Tan emphasizes football’s power struggle

Last year saw controversial Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan rebrand the 113 year-old club in a move that saw the Bluebirds’ much-loved home strip altered along with the club crest. A questionable decision indeed, but one that pales in comparison to the Malaysian’s decision last week to offer beloved manager Malky Mackay the choice to […]

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Making Consent Count: rape culture in Oxford and beyond

WARNING: The following article contains frank discussion of rape and sexual violence.  Oxford City Council is running a campaign called Check Consent. They’re reaching out through posters, beer mats and social media to challenge unhealthy attitudes towards sex and prevent violence and abuse in relationships. This sort of campaign might feel alien to some students, but actually it is crucial […]

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Beating without beatings: peacefully defying the EDL

“We are black, white, Asian and we’re Jews! And we’re many, many, many more than you!” This catchy tune was the best chant I heard at the demonstration against the English Defence League’s march through Tower Hamlets in East London. It summed up the central message of those protesting the EDL’s pernicious attempt to stoke […]

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Emancipation or exacerbation: how will the Lotikipi aquifer affect Kenya?

Beneath the arid Turkana region of Northern Kenya slumbers a vast water resource that could, if used efficiently and effectively, supply the country’s people with water for seventy years. The sheer scale of the enormous aquifer brings hope to a drought-hit people and has been called a ‘game-changer’ for the country according to UNESCO’s Abou […]

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The City Syndrome

The recent death of Mortiz Erhardt during his internship at the Bank of America has caused a lot of stir in national media. Articles condemning exploitation of youth, and the cutthroat and inhumane culture in the realms of investment banking were brought to the front pages of all self-respecting tabloids. Shock, terror, disgust and a series of […]

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Things fall… into place?

After another rigged election in Zimbabwe put the world’s pariah Robert Mugabe back in the governmental hot-seat ahead of challenger Morgan Tsvangirai, onlookers would be forgiven for thinking that little changes in Africa. A common approach to Africa is to view the continent as just that, a conglomerate of countries where no one nation stands […]

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We must not be afraid to do the right thing

Startling blue eyes are not something one expects to see in the Middle East. Dark hair, dark eyes, and dark skin is what we Westerners commonly imagine when we cast our mind’s eye toward our Mediterranean neighbours. But, having turned on our televisions to the horrific scenes of last week’s chemical attacks on an embattled […]

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Our fresh masculinity – why it’s problematic

We live in an age of rigidly defined gender roles. And, as Harry Noad so ably pointed out, one of those archetypes has been more pervasive than any other: that of the alpha male. Not the intellectually-refined, considerate, sophisticated gentleman – but the ‘hulking troglodyte of old’; the tough, physically dominant patriarch. So far, so […]

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Stronger Together

At last, the equal marriage bill has become law. It would have been hard to miss the ecstatic celebrations of the bill’s proponents and of the same-sex couples who will now have equal marriage rights. It is a tremendous achievement, which has justifiably delighted those who campaigned for it tirelessly. Commentators have declared that ‘Britain can now proudly claim […]

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Hegemonic Masculinity: Rethinking the ‘Alpha Male’

Recently, the virtues of confidence and intellectual ability have gained steam amongst the human species and presented themselves as the new ‘go-to’ traits when seeking a sophisticated, modern relationship. Unfortunately, this fact is lost on many a young man who instead paints himself as the modern incarnation of the hulking troglodyte of old, who seeks […]

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No More Heroes

Humphrey Bogart. Fred Astaire. Marlon Brando. Male leads that came to define an era, flag-bearers of the golden age of Hollywood, and actors that have meagre equivalents (at best) in today’s cinematic landscape. Accompanied by such legendary leading ladies as Greta Garbo, Audrey Hepburn, Mae West and Marilyn Monroe, these men epitomised that which all […]

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