TikTok is Not Your Gynaecologist: Misinformation, Fear and Contraception

By Bethany Roth Whether it’s debating political action taken in the United States or raising awareness around the unfortunate side effects of the contraceptive pill, social media is frequently used to promote all sorts of opinions surrounding birth control. As an eighteen-year-old woman, I’m no stranger to the conversation surrounding birth control on almost all…

The Bro Code: Where are all the women in coding?

By Lauren Greenan Few people know that the first computer programmers were women, but it’s certainly no secret that there is now a huge gender gap in the technology industry.  Silicon Valley has a reputation for being male-dominated. And it’s a well-deserved reputation, as the majority of people working in the technology industry are both white and…

On running for self, sanity, and in the name of science

By John Ogundele When I rave about my newly found passion for running some of my friends like to invoke one of Solomon’s lesser-known proverbs. “The wicked”, he tells us, “run when no one chases them”.  Far from questioning my morals, they see my running as a painfully futile activity. Inspired by this uneasiness, I…

Reconnecting and returning to the norm: the social element of COVID-19

By Izzy Sturges There is a certain freedom to the constraints of lockdown. It is the freedom to put the phone down, to leave the Zoom call, to deny the large gathering of friends who are carefree and careless- “sorry, social distancing! Can’t make this one”. As someone who would generally consider themselves a true…

Why Kanye 2020 is important

By Valentina Ferraro Rapper, songwriter, record producer and fashion designer Kanye West is a giant in the music industry. He recently shocked the world by announcing that he is running for the presidency of the United States, catching everyone off-guard.  Not only does he not have a political trajectory at all, but his decision seems…

Conspiracy theories: craving imaginative stories in a perplexing world

By Joe Manock The Truman Show’s promotional tagline, “How’s it going to end?”, plays on the looming possibility of Truman realising his life is false. Seahaven, the idyllic island Truman inhabits, is not an island, but an illusory dome-like studio.  Truman’s entire life is captured by five thousand concealed cameras and continually broadcasted to a…

Boxed In: The economy of space in a health crisis

By Ruth Stewart Why is it only when our physical health is at risk that we recognise our need for personal space? You only need to walk past a pub at the moment to see that the easing of lockdown – and, incidentally, the reopening of our nation’s boozers – has been joyously (and drunkenly) received by…

Reluctant Assimilation: Of survival & neo-colonialism

By Syirxh A Three years ago, I left Malaysia to study in the UK. “Come back with a British accent,” my mum said. I’m already fluent in English; it’s my first language and the language I process my thoughts in. It’s my lifelong regret that I converse in the Coloniser’s speech better than my mother…