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Pippa Lacey

Race

For Olaudah Equiano’s 272nd Birthday, Let’s Keep His Legacy Alive

Olaudah Equiano was a leading black activist for the abolition of slavery in 18th century Britain and today (16th October 2017) marks his 272nd birthday. He became well known as a prominent activist after he released his autobiography, which was one of the first personal accounts of what the slave trade was really like. Equiano was believed to have been born around 1754 of the Ibo people in what is now known as Nigeria.  When

Race

The Mandalay Bay Shooter Is a Terrorist And Should Be Treated as One Regardless of His Skin Tone

Bullets were catapulted into the crowd, with the intention of taking lives. Innocent people who were just pawns in the bigger game were running, cowering, covering their heads. Anguished screams resounded through the night air. Empty beer bottles and blood were staining the carpet on the floor. These were the events that unfolded last night at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival. A 64-year-old man opened gunfire on 22,000 attendees of Route 91 Harvest country

Environment

This Island Community Has a Plan To Escape the Devastating Effects of Climate Change

The effects of climate change are glaringly obvious now more than ever. The Carribean has been ripped apart, Japan’s being dominated by tsunamis, the USA’s drowning and little islands are facing the very real possibility of their whole livelihood being taken over by the sea. But the Guna Yala autonomous region, which is inhabited by Panama’s indigenous Guna people, has an escape plan. The Guna Yala autonomous region is constructed of a strip of territory on the

Feminism

Dress Codes In British Schools Need To Become A Topic Of Discussion

Trigger Warning: mentions of r*pe The start of September seems to be a very appropriate time to talk about the sexualization of young girls and the school dress codes that perpetuate this action, as most students have just returned to school or will be starting their autumn term in the upcoming days. There is and possibly always will be a lack of articles written about the sexism behind the dress codes in America (an issue

Asia

The Controversial Pregnancy of a 10-Year-Old Rape Victim Is Now Over

Back in May, I wrote an article about a 10-year-old rape victim from Rohtak town in Haryana state, India. (You can read the full article here.) The young girl had been repeatedly sexually assaulted and raped by her step-father and was told not to tell anyone about it. Fortunately, the young girl’s mother had a suspicion that she was pregnant and consequently took her to doctors. After the pregnancy was confirmed, the child told her mother

Politics

Anti-U.S. Messages Promoted in North Korean Children Cartoons

The tension between North Korea and the USA is becoming more and more apparent as time goes on. With the promise of “fire and fury” from Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un’s threatened missile strike on Guam, it isn’t hard to see why. As most people have realised, North Korea isn’t a pleasant or just place to reside. Once you take into account the lack of electricity, water, heating, etc. that most of the population experience,

Real Life

How To Stay Safe In And Around Water This Summer

We are now well into the summer season; a time for going on holiday, enjoying barbeques and of course, trips to the beach. Whether you are going to the local lake, a tropical beach or your very own pool the promise of an escape from the harsh sun, a way of cooling off and a free place to play is enough to make even the most safety conscious person forget the dangers that the water holds.

LGBT+

What Is the Difference Between Pansexuality And Omnisexuality?

Throughout pride month I saw the terms pansexual and omnisexual being used interchangeably. However, they are not synonyms of each other (thus being why they each have their own day during pride month); there is a big difference between the two that needs to be acknowledged. Most people define both terms as meaning the attraction to all genders, but this isn’t fully true. Oxford Dictionary defines pansexual as not limited in sexual choice with regard to biological sex, gender, or gender

Feminism

Are You Personally Responsible For Becoming More Ethical Than The Society You Grew Up In?

When Donald Trump was campaigning for American Presidency, me and one of my close friends were having a discussion. She said that it wasn’t Trump’s fault that he held sexist, racist, homophobic, xenophobic, etc… ideologies because he grew up thinking that saying these things and acting in an offensive way was okay. I countered her argument by saying that he was the only person that could be held accountable for the things that he said

Feminism

What Are You Implying By Saying “That’s Not Very Ladylike”?

Throughout my whole life, I have been told that I have to act like a ‘lady’. I have to be ‘ladylike’. I can’t take part in activities that are predominantly associated with men. I can’t be ‘bossy’. I have to be something I’m not. I’m told these things by men and I’m told these things by women, who should understand how hard it is to hide my true self in order to impress everyone else. My

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