Heartbreak at Oxford

Image Description: A paper heart hanging from some string. You don’t sleep, you don’t eat, and you won’t understand what it’s like unless you’ve been there. There are some surprising similarities between having your heart broken and studying for an undergraduate degree at Oxford. This is what we can learn from the double ordeal of […]

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Challenging sexism in Love Island

Image Credit: Sevda (CC0) With Love Island upping its average viewership to 3.3 million this year, as opposed to last year’s 1.1 million, I know I am not alone in obsessing over this most dramatic of TV shows. My viewing ritual is simple but effective, watching the show live whenever possible and on demand otherwise, […]

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Hating the sin: how I balance friendship and faith

The stereotypical behaviour of students is often incompatible with Catholic morality. If you believe that getting drunk, taking recreational drugs, and any kind of pre-marital sex are all morally unacceptable (which, admittedly, not all Catholics do) you are probably in the minority. The conduct of people around me – people I genuinely like and respect […]

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From ‘First Kiss’ to ‘Undress Me’ – awkwardly juggling science and Cyrus

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKZa-Kb4Nng]   Perhaps I am revealing myself as a cynic, but Tatia Pilieva’s ‘First Kiss’ (a video of ten pairs of strangers sharing a kiss) was, as the tender examination of romance it was purported to be, pretty excruciating. The “beautiful moments [that] took place when nothing was happening”, in the words of Pilieva, […]

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Christmas Jumper Day

December hails the arrival of Christmas cheer and plenty of it. Mince pies and mulled wine, decorating evergreen trees in your home and opening advent calendars can all only mean one thing: Christmas Day is speeding ever rapidly towards us.  But what else accompanies the tidings of peace on earth and good will to man?  In more […]

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The Alleged Plot Thickens

The title of Jeffery Eugenides’s latest novel alludes to the tradition of ‘marriage plots’ featured prominently in 19th century fiction. The more restrictive nature of marriage during this period gave rise to complex questions about the compatibility of romantic love with marriage, and cast issues of gender, power, religion, and personal freedom into sharp relief. For […]

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