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Why I Still Love New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s resolutions get a bad rap. Where once it was the done thing to loudly proclaim “NEW YEAR, NEW ME” from the rooftops, now all the cool kids are shunning goals and resolutions in favour of a slower pace of life. “Who needs goals?” they Tweet. “2019 is all …

British-Indian’s Need More Narratives of Joy

When I was ten, I picked up a book that was lying on the table in my aunt’s house. The girl on the cover looked too much like me to resist. She had Indian skin, black hair in pigtails, and exuded youth. The only difference was that I couldn’t see …

Dumplin’: A Solid End to a Bad Year for Fat Representation

This review contains some minor spoilers for the new Netflix film, Dumplin’ – 2018 hasn’t been a fantastic year for fat media. Insatiable gave us a thin actress in a fat suit, and a storyline saying she could only be popular and get revenge once she lost weight from being physically incapable …

Why Do They Do That: Love-Bombing Victims into Submission

Why Do They Do That is a series by Kitty Wenham that aims to shine a light on some of the most common tactics used by those who perpetrate abuse. In this article we will explore the theory of love-bombing, popularised in 1995 by psychology professor Margaret Singer. Content warning: …

Sex Education Needs a Revolution, Not Updates to Outdated Guidelines

It has been almost two decades since guidelines for Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) were implemented. Now, the government has released draft guidelines which aims to revamp RSE – theoretically, at least – creating a more comprehensive and inclusive education for both primary and secondary school pupils. If you rely …

I Lied About My Ethnicity to Fit in at School

I love being mixed race, I tan with ease and never suffer sunburn. I am a combination of two completely different cultures. My ‘foreign side’ will always make for good conversation and I don’t have much trouble matching eye shadow and lipstick shades to my skin. I wouldn’t consider myself …

It’s Time to Take Girlguiding Seriously

What do you think of when you think of Girl Guides? Doing your Hostess badge and learning to make cups of tea in a church hall, maybe. Or sewing Mother’s Day presents or gathering around a toadstool to sing songs. But over the last few years, Girlguiding (the organisation that …

Americanising Moana: The Accent Problem in Children’s Films

What do the children’s films Kung Fu Panda, Moana, and How To Train Your Dragon have in common? If you guessed that they’re all fantastic films, then you’d be right. However, there is also another weird similarity. Have you noticed anything strange about the accents of the characters? I’ve noticed …