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What’s going on with Watson? What’s going on with feminism? Comment 

What’s going on with Watson? What’s going on with feminism?

From Twitter hashtags to campus events to comprehensive national media coverage, it seems as though International Women’s Week has received more attention than ever this year. However, just prior to this promising push towards a more equal society, Emma Watson- the celebrated actress/self-admitted feminist-  provoked controversy for posing semi-topless in the magazine, Vanity Fair. For some, who already condemned Watson’s ‘artificial’ feminism, this only consolidated their stance that her comments against the objectification of women and efforts to enhance female agency were nothing more than mere show. Why would a…

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IWD Series: An Open Letter to my Future Daughter Comment 

IWD Series: An Open Letter to my Future Daughter

An open letter to my future daughter I am writing this to you on International Women’s Day 2017. We’ve come a long way us women. Thanks to some brave and influential women, you’ll be able to vote, you’ll be able to go to school and university if you wish to and you’ll live in a world where a woman can run the country. We’ve still got a long way to go, however, and as a 20 year old woman, I worry about what the future will hold for you. It…

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IWD Series: A Soundtrack to Being a Girl – songs that shaped the woman I am today Literature & Culture Politics & Current Affairs 

IWD Series: A Soundtrack to Being a Girl – songs that shaped the woman I am today

‘The music of a well-chosen set takes you on this trip through emotions and through various forms of intellectual engagement.’ – John Green The quote above completely encapsulates the power I believe music can have on the individual. Like most people, I have been a lover of music from a very young age and there is not a day that goes by where I fail to put my headphones in and let my favourite songs take me to a happy (or sometimes melancholic) place. I was inspired to write this…

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International Women’s Day Series: What Women’s Day means to me… Comment Politics & Current Affairs 

International Women’s Day Series: What Women’s Day means to me…

Today, being International Women’s Day I thought it fitting to not only embrace the power of women but to also acknowledge how far we still have to go. From my own perspective over the past few years I have noticed more and more of my female friends using the phrase, ‘strong independent woman.’ Whether that be in preparation for a job interview, a response to a recent break-up or in regards to taking part in a male dominated sport such a boxing, it makes be proud to realise that women,…

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International Women’s Week Series: The Changing Face of Identity Politics & Current Affairs 

International Women’s Week Series: The Changing Face of Identity

For today’s post, I want to consider relatively recent developments of the feminist movements and the impact that this has had, not only on individuals, but also the masses. For this, you will have to forgive me, but a quick history lesson is required. The 1970’s saw a return of feminism in a way which it had not been witnessed before. The focus was no longer just on public sphere, political aims. Now women, from all walks of life, were becoming unified in a fight which politicized the private sphere…

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