Meninism isn’t progressive – it’s misogyny by another name

It’s a sad fact of the internet that many things done in earnest end up as hideous parodies of the original cause. The term ‘meninist’ could be found circa 2001 on feminism.org, simply referring to male feminists. The word really exploded this year, however, after the account @MeninistTweet came on to the scene to “satirise” […]

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Might May make leadership material for the Conservatives?

On December 8th, 2014, a poll conducted by Conservative Home for the future Conservative leadership yielded the following results: in first place came, Theresa May, second was Boris Johnson and third, George Osborne. With the demotion of Mr. Gove in the latest reshuffle, it seems very likely that the contest will indeed be a battle […]

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The poppy is about giving thanks, not fostering division

The Feast of All Souls and Remembrance Sunday at the beginning of November always mark a period of time when we are reminded of our departed loved ones and those who have fallen whilst serving their country. Remembrance Sunday is the day traditionally set aside to remember all those who have given their lives for […]

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Mr. Miliband, beware – UKIP turns its sights on Labour

There is no doubt that today, British politics is undergoing change on a scale we have not seen in three decades, with the rise of UKIP’s populism and the electoral implosion of the Liberal Democrats. We saw the first in UKIP’s victory at this year’s European elections, and it will probably continue in a crushing […]

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The Reply: Disarming American Civilians and Police is not an “obvious solution”

It is not uncommon for people in the UK to suggest total disarmament as a solution to the United States’ gun problem. Far removed from the realities of the US, the right to keep and bear arms seems strange to many people here. However, to suggest that “disarming US civilians and police” is in any […]

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Looking beyond race, misogyny is a global problem

The link between Elliot Rodger’s massacre and the Indian gang-rapes has not been considered. A subtle cultural sensationalism permeated Western reports on the latter; Indian newspapers, too busy focussing on the political upheaval or perhaps immured to the horror, simply ignored them. Remove the colour of the assailants’ skin, throw away their weapons, peel them […]

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Down the rabbit hole: the twisted world of ‘alphas’ and ‘betas’

Massacres have become a pretty staple American event, it seems. Coverage simply seems to lurch from Columbine to Virginia Tech to Sandy Hook and so many others. Now, it’s Santa Barbara’s turn. Each killer has their ‘quirks’ – Rodger came from a privileged, sheltered background, albeit one affected by his parents’ divorce. His 140 page […]

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Speakers should ignore Ben Sullivan’s pleas and pull out of addressing the Oxford Union

As a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize adds her name to the growing exodus of speakers from the Oxford Union, the Union President, Ben Sullivan, has finally issued a response. Not wanting to be left off the Open Letter bandwagon, he has written to speakers declaring that any attempt to boycott the Union offends […]

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It’s time to think about equal welfare

Do you know what LGBTQ really stands for? It’s a shortened version of LGBTQPIAA+ – the ‘PIAA’ standing for pansexuals, intersex, asexuals, and the rather vague ‘allies’, with anyone left out of the full nine-letter acronym being lumped into the ‘+’. Now, that’s a tad too long for most people, so usually we shorten it […]

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