• Powerful Women on Campus: Dr Lucy Jones

    Emily Casey interviews Lucy Jones from the School of English Emily Casey: Your research focuses on gender and sexuality within sociolinguistics, what first attracted you to this field? Dr Lucy Jones:  For me, when I was an undergraduate and first learnt about sociolinguistics, we learnt about: language and gender;...
  • Behind the Scenes at NNT: ‘The Seagull’ by Anton Chekhov Adapted by Florence Bell

    Florence Bell presents for your enjoyment a new adaptation of Chekhov’s naturalistic classic The Seagull. Instead of adapting the play in a traditional sense, director and writer Florence Bell has created a new piece of drama. Taking the final act and repeating it through the perspectives of four different...
  • The politics of Ruth E. Carter’s fashion designs

    We cannot escape politics when it comes to fashion, no matter what we wear. Each garment binds us to a political statement whether we realise it or not. Fashion almost always coincides with making a political and powerful statement. For instance, in 1919, labour leader Luisa Capetillo became the...
  • Role Models: fashion favourites can be activists too

    Female models are in the spotlight for both their aesthetic and broader impact on the female population. Whilst recent dialogue has been more open about the impact of airbrushing, underweight models, and diversity in the fashion industry, many people dismiss female models as bad role models for young women....
  • Vintage Movies and Early Feminist Icons

    It is often rightfully said that vintage movies feature a lot of sexism in them, which, although expected due to the cultural beliefs of the time, can be irritating. However, there are female characters of whom we can be proud for being early feminists. Esther Smith in Meet Me...
  • Bring It On: flipping gender stereotypes on their head

    A romantic-comedy about cheerleaders in short skirts. Sexist, I hear you say? Bring It On (2000) is the film that (literally) flips these stereotypes on their head (because they are cheerleaders, duh). The film’s opening scene satirises the common assumptions about cheerleaders, with them singing the lines “I swear...
  • Pro-porn vs. Anti-porn Feminists

    There have always been disputes between factions of the feminist movement, ranging from issues including what ‘gender equality’ actually means and how this can realistically be achieved. Pornography has been a contradictory issue between feminists since the late 1970s; with pro-porn feminists claiming it is liberating for women whilst...