UK Society

My Mate Lee: An M.E Sufferers Account of Social Injustice.

Luke Chandley | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK
Luke Chandley

I've got a mate. He's called Lee. Lee, like some other people in the world, lives in Plymouth. Lee, also like some other people in the world, has an i...

Should Caitlyn Jenner Be 'Woman of the Year'?

Holly Whiting | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Holly Whiting

I guess my true issue here is with Glamour, this award alone generates a lot of exposure in the media, so Glamour have the opportunity to use this award to value the women in our society that are saving lives, overcoming tragic illnesses and poverties, inventing amazing things and dying for their country like Moira Smith. Instead of continuously acknowledging celebrities, this is a real chance to every now and then appreciate and bring to light the unsung heroes.

Empowered or Exploited?

Kate Holliday | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Holliday

Whether the actions of Miley Cyrus are harmful to women or not, in a world which simultaneously chastises and exploits female sexuality, it is unfair to blame the woman for being unable to appease both critics. We can, however, criticise a system which leads women to make decisions which may detrimental to the female gender as a whole.

Why Sexual Assault No Longer Surprises Me

Tasha Okeke | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Tasha Okeke

Recently an article was published detailing how nearly half of females in my university's city has been sexually assaulted. Scarily, this didn't even surprise me.

Heavy Lifting Should Be Guided From The Top, But Supported From The Bottom

Stephen Fear | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK Politics
Stephen Fear

Photography: Heavy Box by Clement127 from Flickr Dear Prime Minister I woke at 4.30am this morning with something on my mind and I feel strongly th...

The Politics Behind Black Women's Hair

Tracey Agyeman | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Tracey Agyeman

did the big chop about three years ago, and I did so not because of any social trend, or to be in touch with my roots but rather because I became aware of the dangerous side effects. And I can tell you today, I do not feel anymore Ghanaian today than I did on that day because, as my girl India Arie sings beautifully, I am not my hair.

The Social Barometer of the BBC

Sarah Tinsley | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Sarah Tinsley

Long live the BBC. Not merely a producer of sexily shot documentaries and gripping dramas, it also serves as a handy national barometer for public emo...

Submission - on the Social Cost of Power

Christina Franks | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Parents
Christina Franks

I'm angry, we're all angry and we're all taking it out on people who actually care because we're so frustrated at the limits society places us under, forcing us to submit, and smile about it, or else.

Islamophobic Hate Crime: Why Is It All About Terror and Extremism Rather Than Hate Crime Per Se?

Dr Chris Allen | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK
Dr Chris Allen

As part of National Hate Crime Awareness Week, I attended the University of Liverpool's "Challenging Hate Crime: Research, Policy and Practice" confer...

Superficial Society: Why My Skin Controls My Life

Holly Whiting | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Holly Whiting

The issue surrounding Ashley VanPevenage struck another nerve in me when it comes to how society views and deals with acne. For those of you who don't know, Ashley VanPevenage put out a photo of her skin before and after make up, revealing her bad skin.

Under 25 and Undervalued?

Abby McGrory | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Abby McGrory

During the Conservative Party Conference this week, Government Minister Matthew Hancock stated that under 25s "are not as productive, on average" and so won't have the minimum wage rates raised for them. Speaking as an under 25 year old, I find the claim to be both infuriating and very disappointing...

Welcome to the Conservatives' Victorian Thunderdome

Adam Hamdy | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

If David Cameron and George Osborne had been born to single parents living in social housing, perhaps they would look at life differently. Fate saw them born to privilege, but instead of softening their hearts, their good fortune has hardened them and fostered a belief that victimising the less fortunate is a viable social and economic policy.

Recolouring Pakistan

Hiba Khan | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Hiba Khan

If one day I am blessed with a child, I will teach them that there is unique inherent beauty in every single skin colour. That beauty is not confined to complexion, just as their worth is never confined to their physicalities, nor their race or gender.

Seven Reasons Why Islamic Societies are the Best Societies on Campus

Haseeb Hamid | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Haseeb Hamid

The beginning of a new university year has dawned upon us. Many of us will be looking to try out new clubs and societies this year, perhaps to learn a new skill, find a new way to relax or even broaden our social circle. Freshers will have been inundated with leaflets, sign up forms and free goodies from a wide array of societies on campus who are desperate for new members.

Peeple Is a Societal Nadir That Can't Be Allowed to Establish Itself

Chris Owen | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK Tech
Chris Owen

We're not a commodity and, contrary to hotels, cars, books etc. we have feelings and emotions, and are essentially pretty fragile individuals who really don't need - as the Register has dubbed it - 'slander-as-a-service'. How anyone could think this even vaguely a clever idea, and not a malicious, odious platform for bullying and nastiness is beyond me.

What Children's Dreams Can Tell Us About Our Societies

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK
Larisa Sotieva

I love talking to children. They are so unaffected and they can tell you so much more about a society, and in a much more nuanced way, than famous politicians, experts, journalists, and the like. They are even better than taxi drivers who tend to provide such a deconstruction of the social and political life of their country that sometimes I want to say to them - please, take me back to the airport!

The Rise of The Robots

Stephen Fear | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK Tech
Stephen Fear

Washing Machines, Lawn Mowers and the such like are all early forms of robots if you consider the word to mean a machine doing a task which was formally done by human beings or animals. Machines do not require holidays, lunch breaks or time off. Increasingly these machines are more reliable and suffer less 'time off work'.

Islamophobic Hate Crime up 70% in London, Some Thoughts

Dr Chris Allen | Posted 08.09.2015 | UK
Dr Chris Allen

Statistics released by the Metropolitan Police reveal that the number of Islamophobic hate crimes in London has increased by 70% in the past year. For...

Dating After Divorce: How to Make It Work

Brett Harding | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Brett Harding

Even if you are ready the thought of dating again is probably a terrifying one. It's worth remembering that first-date nerves are normal - and having dealt with a major upheaval in your life, you don't want to hit the dating scene all guns blazing.

We Need To Talk About Male Suicide

Martine Booth | Posted 02.09.2015 | UK
Martine Booth

There is help out there and tomorrow is always another day. Another day to begin the process of tackling these problems with support. There is always hope no matter how bad things appear to be...

Mitigating Trauma Amongst Genocide Survivors and their Children and Grandchildren

Noam Schimmel | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK
Noam Schimmel

In the case of Holocaust survivors, in Europe and North America it was only in the late 1970s and 1980s that society slowly and sometimes hesitantly became willing to hear and increasingly receptive to their narratives of pain, loss, and rebuilding of their lives.

Dog Philosophy

Debbie Cleaveley | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Debbie Cleaveley

Whatever happened to acceptance and tolerance? Why is personal greed and hatred so publically rampant? It's true that hate, greed and intolerance has run through history like a vein but at the moment it feels like it's an open season for attacking others and that greed, selfishness and spite is very much 'on trend'.

Helping the Disabled Enables Society

Teresa Scott | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK
Teresa Scott

I work with many people who struggle with long-term disability and its impact upon their employment. Whilst they have some of the toughest obstacles to overcome because so much is beyond their control, they are often the most inspiring examples of determination.

Geography Saved Me - Now It Threatens to Destroy Me

Chris Shaw | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Shaw

Geography, as a subject worth knowing anything about, tends to rank somewhere south of media studies and sociology in most people's estimation. The on...

Benefits Shows and Why We're All the Poorer for Them

Paul Marshall | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

This TV phenomenon plainly shows no sign of abating because last week alone we were treated to the less than tantalising trio of Britain's Benefit Tenants, Benefits by the Sea: Jaywick and Dogs on the Dole.