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Clara Popp

Clara Popp
Op-ed

The Internet Age’s Race to Success is Damaging Us

At only 19, I’m too young to feel like I’m a failure, but I can’t help this insidious feeling that creeps up on me when I lie in bed at night thinking about my future. In just a few weeks I will turn twenty and if I am honest with myself I am more hesitant than excited about exiting my teenage years. All I can see is a clock ticking down and down through my

Feminism

People Accused Of Rape Don’t Need Anonymity

In the U.K., there are a selection of arguments that seem to appear again and again in national discourse and the most recent one to reemerge is the argument for the anonymity of those accused of rape. This is due to Liam Allan – a student who was on trial for rape – whose recent case caused controversy when it was discovered that text messages from the woman accusing him were not presented to the

Op-ed

Let’s Stop Pretending Only Female Abusers Get A Free Pass

There is no denying that our culture has a problem in the way it handles tales of celebrity abuse; you only need to open Twitter to be deluged with news stories outing all your favorite stars as closet abusers. Reactions have ranged from empowering to downright disturbing. The latest story to break was that of Naya Rivera, former Glee actress, who was arrested for the domestic battery of her partner, fellow actor Ryan Dorsey. social

Op-ed

Stop Sexualizing Kids, And Yes That Includes Finn Wolfhard

I didn’t think this would be an article that I’d ever have to write because it seems so deeply obvious, but at the moment there’s been a worrying trend occurring unchecked on social media, and that’s the trend of sexualizing young, popular tweens. I’m not talking about kids getting crushes on celebrities their own age, that’s a completely healthy and normal experience that most people go through, but I’m talking about grown adults discussing children in

Op-ed

Sorry George Bush Sr., Sexual Assault Is Never Innocent

If there is one good thing to come out of the controversy surrounding Harvey Weinstein, it’s the general sense that women (and hopefully men) are no longer going to stay silent when it comes to the serious issue of sexual assault and harassment affecting women at every corner. This has led to a large number of women coming forth to accuse a multitude of powerful men of sexual harassment — including two actresses who recounted very

Feminism

A Beginner’s Guide To Being A Feminist Killjoy

Having spent most of the past nineteen years of my life identifying as a feminist, I’ve had more than a few people imply, if not outright say, that I was being a ‘feminist killjoy’ for critiquing them or voicing my opinion, so I feel pretty qualified to dish out some advice on how you too can be labeled as such for pushing for gender equality. Call Out Sexism When You Hear it Did that guy

Op-ed

Dear Men, You Don’t Need To Be Fathers To Care About Women

Since the New York Times broke the story on the numerous sexual abuse accusations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, there has been a flood of celebrities, ranging from Emma Thompson to Ryan Gosling, rushing to condemn his acts and the culture that supports it. While it’s crucial to see people — particularly men — coming forward to show their support for victims of sexual assault, a worrying trend has been appearing. It seems as if

Europe/UK

Here’s Everything Wrong With Theresa May Wearing a Frida Kahlo Bracelet

If there is a politician currently active in the UK that I would least expect to associate with communism, it would be Theresa May. Yet, during her disastrous speech at the Conservative Party Conference, May made a startling wardrobe choice when she wore a bracelet adorned with images of famed Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo. For those of you who aren’t aware of who Frida Kahlo is — outside her ‘pop-culture’ image — she was a

Op-ed

Fat People Are Human Too (Obviously)

Have you ever looked at someone and felt a deep rush of inexpiable annoyance? There’s something about that person that just makes you angry, gets your blood boiling, and tempts you to take them down a peg? It could be the way they pronounce a word, or a certain look they give you, but for a lot of people, what really gets them riled, sometimes without them realising it, is when a person is fat.

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