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Popping the cherry: Debunking the myth of virginity

CW: rape/sexual assault  Everyone has a unique and personal relationship with virginity, which is greatly shaped by the cultures we grow up in. Even in communities that are most “liberal” about the concept, there remains a certain ambivalence over whether ‘losing our virginity’ is something to be proud or ashamed of. On a global scale, Read More…

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Oxford and fossil fuels: Part of the cure or part of the disease?

Photo by Michelle Mendieta Mean On the one hand, the University of Oxford’s scientists, economists and other academics have led ground-breaking work to tackle the climate and ecological crises, producing invaluable research and finding solutions to some of our most pressing problems. At the same time, however, their employer accepts millions of pounds in donations Read More…

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‘The New Climate War’: Michael E. Mann on how to fight the climate inactivists

Photo by Michelle Mendieta Mean So far in this Column we’ve looked at two issues – climate anxiety, and destructive fishing – both of which provide perfect examples of what Michael E. Mann discusses in his most recent book, ‘The New Climate War’. Mann is a renowned American climate scientist, most famous for his hockey-stick Read More…

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Disability Looks Like This: On Sensory Overload, and making public spaces kinder

In the second instalment of her column, Disability Looks Like This, Ellie Redpath describes her experience of sensory overload, and examines how we can make public spaces kinder and more mindful. Artwork by Emer Sukonik.

“Usually I absolutely love a trip to big Tesco – who doesn’t – but if I am alone there or having a particularly bad day it all becomes too much, and not only because the eerily silent and bright lower floor is inherently quite a spooky, liminal space. It’s happened to me since childhood because of my learning difficulties – being neurodivergent means that I’m more sensitive to becoming overwhelmed.”


More than a Fairytale: the (s)hero complex

In the second instalment of her column, More than a Fairytale, Jess Steadman examines the interplay between gender and heroism in medieval folklore. Artwork by Chen (Cornelia) Chen.

“Well, our storytellers have always been slightly uncomfortable with the possibility of a woman selfishly having any kind of physical power. I say ‘selfishly’ because in folklore and fairytales, the male hero is unapologetically narcissistic and egotistical… and for centuries, we loved him for it. Unfortunately, we still kind of do.”