The Treatment and Perception of Mental Illness in Past and Present

Mental health problems are said to be one of the leading causes of the overall disease burden worldwide. Approximately one in every six people in the United Kingdom has experienced mental health issues in the past week. Inarguably, mental illnesses are very prevalent in our modern-day society.
But almost no other kind of illness has been met with such a high level of discrimination and stigmatization.
This article will explore the treatment and perception of mental illnesses in the past and present and how this has a significant bearing on how we interact and represent people suffering from a mental illness today.

Beauty Standards and the Concept of Beauty: Why Do We Need Them?

What defines beauty standards? This article takes a stand despite the controversial nature of the topic. I will explore the motif behind our need as a society to have beauty standards and why they represent such a problematic issue for girls and women. I will also discuss how beauty ideals influence their measure of self-appreciation and self-worth. Despite the great reaction of women against these standards through body positivity movements, there is a need for a gradual process of self-acceptance while moving away from societal standards.

Horror Fiction and Dark Fantasy for Children: is it Pedagogical or Traumatising?

Picking and choosing what a child should be allowed to read can be complicated. Should children be free to read anything they want, or should parents and educators be more selective about what books their kids can get their hands on? This issue is particularly divisive if it involves children’s horror fiction, which is populated by scary, violent, and unsettling tales. This article discusses the different sides to this argument and it will also suggest a way of approaching scary books that can be both pedagogical and enjoyable for a young audience.

Museum Artefacts? Or Loot Hidden in Plain Sight?

Mauragh Scott explores the controversial issue of museum loot. Specifically, the article critiques the British Museum, in London, for its continuation of colonial interpretations around the artefacts it has on display. Countries and representatives of cultures to whom artefacts belong argue that it is the museums’ responsibility to repatriate artefacts back to the cultures that they were stolen from and move forward together to teach a decolonised history of the past.

Is Netflix’s Bridgerton feminist?

Netflix released Bridgerton on Christmas Day and it was an instant success because of its vivacious portrayal of Regency-era England. Before its release, it was hailed as a feminist and inclusive show; however, it only takes a quick Google search to realise that not all reviewers agree. Many people praise Bridgerton for its progressive portrayal of women, while others consider the show an utter failure or, at best, a missed chance. This article will take into consideration some of the themes and power dynamics that the show portrays and whether they should be considered feminist or not.

Fear of a Fatal Fatigue

When was the last time you checked your emotional blind-spots? Probably not that often, because why would you care about not caring? Ignorance, insensitivity and indifference all create the foundations for radicalism and polarism to grow in a society and their most terrifying trait lies in their tendency to pass by us unnoticed. The importance of having our emotional compasses calibrated is obvious, but how easy is that in a media reality where we are bombarded with new controversies and tragedies every day?

The Difficulties of Translation: From Grammatical Errors to Donald Trump

The global market for languages service is booming and translation plays an important part in our daily lives. A life without translations seems impossible. In an increasingly globalised world, everyone who is confronted with translated material has to consider the work that goes into translating and how a wrong translation can have wide reaching consequences.

Escaping social media conformity: Can we still think for ourselves?

Social media often finds itself playing a role in influencing conformity, which makes us forget to think more actively for ourselves. Questioning what we think we know helps us uncover what more we ought to learn regarding ideas we didn’t before. That is why diversity of opinion is fundamental. Can we still jump out of the same bowl of opinions and take a leap in voicing something different?