Lucy Uprichard
Extended bio: I'm currently an undergraduate studying English and Philosophy at the University of Liverpool. In the future I hope to be able to be a full-time journalist, but in the meantime I'll settle for reading a lot and shouting at people on the internet. My special areas of interest are feminism, women's rights and issues that affect young people on a daily basis. To see more of my writing, please visit my personal blog where I document it all or follow me on Twitter @lucyuprichard.

Entries by Lucy Uprichard

In Defence of Call-Out Culture

(0) Comments | Posted 27 December 2013 | (14:33)

This year saw a significant explosion in the use of social media platforms as a part of activist movements. Twitter hashtags such as Suey Park's #NotYourAsianSidekick or Mikki Kendall's #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen opened a dialogue that resonated across the world. While many people love to grumble about the...

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Why Won't Our Universities Fight Their Own Battles?

(4) Comments | Posted 10 December 2013 | (09:44)

Despite what the radio silence from major news outlets might suggest, the past few weeks have seen some of the most dramatic protests from UK students since 2011. Students across the country, including myself, have engaged in a various means of protesting, including occupying buildings and building road blocks, as...

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Support The Halloween University Strike

(0) Comments | Posted 28 October 2013 | (11:21)

Following a month of negotiation and deliberation about pay, the University and College Union (UCU), Unison and Unite unions have taken the decision to stage a one-day national strike across the country's universities. While the strike is in support of the university employees as opposed to its students,...

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40 Days For Life: Abortion and Passive-Aggressive 'Peaceful Prayer'

(1) Comments | Posted 12 October 2013 | (15:52)

2010 wasn't the best year for the UK. We gained a coalition government, the newspapers had a tiring fixation with the recently announced royal engagement, and 40 Days For Life finally made their way across the pond. The American anti-choice organisation, which carries out vigils outside abortion clinics...

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We Stood With Wendy Davis - Now Stand With Ann Furedi

(2) Comments | Posted 25 September 2013 | (15:10)

Ann Furedi, the head of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (bpas), recently came under media fire for her piece in Spiked about the "danger of clamping down on sex-selective abortions". Aptly named 'You Can't Be Pro-Choice Only When You Like The Choice', her article truthfully and level-headedly explained...

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Young People and Mental Health: Breaking the Silence

(10) Comments | Posted 29 July 2013 | (01:00)

It's hardly a secret that teenagers are prone to mood swings to a degree quite unlike any other demographic - the combination of hormone rushes, puberty and the general confusion that accompanies transitioning from child to adult is prone to make even the most level-headed person come undone occasionally. There...

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The Masculinity Debate Is Not One-Sided: You Just Aren't Listening

(12) Comments | Posted 23 May 2013 | (13:26)

Every once in a while, certain issues will rise to the surface of mainstream feminism and garner more media attention than they perhaps usually do. As of late, the focus seems to be on masculinity.

Journalist Laurie Penny wrote that 'the crisis facing men and boys...

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From Vanity to 'Thinspiration': Samantha Brick Has Become a Problem

(9) Comments | Posted 24 April 2013 | (01:00)

For a long time, Samantha Brick has been at a level of general public irritation akin to pop-up ads or midges - annoying when encountered, but avoidable, forgettable and with little lasting impact. Having gained notoriety writing articles for the Daily Mail about 'why women hate [her] for...

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The Problem With PETA

(9) Comments | Posted 25 March 2013 | (01:59)

I love animals. I really do. I'm a sucker for every cute kitten video and baby hedgehog GIF on the internet. Although I myself am not vegetarian, I barely eat meat and come from a family of vegetarians. I am staunchly against cosmetic animal testing, battery farming, and cruelty to...

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Sex Education Needs an Overhaul: The Failings of SRE

(9) Comments | Posted 6 March 2013 | (00:00)

For many schools around the UK, sex education is very much the academic elephant in the room. Whether this is due to a sense of prudishness born of famous British repression, or a desperate paranoia that discussions about sex will lead our youth down a path of perversion and debauchery,...

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Just A Joke: How Harmless Is Uni Lad?

(5) Comments | Posted 13 February 2013 | (23:37)

Since its entry into the world of online entertainment, there have been no shortage of articles about the popular student 'lad mag' Uni Lad. It has been condemned for a whole host of offensive articles, most notably those condoning rape and other forms of sexual violence....

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Chick Lit and Fangirls: Trivialising Women's Entertainment

(0) Comments | Posted 6 February 2013 | (16:31)

In her 1929 essay 'A Room Of One's Own', Virginia Woolf wrote 'it is obvious that the values of women differ very often from the values which have been made by the other sex; naturally this is so. Yet it is the masculine values that prevail [...] This is an...

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Rape: Stop Talking About Bodies and Start Talking About People

(14) Comments | Posted 29 January 2013 | (22:35)

Recently there has been a slew of media activity about women and rape, sparked in part by Joanna Lumley's controversial 'advice' to young women. Lumley warned not to "be sick in the gutter at midnight in a silly dress... because somebody will take advantage of you". This in...

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How Good Is Porn?

(1) Comments | Posted 23 January 2013 | (13:28)

Earlier in the week, Diane Abbott raised concerns about what she referred to as an "increasingly pornified" youth culture in Britain and advised parents to talk more with their children about sexuality and its place in modern culture. This, perhaps, is not a conversation that should be exclusively...

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Drug Culture - It Needs to Be Taught

(17) Comments | Posted 16 January 2013 | (00:00)

I remember precisely two instances of 'drugs education' from school. One involved a plastic tray of different coloured pills and powders and was part of a confusing PHSE day that began with sex education and ended with a short course in interpretive dance, and the other was watching a short...

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