By signing so much dissent-strangling legislation, by playing to the most reactionary elements in Russian society, by crushing popular protest and by harassing civil society, Putin is dragging Russia away from its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to respect freedom of opinion and expression.
Feminists must remember what liberation means - it is not just equal opportunity to be financially independent or to hold positions of authority. Liberation is about much more - it's the freedom to be yourself regardless of ethnicity, sexual orientation, class or gender. As soon as we assign stereotypes to any identity we create expectations of how individuals should behave...
A recent discussion surrounding an article published by the Guardian surrounding expectant mothers and health tourism on my University feminist discussion page evolved into a full debate surrounding socialism, feminism and the need for a societal revolution...
Interesting and rounded female characters are gleaning critical and commercial rewards, and it is my sincere hope that a change is afoot. It is crucial to recognise that adherence to The Bechdel Test, is no guarantee that a film will either be feminist or of high quality.
We forget that music, when written by the individual behind the performance, is simply a way of expressing an emotion. That emotion can certainly be feisty independence, but it doesn't mean it has to be, and songs and artists shouldn't be left off the list because they don't fit this dubious criteria.
Feminism is about gender equality, with a focus on trying to reduce the social disparity that women are subject to when compared to men. Shock horror! Women can be as successful and able as men... who would have thought?
It should be noted that SU's have only 'banned' The Sun to the extent that their shops will no longer stock the newspaper. The world will not cave-in because a minuscule number of people have to find a local off-licence for their daily fix instead. But it is part of a wider trend: 2013 has seen a wave of trivial, but worrying, censorship encroach on student-life.
What is so darned difficult about writing a strong female character like Buffy and, incidentally, having her relate to other strong female characters in the show - Willow, Cordelia, Anya, Jenny Calendar, Lilah, Darla etc. There have been characters of such resilience in film and TV before.
My mum always taught me that as women we need to fight for our rights and I have personally had to argue and battle against injustices big and small on an obscenely regular basis... But my everyday sexism, my healthy angry passion for equality, was shaken up beyond belief when a few months ago I visited Honduras.
Page 3 may be liberating for the models themselves, but the messages it sends out are oppressive: attractive women are thin, white, feminine and young, and women themselves are simply sexual objects. For that reason I fail to see why this feature should remain in the UK's biggest-selling newspaper where soft pornography should not even be present, unless the feature is altered to become representative of all - and I mean all - women and a male version is created.
In the past, circumcision might have made sense in highly militaristic societies as a means of disconnecting boys from their sensuality and feelings so that they can kill. But I'm not sure how useful that is in a world of drones and cyber warfare where few men will ever see battle.
If white women do not speak up about the oppression of women of colour they are accused of white indifference, if they do they are accused of white imperialism. We're damned if we do damned if we don't.
Whilst the amnesty granted to the two imprisoned members of Pussy Riot - Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Mariya Alekhina - is to be welcomed, we must view it for what it is: a political stunt by the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.
2013 has been an amazing year for the No More Page 3 campaign, support is snowballing and to reflect the diversity of those in support of the campaign...
I know I could smash a glass ceiling or two if I put my mind to it, but actually, when it comes down to it, I'm not sure I'm all that bothered. I'd rather be able to stroll through the park at teatime once a week and pick my kids up from school. And the fact is, plenty of women - and increasing numbers of men feel the same.
It depresses me that a woman who is the victim of domestic violence and who is only in court because she has allegedly been defrauded, suddenly finds herself the centre of the whole proceeding. It depresses me that tabloids in the UK released articles implying that perhaps we had all been a little too hard on Charles Saatchi, her abuser.