UK Society

Incidents Like the Paris Metro Are Shocking, but Casual Racism Is Alive and Kicking

Becky Read | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK
Becky Read

I appreciate the use of 'black' as a descriptive term in some circumstances, for example if you were trying to point out my boyfriend in a room full of Chinese people. I don't appreciate it when used in the context of explaining why people might be more afraid of him than someone who was just big.

Awkward? Let's End It Now!

Mik Scarlet | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

I found the statistics really shocking, but mostly as they seem to be totally opposite to my own experience. I was born disabled, and became a wheelchair user at the age of fifteen, yet I can honestly say I have never had any trouble making friends, being invited to social situations or finding love.

Should We Be Seeing Fewer Disturbing Images of Conflict?

Ben Greenhalgh | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK
Ben Greenhalgh

Over the past few weeks I've been trying to untangle the motivation behind the broadcasting and sharing of such extreme violence. Is it to shake us free from western complacency? Or, is it simply to be the first to have something to say at the local bar among the Facebook-ers and Tweeters championing fashionable global concerns?

Why Stay-At-Home Dads Need Companionship and Not 'Fathers For Justice'

David Ready | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
David Ready

Dads often suffer a crisis of masculinity, particularly stay-at-home dads who rely on their partner as the breadwinner, finding themselves reluctant to ask for money from the partner, which goes against their natural instinct as a male, to be able to provide, to be self-sufficient and a role model to their child.

Being Black and Brown in Britain

Joshua Virasami | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK
Joshua Virasami

Racism, the point where power meets prejudice, is something we shy away from discussing in Britain, but it is a lived reality for millions on a day-to-day basis, a one-way stream of continued offense on varying scales.

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

Esther Hayden | Posted 29.01.2015 | UK
Esther Hayden

Tolerance or diversity is not something that can be learnt through school textbooks, social media posts or the media, it should be something that people are actively seeking knowledge about if they want a just society.

London Is a Melting Pot of Cultures, We Should Keep it This Way

David Ready | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Politics
David Ready

To be British is to be multicultural and accept inclusion within British society. Furthermore, stronger leadership is needed within communities to undermine extremism and promote change and integration into the wider London community.

Safer, Greener, Faster, Cheaper: A Daft Punk Perspective on the Future of Mobility

Jack R. Miles | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK
Jack R. Miles

We are now arguably at the dawn of the next big moment in the history of mobility, driven by several factors. But what do these factors mean for the future of consumer mobility?

Herself.com

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

Feminism has risen to the forefront of many people's minds this year, in no small part thanks to Emma Watson's inspiring UN speech. But one of my favourite things to appear recently is Caitlin Stasey's new website, herself.com.

British Young Men Face a Dim Future If We Don't Change Our Society

Nicholas Mazzei | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Nicholas Mazzei

By excluding and ignoring young men, we are damaging our society as a whole. We should be moving towards a more equal society and not obsessed with the past. It is about time we move past gender and begin to look at people for who they are. Until women are willing to do this as equally as men should, there will always be an imbalance which damages our society.

Life at 75

Beth Britton | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

Mum has recently celebrated her 75th birthday, and while many writers often fail to put the voice of older people at the forefront of their writing, I wanted to go some way to redressing that balance by finding out directly from my mum what life is really like at 75.

Sea Changers - Can Literature Change the World?

Mik Scarlet | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

On a cold November night I fought my way through the twisting lanes of Brighton to the Fisherman's Vestry, part of the beautiful St Paul's Church, to take part in an intimate literary event which aimed to explore the connections between creative writing and campaigning.

The Darker Side of Success

Dr Rafael Euba | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Rafael Euba

There is nothing wrong with having "a dream", of course. The incentive of a final goal may help us focus and cope with some of the trials that life throws at us. But the narrative of life is often fractured and essentially unpredictable, so living with the only purpose of arriving in a particular predesigned place is a bad strategy.

Please Stop Framing Disability as Just a Welfare Issue

Simon Stevens | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK
Simon Stevens

I am tired of reading how outrageous it is that a person with this or that impairment label is found 'fit for work', especially when it is often someone with a lesser level of impairment, that casts a dark shadow of how society perceives the ability of people with higher support needs.

The New Narcissists!

Judith Owen | Posted 11.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Judith Owen

Is it me, or are we in the Western World, becoming the New Narcissists? I'm not referring to some 80s pop movement here, and by 'we' I mean me, and all the me's who see our smartphones as our BFF's and think nothing of bringing our tawdry private lives into public places.

The Greatest Trick of All Time

Adam Hamdy | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Adam Hamdy

Whether it's campaigners receiving death threats, an actress being harassed for hours in New York, mass kidnappings, genital mutilation, unequal pay, or a programmer receiving death threats over a false allegation of attempted media influence, women seem to get a raw deal in life. It's puzzling that there are so many guys out there that still have such a warped view of what it means to be a man.

Becoming an Empowered Care Consumer

Beth Britton | Posted 28.12.2014 | UK
Beth Britton

None of this will come as any great surprise. Following on from the scandals of Mid-Staffs, Morecambe Bay, Winterbourne View and others, the public are now largely conditioned to hearing about problems in health and social care services. There arguably remain more good news stories than bad ones, but of course the gravity of bad news travels far further.

Don't Call Me 'Millenial'

Green Futures | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Green Futures

So here we are, the millennial generation. Those that had our first snog, beer, or fag as the world quaked in the shadow of the millennium bug...

Messy Science, and Why Everyone Benefits From Showing the Mess

Anais Rassat | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Tech
Anais Rassat

If scientists entertain the myth that giant leaps are the everyday happening of science, science funders will expect extraordinary claims in return for funding, and everyone will be disappointed with that game.

What Can Disabled People Do When the Computer Says No?

Simon Stevens | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

Sometimes the system takes the flexibility of human judgement out of the equation, and we end up with a situation akin to the famous Little Britain sketch where the computer simply says no to everything.

Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones, But 'Posh' Is Starting to Hurt Me

Nathalie Gordon | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nathalie Gordon

In the media recently there has been, as their always is, people brandishing the 'public school' iron, tarnishing those of us who went to public school. The media is turning our education into a negative.

Bailing Out the Food Banks

Adam Hamdy | Posted 13.12.2014 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

Food bank use is rising almost as quickly as executive pay. If something isn't done to correct the worsening structural inequality in the economy, the government may find itself called upon to bail out the food banks and provide basic nutrition to people living in one of the richest nations in the world.

Why Everyone Will Suffer If We Don't Start Looking at Mental Health Differently

Beth Burgess | Posted 07.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Burgess

It's World Mental Health Day 2014 this Friday, and despite the fact that one in four people will suffer from mental health issues in their lifetime, there still exists a damaging stigma towards having problems located in the mind.

Learning About Feminism: My Mum and Laurie Penny

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ioan Marc Jones

My mum seemed to embody what I believed to be the stereotypically oppressed woman. In my youthful naivety, I assumed that nine to five employment was the sole source of female empowerment and that my mum had therefore abandoned any claim to feminism. I told her all this, of course, and she proceeded to correct my assumptions.

Naomi Klein: Capitalism vs The Climate

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ioan Marc Jones

Klein's fundamental argument is simple: in order to prevent global warming, we need an ideological shift away from neo-liberalism towards a fairer, greener and more egalitarian form of society