2020 October



Review: The Boys in the Band

19th October 2020

 A nuanced and urgent portrait of the lives of gay men in the early 1970s. Based on Mart Crowley’s disruptive 1968 play of the same name, Joe Mantello’s The Boys in the Band transports his acclaimed 2018 Broadway revival to the small screen for Netflix. Released before the gay liberation movement gained traction, Crowley’s play ...


Exploring Scotland inside and out

19th October 2020

A Scot and an American offer their perspectives on Scotland, as told through pop culture. The Scottish view: “The perception of Scotland in the media has a long way to go.” Sophie Kernachan Music Columnist If Scotland’s portrayal in media was anything to go by, you can imagine my disappointment when, instead of the fiery, ...


A guide to harmonising with your home study space

18th October 2020

How the ancient art of feng shui can help you organise and optimise working from home this year.  Students are working from home this semester as part of the slightly perplexing “new normal.” The term the new normal refers to the state into which an economy or society settles following a crisis that differs from ...


A book that changed my life: The Guilty Feminist

18th October 2020

Emily describes how Deborah Frances White’s book answers all the questions we were too afraid to ask. Dominant discourses often depict feminism as an angry movement filled with “angry”, “difficult”, and “nasty” women. In The Guilty Feminist by Deborah Frances-White, feminism is depicted as something joyful and kind that makes the world a better place. ...


Anything I can do, you can do better

18th October 2020

Why we should learn to not compare ourselves so harshly to our peers online. We are all guilty of losing ourselves down the social media rabbit hole, mindlessly scrolling through image upon image, status upon status, immersed in the lives of others. For most young adults in the UK, coming of age in the era ...


Makeup recycling for all

17th October 2020

Recycling stations are coming to a local supermarket near you. The UK beauty industry is worth a staggering £17bn, offering everything from foundation to snail slime face cleanser (oh yes, it exists). The industry includes high-street makeup brands that everyone raves about, and high-end designer brands selling night cream that’s worth a month’s wages. It ...


Simulating security: Vtubing as a female streamer

17th October 2020

How can streaming be made a safer space for women? VTubing could be the answer. When it comes down to it, there is one typical constant in the majority of online gaming communities; the rampant harassment of women. I can say with confidence that if you’re a woman who engages at all socially with video ...


Look after yourself: embrace trashy media

17th October 2020

Diving into the dumpster of media returns, more often than not, nuggets of gold rather than simple garbage. Remember when we all thought 2016 was the worst year ever? We were such green summer children. At the time, I was studying for my A-levels at a high-pressure school, applying to uni, and constantly reading the ...


Disabled people are not your ‘inspo’

17th October 2020

Views Editor Hailie Pentleton discusses problematic responses to Chadwick Boseman’s death. Chadwick Boseman was a hero to many, for reasons beyond his role in Black Panther. His untimely death left the world shocked, especially after the revelation that the 43-year-old had been secretly battling colon cancer for a number of years. Many still cannot comprehend ...


The University failed freshers by not having an outbreak plan

16th October 2020

You hardly needed a crystal ball to predict that Covid cases would increase when students moved into halls, so shouldn’t the University have had a plan from the beginning? Every student who has ever been a fresher in halls knows that, sometimes, they’re not all that great. Not only have you just moved in with ...