Isabel López Ruiz

English language and literature graduate and future postgrad

I have recently graduated from the University of Granada, Spain, with an undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature, but I first came into contact with the English language at the tender age of three. Since then, my life has been a fully bilingual affair. I am currently looking forward to doing my postgraduate degree in a (yet to be decided) UK university. I spent my year abroad at the University of Edinburgh, which completely changed my life. My interests include unhealthy obsessions with feminism, feminist literary theory, North American literature, especially Sylvia Plath, academic research, and Mojitos. However, I spend most of my time worrying about things that haven't happened yet.
10 Tips for Master's Degree

10 Tips for Master's Degree Applicants

We often forget that during this time of the year, many students are also beginning to apply for postgraduate study, whether it be master's programmes or PhDs. The application process is a long and gruelling one, so here are 10 tips to help you through the next couple of months, based on my own experiences as a master's applicant.
19/09/2014 12:28 BST
Spain Desperately Needs to Embrace the Pro-Choice

Spain Desperately Needs to Embrace the Pro-Choice Movement

Being pro-choice is the best choice. It respects a woman's agency over her own body and treats her as a fully autonomous individual with the ability to decide for herself. For many of you, this understanding of women and their autonomy is something you may take for granted. Unfortunately, however, many people still seem to believe the contrary - especially in Spain.
01/04/2014 12:50 BST
Respect the Choices of Women Who Go Into the Porn

Respect the Choices of Women Who Go Into the Porn Industry

For me, being a feminist is about respecting women's choices, whatever they may be. If a woman over the legal age requirement wants to voluntarily participate in the porn industry, that's fine. If she doesn't, that's fine as well. Young women like 'Lauren A', Duke University's freshman porn actress, are being publicly shamed for exposing their bodies on camera. It seems like the idea that a woman could have full control over her body is still shocking to some. When people accuse her of taking part in an industry that 'degrades' women, they don't realise their comments are degrading in themselves, as they refuse to acknowledge her individual voice and bodily autonomy.
14/03/2014 16:52 GMT