The Tentative Defence of Iggy Azalea

  There is a saying about artists: “Good artists copy; Great artists steal.”  In a post-modern context, this would be referred to euphemistically as ‘appropriation’, and when it comes to hip-hop, there is perhaps no instrument from the hip-hop tool box used more commonly than the one called ‘appropriation’.  Why, then, does it create such […]

The Academy’s Lack of Diversity Extends Beyond Colour

  NOTE: I am one person and I speak on behalf of myself only.  I have tried to foster an inclusive conversation and have touched on issues related to groups of which I am not apart of.  I have done so with the utmost respect intended, so if my phrasing upsets any readers, I wish […]

Why Feminism Is Failing

  In a recent interview with Redbook, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting was asked if she was a feminist.  Her response was a diplomatic one as she stated that she recognized the women who paved the way for her, but never considered herself a feminist as she had never felt like she had to deal with inequality.  A […]

Tech’s Gender Gap: Systemic, or Choice?

  A recent article from Jodi Kantor, author of The Obamas, addresses the gender gap in the technology industry, claiming that instead “of narrowing gender gaps, the technology industry created new ones”.  Kantor goes on to cite the 1994 graduating class at Stanford University as an example, and though Kantor has done some excellent research, […]

The Pitfalls of Activist Consumerism

Consumer activism is a brand of activism that arose with the aim of protecting consumers from big business, and if there is anything we learned from reading Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, it’s that companies who lack foresight, do not have to answer to the law, and can turn a huge profit in a short amount […]

Can We Stop Pretending Prevention Promotes Rape Culture?

  Recently a group of students from North Carolina University formed a group called Undercover Colors and have created a nail polish that when dipped in a drink changes colour if date rape drugs like Xanax, GHB and Rohypnol are present in the drink.  Whilst most people who are opposed to rape and likewise employ […]