Jessica Searle, Merton Gender Equality rep, on gender inequality at Oxford

Image description: Jessica Searle, Merton Gender Equality rep  Jessica Searle is a 2nd year Mertonian studying Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. She was voted Gender Equality Representative by the JCR, a role made especially interesting by Merton celebrating 40 years since women were introduced into the college. Speaking to Jessica about what her role includes and […]

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A manifesto for anti-racism

Image Credit: Flicker Guo-Sheng Liu was formerly co-chair of the SU LGBTQ+ Campaign, BME Representative of the LGBTQ+ Society, LGBTQ+ Representative at Lincoln College, committee member of the SU Campaign for Racial Awareness and Equality and It Happens Here campaign. Racism operates beyond the individual. Racism is a system of beliefs, power, and privileges. Racism […]

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Bahá’í: religion for the modern world

Bahá’í is what we might consider to be a ‘new religious movement’, because it has only come about within the last 150 years. It considers its recent emergence to be one more step on humanity’s advancement towards maturity, as the Bahá’ís believe that all religions brought about great leaps in human progress and understanding. Bahá’í […]

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OED to include same sex unions in definition of “marriage”

The Oxford English Dictionary is to change its definition of marriage after a law authorising same-sex weddings passed its final hurdle last month. Currently, the dictionary includes a reference to same-sex marriage being legal “in some jurisdictions”, but this move is expected to amend the entry itself. “We continually monitor the words in our dictionaries, paying particular [attention] […]

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Why men ‘need’ feminism

The past few weeks in Oxford have seen a multitude of talks, events and PR aimed at raising the profile of feminism in our university and stimulating dialogue about gender relations. The ‘why I need feminism’ meme proved particularly potent, with dozens of men and women taking part. Despite the slightly odd use of the […]

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