In The Media

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 …

J K Rowling Chooses Not What is Right, but What is Easy

Trigger warning: this piece contains discussions of abuse, assault and the allegations against Johnny Depp. Here follows an understatement: I am mad. J K Rowling today broke her silence on the casting, and continued casting, of Johnny Depp in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – the spinoff of …

Here’s to the Silence Breakers (and the Dawn of a New Age?)

There’s a question that’s been asked in hushed, don’t-jinx-it tones since the Weinstein case broke and the floodgates opened. Something that we’ve always thought out of reach, because it was just ‘the way things are’, but is now starting to seem like a plausible reality. On social media platforms, in …

‘Thatcher vs the Miners’ Event is the Tip of the Elitist Iceberg at Durham University

A number of Durham students are being branded as ‘disgraceful’ after planning a social called ‘Thatcher’s Government Vs The M-I-N-E-rs’. The Trevelyan College rugby team, responsible for the event, has now been suspended indefinitely following the backlash. The Facebook event (pictured below) called for students to come dressed as either Thatcher’s government …

Lena Dunham’s Brand of Neoliberal Feminism Needs to Go

Since the creation of her show Girls, Lena Dunham has made so many missteps that you could probably fashion them together to make a full length novel. Her most recent ‘blunder’ was coming out in defence of Girls’ writer Murray Miller, following allegations that he had sexually assaulted Aurora Perrineau.  …