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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Making pay public: abandoning embarrassment in pursuit of equality

No reasonable person views the recent scandal over pay as raising issues limited to the BBC. Whilst the right-wing tabloids seized upon the opportunity to savage what they deem to be an instrument of the liberal elite, others contemplated a more interesting talking point: how does the just society allocate its resources? This question, at the heart of much contemporary political debate, was just one of those to which Harvard philosopher John […]

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Grayson Perry: All Man

In a world which seems to want to move away from using gender to understand identity, artist Grayson Perry’s All Man is a fascinating look at the complexities and contradictions that make up modern masculinity, studying the extremes of society to get to the root of the “vortex of male dysfunction” he sees in Britain […]

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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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Oxford’s gender gap one of widest in the country

Almost a third of male undergraduates at Oxford were awarded firsts last year compared to just a quarter of female candidates, according to statistics released by the university. Fifty-two percent of male Chemists gained firsts, compared with just thirty percent of female Chemists.  In English Literature and Language, forty-two percent of men were awarded firsts, […]

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Interview with Annie Nightingale

This interview was originally published by The Oxford Student in November 2013. Annie Nightingale always wanted to be “cool”. After 43 years on BBC Radio 1, its longest serving and its first female DJ, she remains the epitome of the concept with her Friday night show championing “dubstep, urban and all things bassotronic”. Annie’s passion […]

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‘Blurred Lines’ condemned by Balliol JCR

Balliol’s JCR has passed a motion condemning Robin Thicke’s  ‘Blurred Lines’, meaning that the chart topping song will no longer be heard at bops or in the college bar. The motion, put forward by Balliol Women’s Officers Krista Halttunen and Emily Troup, was passed by a “substantial majority” at a JCR meeting held on Sunday. […]

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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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Christ Church mister and misses the point

An entz event at Christ Church this weekend became the scene of peer pressure, sexist chants and a series of challenges described by one spectator as “grotesque”. Participants performed challenges such as imitating sex acts, eating McCoy’s crisps from compromising places on other people’s bodies, and the event concluded with participants giving  and receiving lap […]

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“Get that woman out of my chamber”: the importance of the Oxford Union’s all-women’s debating competition

My involvement in competitive debating began in my third year at school, to jibes about being a “mass debater”, which simply never got old (or funny). Moving onto the university circuit, things were similarly insular: much like other pastimes, competitive debating has a fairly large and passionate community but one which tends to keep itself […]

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