When asked to define what Britishness is (for an article in The Guardian), the artist Tracey Emin described it as “looking out of a bus window, seeing sexy, stylish people laughing.”
Both its success and appeal are apparent, but discussions over what the subtext of the book has to say about modern feminism has come to fruition. Is the sadomasochism seen in 50 Shades of Grey degrading to women? Or is purely fantasy, with whichever form of sexual exploration a personal choice to pursue in the bedroom?
A year after the US attack that saw Osama bin Laden killed, efforts to crush the remnants of al-Qa’ida are at a pivotal stage.
The first thing you notice, as you walk around Henley-on-Thames during the Royal Regatta, is the blazers. And it’s a competitive business, these blazers. “Don’t take this the wrong way”, I overheard one young man say to his friend during Regatta week, the climax of which was on Sunday. “But your blazer isn’t exactly made from high-end tweed”.
The Spanish city of Valencia sits under a blanket of ash, as two converging fires continue to devour the eastern coast of the country. Since the blaze ignited last week, more than 45,000 hectares of land have been destroyed, forcing upwards of 2,000 people to flee their homes.
There’s a saying that there are two kinds of women; those who make life easier for other women, and those who make life harder. Like any good saying, there are times when it feels true. But there’s an alienating premise to it. It assumes that it’s the responsibility of women to navigate – not challenge, but navigate – patriarchal pressures. It assumes that misogyny, with all its evils, is our fault.
Last week saw the complimentary release of Mass Effect 3: The Extended Cut, a batch of downloadable content that was designed to assuage growing discord among a vocal majority of the series’ fans, but was always predestined to be a superfluous disappointment.
It’s official, Britain’s teenage girls are the biggest binge drinkers in Europe. It’s not new research but the fact that this evidence has been included in the Department of Health’s submission to the House of Commons Health Select Committee inquiry shows that it is still a problem and that politicians are still worried about it.
So I finally took the plunge, and naturalised as a British citizen, having lived here for twenty-five of the twenty-seven years of my life.
British school children are in school for just a few hours five days a week for around 38/40 weeks a year. It really doesn’t add up to very much overall so why do we allow so much of that precious time to be wasted?
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