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To absent mothers

13th March 2021

What’s Mother’s Day like for those who no longer have their mum around? Emily Menger-Davies shares her experience. “What are your plans for Mother’s Day?” The dreaded question inevitably arrives every year from an unassuming, innocent and well-intentioned acquaintance. As supermarket shelves fill to the brim with cards, flowers and chocolates, friends and family make ...


Vent to views

13th March 2021

Your questions answered by our Views Editors. I recently met a boy through Hinge, and I get on with him so much. We have been on three dates, and I feel smitten, he’s perfect. But due to Corona, I moved out of my flat in January. Now I don’t know if I’ll see him again ...


Unlearning… eating meat

13th March 2021

This new series uncovers what societal expectations our writers are working towards unlearning. In this instalment, Elisabetta Comin rethinks her philosophies surrounding meat consumption, citing Boon Joon-ho’s Okja as a eureka moment kickstarting her plant-based journey.  Preachy, uncompromising, extreme. For most of my life before university, I’d heard friends and family members casually re...


I’m literally a communist

7th March 2021

Basilia Weir tells us why she won’t be joining a political party anytime soon. You think you’re dead smart before you get to uni. Right into politics. You’re studying it, after all. You know who Angela Merkel is, you’ve got a vague interest in Scandinavian politics, and Justin Trudeau is your celebrity crush – swot ...


The pressures of pandemic productivity

2nd March 2021

Feeling less motivated to take up hobbies this lockdown than you were back in March? Don’t worry, Rachel Campbell assures you that you aren’t alone. During the first lockdown, all of my classes, exams and hand-ins had been completed or cancelled. Working in non-essential retail, I didn’t have work to fill my days anymore. I ...


Does the UK have a transphobia problem?

2nd March 2021

Carmen Blaque discusses some of the institutional barriers faced by trans people in the UK.  Transphobia exists in many forms. It can be deliberate, demonstrated through bullying, abuse, and violence, or it can be indirect, ingrained in institutions such as the NHS, universities, schools, and the police. Stonewall, a UK LGBTQ+ charity, report that 42% ...


Finding self-acceptance as a double minority

23rd February 2021

In honour of LGBTQ+ history month, Alexander Benjamin discusses the particular prejudices he has experienced as a Black man in the gay community. While I’m now an out and proud member of the LBGTQ+ community, this hasn’t always been the case. Torn apart by family’s expectations regarding sexuality, masculinity, and religion on one side, and ...


Open the gyms or sweat it out at home?

11th February 2021

Is it time to open up the gyms again? Our writer Rothery doesn’t think so, and here’s why. Exercise can have an incredible impact on our mental health and wellbeing, making gyms an important service for many people. Given that the gyms are currently closed in an attempt to curb the spread of Covid-19, a ...


Single and most definitely not ready to mingle

10th February 2021

With restrictions throwing everyone off this year, is this finally the lowkey, no fuss, non-romantic Valentine’s singletons have been waiting for? With the current lockdown restrictions set to be in place until at least the end of February, Valentine’s Day is likely to look different for everyone this year. Since the annual “galentines” antics are ...


Self-care: beyond the glitz and glam

10th February 2021

Has self-care been trivialised over the years? Drink your water! Slap on a £30 Glossier face mask! Spend 60 quid getting your nails done every month! If you’ve ever ventured into the “self-care” side of the internet, you will have most likely been confronted with advice like this. Whilst I am a fan of a ...