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Police officers should be allowed to have visible tattoos

As constant innovation of tattoo art takes place across the globe, and health and safety standards rise alongside, more and more people have found themselves saying, “Actually, maybe I would quite like to get a tattoo.” Watercolour and Mandala art design in tattoo work took social media by storm upon their perfection and we were […]

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Despite Black Monday’s success, we still have a long way to go

All too often women are reminded how little their voices matter, how little say they have over how people view them, and how little can be done about it. This silencing takes many forms: it is illustrated when feminists are dismissed as ‘man-haters’; when women in a position of power are described as bossy, or a […]

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Would televising all trials contribute to our reality TV mentality?

Bored with the overdone Judge Judy and Jeremy Kyle-esque reality TV shows that dominate our daytime television, the possibility of watching real life court proceedings from your living room sofa may seem like an exciting prospect. Real-life, hard hitting intricacies of court proceedings have been glamorised, as can be seen with the recent surge in […]

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We must do more to educate young people on consent

The idea that someone in their third year of university would feel pressured into sending sexually explicit messages or photos is indicative of a damaging and possibly dangerous relationship. And many would not hesitate to condemn the situation as unhealthy. So the statistic that 51 per cent of teenage girls feel pressured into such situations […]

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Overtly political Oscar’s coverage failed to address gender inequality

The 88th annual Academy Awards (Oscars) ceremony saw a step in the right direction for a lot of good causes: there was a shout out for LGTBQ awareness from Sam Smith; attention was brought to the ongoing issue of sexual assault by US vice president Joe Biden and Lady Gaga; and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Oscar acceptance […]

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We should do more to protect social activists online

Online hate has become an increasingly prevalent part of social media in recent years, fueled viciously by the 2014 scandal of ‘#Gamergate’, and found most predominantly on Twitter. The crux of the problem is the ability to experience abuse and harassment, most likely from people you have never met, online. This problem far from stops […]

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We must do more to combat the Oscar’s ‘whitewash’

Idris Elba starred in ‘Beasts of No Nation’, released October 16th 2015, a Netflix original which achieved a 91% review on popular site Rotten Tomatoes, a 7.8/10 on IMDB and a response from Rolling Stone stating: ‘Hard to watch, impossible to forget’. Despite this, Elba is another of many POC (People of Colour) actors to […]

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Free speech should not mean hate speech

A common theme of debate at many universities across the UK has been whether student bodies have been ‘stamping down’ on rights to free speech. This comes in the wake of many ‘safe space’ policies being put into action across British universities in an attempt to make all those who study there feel more secure. […]