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Helen Charman

Second Year English student at Emmanuel College, Cambridge

Helen is currently in her second year reading English at the University of Cambridge. Formerly the Editor of Varsity, the only independent student newspaper in Cambridge, she is passionate about writing, journalism and the arts. She also spends a significant proportion of her time in the theatre, making plays.

Thatcher, Thatcher, Human Decency-Snatcher?

Thatcher's legacy is a poisonous one, but for me, and, I'll wager, for many others in my generation, the main impact she has is in her echoes. Still, the political figure I was filled with the most hatred for today was David Cameron, standing firmly in Thatcher's footprints and relishing the media attention.
09/04/2013 13:21 BST

A War of Attrition: The Arts Need Saving

A recession usually means that for lots of people- and not the people making the decisions about what gets funded- things are going badly and are set to get worse. The old aphorism may be a cliché, but it serves as a warning: some people are so poor all they have is money.
08/03/2013 12:33 GMT

Slut-Shaming, Taylor Swift and Female Sexuality

Taylor Swift is, in many ways, far from a negative role model for young women, but the near fanatical devotion she inspires in many of her legions of supporters illustrates that the message she is giving out is one that is likely to hit home, and it isn't a healthy one.
26/02/2013 12:49 GMT

Naked as We Came: What Lena Dunham's Nudity Says About Us

The naked body is humanity at its most vulnerable and its most truthful, and it should be celebrated not only for its potential to be beautiful but also its potential to be funny, and awkward, and sad, and old, because this in turn is all that we are, and can be.
20/01/2013 21:24 GMT

Binge Drinking: More than Just a Student Problem

The inevitable hand-wringing from prominent responsible adults is sure to kick off soon, but rather than tread these tired paths of displaced responsibility, the productive thing to do is to ask why this <em>happens</em>.
04/01/2013 10:52 GMT