Showing posts from February, 2020

Pro-Intersectional Veganism and Rejecting Anonymous for the Voiceless

Zoe Smith - Writer Discussions of intersectionality within the vegan movement have been ongoing over the past several decades, since the conception of the term by Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1991. A recent video shared by Anonymous for the Voiceless (AV) is an example how the debate on including intersectionality as a critical insight in the movement remains a controversial one. The video on their Instagram, titled 'The Truly Inclusive Vegan Movement Animals Need', features a discussion including Paul Bashir, the cofounder and director of AV. The video and accompanying caption reject the inclusion of ‘political issues’ within their movement and the animal rights movement more broadly, calling for "feminists marching alongside men's rights activists, marching alongside Green Party supporters, marching alongside Trump supporters" in support of animal rights. AV is an animal rights organisation that opts for street activism through ‘The Cube of Truth’, a form of outreach

Is Fat-Shaming the Cure to Obesity? Don’t Be Ridiculous

Sophie Bond - Writer Note - This article discusses issues of weight and eating disorders. We all know Good Morning Britain as being a bit problematic because of the controversial Piers Morgan, but they really do manage to find some interesting characters to speak on the show. One of the most problematic topics of conversation that has recently come up is the notion that fat-shaming is the best way to lose weight. The worst part about it? This woman is a fitness instructor. Danielle Levy announced on public morning television that “the more we fat shame, the more people will keep their mouths shut and stop overeating”. Seems like a comment coming from a woman seeking some attention, right? There is no way that making someone feel so ashamed in their own body would lead to a healthy weight loss, if any at all. James Corden said that this approach to weight loss will just make less likely to lose weight. I know if it were me I would feel no motivation whatsoever to get back into

One Year of InTuition

Daniel Priestley - Editor & Writer InTuition was an idea that came out of my desire to improve my writing and to attempt to get more involved in the more exciting parts of academia. We have covered issues from FGM, Star Wars, Access to Justice, Feminism, Climate Change and so much more. I feel the project has been successful and I only have the other students involved to thank for that. So one year on, I’d like to thank Isaac Shepherd (for designing the logo), Katie May Huxtable (for doing some wonderful Instagram designs), Lily Frost (for managing the website whilst I went off on holiday for three months) and of course all my writers and guest writers for giving in to my nagging. To celebrate one year on I have gone through and selected my favourite article of each of my writers' articles below so give them a read if you are interested. Click on their name to view all their articles and the title to view the one being discussed. Writers and My Favourite Article Matthe

Greenwashing - It Ain't Easy Being Green

KF - Writer It’s been around for a few decades in practice, written off as big companies telling lies to make themselves look greener. Research and widespread recognition of this social phenomenon is only just beginning to take off. For years it’s been put under the umbrella term of corporate dishonesty, however, more and more people are beginning to recognize that more subtle, devious tactics are being employed and on such a large scale that this deserves its own classification. It’s not just lies when a company gives itself false credit for its environmental efforts anymore… it’s ‘greenwashing’. Furlow (2010) defines greenwashing as “the dissemination of false or incomplete information by an organization to present an environmentally responsible public image”. That’s right, as companies come running out of the woodworking screaming about how eco-friendly they have all suddenly become, it turns out they’re not all telling the truth. This phenomenon really does what it says on the

The Story of the First Concentration Camps in History and the Whistle-Blowers of the British Empire

Dylan Freestone - Writer The term ‘Concentration Camp’ is a very loaded term, and one associated with some of the worst inhumanity shown to man. It is a term twinned with the image of Auschwitz and the Nazi Regime of the 1940s. By UK law, the Holocaust is taught as part of the Key Stage 3 National Curriculum and thankfully the indescribable images of the Holocaust are ingrained in people’s heads, aided by other works like Schindler’s List (1993) , The Pianist (2002) and the adaptation of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008).   However, these were not the first Concentration Camps in history.  In fact, it was Britain which invented and first employed the use of camps 40 years prior to the Nazi regime. The Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) involved the British Empire expanding into colonised South Africa against the existing Dutch settlers there, known as Boers (which is simply the Dutch word for farmer). The British and the Dutch had lived in different parts of South Africa with relat