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Opinion pieces on LSE, domestic, and international affairs.

Homophobia: a Western export

illustration by Christina Ivey Homophobia is a Western export, a violent by-product of expanding Christendom to the colonies. It all starts with a few misread biblical verses and ends with Uganda jailing women wearing mini-skirts — apparently only lesbians show…

Can a free a Lula stop Brazilian fascism?

(Written by LSE Alumnus Pedro Llullier Rosa) After 580 days of being a political prisoner in a federal precinct in the southern Brazilian state of Paraná, former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was released on the late afternoon of…

Queerness and the Qur’an

I was thirteen when I first realised I wasn’t straight. I had a “best friend”— if best friend were code for “I haven’t realised I have a crush on you yet because I thought I was only supposed to feel…

Heteronormativity: the underpinnings of LSE culture

Heteronormativity can be understood as the assumed normalcy of heterosexuality where social norms presume that all people fit neatly into two complementary genders. This presumption is such that all other expressions of sexuality and gender are reduced to mere ‘others’…

Inside the London School of Brexit-bashing

The LSE is against Brexit. But is it biased against Brexit? Bias is defined as “cause to feel or show inclination or prejudice for or against someone or something”. Within this definition, two words stand out: “prejudice” and “feel[ing]”.  Uncorroborated…

The Final Straw: decoupling Environmentalism from Eugenics

The spectre of plastic straws is haunting the world. European and American powers have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre: Pope and Prime Minister, Tory and Labour, French socialists and American conservatives alike. With good reason, too…

The Black Women’s body and sexuality

I am a Black Feminist. I mean I recognise that my power as well as my primary oppressions come as a result of my blackness as well as my womaness, and therefore my struggles on both of these fronts are…

What does it mean to be Black? A Debate

Written by Alejandra Padín-Dujon, illustration by Christina Ivey Black History Month in the UK is a time to celebrate community and Black Pride. But one crucial question remains: what does it mean to be Black? Push that further: what does…

How to prevent Digital Racial Profiling

Written by Micah Roberts Our capacity to be manipulated is broad and well-documented. Semantic games when positing questions can result in radical changes in answers. George Monbiot, cites a survey to illustrate the power of emotive lexical choice. 65% of…

Take Two: the Second Referendum and the Game of Frames

I received my call to write this article, covering a debate on the Second Referendum in collaboration with LSE’s own Debate Society, under intriguing circumstances. Initially hesitant to write about an issue so polarizing as Brexit, one day, scuffling out…

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