Fashionable Feminism

Call me a cynic, but the rise in catwalk feminism is leaving a sour taste in my mouth. Two years ago, at Paris Fashion Week, some of the world’s biggest supermodels marched down Chanel’s catwalk with megaphones and placards demanding equality. The same Paris Fashion Week which is home to haute couture: an industry that has solidified the idea of thinness being intrinsic to beauty. Placards held by the models included phrases such as ‘boys should get pregnant too’ (in brief: they can), and ‘be different’.

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Divestment From The Arms Trade

It is a crisp, Summer’s day in Glasgow. The leaves are bright green, sun glimmers over the West End which sen makes the Boyd Orr look pretty. It’s the perfect conditions for an Open Day – the University of Glasgow’s chance to win over budding new students, fresh out of school and eagerly awaiting what courses Glasgow has to offer them. It’s this precise moment in time the University’s latest advertising campaign flourishes. The striking teal tote bags move through the crowds on Byres Road, an ocean of ‘potential world changers’. ‘Enrol in this University!’ Glasgow exclaims, ‘Let’s change the world!”

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Inside the Free Speech Debate

Having the freedom to say what we want is something we’re very proud of in the democratic society. This freedom, however, is a hot topic of debate worldwide, and since recently on our campus as well. Often confusing it with hate speech, some argue that free speech is nowadays being restricted in the pursuit of political correctness. To show why this discussion is so relevant today, I will examine its relationship with democracy and see how they go together.

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Leave Serena Alone

In the most iconic mistake of recent years, Serena Williams has announced her first pregnancy, and marked the start of what should be a joyful time in her life. However, like with pretty much everything else she does, there’s been a backlash. Whether it’s Romanian coach Ilie Nastase’s blatant racism – he asked what colour Williams’ child would be as her boyfriend is white – or think pieces questioning her will to return after giving birth, there’s always something to criticise her for.

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