Freedom Of Speech Is Reserved For the Few

Jo Reid reports on clearing Kelvin MacKenzie of discrimination

Sun columnist, Kelvin MacKenzie recently questioned whether it was right for Channel 4 news reporter Fatima Manji to wear a hijab while presenting a report on the Nice massacre in July. Despite receiving complaints, the Independent Press Standards Organization (IPSO) has not seen his comments as harassment or discrimination. The remarks, which received more than 300 complaints, had questioned whether “it was appropriate for her to be on camera when there had been yet another shocking slaughter by a Muslim?”. MacKenzie later defended his “reasonable” criticism of Channel 4 by arguing that the hijab was a “religious statement” and therefore should be not be seen prominently on television.

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The Dark Side of The Internet’s Plug of the Pug’s Ugly Mug

If someone shares a cute dog video on social media, nine times out of ten it’s going to be a pug. Recently, these weird looking things have become the ‘It Dog’ in the genre of Cute Animal Videos. With their smushed faces, bug eyes and lolling tongue, pugs have taken the Internet’s heart with their ugly (or pugly) cuteness. Everywhere you can find t-shirts, phone cases, and bags displaying cute cartoon pugs with nauseatingly quirky captions like ‘Pugs not Drugs’ and ‘I Didn’t Choose the Pug Life, The Pug Life Chose Me’. They occupy the perfect space of ironic ugliness, where looking a bit strange means you’re cool and eccentric, a space also containing ugly jumpers and kitsch house decorations (both of which I have found displaying pugs).  Of course the reason for this endearing ugliness found so perfectly in pugs is anything but fun.

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The Fight for Free Pride

The grassroots community event Free Pride is entering its second year of providing an alternative to mainstream Pride. Last year, in protest of Glasgow Pride’s entry fee, a group of LGBTQ+ individuals from around Glasgow came together to put on a free and inclusive alterative. Held in the Art School, it was centered on live music and talks from various people and organisations that are normally marginalized or ignored in the LGBTQ+ community. With a focus on re-politicizing Pride, it was a breath of fresh air compared to mainstream Pride, which seems to have devolved into an excuse to just get drunk while covered in rainbows and corporate sponsorship.

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Won’t Someone Please Think of the Children? A Case for Voluntary Female Sterilization

They say motherhood is one of the most rewarding things a woman can do with her life – that having a child is a fundamental part of womanhood. This is, of course, ridiculous. While there is a lot of value in taking care of a tiny human being, it’s not an obligatory part of being a woman. It’s totally fine to go through life with no desire to get pregnant, and it should be ok to get sterilized to make doubly sure it doesn’t actually happen. But unfortunately we live in a patriarchal society, and unfortunately, people (but lets face it, mostly men) still like to let women know what’s best for them and their bodies.
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