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Emma Gill’s guide to: planning the perfect picnic

It’s that time of year again. The sun is just that bit warmer, the days are getting longer, and the Meadows is once again packed with picnickers trying to soak up some vitamin D. Thanks to global warming, the air has been warm enough to allow everyone to sit outside and not completely freeze – […]

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When will women ever feel safe to walk anywhere alone?

CW: gender-based violence, sexual harassment If you identify as female, then I know I speak for us all when I say that Sarah Everard’s tragic case has devastated me. I have felt a whole cocktail of emotions – from anger to fear and despair – but, sadly, I didn’t feel surprised by the news. Because […]

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How TikTok is influencing us all to try new things

Oh, TikTok. Where to start? I was originally one of the TikTok abstainers. Having spent a week on it in lockdown 1.0, I decided it wasn’t for me. I didn’t see the hype and all I got out of it was a 25% increase in my screen time after only a few short days. However, […]

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Aesthetic trauma: why beauty standards need a makeover

Shiny hair, glowing skin, glossy lips, flawless faces… social media is saturated with them. After all, it’s a place to share our highlight reels, our “best of” moments. But how many times have you scrolled through Instagram or TikTok and found yourself thinking: “wow, they’re way prettier than me”? I’ll be the first to admit […]

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Sia’s ‘Music’ Scandal

CW: Ableism Music, Sia’s recently premiered debut film, faced intense backlash months before it was even available for viewing. It tells the story of Zu who, newly sober, assumes the role of primary carer for her 16-year-old half-sister, Music, a non-verbal autistic girl. Music is played by neurotypical Maddie Ziegler, a casting choice which is […]

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One-size-fits-all: except wait, it doesn’t

I vividly remember buying my uniform for sixth form college; the dress code was “business-like” (cue the eye roll) and so I found myself in H&M’s suit section, aged 16, hunting for the perfect pieces. I eventually bought three suits, all the same size, and that was that. Except it wasn’t. I’d only tried on […]

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Lockdown lessons: getting better at living in the moment

I am a person who holds onto things; past hurts, missed opportunities, sentimental mementos, failed friendships, lost loves… I cling onto all of these as if my current existence depends on remembering all my past experiences. But it has got to the point where, rather than using these memories as learning curves, they have become […]

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ASOS alternatives: sustainably satisfying the need fast-fashion fulfilled

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 12 months, you’ll have heard of the concept of fast-fashion. I’m sure almost everyone living in the western world owns at least one item of clothing from a fast-fashion brand and, chances are, 99% of the clothes you own are from fast-fashion stores. Zara, Topshop, […]