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Dr. Shirley Tate and Black Academia

For Black History Month, I would like to shine a spotlight on Dr Shirley Anne Tate, an author, academic, and feminist. Her book Black Skins, Black Masks, (a re-imagination of Frantz Fanon‘s Black Skin, White Masks) focuses on recorded everyday…

Toni Morrison: The Power of Truth and Language

Toni Morrison died on August 5, 2019, at the age of 88. Morrison‘s work shed light on truths of American society that were largely missing from mainstream literature. Morrison’s writing was both popular and illuminating; her work forced many to confront American realities that they were not ready to.

On Beauty, Disappointment, and The Temple of the Golden Pavilion

When I read Mishima’s novel, the Golden Pavilion mystified me. But seeing it in person was a different story. No one warns you about the beam of sun burning on your skin, or the sea of crowds barring you from an uninterrupted viewing.

Brexit and Ego Death

There are two underlying forces in debate, and the formation of political discourse in general. These two forces dictate the ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ of debate, and in turn can determine the ideas that shape the political narratives of subsequent generations.…

Femininity is not a Weakness

In 2019, women are widely accepted in the Western world as equally valuable in potential, ability, and rights relative to men, in contrast to men’s history of privilege. But is this only a formality?

The Ordinary Life of Arty Fishal

Arty Fishal is a regular guy. He lives in London, he has a job at a bank. He works six days a week. Every morning, Arty wakes up at 6AM to take the tube and gets to work by 7.…

Colourism: Check your privilege

White people are not the only perpetrators of racism Last week, I overheard a troubling  conversation between a few of my boyfriend’s friends. When talking about the ‘types’ of girls they liked, one of the boys said that ‘Alexa is…

The Houghton Street We Deserve

The stupidest thing Tony Blair ever said was that the twentieth century was the conservative century. In contrast, while the Conservatives often held office, rarely were they in power. If you told the progressives at the end of the Victorian…

The Ethics of Spectatorship and Violence; or, why can’t I just enjoy this play for what it is?!

My transition from humanities undergraduate student into social sciences graduate student has severely hampered my ability to feel pure emotion in relation to art. No longer can I attend an art exhibit, or a production, or anything remotely creative, and…

Death of the Disposable

Over Christmas, in an attempt make the most of the short period of time between lectures and exams, I decided to restrict my social media usage. With Lent term exams looming and limited time to spend with friends and family,…

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