Kathryn Langston
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I am a final year philosophy undergraduate at Durham, contemplating post-grad studies in journalism. I'm interested in all kinds of topics, but particularly passionate about mental health and social equality issues.

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The Law Shouldn't Stand in the Way of Equal Love

(0) Comments | Posted 4 November 2013 | (19:28)

This year saw a landmark bill legalising marriage for same-sex couples make it through Parliament.

The passage of the Same Sex Couples Act was a great success for progress and equality, but in the wake of this victory we should not rest easy on our laurels. For a start, there...

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Mental Illnesses Are Legitimate, So Let Us Treat Them

(1) Comments | Posted 13 August 2013 | (00:36)

There is an on-going debate of which many of you will be aware, particularly in light of Giles Fraser-gate, concerning the legitimacy of mental illness as a subject for medical study and treatment. Perhaps the most hackneyed formulation of the anti-medicalization argument is summed up in the phrase 'depression is...

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The Irish Abortion Bill Reveals a Deeply Ingrained Disregard for the Personhood of Women

(16) Comments | Posted 15 July 2013 | (01:00)

On Thursday 11 July, Ireland passed an abortion law legalising abortions for women if a woman's life is under threat.

Whilst this is indeed a big step forward for women's reproductive rights in the Republic of Ireland, forgive me for not cracking out the champers just yet.

The critical part...

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Looking Backwards Is Not the Way Forwards for Society and Masculinity

(1) Comments | Posted 11 June 2013 | (22:17)

Both those on the left and those on the right of the political spectrum seem to agree that an emphasis on family is key to addressing numerous social problems, including the current 'crisis of masculinity'. But while the left see this as an opportunity to broadening the horizons of manhood,...

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Is the Government's Proposed Guide to Raising Girls Sending the Right Message?

(0) Comments | Posted 3 June 2013 | (21:54)

Women's minister Maria Miller is producing a guide for parents to bring up their daughters to be 'ambitious for themselves' and strive for a place in board rooms. But how hard should we be pushing girls to buy into the corporate dream?

Miller is acting on advice from the Women's...

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