Category: Social Issues

Verbal Remedy’s 2018 podcast has arrived! This episode’s theme is ‘Women’s Bodies’ and how they are perceived and policed in today’s society. Be it trans women, black women, gay women or disabled women, each label comes with its own set of preconceptions and prejudices – ones we can only learn about if we listen. In just...

Canadian author Margaret Atwood has become ubiquitous this year for many reasons, not least because the HBO adaptation of her classic piece The Handmaid’s Tale won eight Emmy awards, three Critics’ Choice Television Awards and two Golden Globes. However, underneath the accolades lies a worry among many of her most loyal...

With 96% of 16-24 year olds using social networks it’s no longer sustainable to give yourself an outright ban – even if you know that constant scrolling, swiping and retweeting is affecting your mental health. If you’ve managed to take some time away from social media completely, we salute you. However even if you...

Considering it was released in 2001, you might forgive The Princess Diaries for its loveable but dubious plot line. However, Mia Thermopolis is one of hundreds of female leads that get the same “geeky girl gets a makeover” treatment – a trope that is still being rolled out in 2017. In November Netflix released a film...

We have all seen something we don’t like on Facebook, be it your ex on holiday with their new boyfriend or a group photo from the night you threw up drunk outside the takeaway. But what about the darker side of Facebook? The groups and pages that post the most horrific of memes and posts and photos that go against...

Have you ever read something you knew could occur, but hoped you wouldn’t have to see happen in your lifetime? Earlier this week, the debate about the price of medication and healthcare resurfaced after Donald Trump selected Alex Azar, ex-president of pharma giant Eli Lilly’s USA branch, as secretary of Health and...

Our perception of beauty is moulded by the images we see promoted by the media in TV shows, movies, magazines, or on social media. We don’t see much diversity in this portrayal of beauty. This creates an unrealistic expectation in society that we have to conform to the idealistic notion that whatever current trend...

Occasionally binge-eating what felt like mountains of food in one evening is what allowed me to hide my eating disorder for years, not only from others, but also from myself. Binge eating is in itself, an eating disorder not widely recognised by the public. I imagine if a room of people were asked to draw someone with...

This week, The Guardian – the UK’s largest liberal newspaper – has recently published an article in which they interview James Damore. For those of you who don’t know this guy, or for those who do but just can’t pin down who he is, he’s the guy who got fired by Google after publishing that ten-page anti-women rant....

Every few years, I see an image of the Gulabi Gang circulating the internet. Dressed in pink saris and armed with sticks, the caption tells us that they are a gang of women in India who beat up domestic abusers and rapists. This public image of the gang is central to the debate on the existence of the Gulabi Gang in...