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Clique’s depiction of sexual assault is irresponsible

Content Warning: Rape  This article contains spoilers. There are many things wrong with BBC Three’s Clique. Stilted dialogue, questionable acting and the presence of cars on Middle Meadow Walk are just some of its issues, but they are all overshadowed by its worrying portrayal of sexual assault. The dramatic climax to last week’s episode put […]

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The government’s ‘rape clause’ is cruel to mothers and children

Content warning: sexual assault  On 6th April, new government legislation will come into effect that promises to finally solve the country’s financial problems. By targeting the biggest drain on our society – sexually assaulted mothers – the government hopes to reduce public spending, at the small cost of women’s wellbeing. In less than a month, […]

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Nap pods and a library open 24/7 will harm student wellbeing

From the end of March, Edinburgh University’s main library will be accessible 24 hours a day. This may seem like a useful measure for helping students get work done, but in reality, its implications are far more damaging. The decision to extend library opening hours comes off the back of the motion at Student Council […]

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The women’s marches sent an important message

Last weekend, thousands attended women’s marches across the globe in protest against the personal politics of Donald Trump. The marches have had their share of criticisms, some of them particularly pertinent, but they should not detract from the sentiment of the march: women will not tolerate misogyny. For some critics, who are clearly unaware that […]

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Little Mix – ‘Shout Out to My Ex’

‘Shout Out to my Ex’, the latest single from Little Mix, is a fun, uplifting number that has already sent gossip columns into overdrive. While the single may be the greatest clap back to Zayn Malik of all time, the empowering, ‘Hey look at me now’ message is what we should pay attention to. The […]

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Women must not carry the burden of contraception alone

A recent study has found that women who take the contraceptive pill are 23 per cent more likely to be treated for depression. The link has been shown to be more than simply causal, meaning that we now get to add depression to the long list of risks  that women who take the pill face. This […]

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Cutting disability benefit is reckless and illogical

It seems like hardly a week goes by where George Osbourne doesn’t announce a new set of cut-backs, and it would almost be easy to become desensitised were it not for the fact that these are real people for whom the consequences are quite literally life-threatening. The latest is the cutting of the Personal Independence […]

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Exclusion of women from Star Wars toys is unfair

In a galaxy far, far away, sexism remains. Developers for much of Star Wars: The Force Awaken’s toys and games have recently come under fire after much of their merchandise seems to have systematically forgotten Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, who is arguably the film’s protagonist. While this may seem like a simple oversight, Rey […]