It’s important to confront homophobia, but not with more homophobia

It seems that every social networking site has caught the bug. With people eager to confront the discrimination of Putin’s homophobic laws, the Sochi Games have provided an opportunity for us to repeatedly share ”pro-LGBT’ videos”. Described by journalists as “awesome,” ”perfect,” and ”simply the best,” it seems that such advertisements represent the vanguard of LGBTQ rights. Yet underlying this trend […]

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This Christmas it’s time to let toys be toys and children be children

You may have noticed shops changing across the country. The Let Toys Be Toys campaign has already convinced stores such as M&S and Toys R Us to drop their gendered marketing, with all toys now accessible to boy or girl, labelled instead by category. The distinction may seem subtle, but it raises an important issue about the role that gendered stereotyping […]

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Inequality based on intelligence is as unjust as any other

The Conversation is a new Comment project aimed at engaging our readers to contribute their thoughts on relevant issues. This week we are discussing equality and employment- email [email protected] if you would like to pitch a response to anything you read. Boris Johnson’s recent comments about intelligence and economic inequality have caused widespread debate and […]

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The science of… being gay

To celebrate Wadham College’s Queer Week, George Gillett explores the scientific theories behind diversity in sexual orientation Sexual orientation puzzles scientists. Alongside campaigners, the scientific community has proposed numerous theories to try and explain the diversity among individuals, yet none have been proven. An obvious starting point is genetics – after all, genes have been […]

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Personalised Medicine Centre launches at St Anne’s

A new Centre for Personalised Medicine has been launched in Oxford. The project is based on a partnership between St Anne’s College and the Wellcome Trust’s Centre for Human Genetics, and introduces the growing biomedical field to Oxford University. Personalised medicine is described as ‘the ability to determine molecular and genetic variation between individuals,’ and […]

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Burqas in Schools? Let’s have a serious debate about segregation in Britain’s education system

The latest comments of Home Office minister Jeremy Browne have helped ignite a debate about the freedom to wear veils in schools and public places. Others have joined, arguing that the niqab should be banned because it is a ‘worrying symbol of segregation’ within our education system. Whilst segregation in schools is concerning, religious attire seems like an odd, […]

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