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We must not turn our backs on each other

It’s 2015. We’ve just had a General Election. And after five years of austerity and cuts, policies punishing the most vulnerable in our society, and selfish economic thinking, the UK has still voted in a Conservative majority. After weeks of projections of the coalition possibilities should we have a hung parliament, which everyone from mainstream […]

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Voter apathy is misguided and dangerous

Voter apathy is dangerous. Especially in the current social and political climate, choosing not to vote can lead at best to a politics which does not serve you, and at worst to a politics which will cause direct harm. Voter apathy also smacks of inherent privilege – the privilege not to care. However the results […]

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Checking your privilege: not what you think it means

Student media has a responsibility to encourage and facilitate debate about student politics, to highlight issues which are in need of attention and to behave with sensitivity rather than engaging in vitriolic personal attacks. If we focus too much on extrapolating damning condemnations from silly mistakes, then we risk detracting from constructive debates about student […]

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Fifty Shades normalises abuse, not BDSM

The Fifty Shades franchise could have been part of progress towards destroying stigmas around BDSM and kink – had a healthy, accurate BDSM relationship been portrayed. Instead, these supposed ‘erotic romance’ novels perpetuate the myths that BDSM is inherently abusive and ‘abnormal’, and contribute to the ongoing upholding of rape culture by posing Christian Grey’s […]

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Free speech defends marginalised voices

The University of Edinburgh is in the red for freedom of speech, as claimed by online magazine spiked’s Free Speech University Rankings (FSUR) project. According to the project, which originated from spiked’s ‘Down With Campus Censorship!’ campaign last year, a red ranking means that Edinburgh “has banned and actively censored ideas on campus”. Apparently, EUSA’s […]

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Media sexism goes beyond Page Three

Last week, it was reported that The Sun were going to quietly suspend the featuring of topless models on Page Three – and everyone fell for it. For two days, ‘No More Page Three’ campaigners and supporters celebrated and the British media lapped it up: apparently, the decision was a victory for feminism. But then […]