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What Does Modern Day Feminism Mean?

Christina Sweeney-Baird | Posted 22.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Christina Sweeney-Baird

The fact is that there is a dearth of women, at all levels of society, willing to go ahead and define themselves as feminists. Why is feminism seen by many as, at best, unnecessary, and at worst, terrifying? At its core feminism is simply the belief that all women should be treated equally. No controversy there for a rational human being. So where is the problem?

Why We Might Want to Invite Marine Le Pen to Cambridge

Jinho Clement | Posted 16.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Jinho Clement

If I am very honest, I do not really know much about her. I do know she's controversial, and I do know she has some bad views. I also know that some people even call her a neo-fascist. However, I have never heard her speak or explain her views.

This House Believes Religion Has No Place in the 21st Century

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 06.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

I don't think that any of the good things which religions do are unique, and nor are they able to counterbalance all of the terrible things which they have done, which they continue to do, and which have been done in their name.

The EU Youth Unemployment Crisis and the Cambridge Bubble

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 05.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

The job-related hurdles facing today's young people are well-documented. With youth unemployment at an all-time high, combined with deep cuts to higher education, the situation doesn't look too promising for what some economists are speculatively referring to as the 'lost generation.'

This House Believes That Multiculturalism Isn't Working

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 30.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

Chris Romalds, a postgraduate student in Development Studies, explores the reasons why multiculturalism could be said to be failing. Sarah Garland, a second year English student at Newnham College, argues that despite its problems, multiculturalism has not failed.

Do We Really Need the Monarchy?

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 01.09.2012 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

Why exactly are the vast majority in favour of the monarchy in this age of democracy? Has the Queen brainwashed the entire nation? Economically, there seems to be no need for a monarch.

Back to the Future of Intervention With Syria

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 10.08.2012 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

Richard Chew writes about the need for Western intervention in Syria and compares the current crisis to that of thirty years ago when the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood led a Sunni resistance to Hafez Al-Assad's minority Alawite regime.

No Can't Do: Why the 'Yes We Can' of America Needs 'I do' of its People

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 27.07.2012 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

It takes a lot of courage to say what you really think; it takes even more courage when you are the President of one of the most powerful countries on earth, addressing the world. On the 9 May 2012 President Barack Obama became the first sitting US president to back same-sex marriage, marking a significant historical, political and cultural moment.

The Cambridge Busker: An Interview

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 04.07.2012 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

This week the Cambridge Union is hosting a forum on Homelessness that is open to the general public and to mark the occasion, second year History student Tom Belger spoke to Banjo Nick, a street musician, Cambridge graduate and former rough sleeper about Homelessness in Cambridge and his personal experience:.

Sandbrook's Sanitised Seventies

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 03.07.2012 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

When I saw the new BBC series, The 70s, being promoted as an account of "a Britain brimming with aspiration as ordinary people first felt the thrill of freedom and money", I approached it with a degree of caution.

This House Would Decriminalise Prostitution

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 25.06.2012 | UK Politics
The Cambridge Union Society

Talia Robertson, a first year student studying Politics, Psychology and Sociology argues in proposition. Anti-prostitution arguments are often couche...

Has Online Debate Come of Age?

Calum Macdonald | Posted 17.10.2011 | UK Universities & Education
Calum Macdonald

The influence of online debate is less clear. Free speech is a valuable commodity. However, thousands of short, anonymous comments on an article can often seem pretty worthless especially when the relative anonymity often attracts the extreme or the abusive.