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‘Men are trash’ polarising hate speech or empowering women?

A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle: a popular feminist phrase coined by Irina Dunn in the 1970s, indicative of a society sick of the patriarchal narrative being the only voice heard.  There is a certain iconicity to phrases which are utilised to push back against an abjectly oppressive narrative. Their adoption into […]

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Reclaiming derogatory terms: empowering or harmful?

Content Warning: offensive language Slurs, profanity and derogatory terms. Should they have a place in our day to day discourse? Frequently there is an argument that reclaiming terms that were once used to oppress as a means to empower is today a necessity, in both an acknowledgement of history and a demonstration of change. But […]

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Scottish independence: a movement which is here to stay

It is hard to articulate just how terrifying the current political climate is. Theresa May is dancing around like a flailing inflatable balloon, Brexit is looming, the NHS is in crisis – UK politics is a ubiquity of tragedy and Scottish independence is one of the few things that makes sense. This month, the biggest […]