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Simone de Beauvoir and a brief overview of her life ...

by Nuala Szler, translated by David Crowe “One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman” declared Simone de Beauvoir during the tumultuous 20th Century and couldn’t be heard. This is because Beauvoir asserted that femininity should not consider itself developed merely due to biology or organs, rather it should consider itself a social construction. Time has concluded that these were and are the fundamentals of the feminist struggle throughout the world. 
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bell hooks: A Voice for Afro-American Feminism

In 1952 Gloria Jean Watkins, the feminist writer best known as ‘bell hooks’, was born in Hopkinsville, a segregated town in the state of Kentucky. 
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The Freedom of Four Walls and Beyond

The recipe is simple. Start with a floor, a ceiling, and four walls. Add decks, a DJ, and a sound system. Then, open the doors and let the pilgrims flow. Garnish as necessary. This mixture of space, sound, and soul has the potency to outlive the night, the power to influence life not only on the weekend, and the potential to change society for the better, for good. Let´s join us in this journey to discover the freedom behind four ...
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Bechdel Test: the struggle of female representation on screen

Growing up, I always looked to female characters on screen, to someone who looked like me. And even if it is true that women characters are present and featured in nearly the majority of films, that does not mean that it is a perfect representation. Looking at the characters on screen, I often felt like something was missing: as if they wouldn’t fully capture the complexities and nuances that I could see daily in the real women in my life.
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Fact or Fiction: Does the ‘Friend Zone’ Really ...

We all remember that scene from Friends, don’t we? The one where Joey used the phrase ‘friend zone’ to describe Ross and Rachel’s painful situation where Rachel had allegedly chucked Ross straight in the friend zone because he took too long to make his move. Or at least that’s how Joey described it. Ever since that episode, we’ve been hearing the phrase being used so much amongst ourselves and the media; so much so, that we’ve failed to realize the ...
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The Importance of Representation; and How Sex Education Nails It

(This post contains minor spoilers for season 3 of the Netflix show Sex Education) Content warning: mentions of sexual assault, gender identity and sexuality.
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Has the ‘Funny Fat Girl’ trope really evolved, or are ...

It goes without saying that if you grew up with Disney Channel or Nickelodeon, shows that you’re familiar with the ‘funny fat girl’ trope. You know the one I’m talking about.
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The phallic centre of Sex and the City

The amount of disposable income Carrie and her friends seem to possess – enough to buy $400 Manolo’s on a whim – is unfeasible. As they are all single and living alone in one of the most expensive cities on earth, even in the nineties… well, it makes no sense. The only way it would make sense was if their families were secret Russian oil oligarchs. Spoiler alert, they’re not. In fact, at multiple points in the show, Carries runs out ...
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Does our period actually sync up with our flatmates?

For many people that experience periods, it’s a given that our periods inevitably sync up with the nearest uterus owners – usually being our flatmates. But is there actually any science that proves this?
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The favouritism of male streamers: Why are women left in ...

Twitch is a streaming website and app established in 2011, and bought by Amazon in 2014. The application is highly successful, with an average of 15 million people tuning in each day to watch livestreams on their website. In recent years, this success has only grown larger. The amount of average viewers in February 2021 was more than double when compared to January 2019. This is beneficial to Twitch and Amazon, but maybe even more beneficial to the actual streamers ...