In The Media

Waitrose’s ‘Healthy Eating Specialists’ are a Recipe for Fatphobia

Waitrose have announced that they’re introducing ‘healthy eating specialists’ on the shop floors of their stores, who will provide ‘nutritional help’ to customers as they go about their shopping. This follows research conducted by the supermarket, where they found that around half of shoppers would say that they don’t feel …

#Next100Years: What’s Next in the Fight for Equality?

Happy International Women’s Day 2018!  This year is something of a milestone for women’s rights – on February 6th 1918, The Representation of the People Act was passed, giving certain women over the age of 30 a vote and the right to stand for Parliament. This year, many have been celebrating 100 years since this …

Brewdog Pink IPA isn’t Just a Marketing Ploy

With the advent of International Women’s Day, many companies will be bringing out twee pink items to jump on the trend, and at first glance Brewdog were just the latest in a long line. This afternoon, a “beer for girls” Pink IPA was launched and garnered much criticism. But the campaign …

Lady Gaga and the Complexities of Chronic Pain

On Thursday 1st February 2018, our entertainment editor Becki saw Lady Gaga perform live at Birmingham’s Genting Arena. We didn’t know it then, but it was the last date she would perform on her Joanne World Tour. Two days later, she announced the cancellation of the rest of the tour …

Does ‘Kink’ Belong in the LGBTQ+ Alphabet?

A ‘K’ has been added to the LGBTQ+ alphabet, and not everyone is particularly happy about it. The ‘K’, added onto the full acronym LGBTQQICAPF2K+, stands for ‘kink’, and while no one is against kinks and fetishes in general (as with anything, as long as it’s safe and consensual then anything …

Time’s Up for Performative Allyship

At the 75th Golden Globes award ceremony, almost every single guest in attendance was wearing black. Supposedly, the choice of hue was more than a simple fashion statement, and was actually a display of solidarity against the culture of misogyny, abuse and sexual assault that has been allowed to run …

Nature or Nurture? The ‘Science’ Behind Man Flu

This week, Dr Kyle Sue published a feature in the BMJ about ‘man flu’, showing some of the science behind the phenomenon. Of course, the media took hold of it and gave it a very simplified angle, and then Twitter reduced it down even more to ‘feminism vs men’s rights’ (why …

Cat Person and the Culture of Bad Sex

This weekend, a short story ran in The New Yorker that has given many food for thought. Cat Person is the fictional story of a woman who has a bad sexual encounter with someone she had little interest in. Before and during the encounter, which she consents to, she changes …