Beauty standards for women have always been nothing short of unrealistic and unachievable, and are made up of racist and infantile images due to the rise of race theory, and the ever-present patriarchy. Feminine beauty has been transformed into an industry designed to keep self-esteem low and profits high and built catering to the white, cisgender, heterosexual male gaze. White supremacy and sexism – particularly the intersection of these two ideas – are still prevalent in modern society, resulting in ideas of the beautiful woman that are consistently paedophilic and racist.
Humanity has never been homogenous. With different races, religions, morals, and customs, humankind will never be able to have a single identical thought. From this issue, politics was derived in an attempt to handle and reconcile these opposing opinions to achieve a functioning society. However, like all things man-made, politics is and will always be flawed. Only existing in the human mind, dissent, and disagreement throughout politics is inevitable, simply because humans cannot wholly agree. So, in an ever-changing and globalised society, amidst the savagery of modern politics, can we turn away from traditional political thought to achieve a supposed ‘united’ and ‘equal’ society, or is that just another unattainable notion existing in the human mind?
Kurdish women have an active role in politics as a Kurdish Women’s Movement emerged and developed within the nationalist liberation struggle for an independent socialist Kurdistan and continues to drive this struggle towards an autonomous, democratic nation.
Jineology is neither a form of feminism, nor is it an alternative to feminism. It is an epistemological process which centres women – it challenges knowledge and ways of ‘knowing’ as a patriarchal concept.
Whilst I sat in awe at the proficiency of my French teacher, dreaming to one day speak this language fluently, the rest of my class were often bored, uninterested – frankly, many didn’t see the point in learning something that seemed so unnecessary and confusing. Not that long ago, languages were cultural capital and a way of showcasing your dedication, intelligence and often your social status. Today, fewer and fewer students are studying GCSE languages and even less at A-Level and beyond- why is this?
Time travel is one of those outlandish concepts that has mesmerised and troubled numerous curious minds, whether from a scientific perspective or just innocent speculation. As non-scientists, we may perceive the wonders of science in action as ‘miracles’ or ‘magic’. However, it is only through understanding well-substantiated theories and mathematical proof that we come to realise that science is more of a rigorous, tiresome but incredibly rewarding method of investigation, rather than an instant solution to our problems.
What do you think of when you hear the words ‘Civil Rights Movement’? Probably Martin Luther King Jr’s civil rights marches? The Montgomery Bus Boycotts and Rosa Parks? I would guess that what you think of – and what you have learnt at school – took place in the United States. Robin Bunce and Paul Field’s biography of Darcus Howe argues that in the history we learn in the UK, the narrative is that “Britain is the utopia of fair play” and therefore the civil rights struggle in the UK are dismissed in the school curriculum as it does not fit into this vision.
Though many of us can easily recall names of famous sovereigns, their policies, their wives even, a new order is bubbling. We’ve seen the way empires have risen, fallen, how religion has been twisted and moulded to fit ideals. Should the continued existence of such an archaic institution really be the representative of our so called democracy?
JK Rowling’s transphobic comments contrast starkly with the moral of the story which made her famous. Despite claiming to have researched the transgender movement thoroughly, Rowling’s 3600 word delivery of her views fundamentally misunderstands many facets of trans thought. From the dirty furore that ensued, old questions about how to reconcile creative appreciation with immoral creators arose.
Following the toppling of the statue of Edward Colston in Bristol, Churchill has been at the centre of debates highlighting divisions over his legacy. Several historical accounts demonstrate his racist ideology which makes a compelling case that it may finally be the time we have a reckoning with the problematic history of popular figures in Britain.
The paradox of the ceaseless compassion that defines humans and the exhausting belligerence that has plagued humanity is a tale that began before we could walk on two legs. When looking back at history many may ask the question “How did people allow for this to happen?”. In this article, we will be exploring how humanity was allowed to both destroy and grace history.