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Rochelle Asquith

Real Life

This Year’s New Diet Fad Is “Raw Water”

It’s a new year, which means that everyone on the telly is telling you to lose weight. You’re not good enough with those few pounds on you, are you? Maybe you should shed them. That’d make you into a better person, wouldn’t it? You’d be a better wife/mother/student/husband/daughter/cousin/son if you weren’t so damn chubby, wouldn’t you? It’s easy to hijack the “New Year New Me” vibe with incessant and incoherent fatphobia that’s alluring enough to

Europe/UK

May Turns A Blind Eye To Homelessness

Today marked the last PMQs (Prime Minister’s Questions) of 2017. PMQs has always been a chance to hold the Prime Minister accountable on the record for what they have or haven’t done. I’m not going to lie, it’s been embarrassing watching the current Prime Minister Theresa May pathetically dodge pretty much every question she’s handed.   Today, Theresa May performed some masterful (read: horrifying) question dodging as Labour MP Dr. Rosena Allin-Khan took to the stage

Politics

Brexit and the DUP: What’s Going On?

A lot has happened in the past week regarding Brexit and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), specifically regarding the borders between the U.K. and the rest of the EU, and Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. And, I know I’m not the only one who’s a bit confused. So, I’ve done the reading so you don’t have to, and I’m going to translate it into actual English rather than political jargon (you’re welcome). The

Feminism

A Shoutout to Everybody Finding It Very Hard to Read About Harvey Weinstein

The news isn’t getting any nicer, especially that about Harvey Weinstein, and sometimes it gets a bit much, hearing about assault after assault, and then hearing the long list of people he’s assaulted. It’s hard and it can trigger the memory of bad experiences and bad people, like a sinking ship that gets another hole ripped into it with every new story. Harvey Weinstein is a cruel man that abused his position of power to

LGBT+

The LGBTQ+ Community in Egypt Is Being Subject To Anal Examinations

Last month at a concert in Cairo, a group of people in the crowd waved the rainbow flag. The Egyptian authorities have arrested at least 22 people in the past four days as part of a campaign against LGBT+ people, and since the concert last month, 33 people have been arrested. Apparently, in Egypt, it is simply ‘routine’ to arrest people suspected of engaging in consensual homosexual activities on charges of “debauchery”, “immorality”, or “blasphemy”.

Feminism

Even More Proof That Michelle Obama Is Amazing

“Any woman who voted against Hillary Clinton voted against their own voice,” Obama said at a conference in Boston with Dr. Roxane Gay. “It doesn’t say as much about Hillary, and everybody’s trying to worry about what it means for Hillary and no, no, no, what does this mean for us, as women? That we look at those two candidates, as women, and many of us said, ‘He’s better for me. His voice is more true to

LGBT+

Homophobia Hits Home: Australia To Vote on Marriage Equality

Australia is having a plebiscite pretty soon on gay marriage. If you don’t know what a plebiscite is (I didn’t until I’d heard about this one in Australia), it’s when everybody who’s registered to vote gets a letter in the post asking them if they want a parliamentary vote on something. So in this case, everyone in Australia will get a form in the post asking them if they would like the government to have

Op-ed

I’ll Have Some Public Shaming, Please!

Hetty Douglas, this week, took to an Instagram story to tell the world her opinion of two men in McDonald’s; suggesting that they looked like they had “1 GCSE”. This sparked understandable outrage amongst users of social media, and subsequent articles highlighting the massive class inequality in the U.K. were published; using Hetty Douglas as an examplar of middle and upper class culture bolstering themselves by insulting the working class. The outrage firstly illuminates a

Politics

There’s a McDonald’s Strike in the UK And We’re Lovin’ It!

This week, employees of McDonald’s UK  have taken action and entered a strike to protest their poor wages and lack of a union. McDonald’s, a company notorious for hiring the people of the working classes of society have been shocked to find out that their employees actually would like to be treated as human beings and paid a proper wage. £10 an hour doesn’t seem like a lot of money, but for a student, or a

Europe/UK

Why Are GCSE Exams So Difficult?

This week has laid claim to the UK’s GCSE results day – the results gained at the end of high school, aged 16. The debate over whether or not these results are important is a long tested one, but let’s not get into that; let’s just say that GCSEs are important because they get you into college, and college is important because it gets you into University, and so on. However, this year’s GCSE results

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