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The unspoken feminism of Marianne Moore

Prior to the Women’s liberation movement of the 1960s, poetry was an occupation dominated by men. The progress feminism has made in recent years makes it difficult for contemporary readers to comprehend the oppression that characterised women’s lives in the early twentieth century. A woman did not have a separate legal identity from her husband, […]

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Authors uncovered: Charlotte Dacre

Women are heinous, devilish creatures who possess “an unshrinking relentless soul” – or at least that is what is dictated by Charlotte Dacre in her famed novel of 1806, Zofloya; or, the Moor.  Set in late fifteenth century Venice, Zofloya; or, the Moor tells the tale of Victoria Loredani, villainess and entitled daughter of the Duke and Duchess […]

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This week in public… I was leered at in the street

I was walking to dinner with my parents and we stopped to cross the road at Toll Cross where a man was stood waiting in front of us. He turned around, already wearing a very sour expression on his face, and we made eye contact. Then, he proceeded to look me up and down, taking […]

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Bridging the gender-data gap

People who identify as women make up more than half of the people on this planet. They do everything that cis men do. They commute to work, buy houses, go shopping, provide for their families, etc. Why then, do they face more problems in their day to day lives than cis men? Women are more […]

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Separating myself from ‘Lad Culture’

Cw: sexual harassment and assault. Tragedy, once we process the pain, can lead to profound realisations about the world around us. Both a personal loss, and that of Sarah Everard, illustrated to me that we only have a finite amount of time in life, so I now endeavour to engage with and appreciate my relatives […]

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An unflinching and intimate debut: Raven Leilani’s Luster

Raven Leilani’s 2021 debut novel Luster is a transfusion of a ‘fuck it’ kind of vitality through its urgency, authenticity, and cutting satire. The story takes an unflinching eye to Edie, a 23-year-old Black woman perpetually messing up in a world that is openly hostile to her in its sexism, racism, and capitalism.  It’s unsurprising that, in […]

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The Female Image

A consideration of Emily Ratajkowski’s essay for Harper’s Bazaar… Model, actor and activist, Emily Ratajkowski is no stranger to the discussion of feminism and body positivity, despite receiving controversial opinions. In her 2019 essay for Harper Bazaar, Ratajkowski writes a personal account of her experience of being a woman in an ever-changing society that fears […]

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The Noisy Movement: in conversation with Lifestyle

As part of The Student’s focus on International Women’s Day 2021, I caught up with Faye Armitage, Campaign Team Leader for The Noisy Movement, to find out all about the student-led non-profit enterprise making noise about women’s issues, even during a global pandemic. Hi Faye, for those who’ve never heard of it, what is the […]