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My Body, My Choice: My Questions for Alabama

If you haven’t heard the news: on Tuesday, Alabama’s Republican-controlled state senate passed a bill to outlaw abortion, challenging the Supreme Court’s ruling that legalised abortion across the country in the 1970s. Since then, other states have discussed bringing in the same ban, with Missouri joining Alabama by passing a bill banning abortions after eight […]Read More

Little Mix: Girl Power & Their Misunderstanding Of The #MeToo

A movement against sexual harassment and sexual assault, #MeToo spread virally in October 2017 as a hashtag on Twitter in an attempt to demonstrate the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment, especially in the workplace. Its impact is still being felt daily, with each news story, with each woman speaking up and with every sexual […]Read More

Book Review: A History of Britain in 21 Women //

BBC 4 Presenter Jenni Murray, who has run Women’s Hour since the late 1980s, has recently channelled her feminist persona within a new literary medium, A History of Britain in 21 Women. Thomas Carlyle once claimed “the history of the world is but the biography of great men”. Murray has put this theory to bed in […]Read More

Female-fronted “The Picture of Dorian Gray” to be explored in

Oscar Wilde’s classic 1890 novel The Picture of Dorian Gray is familiar to most - aided, undoubtedly, by several successful film adaptations. In spite of the array of interpretations that have already been committed to film, Annie Clark (better known by her stage name St. Vincent) has decided to take the story on herself – with a twist. In Clark’s upcoming adaptation, the infamous figure of Dorian will be female.Read More

Literary Soundtracks: Maya Angelou and Beyoncé

Maya Angelou: legendary feminist author, poet and spokeswoman against racism. Beyoncé Knowles-Carter: the most influential singer-songwriter of the modern day and advocate of black and women’s rights. It is without doubt that these two women are politically and artistically iconic, and this makes Beyoncé’s music the perfect complement to Angelou’s writing. I Know Why the […]Read More

For All The Girls When They Have Grown: Five Stories

Being a teenager can be stressful, emotional, and so so wonderful. As a girl with only seven months left before I’m 20, I feel that I can look fairly objectively at the past six years of my life, which I would consider the most important years of my life so far. I’ve realised that there […]Read More

I’m In (Man)Pain: The Twisted Purpose of the Female Character

In 2016, the BBC aired the third series of their hit family gangster epic Peaky Blinders, an hour’s viewing featuring standout performances from the likes of British/Irish acting stars Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy and Helen McCrory. It is a programme filled with decadence, debauchery and dodgy dealings with crime bosses of all nationalities – but […]Read More

Film News and Debate: Fox and Paramount to have no

While in the music world, 2016 has been the year of the women with both Adele and Rihanna breaking British music records, in the film world, we have been reminded of the great inequalities that exist between the sexes. Earlier this week, it was announced that two of Hollywood’s biggest studios – 20th Century Fox […]Read More

Wolf Alice: The Unsung Topic of Friendship

As part of The Newstatesman’s ‘Female Friendship Week’, Wolf Alice’s frontwoman Ellie Rowsell wrote an article for the magazine depicting the friendship that inspired their hit ‘Bros’. In it, she reminds us of the ‘intensity’, the ‘love’, the ‘obsession’ a friendship can bring us. Yet, despite this intensity, it is a subject that is often […]Read More

Introducing: Muncie Girls

Name: Muncie Girls Hometown: Exeter Listen to: Gone With the Wind, Respect Exeter punk rock trio Muncie Girls are set for big things this year. The band, consisting of singer and bassist Lande, guitarist Dean, and drummer Luke, plays upbeat songs with themes including sexism, misogyny, and feeling isolated from society. With a sound reminiscent […]Read More

Feminism 101

Literature is amazing. You know what else is amazing? Pure, unapologetic feminism. The desire for equality between all genders the basis of feminist theory, which as an intersectional idea takes into account the triumphs, successes and questions of all against the influence of the binary gender roles and patriarchal expectations in society. Literature, pieces of […]Read More

Poem of the Week: Hi, I’m a Slut // Savannah

For the first Poem of the Week feature I thought I’d write about something contemporary. And what’s more contemporary than YouTube? Savannah Brown is a poet. She’s also a YouTuber who often uploads spoken word videos. Her poem ‘Hi, I’m a Slut’ is a slam poem, and a pretty amazing one at that. Brown interweaves […]Read More

The Great Gatsby: The Illusion of Female Liberation

In my reading of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, set in New York in 1922, I was struck by a metaphor that Fitzgerald employs when introducing Daisy and Jordan, the two main female characters. The phrase in question is “Two young women were buoyed up as though upon an anchored balloon”. What Fitzgerald seems […]Read More

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