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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 …

LGBT People Deserve Dating Shows

Ten years ago I was about to turn sixteen and trying to come to terms with the nuances of my own queerness. While I was grappling with my own identity, MTV was airing A Shot at Love. The show followed both women and men competing in a series of challenges to …

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 …

Where Are We With Brexit Negotiations?

In the same bloody place we were in June 2016, that’s where. Seriously how has it been nearly 18 months of going round in circles arguing over mysterious billions and non-existent trade deals? What happened to Vote Leave’s grand plans to save us from the evil clutches of the EU? …

Trans Men and Barriers to Healthcare

“What barriers to healthcare do you face as a trans man?” It’s no secret that healthcare is often more accessible to cis people than it is to transgender individuals, and this can cause a lot of problems for the already at-risk trans community. We’re gatekept by medical professionals, discriminated against, …

‘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 …

Does the Kardashian Brand Support ‘Girl Power’ or Just Capitalism?

The Kardashian family needs no introduction. They are seen across television, magazine covers, sides of buses, apps and every corner of social media. With a collective worth of around £350 million, are they as inspirational as they are wealthy? With Kim claiming to stand with feminism in her Instagram posts, Khloe …

It’s High Time Boris Johnson Resigned

Well, we all knew Boris Johnson was a bumbling, arrogant, dangerous man – didn’t we? In the ‘What Has One Of Theresa May’s Minister’s Done Now?’ sweepstakes, Boris Johnson, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, is racing ahead of the competition by endangering British Citizen, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.   Yes, that’s right. …