Alex Porter
Angry feminist with a soft spot for One Direction. Cambridge Politics grad writing in London

Entries by Alex Porter

Blatter's Inaction on Human Rights Must End

(0) Comments | Posted 2 June 2015 | (00:00)

Blatter is to serve a fifth term despite a record on corruption and human rights that is characterised by disinterest and wilful ignorance. It isn't yet clear whether he will act to improve Fifa's record on either count, but what is certain is that radical change is needed to rebuild...

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For Women's Sake, Don't Ban Sex-Selective Abortion

(6) Comments | Posted 13 November 2014 | (14:24)

Aborting a foetus because they are the "wrong gender" is perhaps the ultimate form of sex-based discrimination. The prevalence of sex-selective terminations has a huge impact on population balance worldwide, usually leading to disproportionately few female babies being born. Such a problem should be of great concern to feminists, and...

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Sao Paulo: The City of the Future?

(0) Comments | Posted 19 September 2014 | (20:46)

I have always found the idea that there are billions of people in this world unfathomable. Despite having travelled around Brazil for the previous two weeks during the height of the World Cup, spending hours in stadiums packed with thousands of people from all over the globe, the idea of...

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Immigration: Is a Sensible Debate Impossible?

(22) Comments | Posted 23 March 2014 | (23:00)

Following the introduction of Bulgaria and Romania into the European Union, a huge influx of migrants was expected from the new Eastern frontier. Much of the political right speculated a flooding of benefit tourists, looking to scrounge off the welfare state and public services, while home secretary, Theresa May claimed...

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HS2: U-turn If You Want to, the Train Is Not for Turning

(10) Comments | Posted 2 September 2013 | (10:49)

It has been branded as the future of transport in Britain, but High Speed 2 could be about to be derailed. With Britain lagging behind the continent in its development of modern rail links and with the country in desperate need of improved rail capacity, the three major parties are...

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Nick and Margaret: We All Pay Your Benefits (And Judge You While We Do So)

(0) Comments | Posted 24 July 2013 | (18:21)

This week saw the closing part of the BBC docu-drama "Nick and Margaret: We All Pay Your Benefits", and I have to say the two-part series left me feeling rather cold. I was disappointed to see such blatant populism from two individuals who had previously exhibited the three essentials of...

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Thatcher's Feminist Legacy

(1) Comments | Posted 10 April 2013 | (21:08)

Margaret Thatcher will no doubt be remembered as one of the most influential British women of the 20th Century, if not of all time. The dearth of women in leadership, not only in the UK, but around the world means that women in power often find themselves hailed as feminist...

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Is This What Rape Culture Looks Like?

(1) Comments | Posted 23 March 2013 | (23:05)

**Trigger Warning** This article discusses sexual violence.

This week two words have become unavoidable on the feminist blogosphere: rape culture. In the aftermath of the verdict in Steubenville, Ohio, and the sympathetic depictions of the rapists by the media, feminists are increasingly using this phrase to describe our society as...

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New Lego 'For Girl' Reinforces Harmful Gender Stereotypes

(2) Comments | Posted 12 February 2012 | (18:20)

In a bid to increase its appeal to girls, Lego has released a new line of toys specifically geared towards to the needs and wants of the fairer sex. The announcement led to a great deal of both anticipation and scepticism, which culminated in the release of 'Lego Friends' earlier...

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Why Does Mitt Romney Remain Uninspiring to Republicans?

(10) Comments | Posted 17 January 2012 | (10:27)

Mitt Romney appears to be unstoppable at the moment. As the first Republican since 1976 to win both the Iowa and New Hampshire caucus in the nomination race, it would seem that Romney is a shoe-in for the Republican nomination. However, despite these early successes, he still seems to be...

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