For decades there has been a strong movement growing in Europe to ban women from wearing headscarves, niqabs, and burqas, labelling them as symbols of female oppression and threats to security. Far-right nationals have gone as far as saying that the wearing of these garments is not a causal, personal choice but part of a wider attempt by political Islamism to gain support and ‘win recruits’.
On May 11th, Rita Ora released the third single from her upcoming album: an energetic, upbeat pop song entitled ‘Girls’, supposedly a celebration of bisexuality. Released only a couple of weeks after the end of WHS’ own Pride Week, it seemed a reassuring affirmation of the increasing public support for the LGBT community. Unfortunately, not everyone saw it that way, and in the wake of the song’s release, it was met with considerable amounts of backlash. The question, however, is whether or not that backlash was justified.
The Times published an article this week about Georgina Chapman – the estranged wife of Harvey Weinstein. She described the confusion, humiliation and shame that she felt after discovering what her husband was accused of having done.
Ever since our very own Anna Healy conceived the idea of Pride Week, it has been – happily – met with mostly positive reactions, as students and staff have dressed up, raised money, and learnt about LGBT history. However, beyond the usual opposition from bigots on moral grounds, there has been a trend in recent years of questioning why Pride exists in the first place. After all, gay marriage has been legalised in the U.K., RuPaul’s Drag Race is in its tenth season, and shouldn’t gay people just be lucky they don’t live in a country where they can be persecuted? In this article, I will be examining – and debunking – the primary criticisms of Pride.
After the Brexit results were announced, many teenagers were frustrated that the final outcome seemed to be based primarily upon the votes of the elderly, whom the decision would last for a shorter period of time. However, something which has provoked much speculation is the debate over whether or not allowing sixteen and seventeen year olds to partake in the referendum – something I was passionately in favour of – would have actually altered the results.