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Turing’s pardon should be extended to others

Alan Turing, the Enigma codebreaker who committed suicide after undergoing forced chemical castration under the Gross Indecency Act, was posthumously given a royal pardon in December 2013. A petition has now been brought to Downing Street to extend the pardon to the other 4,900 men who were prosecuted under this act. The petition was presented […]

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The Christian Party’s deeply unsettling agenda of discrimination

When it comes to political villains, UKIP has been given the lion’s share of the focus in the media recently. With their highly controversial stances on issues such as immigration, the all too frequent accusations of racism and homophobia levelled at individual members of the party, and their incompetent and foolish leader, it is hardly […]

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Feminism is not just for businesswomen

Throughout its history, there has always been a problem with feminism. This problem is that it tends to be too focussed on the plight of the white, middle-class woman. In the early days of feminism, this was because these were the women who had the time and the resources to focus on driving the movement […]

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School uniforms enforce gender stereotypes

Girls in skirts. Boys in shorts. That is the accepted standard for school uniforms around the UK. Whilst many children complain of their unflattering fit, their scratchy jumpers or their restrictive ties, a more fundamental issue is largely ignored: the fact that these gender-defined uniforms reinforce entrenched masculine-feminine stereotypes in young children. The gender divides […]

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‘Mrs Clooney’ can still be a feminist icon

When George Clooney finally tied the knot, to internationally renowned human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin, millions of women around the globe let out a collective sigh of disappointment. However, having decided to follow tradition and take her husband’s surname, Alamuddin has come under intense fire from some feminists, who have condemned her for ‘bowing to […]

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Student activism is a catalyst for change

Student activism is becoming ever more important and relevant. With student-led protests in Hong Kong attracting media attention from around the world, it is evident that the voice of student populations is something that cannot be ignored. However the question remains as to how valuable student protests are, and the extent to which they can […]

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Referendum highlights nationalist divisions

The die has been cast, the votes counted and Scotland’s future has been decided. For better or for worse, the ‘No’ voters triumphed, and the Union will continue. Now that the chaos and intensity of the campaigning is over, it is possible to look back and see that the referendum debate inspired powerful reactions in […]

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Referendum voting eligibility is flawed

September 18 2014. One of the most hotly anticipated political dates in the British calendar. We have been bombarded with facts, figures and statistics over Scotland’s potential success as an independent nation, but a question which has been largely overlooked is that of who actually has the right to vote. To be eligible to vote, […]