‘Abortion culture’ debate provokes student outrage

A debate organised by anti-abortion group, Oxford Students For Life, has provoked criticism from students. OSFL advertised the event, saying:  “Last year in Britain, over 185,000 abortions were carried out. What does this say about our national culture? Is it a sign of equality, or does it suggest we treat human life carelessly? Joining OSFL […]

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OUSU presidential candidacy announced

Becky Howe, Will Obeney and Adam Roberts have all announced their candidacy for OUSU President. “Joke candidate” Sam Wiseman originally nominated but pulled out. Wiseman emailed RO Martine Wauben, saying: “I’d like to withdraw my candidacy please. Drunken manifesto writing was a poor idea. Sensible friends have helped me to the conclusion that my running […]

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Transmisogyny and “Radical” feminism

Trigger warning: discussion of transphobia, sexual violence and murder; exploration of “trans-exclusionary radical feminist” ideology On the 20th of November, trans people will light candles and read the names of the people in our community that have been murdered. Last year we heard names like Evon Young, a 23 year old that was taken into […]

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St John’s Gender Equality Festival in transphobia U-turn

The committee for the upcoming St John’s Gender Equality Festival have released a statement apologising for the transphobic content of an article in the festival zine, leading to the resignation of three committee members who refused to add their names to the apology. The article in question, written by Magdalen College LGBTQ rep Elsa Field, […]

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Depression: beyond stigmatisation and stereotyping

My first up-close view of depression was from the plastic seat of my sixth-form classroom. Psychology IB offered me a bullet-point guide to what this mental illness involved: mood, sleep, appetite etcetera. Although this clinical course did give an insight into the nature of the condition, my true understanding of it was still somewhat stinted […]

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