“Describe yourself like a male author would”

A recent Twitter challenge to “describe yourself like a male author would” has gone viral, with women satirising the sexual objectification and tired clichés found in much of contemporary fiction. The challenge was instigated by Whitney Reynolds (media personality and television talk show host) in response to a tweet from Gwen C. Katz, who had […]

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Philosophy at Oxford: too many men

The Faculty of Philosophy’s recently announced measures to ‘feminise the curriculum’ have angered some quarters. Critics appear particularly taken aback by the call for a 40% target for female representation on our reading lists. The move has been dismissed as ‘virtue signalling’ (see the initial OxStu article here), a claim which suggests the department’s support […]

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Pussyhat Grabs Back: Understanding the Fashion of the Women’s March on London

On Saturday, 100,000 people took to Grosvenor Square, London—the location of the American embassy—to protest the inauguration of Donald J. Trump (or, “Le Twat Orange” according to some protesters’ signs). It was one of hundreds of marches around the world to demonstrate solidarity between various marginalized and minority groups who have been targeted by the […]

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A Real-Life Dystopia? Why ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Should be Your First Read of 2017

Occasionally you can hear a book having resonant echoes in the real world, something which is actually tangible. If you’re hoping for a utopia, or on a more realistic vein, The Philosopher’s Stone, I’d look to a different article: the first book you should read to prepare for 2017 is The Handmaid’s Tale. Set in the not-too-distant future, the narrative follows the […]

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Reading List Discrimination

Of course there are much bigger problems in the world for feminism than reading lists. No one’s disputing that. But a lot of people cannot see that there is really any problem with reading lists. They argue that it’s important to study the best writers, and if those writers tend to be white and male, […]

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Always smoking

“He strains too hard to convince the world he is hand-and-hand and eye-to-eye with the very young” was New York Times writer Gloria Emerson’s biting critique of Yves Saint Laurent’s “Pop Art” collection of 1966. The pop art Warhol dresses, called “lumpy” at the time, are now fully recognised as an iconic fusion of art […]

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