travel” or “you could travel if maybe you prioritised X, Y, Z”. If only you knew how privileged that sounds, you would stop. Maybe you have the privilege to travel but lower income individuals do not have that same luxury.

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Women Are Not Baby Making Machines

The amount of times I've been dismissed because I mention that for me, children are not a necessity in life, is ridiculous. Sorry not sorry, but if I die in 10 years and I don't have a successful career I would be disappointed to say the least. If I don't have children in 10 years, I'll be fine. I never grew up thinking about having children or marriage, but I always knew what career I wanted to pursue. Some of us don't want children and that's OK.

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Why We Have Got Victoria Beckham All Wrong

But last week, in a revelation that precisely nobody cares about, I realised that I had got Victoria all wrong. Or not that I had got her wrong, but that I had been too keen to digest the Victoria Beckham narrative fed to us by the media. After listening to an intimate interview with the ex pop sensation I was more than surprised to hear her joking and laughing and generally sounding like a bloody lovely person.

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Inspiring Women: Rachael Bland

You may have seen in the news a few weeks ago about the tragic passing of Radio 5 Live broadcaster Rachael Bland. Her story, although it had the most dreadful ending, is one of sincerity and courage. An inspiration to women everywhere, Rachael used her last years on earth to make such a positive impact on the world, which is why my piece is dedicated to her today.

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It's Ok Not To Be Body Confident

Whilst it is amazing that so many people are becoming more body confident, I applaud anyone who is, it is important to recognise that it is okay not to be too. I sometimes feel like there’s a lot of pressure to be confident in your body. I am not fully confident, I never wear clothes that cling to my stomach and I very often have days where I cannot bear what I look like in the mirror. By the same token, I have other days where I feel amazing and feel completely body positive.

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Porn Culture on Love Island

When it was revealed that Megan had undergone a number of surgical procedures to achieve her current look internet trolls were eager to attack. A Google search of Megan’s name will even provide ‘before pictures’ as the first suggestion. But what those who shared these ‘before and after’ images perhaps didn’t realise is that by doing so they simply fuelled the idea that Megan was only attractive after having had her surgery and closer fitting our narrow definition of beauty inspired by porn.

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Trump Supporters: We Can't Be Friends

People seem to think those who lose friends or choose friends based on their political standing are ridiculous. I agree.  Just because I’m a democrat, doesn’t mean I’m not going to speak to a republican, it’s just silly. The problem arises when we’re dealing with a white supremacist that spews hatred, racism, bigotry, and the list goes on. It is no longer about “political opinions”, it’s about being a decent human being.  

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Why Anna Delvey is Just One of Us Living in the Age of the Scammer

For those who have not yet heard the tale of Anna Delvey (where have you been?) for several years she lived the life of a New York It Girl, operating under the guise of heiress to an anonymous German fortune. Never without a hundred-dollar bill or a Snapchat filter, Delvey rubbed shoulders with celebrities and frequented exclusive members-only clubs as much as you and I visit the local Wetherspoons.

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