Review: NSFW at the Pilch

It is difficult to fault Lucy Kirkwood’s NSFW, a play that probes the depths of misogyny with an astute awareness of the painful sexism that journalism perpetuates, but also of the human action behind it. TheatreGoose’s production of the show at the Pilch treats its subject with flawlessly executed precision, wit and sensitivity, unpeeling layers […]

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Looking beyond race: misogyny is a global problem

The link between Elliott Rodger’s massacre and the gang-rapes in Uttar Pradesh 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, […]

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In defence of teenage girls who love boy bands

It’s easy to dislike Justin Bieber or One Direction. They’re worldwide celebrities with loads of money and popularity, just for being pretty faces. They don’t even write their own songs. You are definitely more talented than them. Then it’s even easier to dislike their fans. Firstly, anyone who buys this kind of music clearly isn’t […]

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Behind the mask of Freshers’ Week fancy dress themes

Before all of you bright-eyed and bushy-tailed freshlings descend upon Oxford for Freshers’ Week, what to wear to the inevitable plethora of club nights will no doubt be at the forefront of your mind.  Advice from fresher veterans of yesteryear will be ringing in your ears: ‘wear comfy shoes’, ‘only wear, or take out, items […]

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‘Lads’ Mags’, modesty bags and the naked truth about fashion

The current debate raging in the British media on the proposed ‘censorship’ of Lads’ Mags in high street supermarkets such as the Co-operative raises important questions about fashion publications directed at women.  As the Lose The Lads’ Mags campaign initiated by the groups UK Feminista and Object notes, the sexualised images that colour the pages in […]

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Robin Thicke’s unrated ‘Blurred Lines’ blurs boundaries

Since its release in the spring, the ‘unrated’ version of Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ (for the full music video, see below) has attracted a lot of attention. But I think it’s high time everyone stopped banging on about the men in the video. I find the public focus on their well-cut, moderately edgy suits – not […]

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The Shrew Must Go On: Kiss Me Kate at The Old Vic

Brando meets Shakespeare: always a winning combination, surely.  Rebecca Hazel Roughan lets us know if Trevor Nunn’s 1940’s musical take on The Taming of the Shrew toes the line.      As an English undergrad, any excuse to watch reworked Shakespeare is greeted gladly. This season, the all-female Julius Caesar seems to be the pinnacle of sophistication, […]

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Cherwell article pulled amidst misogyny allegations

A Cherwell article (available to read in full at the bottom of this page) which claimed that “posh girls lose their virginity at 15” has been removed from the newspaper’s website just one day after its original publication on Monday 20th August. The lifestyle piece entitled “A guide to dating posh girls” provoked a storm […]

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