Esther Hayden
Esther Hayden is a freelance journalist who concentrates on music and women in modern society. As well as writing she is a musician and instrumental teacher, flitting around on the edges of notes and words. Previously she has published reviews and news articles for online publications, music magazines and the Herts Advertiser newspaper. In addition to this she writes a blog,, responding to news items and music in the age of X-Factor with humorous comment.

Entries by Esther Hayden

Why We Need to Start Taking Animal Rights Seriously

(1) Comments | Posted 23 June 2015 | (14:37)


Social media is being overrun with petitions and protests against the Yulin dog meat festival in south-west China. It is impossible to avoid the sickening pictures of animals being burnt or skinned alive. But why should we care about animals when...

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Celebrity Big Brother The Non-Sexual S&M

(0) Comments | Posted 28 January 2015 | (10:15)

The latest series of Celebrity Big Brother is being heralded as, the most exciting yet! Having not watched any kind of BB for years, even I have been dragged into watching every episode. Not only this I am enjoying/ have become slightly addicted to it. As I waited last night...

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There Is A Future For Religion In A Tolerant, Open Society

(0) Comments | Posted 26 January 2015 | (22:42)

Religion is getting a bad name for itself at the moment. People are increasingly dissociating themselves from certain groups so as not to be tied into a specific set of beliefs. So does this mean that sectors of religion are finished or is there a place for them in a...

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Be Positive About Your Twenties

(0) Comments | Posted 21 July 2014 | (16:25)

As you get into your 20s you often start to use other peoples lives as a marker of how grown up you feel. Whether it's people getting married, moving into their own place or getting a real adult job, there is always someone that makes you feel immature in comparison....

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One Judgement Fits All?

(0) Comments | Posted 13 July 2014 | (20:48)

Recently I walked into my local swimming pool at 6.30am. Among the swimmers wiping sleep from their eyes, there was one woman racing up, down, up, down, up, barely raising her head for breath. What assumptions are you already making about her? Keen? yes. Fit? clearly. Thin? no. At between...

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Are Men Pressured Into Promiscuity?

(0) Comments | Posted 11 July 2014 | (14:34)


'Malaga Girl' has been one of the most talked about videos over the past couple of weeks. For those who haven't heard of it, in the two and a half minute clip you see a British woman performing a sexual act on twenty...

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Women Role-Models In Film And TV

(0) Comments | Posted 29 April 2014 | (15:50)

True Detectives, the new crime drama starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey has caused quite a stir in its short run on HBO. While many critics have positive comments on the calibre of the acting, plot and general writing there have been many negative opinions on the absence of strong...

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Mid-Twenties Career Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted 22 April 2014 | (10:33)

The move from early to mid-twenties can often be overlooked as a pivotal moment in your life. It is now believed there is such a thing as a mid-twenties crisis and at the heart of this plight are career choices. It is a time when the solid vision that you...

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The Modern Documentary

(0) Comments | Posted 2 April 2014 | (12:58)

Television has become inundated with programmes that supposedly show us scenes of real life. Reality television has become the modern day format for documentaries. From Benefits Street to X-Factor it's all about parading the lives of the unfortunate and slightly bewildered in front of a camera. How has the role...

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Valentine's Day or Breakup Day, How Will You Be Celebrating February 14?

(0) Comments | Posted 13 February 2014 | (13:36)

Valentine's Day is a time often branded by shops as the only day on which we are able to show another person we love them. However increasingly romantic days can be the end to many a relationship, with Valentines acknowledged to be the second most popular break up season after...

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Giving A Veggie A Bad Name

(1) Comments | Posted 7 January 2014 | (09:45)

Former Smith and Meat Is Murder singer, Morrissey has once again made his blinkered views known on meat eaters. Branding belief in the abattoir equal to support of Auschwitz, he has definitely taken a step in making vegetarianism appear like an extremist religion.

Bizarrely his rant also drew comparisons between...

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Katie Hopkins: 'Employers Should Not Have To Pay For The Risks In Our Lives'

(1) Comments | Posted 29 November 2013 | (16:15)

Professional moaner and qualified controversy queen, Katie Hopkins has once again shared her opinions on other people's lives, by stating through her column in Fridays Sun that employers should not be asked to pay employees who take bereavement leave.

The case which Hopkins was referring to was that of Lucy...

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People Should Be Stopped From Raising Dogs as Weapons

(4) Comments | Posted 12 November 2013 | (21:31)

For many a dog is a companion, they are there to care for the blind, the deaf, the lonely or just to cheer people up of an evening. But does ownership come too easily for some? More than 20,000 people are estimated to be killed by dogs per year. This...

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Graduates: Do We Only Live at Home for the Money?

(0) Comments | Posted 14 October 2013 | (12:56)

Frequently in modern times the only context in which we read about young people is through the media portrayal of graduates in financial difficulty or with a lack of appropriate employment. But what about hard working youngsters, actively trying to achieve their goals? Newspapers, such as the Daily Mail are...

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Gove Needs to Rethink GCSEs Retakes

(0) Comments | Posted 5 September 2013 | (11:31)

The government have recently announced plans to make pupils who get below a C in English and Maths GCSEs retake or keep learning. The idea is that these are the subjects which are vital to future employment and areas that often are not up to scratch. Sounds fine so far...

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Women In Music: BBC Proms Vs the Pop Queens

(0) Comments | Posted 5 September 2013 | (10:43)

Flag waving, swaying, joining of hands, the Last Night of the Proms is one of the only events in the classical music calendar where strict rules on audience silence are broken. This year it is the 118th Last Night, but the first concert that will be conducted by a woman....

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Stress Level Results Day

(1) Comments | Posted 16 August 2013 | (01:00)

Students around the country have this week received life changing news. A-Level results have become one of the most important moments in a teenager's life, but does the burden piled on by these exams live up to the hype? And do the effects of that pressure on the individual last...

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What's in Your Beauty Products? Eight Ingredients You Wouldn't Expect to Put on Your Face

(10) Comments | Posted 3 August 2013 | (01:00)

The beauty industry is constantly growing, with a cream for every age, skin problem and time of day. Like many women these days, I love the idea of a new cream that could be the solution to all my skin problems or a mascara that extends each individual eye lash....

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Why Are Women Still Treated as Sexual Objects?

(2) Comments | Posted 31 July 2013 | (17:05)

Caroline Criado-Perez, a woman who determinedly campaigned to get women back onto bank notes, is now the centre of a fight to ensure Twitter trolls are criminalised, after receiving graphic sexual abuse through the networking site. However, behind this case there seems to be a more deep- rooted problem, which...

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