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Opinion

this is how pop star activism actually makes us less empowered

As Ellie Goulding admits her ‘feminist’ Brit Awards speech was staged, it’s clear the pressure on women and minorities to be ‘strong’ and ‘empowered’ is itself a factor of their oppression, making real systemic change even harder to achieve.
Charlotte Gush
4.12.18
Fashion
Fashion

how the relationship between luxury fashion and streetwear is changing

Vetements are apparently going broke. There will be no more Gosha shows. And Virgil is taking the reins at LV. What’s going on?
Felix Petty
4.11.18
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Think Pieces

love, simon captures the power of online anonymity for queer teens

In light of Craigslist's "personals" section closing, a look at the role online chatrooms, messages, and sex ads play in the queer coming-of-age story.
Adam White
4.9.18
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Think Pieces

this is what protest fashion really looks like

At the Kids’ Choice Awards, Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown wore custom Calvin Klein to support the gun control movement March For Our Lives.
Charlotte Gush
3.29.18
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Think Pieces

is music a weapon: from cold war jazz to k-pop’s mission in north korea

South Korea’s K-Pop envoy to their isolated and unpredictable northern neighbour is the latest in a long history of cultural propaganda. But as Fela Kuti and Pussy Riot have shown, music can be weaponised against governments too.
Jake Hall
3.29.18
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Think Pieces

this is how to #deletefacebook and live without it, for good

With ex-tech-evangelists telling us to quit social media for our mental health, and an alleged major data breach that handed user data over to the alt-right, you might want to quit the app. Here’s how.
Charlotte Gush
3.21.18
Fashion
Fashion

how do you create fashion that reflects the chaos and confusion of the world we live in?

Are the mutant-hybrid clothes we're seeing on the catwalks an attempt to make sense of the turmoil of 2018?
Felix Petty
3.14.18
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Think Pieces

what rupaul’s problematic comments mean for the future of drag

RuPaul’s transphobic comments might have been painful to hear, but drag queen and activist Amrou Al-Kadhi argues the ensuing backlash has helped push understandings of drag and gender to a more nuanced place.
Amrou Al-Kadhi
3.9.18
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Think Pieces

should catcalling be classified as a hate crime?

As Labour MP Melanie Onn asks parliament to make sexist abuse a hate crime, we consider issues raised around freedom of speech, classism and the fear that men will be banged-up for whistling.
Charlotte Gush
3.9.18
Fashion
Fashion

we must keep pressure on brands to protect garment workers

Launched in 2013 after the deadly collapse of Rana Plaza -- a garment factory producing clothes for the British high street -- the legally binding fire and safety agreement, the Bangladesh Accord, must be renewed by May.
Tansy Hoskins
3.6.18
Fashion
Fashion

why are those plastic bags this season’s must have?

As Burberry, Balenciaga, and Céline all release their incarnations, is it time to bin your Birkin and embrace the 5p shopper instead?
Douglas Greenwood
2.28.18
Music
Music

madonna’s ray of light predicted our obsession with celebrity

20 years on, we’re even worse.
Sophie Wilkinson
2.26.18