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‘Promising Young Woman’: grief, irony & refined horror

Content Warning: The following article discusses themes including sexual violence and assault Promising Young Woman is a mosaic of bittersweet irony. Winning an Academy Award for best screenplay, Emerald Fennell’s debut feature delves further in its characterisations than the typical male villains usually depicted in films. There has been an influx of shattering perceptions of what a predator looks like and what type of guys women should stay clear of, but the reality is that, depending on the

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s debut deserves more praise than panning

The actions of the Duke and the Duchess of Sussex regularly come under scrutiny, and Meghan’s new children’s book is no exception. Her first foray into the world of writing, The Bench seeks to capture the tenderness of a father-son relationship through verse, inspired by a poem written for her husband on Fathers’ Day. Although clearly a deeply personal book, the sample pages of The Bench available show illustrations by Christina Robinson that resemble not just Harry and Archie. It is refreshing how the Duchess of Sussex’s debut manages to be inclusive and makes a diverse range of fathers and sons feel seen on the book’s pages.

Sexual assault claims 'mishandled' by universities

Women from 15 universities have signed a letter calling for a mandatory policy for dealing with sexual assault allegations in higher education. Currently, it is not compulsory for higher education institutions to implement a specific policy to deal with sexual assault claims. Samantha Kilford, 23, studying at the University of the West of England (UWE), recently claimed that her allegations of sexual assault were mishandled by her university.

‘Run’: the real monster is the lack of mental health care

Run, the second feature film directed and co-written by Aneesh Chaganty with Sev Ohanian, propels you into an unnerving, tense horror as we are presented with a seemingly content mother and daughter dynamic – but something just doesn’t feel right. Being the most-watched original film on Hulu, it’s evident that audiences were enticed by the idea of being unable to escape the confines of your mother, especially given its release during the lockdown.

Where’s the line regarding tailored casting?

To assume that certain demographics must play certain roles is deeply pessimistic. However, concerning race, sexuality, and disability, which is pertinent to a specific plot, efforts do need to be made to cast actors who fit these factors. Looking at Joe Sugg in The Syndicate, although it was frustrating that a Northerner didn’t get the role, as a Northerner myself I do think that the role was executed to the best of Sugg’s ability. When comparing this controversy to the likes of Emma Stone in Aloha playing a part-Hawaiian, part-Chinese woman, or Jake Gyllenhaal in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time playing an Iranian, it seems trivial to nit-pick at an actor for their Southern regional background when Hollywood has openly whitewashed ethnic minorities for years.

Sarah Everard and the conversation about young women’s safety

Trigger Warning: this article discusses matters of sexual harassment and women’s safety. ShameOnYouWarwick: “The reason why we’re so angry is because none of this is new and none of it is surprising anymore. We’re fighting so hard to keep everyone safe but it constantly feels like a losing battle. We want everyone to know that they’re not alone in any of this, that they’re so brave for lasting through any sexual violence that they’ve experienced and that we’ve got their backs.”

Edinburgh University lecturers given list of ‘microinsults’ and guidance on transgender issues.

Scholars at the University of Edinburgh were handed a list of ‘micro-insults’ as part of a nationwide drive to raise awareness for ‘cisgender privilege’ at universities. Lecturers were told to avoid labels such as ‘man’ and ‘woman’ or make suggestions that someone could only be one of the two. University staff were also told to refrain from placing “excess focus on anatomical sex markers, most usually sexual organs” and were encouraged to put their preferred pronouns (she/her, he/him, they/the