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Dead Girls: gender violence and the radical imagination for Book Week Scotland

CW: Gender-based violence As Carolina Orloff, co-founder of Edinburgh-based Charco Press, softly reads the epilogue to Selva Almada’s Chicas muertas (‘Dead Girls’), the effect is piercing. Though panels such as this have had to migrate to the virtual sphere and audiences are quite literally muted, the silence that accompanies Almada’s devastating list of only a […]

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The Isolation Series: confessions of a reluctant runner

I want to begin with the disclaimer that for many, coping with mental health is not as easy as stepping out the door. Moreover, exercise is not easily accessible to everyone, particularly with the restrictions currently in place. I am enormously privileged in having a body that allows me to run and in feeling safe […]

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A level-pawing: placing our pets on the same level as family

Sat at my desk, obsessively refreshing news updates and anxiously waiting for emails, I’m suddenly provided with a welcome moment of solace by the nonchalant plodding of ginger paws across my keyboard and a demand for my affection as my cat Monty takes his time to nest himself on my lap, blissfully oblivious to the […]

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Equality in enterprise: Avon and the future of women in business

Despite being the brainchild of an American travelling salesman in the 19th century, Avon has evolved to become a company run by women, for women: 99% of Avon’s reps globally are female, as are 70% of its Research and Development team. With products available in 100 countries, a global customer base of 300 million and […]

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What The Circle has taught us about online safety and online mainstream acceptance

A lesbian pretending to be straight, a 40-something woman disguised as her son, a model passing herself off as a less intimidating girl-next door and a black girl masked behind the image of a middle-class young white man. Reality TV programme The Circle is back on our screens and yet again confronts its viewers with […]

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Small Town Syndrome: Finding Liberation in the City

If you were to type ‘small-town syndrome’ into your search bar you’d be likely to come across one of two rather opposing definitions. The first: an inflated sense of self stemming from growing up and having a large reputation in a small town. Or the second: a feeling of restlessness to escape the confines of […]

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Is exploitation in the fashion industry a feminist issue?

Fashion is historically regarded as a gendered industry with women making up the majority of both consumers and producers. However, in the current climate of body positivity campaigns and protest clothing, there is an uncomfortable discrepancy between how fashion treats its workers and the way in which it claims to champion women’s rights. Women are […]

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From Nigeria to Norway: can the penal system be done right?

Regarding vastly antithetical prison systems one can look no further than the contrast between Nigeria and Norway. Whilst Nigeria uses its prisons as a means of removing ‘criminals’ from the rest of society with little consideration of their welfare, Norwegian prisons put prisoner wellbeing first, with both approaches generating very different results. The question of […]