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Responding to the DKE rape threats

Last week, The Student released a story containing leaked minutes and other evidence of the discussions held by the Edinburgh ‘chapter’ of the infamous US-based fraternity Delta Kappa Epsilon. The evidence shows that the DKE had discussed holding ‘raping trips’, and raping the Edinburgh University Feminist Society, joked about sexually taking advantage of intoxicated women, […]

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Our government’s obsession with British values is logically incoherent

The Department for Education (DfE) got in trouble recently for a misguided tweet stating, ‘Nonesense to say schools “must teach gay rights”. We want schools to teach broad curric [sic] based on British values.’ According to later clarification, it turned out that this was specifically in response to an interview with Education Secretary Nicky Morgan […]

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Keira Knightley’s photoshoot, despite its limitations, questions our consumption of media

Keira Knightley participated in a topless photoshoot recently on the condition that the photos would not be subject to any editing, particularly in response to the past where her bust has been edited to appear bigger than in reality, most famously in the posters for King Arthur. In an interview with The Times, she said […]

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NI wrong to adopt the ‘Swedish model’

Ever since Sweden adopted a law banning the purchase of sex in 1999, they have been lauded worldwide for their methods, and many countries have considered adopting what has become known as this ‘Swedish model’. The idea behind it is to protect sex workers from exploitation and to reduce sex trafficking, which is why a […]

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Lad culture is not just ‘harmless banter’

London School of Economics and Political Science’s (LSE’s) men’s rugby club was recently disbanded due to repeated incidents of harmful behaviour characteristic of university lad culture – the kind often excused as humorous, ‘harmless banter’. The trigger was the distribution of leaflets containing misogynistic material, although this is not an isolated incident for the club. […]

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Students need support for mental health

The National Union of Students carried out a survey last year which worryingly found that one in five students consider themselves to have problems with their mental health. Yet only a quarter of these people said they were seeking help, and only 10 per cent used university counselling services. Mental health problems can crop up […]

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Assault in prisons must not be dismissed

After what appears to be an act of institutional suppression, it has been revealed that a study showing the extent of sexual abuse in prisons was recently blocked by the Ministry of Justice. The Howard League for Penal Reform published a report last week with the statistic that as many as 1,650 prisoners may have […]