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JK Rowling is Essential for the Future of New Writers

New writers will find it much harder to get noticed if all the publishing houses go bust. For industries to continue, they need money and money comes from popularity and success - even a children's book could tell you that.
26/02/2014 13:18 GMT

Sorry Paxman, Here's Why I Don't Vote

Does this indifference to the current political system mean I'm not interested in our country and its government? Of course not. If a party came along that expressed views that met my own or close to, then I would be first to the ballot. It isn't about apathy, it's about believing the current system is wrong.
27/10/2013 19:54 GMT

"Are You Fully Gay?" And Other Things You Shouldn't Ask a Gay Person

On the surface it seems that gays in Britain have it pretty good, so do we really have anything left to complain about? Well, when consistently greeted with questions such as, "So, you're gay? Fully gay? And you're happy with that?" It would seem that the short answer is yes.
22/10/2013 17:16 BST

Feminism Doesn't Need a Rebrand

In its November issue, Elle magazine has ceremoniously decided to rebrand feminism. The successful fashion and lifestyle publication has taken it upon itself to re-familiarize young audiences with feminism, a movement so often misrepresented.
08/10/2013 15:19 BST

Football Clubs Aren't Doing Enough to Combat Homophobia

After talking to clubs you cannot help but feel that they are dragging their heels on the issue by claiming a need for more time or consultation. For clubs such as Man United, the distinct lack of leadership on this issue is worrying. Laces aside, their ability to reach a potential audience of millions could be pivotal, yet they have no dedicated campaign that deals solely with homophobia.
23/09/2013 16:48 BST

Kimmel's Twerk Video Hoax: An Epic Fail for Journalism

Journalists everywhere should despair at how a commitment to storytelling with integrity was treated with such abandon. Frustratingly, the internet is full of readily accessible 'fail' videos, making it easy for journalists to go to YouTube, take down a copy of the video and run it.
13/09/2013 12:58 BST

A Better Way to Boycott the Winter Olympics

Rather than placing responsibility on the athletes, it might be more effective for the sponsors of the 2014 games to pull out of their lucrative deals with the IOC. According to the official Olympics website, commercial partnerships generally contribute up to 40% of Olympic revenue. If the corporations that sponsor the Olympics revoked their support then the IOC will take note.
22/08/2013 22:35 BST

Ten Things You Never Knew About Ed Miliband

Everybody knows Ed Miliband is the union-backed, rather goofy looking, leader of the Labour Party. But here's 10 things you didn't know about our possible future prime minister and overlord...
13/08/2013 22:52 BST

Why Women Are Vanishing From Blockbuster Movies

Not all heroines are sexualised. Some are just pathetic, and to be honest I can't work out what is more depressing. For example, Lois Lane in <em>Man of Steel</em> is a confident, intelligent journalist. Who falls in love with Superman after approximately two conversations.
12/07/2013 07:52 BST

Why Sex Apps are Pointless, Unsexy and a Waste of Time

We're living in a funny old age. Much like every generation of teens and twenty-somethings before us, we're pretty convinced that we've invented sex. Despite our natural reverence for the past, we look back on our parents era, and their parents, and so on, as quaint... what they definitely did do, however, was fuck. Lots of extra-marrital fucking.
09/07/2013 14:00 BST

Peter Jackson Is Transforming Into the Next George Lucas

It would seem, then, that Peter Jackson is now George Lucas's padawan in the sense that they both make visual-heavy, fantasy/sci-fi trilogies that are popular with people and make money - the art of it doesn't come into it.
08/07/2013 17:20 BST

The UK's Plan to Block Porn Is Completely Pointless

Forcing every internet user into a limited child-friendly 'utopia' is not only an exaggerated response, but coddling to the point to be unrealistic. Corruption is everywhere - capping every 'sex', 'breast' and 'penis' is futile.
03/07/2013 17:39 BST

Christian Domestic Discipline: Spanking in the Name of the Lord

Ever thought a marriage set strictly within the boundaries of Christian scripture sounded a bit dry? Think again. Christian Domestic Discipline (CDD) is the practice of ensuring a Christian relationship is being conducted exactly the way God demands in the scripture...
01/07/2013 17:19 BST

Is Kanye West Comparing Himself to Jesus? Well, I Am

We all know that Kanye is just a little bit cocky and could perhaps be accused of being a solipsist, but he seems to be comparing himself to Jesus with the album title <em>Yeezus</em>. We've been wondering if Kanye has the potential to follow up this lofty claim and have decided to actually compare them and see who comes out on top.
21/06/2013 00:25 BST

Why Oxbridge Admissions Point to the North/South Divide

Not all students who go to Oxbridge are from the most affluent parts of the South-East, but if things continue as they are then the only accent you will ever hear on the Oxbridge quads will be that generic South-Eastern brogue that can be pinpointed to somewhere around about Guildford.
19/06/2013 13:08 BST

Why Stephen Fry's Suicide Attempt Is a Lesson for Us All

Understanding that there is no conscious reason for these feelings puts mental illness on a par with other illnesses. You wouldn't ask a woman with breast cancer why she had it, or why she was ill - saying "I have breast cancer" is a pretty satisfactory argument for most. Mental illness isn't any different, and it's just as much of a scary, alien thing to sufferers than other illnesses.
18/06/2013 17:06 BST

Do Young People Care About Politics?

As the coalition government tortures itself with an ongoing conveyor belt of poor decisions, internal squabbling and defections to that Ukip lot, are young people beginning to lose interest in politics? Or, with so much to divide us, from immigration, welfare, taxation to that big dirty European conundrum, are we at the beginning of a new and politically aware generation?
17/06/2013 00:00 BST