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Reusable menstrual products are not all-powerful for everyone

Ecofeminism links the eradication of period poverty to the liberation of women. The solution to period poverty? Reusable menstrual hygiene products. Menstrual cups and reusable sanitary pads can be used repeatedly for years at a time before they need to be replaced, thereby also reducing the amount of plastic waste that is produced. Menstrual hygiene […]

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Insatiable

Netflix’s Insatiable stars Debby Ryan as Patty, a bullied seventeen year-old high school student who loses 70 pounds and becomes a pageant contestant dead-set on revenge. In the first episode Debby Ryan is dressed in a fat suit to which students jeer “Fatty Patty”. The show has been heavily criticised for fat-shaming. However, having managed […]

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Consent courses at university are vital and must be compulsory

Students at Oxford University have been required to take courses on sexual consent since 2016, with universities such as Durham and Loughborough offering similar courses that students can take on a voluntary basis. With 62 per cent of students and graduates having experienced sexual violence, according to a 2018 survey of 4,500 students by the […]

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Grading systems need nuance to prevent undermining education

With three quarters of 2017 university graduates obtaining an upper second or first class degree, the Office for Students has warned that it will be monitoring degree classification trends for abnormalities. This serves as a reminder to students that grading systems in higher education are often arbitrary, and their role in our lives needs to […]

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Comic Relief 2018: On-screen ethical fundraising?

Comic Relief has woven itself into the cultural fabric of the U.K. by hosting it publicly anticipated telethon event each year, alternating between Sport Relief and Red Nose Day. While the charity has cumulatively raised over a billion pounds for various domestic and international projects through their two biggest fundraising campaigns, it can also be […]

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Irn Bru Advert: controversy in a can (and a can’t)

Soft Drinks Manufacturer A.G. Barr issued a formal apology last month after a series of complaints to the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) regarding its new Irn Bru advert. The advert depicts a man meeting his girlfriend’s parents for the first time. When asked by the girlfriend’s father when he will marry his daughter, the man […]

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Is Shrek’s cult status just an ironic internet joke or something more heartfelt?

The internet is divided between those who would lay down their lives for Shrek, and those who are in denial about it. Shrek 2 received two Oscar nominations and became the highest-grossing animated film of all time in the U.S. — a title it held from its release in 2004 until 2016. While the internet […]

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Druids, Tolkien and Glastonbury: the legacy of Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones wrapped up its seventh season last August, leaving millions of fans with dropped jaws and the devastating realisation that they would have to wait until 2019 to find out if Tormund survived the destruction of the Wall. With its record-breaking 38 Emmy wins, ratings of 94 per cent and 9.5/10 on Rotten […]