Scratching the Surface of the US Elections

Typical of a politics and international relations student, the hot topic in every single class was the US elections this week. Funnily enough, the topic for this week’s class and lectures was voting preferences and we discussed what factors had mattered in the US elections. Primarily talking about Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, otherwise known as …

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On the fear of violence from the perspective of an 18 year old girl

Content warning: mentions of violence against women According to the World Health Organisation, approximately 1 in 3 (35%) of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime. That’s a scarily high statistic - and it gets even higher in countries in which domestic abuse is …

#ORANGEDAY

Tomorrow (25th April) is #OrangeDay, a day to raise awareness and take action against violence against women and girls. Previously only once a year (25th November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women), the United Nations Secretary-General's Campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women established "Orange Day" on the 25th of each month to continue to raise awareness and take action.

Is the growing consumption of pornography playing a helping hand in normalising gender inequality?

Become Conscious

If every woman were to be given a penny for every time they had been told that they shouldn’t be bothered by the derogatory images of women in pornography because “they want to do it”, we would all be in Bora Bora drinking cocktails. It’s not really the women’s willingness to perform this job that is unsettling; the incentives are pretty transparent as the porn industry continues to be the one of the only professions where women are paid ridiculously more money than men (Mollmann, 2012). It’s the narrative that portrays the story of women in subordinate roles, wrapped up as Christmas presents with their legs open on one page, while stating how “It’s great to be a man!” at the same time in the magazine tagline as acceptable (FHM.com) that concerns us. It’s the narrative that shows teenagers that women being verbally or physically abused while they perform lewd…

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