• Feminism

    Why Are We Still Supporting Abusive Artists?

    Chris Brown, R Kelly, Michael Jackson, the list of celebrity rapists and domestic abusers both convicted and suspected is ever-growing. The question is, why is support for such artists continuing to grow? And why are people so willing to overlook such horrific crimes just to listen to a good song or two? A few weeks ago I was listening to music with friends and a song by Chris Brown came on. I refuse to listen to artists that have committed violent crimes, so my immediate reaction was “skip this song”. The reactions of my friends shocked me. Just like any decent person would be they’re glad when rapists or abusers…

  • Feminism

    Teach Teens About Consent

    I’m seventeen years old, and three of my closest friends have been sexually assaulted, I’ve heard stories of dozens of other girls in my year who have also been sexually assaulted and I do not know a single girl my age who hasn’t been sexually harassed. These things seem to be so normalised growing up as a teenage girl, with rumours circulating about the girl who was drunkenly pressured into giving someone a blowjob, or even laughing about the time that someone shouted ‘big tits’ at you in the street. So normalised that we overlook how deeply flawed a society that accepts these things to be almost a ‘rite of…

  • Feminism,  Health

    Male Contraceptive Pill: The Pros and Cons

    The University of Washington recently carried out a male contraceptive pill clinical trial. The trial found that the pill can stop sperm production with no effect on fertility. Male pills have been produced in the past, but have never made it past trialling. This was due to the side effects, all of which are common of the female contraceptive pill. When I heard that the male pill may become a reality I was ecstatic: finally, it won’t be the burden of women to deal with contraception. This seemed like a big step in terms of equality by allowing men to deal with the consequences of sex. But as I began…

  • Feminism

    It’s Time We Taught About Gender Inequality

    So there’s been a LOT going on at my school over the last couple of weeks regarding sexism and gender inequality. I thought today I’d write a bit about what’s been going on and why we need to start seeing a change in the education system in the UK. I’m currently attending a girls school, but because I’m in the sixth form we have around twelve boys. Over the last week, there has been rumour after rumour about “lists” that the boys have been making, rating the most attractive girls, the fattest girls and the girls in the year that they’d want to kill. The second I heard this I…