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Lauren Hossack

English and Modern History student at the University of St Andrews

I am currently studying English and Modern History at the University of St Andrews, and contribute regularly to student publications. My main areas of interest include literature, music and cinema. Most of all, I am fascinated by people and how they act and react in the world they find themselves in.

Guiding Girls to Awareness

In a true display of girl power, Girlguiding UK now officially backs the 'No More Page 3' campaign, a testament to an adaptable, forward-thinking youth organisation. Despite my own short fling with Guiding, I think this demonstrates the enduring potential for the group to give a solid grounding for young women in the UK.
11/04/2013 13:32 BST

Lad Culture Is THE Culture

Let's talk about lads. Specifically, lad culture. Call it what you like, dismiss it as a joke, but it doesn't hide the fact that it's just plain misogyny and sexism, with stereotypical, age-old notions of masculinity at the core.
28/03/2013 14:28 GMT

My Vagina Monologue

Reflecting on all of this only clarifies the VAGINA SHAMING that I've been exposed to for my whole life. Maybe there's something in the very anatomical detail of it being 'hidden' (compared to the penis) that means you're just not allowed to talk about it. It goes along with the idea that women ought to keep calm and carry on.
08/02/2013 09:28 GMT

Starting Out Young: The Dangers of Tumblr Sexism

I grew up with words like 'slut' and 'whore' being thrown around by my peers, used in reference to both genders, but more typically slanted towards girls. Only a handful of boys gained reputations as 'man-sluts', and even then they tended to be held in high esteem.
10/01/2013 10:52 GMT