Funny… for a woman – equality in comedy

It’s a man’s world, and in comedy that holds true. Whether it’s Hollywood or stand-up, the funny side of the entertainment business is a largely male-dominated arena. When asked, ‘Who is your favourite comedian or actor?’, answers like Seth Rogen and Aziz Ansari often come before anyone mentions Betty White or Tina Fey. When an […]

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Oscars so Abled? The Overwhelming Frequency of Non-disabled Actors Portraying Disabled Characters

Ever since Dustin Hoffman won the Oscar for Best Actor playing Rain Man, half of Best Actor Oscars have been won by men playing characters with significant disability. The 2018 Academy Awards have recently graced our screens; including Eddie Redmayne’s Oscar-winning performance last year in The Theory of Everything as motor neurone disease (MND) sufferer […]

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As Kevin Spacey’s house of cards collapses, he hides behind homosexuality

Another facet to the sexual abuse and harassment scandal sweeping through the entertainment industry (and beyond) emerged recently in a BuzzFeed article. The piece contained allegations from the openly gay actor, Anthony Rapp, against the two-time Oscar winning, House of Cards star, Kevin Spacey. During a party in Spacey’s apartment in 1986 when Rapp was […]

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The Frontline of Identity Politics: Vanessa Friedman talks Fashion

Our understanding of fashion resides in metaphors, is anchored in abstractions. Fashion is an art, fashion is a language. But when fashion embodies so many different worldviews, when it is used constantly and tactfully on public and private platforms, when it becomes a stratagem of business, ethics, politics, identity—you can lose sight of it. Because […]

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OUSU denies implying that all students must use ‘ze’ pronouns

In a statement issued this afternoon, Oxford University Students’ Union (OUSU) denied issuing a leaflet advising students to refer to peers, as well as themselves, as ‘ze’ rather than ‘he’ or ‘she’. OUSU stated that giving such advice ‘would be totally counterproductive’, as it would be misgendering, and believes issuing such a leaflet would have […]

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A History of Androgyny in Fashion

Androgyny has always existed, and it’s important to clarify that in this article where the terms ’androgyny’ and ‘androgynous’ are used, I will be talking about clothing, appearance and playing with traditionally gendered items of clothing to create a look that doesn’t fit comfortably into the categories of masculine and feminine; not gender or sexuality. […]

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Cameron’s record on women is not as bad as some might say

David Cameron’s call for more Muslim women to be taught English is symptomatic of his mixed record on women’s issues; it is, however, more nuanced than some of his critics allege. The initiative to release £20 million of funds to improve the English of Muslim women, 22% of whom, the government claims, speak little or […]

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Women in Parliament: what’s the real problem?

After the resignation of Maria Miller a few weeks ago, there are now only three women in the British Cabinet – and no mothers at all. This is the lowest figure since before Blair’s all-women shortlists in 1997, despite Cameron’s promise in 2005 that he would “change the scandalous under-representation of women in the Conservative […]

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