Opinions

‘They Sacrificed a Generation’: The French Case

By Amaryllis Perotti.
The recent measures taken by governments worldwide to counter the pandemic bring up questions regarding the future generation’s place in our society: have the lives of young people been sacrificed and forgotten? These are the questions that have risen in France, whose government has faced backlash over the social impacts of COVID-19 restrictions.

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.

The Earth is Drowning in Waste: But Who is to Blame?

By 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the sea. The so-called Zero Waste movement wants to combat these ever-increasing piles of litter by producing as little individual waste as possible. But should we really blame the consumer for the plastic pollution crisis? This article explores whether the Zero Waste movement effectively makes our world a better, waste-free place, or whether their aim does not go far enough yet.

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.

FIFA: the Human Rights Bubble Refusing to Implode

Football is the most popular sport in the world. Billions play, watch, and devote parts of their life to the sport. This article explores how FIFA has allowed itself to benefit from human rights abuses, tainting the sport as a whole. It hopes to spark some sort of self-reflection in the everyday fan or at least reveal the extent of the problem. Football might represent the height of sporting entertainment, but it comes with a global human cost.

The Blue Planet, but for how much longer?

Mauragh Scott explores whether the world is really running out of water and what this issue could mean both near and far. With the UN calling this a ‘silent emergency’ worldwide, the realities of running out of water are catching up with many areas around the world already, and it paints a poor picture of what we will all face in our future. She also looks at the case of South Africa’s ‘Day Zero’ as an example of how we might take the first step in combating this issue.